The nest box installed last spring on the Adirondack Bank Building in downtown Utica has been accepted by a pair of Peregrine Falcons.

According to the Utica Peregrine Falcon Committee, the falcons have been seen frequenting the box and digging out a nest scrape in the gravel that lines the box's floor.

Local falcon watchers say the developments could lead to the first-ever successful breeding of Peregrine Falcons in Oneida County.

A camera has been put inside the falcon box and real-time images will soon be made available to the public via a dedicated website.

The birds are on the state's Endangered Species list

Falcon nesting boxes have been placed on tall buildings in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

In recent years, all of those sites have hosted active breeding pairs.

 

photo courtesy of Utica Peregrine Falcon Committee