April 2, 2010

Peregrine Falcon and Osprey Webcams allow virtual viewing

Peregrine Falcon and Osprey Webcams allow virtual viewing

You can watch the minute-by-minute goings on at the nests of two of New Hampshire's most charismatic bird species. Thanks to live webcams you can view a pair of Peregrine Falcons on a high rise in Manchester and a pair of Ospreys next to the Ayres Island Dam in New Hampton from your computer desktop.

The Peregrine pair is sitting on four eggs in their nesting box high above the north end of Manchester. Thanks to Spectra Access, Brady-Sullivan Properties and New Hampshire Audubon who have collaborated to create the webcam in 2010. This pair has nested here for several years, although last year, at the last minute, they picked a different ledge in downtown Manchester. The eggs this year are expected to hatch mid-April.


At the Ayres Island Hydro Station in New Hampton, PSNH has created a webcamera on a pair of Ospreys nesting on a specially-built platform on a pole next to the Pemigewasset River. This pair of Ospreys has nested here every year since 2005 and produced 12 chicks over that period of time. One of the pair returned March 30 (Ospreys winter in Central and South America) and its mate should be back in the first week of April. This is one of fifteen pairs of Ospreys that nest in the NH Lakes Region.


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