The pair of peregrine falcons on the 18th floor of the Nebraska Capitol has laid its first egg, and a new, second webcam is providing a close-up view of the action.

“Egg-laying will continue over the next several days,” according to Joel Jorgensen, nongame bird program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Once the clutch is complete, the birds will begin incubation. The eggs should hatch in 30-35 days.”

This is the eighth straight year a pair of peregrine falcons has produced eggs, but it is the first year that a view from inside the nest box has been available. Staff from Game and Parks and the Office of the Capitol Commission installed the new webcam in early March, and it was activated on March 23.

Funding for the new camera was provided by the Wildlife Conservation Fund tax check-off. The webcams are being incorporated into a blog that will offer a higher level of interaction with peregrine watchers.

The webcam is available at: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/blogs/peregrine-falcons-state-capitol/.

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