Falcon chicks expected to hatch soon on CBC's Falcon Cam
Bird watchers, rejoice: CBC's Falcon Cam is live for another summer, just in time for some peregrine falcon chicks to hatch.
Since 2006, CBC Manitoba and the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project (Manitoba) have worked together to provide people around the world with a live stream of peregrine falcons nesting and preparing to welcome their chicks.
- LIVE | Watch the Falcon Cam here
This year's Falcon Cam, which launched on Friday, focuses on parents Princess and Smiley and their four eggs atop the Radisson Hotel in downtown Winnipeg.
The chicks are expected to hatch as early as this weekend, give or take a few days, says Tracy Maconachie, project co-ordinator with the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project.
"The incubation period is the same but, no, they're about two weeks late," she told CBC News on Friday.
"They're usually hatching out about the Victoria Day weekend; this year, a little slow getting back."
Longtime viewers of the Falcon Cam may have noticed that the resident male, Ivy, did not return this year.
"It was kind of a weird spring," Maconachie said.
"There is a possibility he just didn't get back in time and decided to head off and have a bachelor year. Or he may have run into difficulty — may have had an accident, may just not have been able to make it through storms."
A similar webcam feed of a falcon nest in Brandon is currently being fixed.
In addition to watching the live feed online, you can join the conversation about the falcon family's progress on Twitter using the hashtags #CBCFalconCam and #MBFalcons.