Hamilton Falconwatch News
Saturday, January 23, 2016 - Hamilton's new resident adult pair, Lily and Ossie have stayed in the Hamilton downtown core over the winter, and occasionally drop by the nest ledge..... Today we got a close-up look to verify Lily's bands.
BACKGROUND FOR 2016....
In early 2015, first the resident male, Surge, and then the resident female, Madame X, were replaced by two new, younger adult birds, Ossie and Lily. Surge had been found injured in January, and later died from those injuries while being cared for at the Owl Foundation. Madame X simply disappeared in March, with some speculation that she had been driven off by Lily in a territorial battle.
Lily was banded in 2010 at the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power plant, in Michigan, and Ossie fledged from the Osler Hospital in Etobicoke in 2012.
The new pair produced three eggs in April, two of which hatched. The two chicks, both female, were named Barton and McMaster, and fledged successfully later that summer.
Many birds exhibit a trait called 'site fidelity'. If at least one of a pair that used a nest site in the previous year return, and if there have been no significant physical changes to disturb either the nest itself or the birds generally, they will use the same nest site over and over again, year after year. Peregrine Falcons are known for site fidelity. Apparently in the case of Ossie and Lily, there had been enough time between Ossie's arrival and Lily's for Madame X to "introduce" Ossie to the preferred nesting spot on the Sheraton, which Ossie then showed to Lily. This will be the twenty-second year the same nest site on the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel has been used.
To read FalconWatch Reports from previous years, click on the History button above.
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