UNION COUNTY, NJ – An unusual family of squatters had made their home at the Union County Courthouse with the permission of county officials.

The same peregrine falcon pair – one of only 26 nesting couples in New Jersey– has been raising chicks at the courthouse since 2006, making their home in a round doghouse that provides stability in the windy environment.

Now,  neighbors can watch them via a web camera at the peregrine falcon nest site atop the courthouse. The in-nest “pinhole” camera will be online at the county website, www.ucnj.org. An audio feed and a controllable outer camera will also be installed this summer, enabling bird fans and researchers to follow the action in and around the nest.