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Famous Salt Lake peregrine falcons return to downtown nest

By Tracie Snowder  |  Posted Apr 19th, 2013 @ 8:59pm


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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City's peregrine falcons have returned for the 2013 nesting season and you can watch the eggs hatch live via an HD bird camera. The new cameras were installed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints so bird watchers and environmentalists can study the birds up close.

The falcons have been nesting in downtown Salt Lake City since 1984 and their favorite spot is a little nook the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Peregrine falcons make scrapes (a shallow depression) instead of creating nests from grass or twigs.

Can you spot the peregrine falcon nest in this photo?

Last year, three of the four eggs in the Joseph Smith building hatched two females and a male. One of the female birds did not make it, but the brother, known as Primo, was released into the wild on Antelope Island last month.

"He took a few turns around the field and landed on a far fence rail," wrote Liz Schubert, member of the SLC Peregrine Falcon Watchpost Team and author of the Salt Lake City Falcons blog. "He was still there when we left."

The first egg of this year was laid on Friday, Apr 12. Two more eggs have been spotted in the nesting box for a total of three. Schubert will update the blog every time there is a new egg.

For see what the peregrine falcons are doing right now, you can watch the two live HD bird cams here.

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