Falcon webcam remains offline

The Nessa and Windsong show is not likely to go on anytime soon.

The Nessa and Windsong show is not likely to go on anytime soon.

Judy Boyd, a Red Deer River Naturalists, said she has been dealing with equipment issues since the nesting peregrine falcons made their webcam debut in 2010.

Perched on a Telus Communications Tower in Highland Green, the webcam equipment has been riddled with technical glitches since the get go.

The cameras were down for most of 2013.

Boyd said they haven’t been able to fix the problems that have prevented the broadcasting of the daily comings and goings of the peregrine falcons.

The loyal following also known as birders of the 24/7 broadcast have been wondering when they would once again see the drama unfold.

“We are working on fixing the problem,” said Boyd.

“I don’t think it will run this year.”

Boyd said they need to buy new equipment, change the cameras and establish an Internet connection.

“We have seen Nessa and Windsong,” said Boyd. “They are probably on eggs still right now. We know they are here. We know they are at the tower, we just don’t know what’s happening in the nest box.”

Since monitoring began in 2010, all of the babies that have hatched have survived the early days and fledged.

In 2011, three eggs laid in the nest were eaten by the father Windsong, and the mother, Perry. The remaining two eggs did not hatch.

Perry was found dead later that year with a cocktail of chemicals in her body. In 2012, another female, Nessa, took up residence on the tower. Three eggs hatched and three young fledged from the nest.

Visit the Red Deer Naturalists for more information on the work they do www.rdrn.ca

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