Welcome to Kentucky's first live peregrine falcon web cam, located at LG&E's Mill Creek Generating Station in southwest Jefferson County. The utility launched the web cam in the peregrine falcon nest box, installed at the facility about seven years ago, in partnership with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) reports that there is a territorial conflict taking place at this nest because a new adult falcon has appeared and the resident male, "Fabian" has not been seen since March 31. The conflict and absence of help has made it difficult for the resident bird, Diana, to keep her eggs warm and protected, and leave to find food.
Sadly, because of this disturbance two hatchlings have not survived. Unfortunately, officials with KDFWR believe the ongoing conflict will pose a challenge for the hatching of the remaining eggs.
Finally, KDFWR officials tell us it would not be legal for them to take the eggs from the nest, and any interference could potentially cause more harm, by causing additional stress to Diana, causing her to leave the remaining eggs even more vulnerable to damage.
Territorial conflict is a natural part of the peregrine falcon's life cycle. KDFWR has observed events like this in the past at other nests. Despite these brief disturbances in productivity, Kentucky's nesting population continues to grow.
KDFWR will continue to monitor this nest from the ground and we’ll continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available, and thank you for watching with us.