After a one-year absence, peregrine falcons have returned to CTV Kitchener.

Castor and Mystery nested in our microwave tower in 2015 and 2016. We didn't see them in 2017, and now they've been replaced by a new couple. The male is Lucifer, and the female's name and origin are unknown.

In the past, the birds have shown up in April and their eggs have hatched by early May. They’re running a little behind schedule this year – possibly because of the wacky spring weather. It took a little longer than we expected for beaks to peek out of the eggs, but it started happening on June 8. Two days later, we had four chicks appearing to be healthy and full of life.

We’ll keep our camera on the box as they grow and start to spread their wings.

Thanks to the Canadian Peregrine Foundation and Waterloo Region Nature for looking after the birds as necessary.

You can watch the falcon family's progress live 24/7 by clicking on the video player above or using this link.