Falcon atop Times Square Building lays her fourth egg of the season

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester’s peregrine falcon couple, Nova and Neander, have welcomed their fourth egg of the season.

Rochester Falcon Cam says Nova laid the latest egg just after 10 a.m. on Thursday in the nesting box on top of the Times Square Building. Her first egg came on Wednesday, March 20, the next one came the following Saturday, and the third came on Monday. You can see a live feed on the nesting box here.

The two falcons became a couple in spring of 2022 after Neader lost his longtime partner, Beauty, at age 15. Last season, Nova laid four eggs, the final of which was in early April.

Peregrine Falcons are on New York State’s list of endangered species. This population started declining after the 1940s because of exposure to the pesticide DDT, which caused eggshells to thin and crack. However, their population is improving because of projects to preserve nesting sites and a ban on DDT.

The nesting box on the Times Square Building, first occupied by Beauty and her partner Archer, was installed in 2008.