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Live Cam Shows Newly Hatched Falcons On Tappan Zee Bridge

The live cam shows the new baby falcon chicks with their mother.
The live cam shows the new baby falcon chicks with their mother. Photo Credit: New York Thruway Authority

Watching April the giraffe and her new baby are old news now that a female peregrine falcon that lives on top of the Tappan Zee Bridge has hacked her babies and can be seen by a live camera feed.

The Thruway Authority tweeted out the news Monday with a link to the live feed that allows bird lovers to watch the parents and chicks interact with each other.

At least two babies have been spotted, the Authority said in a tweet.

Mama bird began sitting on her new eggs in early March.

The parents will provide constant attention to the chicks over the next couple of weeks while they grow. After that, the parents will slowly leave them alone for longer periods as they grow and are ready to take care of themselves.

The parents, who mate for life, have been returning to the manmade nest, located in a construction-free zone, near the very top of the bridge's main span for years.

The nest is maintained by the Thruway Authority. Once the new bridge is complete, the Authority said workers will move the nesting box to one of new bridge's towers.

Last year one baby made its debut in mid-April.

Peregrine falcons (which means wanderer) migrate great distances, flying north or south as the season's change. The chicks are called "eyases."

The falcons can reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour in a controlled dive, making it one of the fastest members of the animal kingdom.

Currently, the Thruway Authority is running a contest to allow students in elementary and middle school to name to the chicks.

Past winning names include "Irvwing," "Bridge-ette," and "Zee."

The naming contest runs through April 28.

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