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Xcel Energy Eagle Cam


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 Decorah eagle cam will be offline until the fall as the cameras are moved to the eagles’ new nest.

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.

If you view the eagle cam at night you may notice a light. The light you are seeing is an infrared illuminator installed for night viewing. This light is invisible to humans and wildlife. The camera is very sensitive and picks up the invisible infrared images.

View the St. Vrain Eagle Cam - side View the St. Vrain Eagle Cam - top


We believe one of the eaglets died the afternoon of May 8. The eaglet appeared to have succumbed to a respiratory illness or condition that does not appear to be contagious. We were truly hoping the eaglet would pull through. These are wild animals. It’s a privilege to watch them, but their lives and deaths remain their own. As of this post, the other two eaglets remain healthy and active in the nest. Read the full update on the Raptor Resource Facebook page.


Coming up on one month the three eaglets are getting big. A warm and windy day in Colorado means panting, one way a raptor cools themselves.


The third eaglet hatched today.


Two of the eaglets have hatched.


Second egg hatched.


First egg hatched.



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.

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

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 - 5 years old.