Please Note: Illinois Peregrine webcams are active April - July.
Watch the progress of nesting Peregrine Falcons through live streaming webcams! Thanks to the generous support of our site hosts who fund and maintain their web cameras, we are able to peer into the nests of a few of Illinois’ Peregrine families.
Our Waukegan site has been active since 2001. Since then, more than 50+ young have fledged from here. Each spring it is important to identify the adults. Try to read the leg bands if/when the adult gets close to the camera. In 2014, we saw a new female (Patsy - b/r band) replace the previous female (Fran - b/g band). Fran had been the only female at this site until then. This webcam is active year round so keep an eye out for any Peregrines taking shelter from the cold in the nest box during winter.
Unfortunately, we lost Helen in the fall of 2015. At that time her unbanded mate was seen in the nest box with the adult female from our Pilsen site. As of early 2016, two adults have been seen at both sites. Be sure to check out the South Loop webcam and help us identify the adults. As to them breeding successfully, we'll just have to wait and see.
Though this UIC site has been active for 17 years, the current adults (Mouse and Nitz) have only been here for the past 3 years. Together they fledged a total of 5 young (2014 - 3 and 2015 -2). Interesting to note - the location of this nest is on the same building as used in 1986 as our first hatch site. One of the young releases (Jingles) moved a few miles due east to our Wacker site and became the first breeding male Peregrine in Illinois since 1951.
One of Illinois' most popular nest sites, the Evanston Peregrines have quite a following. Devoted Peregrine watchers follow this pair faithfully throughout the season from egg laying through the ever nerve-racking fledging season. Be sure to visit the Evanston Public Library's website to find the date for banding as it is open to the public. Banding usually takes place in early June. Check the camera and you'll know its time when the chicks are still big and fluffy but their brown flight feathers are starting to come in.
One highlight of the 2015 nesting season was the flower pot nesting of our Belmont/Addison Peregrines. Photographers from the UK "camped" out for the breeding season documenting everything from eggs, to young to fledging. Their images graced the pages of Audubon magazine (print and online versions), delighting folks around the world. A webcam may follow but for the moment, please follow this pair on Instagram.
A new site in 2015, this pair has used a nest box on the Romeoville NRG plant. The camera is new for 2016 and through it we can watch the breeding season unfold. To date, only one unbanded adult has been confirmed. We assume this is the male as last year there was a banded female and unbanded male. They successfully fledge 4 young (2 boys and 2 girls). We hope their 2016 nesting season goes just as well as last year. Stay Tuned!