A pair of nesting peregrine falcons at MidAmerican Energy Co.'s downtown Davenport building can be viewed online as they prepare to become parents again.
The falcons, named Scorpio and P/D, have raised more than a dozen young outside the 10th-floor window of the 106 E. 2nd St. office building. The utility company is again streaming live video of the nest 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The birds, which have nested there since 2003, have four eggs in their nest so far this year. The eggs are expected to hatch in early May.
MidAmerican and WQAD-TV have partnered for a second year to provide the live video. To see the nest, visit WQAD-TV’s website at wqad.com/falcon-cam.
After the eggs hatch, the falcons will be banded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to monitor the falcons’ progress as they grow.
Scorpio, the female, was released at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., as part of a wildlife recovery program, and P/D, the male, was released in Lansing, Iowa, as part of a program to reintroduce peregrine falcons to the state.
The falcons originally nested on the Centennial Bridge but were forced out by construction. But when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources installed a nesting box at MidAmerican Energy’s building, the falcons immediately claimed it as their home.
MidAmerican will issue weekly updates on the falcons’ progress via the company’s Twitter and Facebook pages, which can be found at www.midamericanenergy.com.