Peregrine falcons have returned to a nesting box high above Great River Energy in Elk River.
As of April 16 four eggs had been laid, according to GRE’s website.
The same pair as last year is using the nesting box. The adult male is Sawatzke H/34 and the adult female is Mary Ellen 11/X.
Sawatzke hatched in 2009 at a power plant in Monticello. Mary Ellen hatched in 2012 at Queen’s Bluff in Winona.
This is the eighth consecutive year a pair of peregrine falcons is nesting at the Elk River power plant. GRE is located at 17845 Highway 10, overlooking the Mississippi River.
View the nesting box via a webcam at www.greatriverenergy.com.