Peregrine Falcons Nesting at Ameren Missouri's Sioux Energy Center
Missouri is home to about 340 bird species in a common year, and thanks to their distinctive dive-bombing hunting technique, peregrine falcons are among the most fascinating. For the seventh year, Ameren Missouri, in partnership with the World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), is providing a live feed of a pair of nesting peregrine falcons from 160 feet above Ameren Missouri’s Sioux Energy Center.
Peregrine falcons usually mate for life, and typically a nesting pair will lay 3-4 eggs, though last year the Sioux pair produced five. For the next few months, the adult birds will take turns incubating the eggs, tending the chicks, and hunting to keep themselves and the chicks well fed.
Peregrines once nested exclusively on the many bluffs along Missouri's rivers. Today's birds often make their homes on tall buildings and structures such as the ones at Ameren Missouri's Sioux, Labadie and Rush Island energy centers. Falcon Cam is live from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. (CDT) seven days a week until nesting activity is complete and the young chicks have left the nest.