Xcel Energy Owl Cam

Background

We have one active owl cam established at the Fort St. Vrain Station, Platteville, Colo. This station uses an infrared camera that operates under low-light conditions because of the nocturnal habits of owls.

The Fort St. Vrain nest box is positioned on the side of the vacant reactor building at the decommissioned nuclear plant.

Watch the streaming live video at Fort St. Vrain; look at daily pictures of these night-time creatures and check for tweets about the great horned owls on Twitter.

St. Vrain Cam

Owl Facts

  • Great horned owls are known as the "tiger of the air" due to their fierceness and willingness to eat a variety of prey. These owls eat everything: mice, rats, rabbits, squirrels and even skunks!
  • Great horned owls span a large geographical range and breed in a variety of habitats, including forests, swamps and desert canyons.
  • Female birds tend to be larger than males, often with more markings.
  • Great horned owl babies hatch in about one month. When first hatched these babies are white.
  • These owls are about 23 to 25 inches tall, have a wingspan greater than four feet and are among the largest owls of North America.

About

This pair of owls nest at our Fort St. Vrain Station in Platteville, Colorado. Their 2-foot-wide by 1-foot-deep nest box is positioned on the side of the vacant reactor building at the decommissioned nuclear plant. Owls return to the nest in the winter and conduct nesting activities from January to May. The nest has been active for years.

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