For eighth year, peregrine falcons return to Great River Energy

Peregrine falcons have returned to a nesting box high above Great River Energy in Elk River.

An adult peregrine falcon sat on the empty nesting box while the young were on the ground..
This 2012 photo shows the peregrine nest box at Great River Energy. (file photo)

As of April 16 four eggs had been laid, according to GRE’s website.

Dot, a female peregrine falcon nested at Great River Energy in 2011. (file photo)
Dot, a female peregrine falcon, nested at Great River Energy in 2011. (file photo)

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