It's no joke that Utica's Peregrine Falcon breeding season has begun.

Astrid and Ares have been using their nest box on the 15th story of the Adirondack Bank building since 2014. This spring marks the tenth anniversary of the Peregrine Falcons in Utica.

According to Matt Perry of the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project, the first egg of the 2018 breeding season appeared on April Fool's Day. This is the third year in a row that Astrid laid her first egg of the season on April 1st.

Perry says, he expects at least 3 more eggs to be laid this week. You can see webcam footage from the nest at UticaPeregrineFalcons.com. Perry says, "Peregrine Falcons, which are famous for being the fasted birds in the world, remain on the Endangered Species List in New York State. There are approximately 75 pairs known to nest in the State."

More Falcon Photos

You can also follow the Falcon progress on the Falcon Watch Utica Facebook page.