Xcel Energy Eagle Cams

Background

We have three eagle cams equipped with live video so you can watch the American bald eagles build their nests, lay and incubate their eggs, and raise their young in late January through July.

The first cam is at the Fort St. Vrain Station Platteville, Colo. This 6 foot-wide and 5 foot-deep nest has been active for many years.

The second family of eagles resides near a fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa, and is very popular among local schools and other viewers.

The third eagle cam was established by the Minnesota DNR with help from an Xcel Energy crew with a boom truck and Floyd Security.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter to get the most recent updates about these eagle families and their nesting activities.

Eagle Side Camera Eagle Top Cam

Eagle Facts

  • The bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America.
  • Nests are refurbished each year and have been known to reach a weight of two tons.
  • Bald eagles can fly up to 30 mph and dive at 100 mph.
  • Bald eagles do not have vocal cords; the high-pitched sound they make is from air passing through the bones in their neck.
  • Juvenile eagles are mixture of brown and white feathering and their heads do not turn all white until they reach full maturity between 4 to 5 years old.

About

This pair of bald eagles lives at our Fort St. Vrain Station in Platteville, Colorado. Their 6-foot-wide by 5-foot-deep nest sits high in a cottonwood tree near the plant. Eagles return to the nest in the fall and conduct nesting activities from about February to June. The nest has been active for years, with the Colorado Division of Wildlife banding young birds at the nest site each spring. Learn more about the history of this nest, including nest record information.

Interested in corresponding with other Bird Cam viewers? Join the BirdCam Forum available through the Raptor Resource Project.

*Egg laying history for the FSV eagle nest's first egg:

  • February 14, 2015
  • February 21, 2014
  • February 17, 2013
  • February 16, 2012
  • February 16, 2011

*Provided by the Raptor Resource Project