It seems apparent that there is at least one bird back in Fargo. What appears to be the same bird has been spotted multiple times over the past several days perching in the usual locations on the Bank of the West building and sign. Based on the bird's size, it appears to be a female. Yesterday, 25 March, what is perhaps a second bird was seen soaring around the Downtown Fargo area.
We may have our first falcon in Fargo! Audubon Dakota office staff noticed a falcon on the BotW building while sitting in their office in the Black Building on Broadway. Upon further examination, it appears to be a female. Once our camera is up and operational, we should easily be able to confirm the identity of the bird. Stay tuned!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! We wanted to give you a quick update of the season so far: On 8 March, local bird watchers reported seeing a falcon flying around the Bank of the West building and the nest box. On 9 March, bird watchers in Grand Forks, ND reported that the male who hatched in Fargo several years ago showed up there at the UND water tower. This is the bird that successfully paired and nested in Grand Forks last year. On 10 March, we began the process of setting up our camera in Fargo. If the falcons are present while we are doing this work, they make their presence known by swooping overhead and screaming loudly. This did not happen, so we are confident in saying that the bird that was sighted on the 8th was likely the bird who showed up in Grand Forks on the 9th.
We were back on the roof of the Bank of the West today, but we are still experiencing technical difficulties with our camera. Thankfully the Fargo birds have not arrived, as we were not greeted by the raucous screams of territorial falcons today!!
We will continue to work on our camera feed and as soon as birds arrive we will let you know here on this website and will have the live feed up and running as soon as possible once the birds arrive.