Falcon cam provides close view of nest

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Kentucky Press News Service

 For the third year in a row, the world will have a front-row seat to a nesting pair of peregrine falcons, 300 feet up a smoke stack at the Mill Creek power plant in Louisville.

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources the state's first peregrine falcon web cam inside the nest box in 2013. It's drawn nearly 200,000 viewers, and about 15,000 so far this year, LG&E said on Monday.

They have witnessed nature take its course. In 2013, state biologists were able to band four baby chicks raised in the nesting box. But last year state biologists said a territorial dispute disrupted the nest after the male went missing, and an another male started showing up.

The female appears to have returned to the nest with a new mate, Natasha Collins, LG&E spokeswoman said.

The pair has five eggs to incubate.

During a typical season, the male and female will take turns keeping the eggs warm for about 33 days before hatching, LG&E said.

The Mill Creek nest box was installed 9 years ago by KDFWR in the window of a concrete power plant stack.