History of the Hamilton Community Peregrine Project and Falcon Watch
provided by the Hamilton Naturalists' Club
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The Story of the Hamilton Peregrines
(Please note: Updates in the current year are in bold type)
1994: In the spring of 1994 the late Len Dixon, then a Supervisor with the Hamilton Board of Education, noticed what he thought was a Peregrine Falcon spending time on and near the downtown Hamilton Sheraton Hotel, across busy King Street from the school board building.
1995: The Canadian Wildlife Service and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources were notified of Len's sighting. In early 1995 it was confirmed that not only was there a Peregrine in Hamilton, there was a PAIR nesting on a ledge on the south face of the 18th floor of the Sheraton!
A monitoring effort, coordinated by the Hamilton Naturalists' Club, was quickly set up with help from HNC members, other nature groups, and the public. The adult Peregrines, named 'Mom' and 'Dad' by the volunteers, hatched one chick of their own ('Hamilton'). Two more chicks ('Alberta' and 'Wainwright') were brought in from the captive breeding facility at Wainwright, Alberta and placed in the nest by a mountain climber. All three fledged successfully.
1996: In 1996 at least two eggs hatched, but both chicks disappeared suddenly and no further nesting was attempted.
1997: In 1997 the parents returned early, around March 10-15. Several eggs were laid and chicks hatched, but it was only during the week of June 2 that Falcon Watchers were able to see well enough into the nest to learn that there were FOUR chicks!! The 1997 birds were named 'Stelco', 'Sheraton' and 'Fairclough', all named after the buildings they used while fledging, and 'Spectator', after the local newspaper.
1998: Both the birds and the Falcon Watchers were even better prepared in 1998. A video camera, installed by the Canadian Peregrine Foundation, provided a signal to TV monitors in a storefront centre inside Jackson Square and to the CPF website. As in the previous year, 'Mom' and 'Dad' successfully fledged four chicks - 'Freedom', 'Phoenix', 'Navigator' and 'High Rise' - although one did not make it through the summer (see Follow-up, below). The birds names were chosen from those submitted in a contest.
1999: There was a significant change in 1999. While 'Dad' returned, the female was different. 'Mom', who produced the 1995-1998 chicks, left Hamilton in October 1998. That in itself was not unusual, but she did not return in the spring of 1999 and it was assumed that she had died in the interval. Meanwhile, in November 1998 a new female, named 'Toledo' after the Ohio city where she was born in a similar downtown building nest, arrived in Hamilton.
In the spring of 1999, after acclimatizing to the city and relearning how to land on building ledges, Toledo set up housekeeping with Dad. Four eggs were laid in the Sheraton nest in late March. Monitoring through the video camera continued and everything appeared to be fine until May 10 or so, when it was discovered that three of the eggs were gone. A week later it was obvious that the fourth egg was not going to hatch either. (It is believed that the failed eggs became fragile and were crushed by the weight of the incubating parents. The disappearing eggshells are accounted for by the fact that many birds eat their own eggshells for the calcium content.)
On May 21 two chicks were brought to Hamilton from a breeding facility in Quebec. The chicks were located and purchased by CPF and turned over to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Once at the Sheraton, the two chicks were banded and then carried down into the nest by a mountain climber. Adopted immediately by 'Dad' and 'Toledo', the two chicks, 'George' and 'Amazing Grace' ('Gracie') fledged normally.
2000: In honour of his dedication to the Hamilton nest, in the Millennium year 'Dad' was renamed 'Perseverance' ('Percy' for short). In 2000 Percy and Toledo hatched four chicks - 'Millennium' ('Millie' for short), 'Skywalker', 'Solo' and 'Wookie'. Sadly, Millie did not make it through the fledging period.
2001: In January 2001 came the sad news that Toledo had been killed in a collision with a car two months earlier. Since there had been a female falcon around over the early part of the winter, Hamilton Falcon Watchers set out to learn the identity of the new female, named 'Madame X', who appeared to be about three years old. In the meantime Percy teamed up with Madame X and together they produced and fledged two youngsters, 'Hal' and 'Sal'. Later in the summer Madame X's identity was learned (see Adults, below).
2002: Although Percy was seen in February, it appears that by April he had been replaced by a new male, Mozart. Madame X and Mozart successfully hatched and raised three chicks; two males, 'Springer' and 'McQuesten', and a female, 'Beasley'. The names were selected to honour prominent Hamiltonians of historic significance. Richard Springer and Richard Beasley were both early settlers who came to Hamilton as United Empire Loyalists. Springer owned a 100 acre tract of what is now downtown Hamilton and established his original log cabin in the heart of current Corktown. Beasley, one of Hamilton's very first settlers, established a trading post on the site of Dundurn castle and his first home was a log cabin nearby. The McQuesten name is familiar to Hamiltonians as the original owners of the historic landmark home, Whitehern. During a long career in public office, Thomas A. McQuesten presided over much that is familiar today, including the development of the Royal Botanical Gardens, preservation of what was left of Cootes Paradise, and the Niagara Parks System.
2003: Madame X and Mozart started nesting on the same ledge on the Sheraton hotel in March 2003, but just after the three chicks - Bold, Jackson and Hunter - were banded it became evident that a new male had arrived on the scene. After only one season, Mozart was gone and 'Newbie' had arrived. May 23, 2005 - see the sad news about Jackson in the 'Chicks' section below.
2004: Madame X and Newbie returned for another season. Four eggs were laid, and for the first time in Madame X's history all four eggs hatched. Cootes, Macassa and Macnab, all female, and Dundas, the only male, fledged successfully. Sometime during the fall of 2004 Dundas lost a leg but this has not slowed him down much. In late February 2005 he was filmed by a CHTV Videographer as he 'processed' a recently captured meal. May 23, 2005 - see more re Dundas and Cootes in the 'Chicks' section below.
2005: Madame X and Newbie stayed in the downtown Hamilton area all winter. Four eggs were laid, and again this year all four eggs hatched. Named after famous aircraft in this 60th anniversary year of the end of WWII, Anson (f), Canso (m), Harvard (m) and Lancaster (f) grew and flew. Sadly, Canso was killed in a collision with a building. As of July 9, 2005 the other three chicks have fledged from the nest and are doing well.
2006: While it appeared that Madame X and Newbie had spent the winter in downtown Hamilton, when it came time for eggs in the nest it was soon obvious that the male was not Newbie. He was later identified as 'Surge', a bird hatched in Etobicoke, ON in 2002. Eggs were laid in late March and hatched in early May. The three chicks - Albion, Sherman and Webster, fledged without incident. September 14, 2008 - see more re Albion in the 'Chicks' section below.
2007: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Madame X was identifed by band number in early March. Surge's identity was confirmed later. Four eggs were laid and four chicks hatched. Sadly, two chicks died during the first week of June. The other two - Jump Up and Blue Foot - were banded. Jump Up was returned to the nest while Blue Foot was taken for veterinary care. Blue Foot was returned to the nest and both chicks fledged successfully.
2008: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Madame X and Surge were both again identifed by band number. Four male chicks - Blashill, Duncan, Elstone and Miles - fledged successfully.
2009: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Madame X and Surge were both again identifed by band number. Four chicks - Dixon, Durand, Gleig and Strathcona - fledged successfully.
2010: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Madame X and Surge were both again identifed by band number. Four chicks - Chedoke, Henderson, Joseph and Peter - fledged successfully.
2011: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Madame X and Surge were both again identifed by band number. Three chicks - Gore, Thomson and Pigott - fledged successfully.
2012: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Madame X and Surge were both again identifed by band number. Three chicks - Beckett, Felker and Tiffany - fledged successfully.
2013: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Madame X and Surge were both again identifed by band number. Two chicks - Laura and Brock (both female) - fledged successfully.
2014: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Madame X and Surge were both again identifed by band number. Sadly, none of the eggs laid this year hatched. When the first two failed, the adults moved to the opposite end of the nest ledge and tried again. Because of the angle of view, we don't know how many eggs were laid there. We only ever saw one. There was no clear reason for the failure, so we were left to speculate on the possibility that perhaps Madame X is getting too old.
2015: In January, Surge was found injured on the ground near the waterfront, and was taken to the Owl Foundation for treatment. Sadly, he died about two months later from those injuries. In his absence, a new male entered the territory in Feburary and was slowly accepted by Madame X. Then, in a surprising turn of events, our grand old bird suddenly disappeared with no trace or explanation, and a new female was seen keeping company with the new male on the Sheraton. The new male had been identified a few weeks before as Ossie, hatched in 2012 at the Osler Hsopital in Etobicoke. The new female was soon identified as Lily, hatched in 2010 at the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power plant, in Michigan. The new pair produced their first of three eggs on April 7, choosing a scrape location at the near end of the nest ledge - the same spot chosen my Madame X and Surge for their second clutch attempt the year before. Two of the eggs hatched successfully, and two female chicks, named Barton and McMaster for Hamilton historic figures, were banded in early June and made their first flights by the end of the month. Both fledged without incident.
2016: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Lily and Ossie were both again identifed by band number. One chick, named Ancaster (female), fledged successfully.
2017: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Lily and Ossie were both again identifed by band number. The pair laid some eggs, again at the near end of the nest ledge, so we could not see them to make an exact count, but no chicks hatched from those eggs. It doesn't appear that any second attempt at laying was made.
2018: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Lily and Ossie were both again identifed by band number. Four chicks hatched, all males. One chick, named Gage, died after being struck by a car during its first flights. The other three, named Ainslie, Lisgar and Lawrence, fledged successfully.
2019: The adult birds spent the winter in downtown Hamilton. Lily and Ossie were both again identifed by band number. The pair laid some eggs, again at the near end of the nest ledge, so we could not see them to make an exact count, but no chicks hatched from those eggs. It doesn't appear that any second attempt at laying was made.
Why a Falcon Watch?
From 1995-2017 inclusive a total of fifty-nine (59) chicks have been fledged from the Sheraton Hamilton nest. Fifty-five (55) of these were hatched in the nest and four (4) were foster chicks placed in the nest due to partial or complete egg failure. All were monitored throughout the fledging period by volunteers organized and coordinated by the Hamilton Naturalists' Club (HNC). Were it not for the efforts of the Falcon Watch, however, at least a dozen of these chicks probably would have died.
Why? Well, first flights of young birds are often unsuccessful, ending on the street, the sidewalk, or on the roofs of nearby buildings.
Throughout the first three weeks of flight, the fledglings may crash into plate glass windows and fall to the ground. Their survival depends on our team of dedicated, trained volunteers who keep an eye on the birds, rescue them if necessary, and return them to the safety of the roof nest area. By the end of the 1997 season four of the seven chicks at the Hamilton site had been rescued at ground level a total of five times. Since 1995 a total of 24 rescues has been performed by Falconwatch Coordinators and Volunteers.
Monitoring lasts from dawn to dusk for three weeks, usually from mid-June through early July. It is also a wonderful opportunity to observe the daily activities and amazing acrobatics of this endangered species and to participate in their recovery.
Since 1995 the Hamilton Naturalists' Club has coordinated the Falcon Watch every year that chicks have hatched, with help from members of the HNC, the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch, other nature groups and the public. All banding has been carried out with the help of HNC members, volunteer climbers and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Also since 1995 the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, and Yale Properties (Jackson Square) have provided major assistance to Falcon Watch as did Stelco Inc. while it occupied the main tower in the complex. In 2015 The McMaster University David Braley Downtown Health Campus building replaced the school board building. The Braley Centre has continued to provide major assistance to Falconwatch.
In 2000 a new partnership was formed: The Hamilton Community Peregrine Project (HCPP), co-sponsored and managed by the HNC, with the goal of increasing public awareness and education regarding Hamilton's Peregrines. A website was created, exclusively dedicated to the Sheraton Hamilton nest, displaying and archiving photos from a new webcam. This site was originally developed by Charles Gregory (who continues to maintain it to this day) and hosted by the Hamilton-Wentworth Community Network (HWCN). When HWCN closed down, hosting was thereafter donated to the HCPP by Fibernetics, and internet access for the cameras provided by their Worldline division. Over the years other companies and groups have also generously provided their support. In 2011 a grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation provided the funds to install a second, more capable camera at the nest site. In 2016, the website was improved with a live video stream during the nesting season. Our many partners are acknowledged above, with our thanks.
1994 - 2002: 'Dad'/'Percy' was hatched in a nest on a building in Montreal in 1993. In 2002 Percy was seen in February, but by April he had been replaced by a new male, Mozart. Percy has not been reported again.
1995 - 1998: Mom - although banded, 'Mom' was never identified. She was believed to have been banded as a wild bird in Western Canada. 'Mom', together with 'Dad' ('Percy'), raised and fledged 9 chicks of her own (1995 -1, 1997-4, 1998-4) and fledged two foster chicks (1995). 'Mom' was not seen again after the summer of 1998.
1998 - 2000: 'Toledo' was fledged from an urban nest in Toledo, OH in 1995 and came to Hamilton in late 1998. She was killed in a collision with a car in November 2000. Toledo and Percy fledged two foster chicks in 1999, and raised four of their own in 2000.
2001-2003: Madame X replaced Toledo during the winter of 2000-2001. In June 2001 she and Percy produced and fledged two chicks. It has been learned that Madame X was hatched on a bridge on Pennsylvania Route 309, the Cross-Valley Expressway in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Banded as a hatchling on 7 June 1999 she was known to the falcon watchers in Northeast PA as 'Runaround Sue', a name suggested after she was found running along the expressway guide wall one morning.
2002-2003: It appears that Percy was replaced by new male, Mozart, sometime in March or early April 2002. Because the adults move so quickly, the presence of a new male was not known until late May. In June his band number was read and identity confirmed. Mozart was banded in 1999 as a wild bird at Terminal Tower, Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio. Mozart is the son of Zenith (f) and Bullet (m). Mozart and an unbanded female tried to establish a nest at St. Catharines, Ontario in 2001 but were unsuccessful. Exactly when he arrived in Hamilton is uncertain, but based on webcam photos we are now reasonably sure that Mozart was the father of the chicks born in 2002. Mozart disappeared sometime between March 20 and June 12, 2003. This was discovered after the 2003 chicks were banded when observers noted that the adult male attending the nest had no bands on his legs. A male Peregrine carrying the same colour leg band as Mozart was seen at Christie Lake Conservation Area in the Flamborough Township area of Hamilton on Dec. 26, 2003, but it was not possible to confirm that this bird was Mozart.
2003: The new male replacing Mozart was named 'Newbie'. The lack of bands will make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to identify Newbie.
2004: Madame X and Newbie returned and fledged four chicks.
2005: Madame X and Newbie returned and hatched four chicks, of which three fledged.
2006: While it appeared that Madame X and Newbie had spent the winter in downtown Hamilton, when it came time for eggs in the nest it was soon obvious that the male is not Newbie. The male was identified as 'Surge', hatched and banded in the Etobicoke, ON nest in 2002.
2007: Madame X was identified by band number in early March 2007. Surge's identity was confirmed on 5 June.
2008: Madame X and Surge returned and fledged four chicks.
2009: Madame X and Surge returned and fledged four chicks.
2010: Madame X and Surge returned and fledged four chicks.
2011: Madame X and Surge returned and fledged three chicks.
2012: Madame X and Surge returned and fledged three chicks.
2013: Madame X and Surge returned and fledged two chicks.
2014: Madame X and Surge returned, but none of their eggs hatched, despite two separate clutching attempts.
2015: Madame X and Surge stayed in Hamilton over the winter, but in January, Surge was injured in what appears to have been a territorial battle. After this, while Surge was recovering from his injuries at the Owl Foundation, a new adult bird was seen near the nest ledge, and Madame X seemed to be at least tolerating the newcomer. Surge appeared to be healing well, but then in early March he started having seizures. Sadly, he died shortly afterwards, on March 5th. In a surprising turn of events, on March 13, a new female, with green/black leg band, was seen keeping company with the new male at the Hamilton nest. Madame X was last seen the day before, favoring what looked like an injured foot. There were no wintesses, but it is speculated that the new female succeeded in driving off Madame X. So within a space of two months, both old adults at the Hamilton nest were displaced. Our dearly loved Madame X and Surge will be missed by the many humans who watched them closely over the years, as they proved to be exceptional mates and parents. But falcons move on, and we are hopeful that the new younger pair will bring chicks back to the Hamilton nest after last year's failed clutches. The new birds have been identified as "Ossie", hatched in 2012 at Etobicoke, and "Lily", hatched in 2010 at Grand Haven, MI. Please see the 2015 News for details on their origins.
2016: Lily and Ossie returned for their second season. One chick, named Ancaster (female), fledged successfully.
2017: Lily and Ossie returned, and laid some eggs, again at the near end of the nest ledge, so we could not see them to make an exact count, but no chicks hatched from those eggs. It doesn't appear that any second attempt at laying was made.
2018: Lily and Ossie returned. Four chicks hatched, all males. One chick died after being struck by a car during its first flights. The other three, named Ainslie, Lisgar and Lawrence, fledged successfully.
2019: Lily and Ossie returned, and laid some eggs, again at the near end of the nest ledge, so we could not see them to make an exact count, but no chicks hatched from those eggs. It doesn't appear that any second attempt at laying was made.
1996 Birds: 'Alberta' successfully nested in 1997, 1998 and 1999 in Etobicoke and produced many offspring. After the summer of 1999 she engaged in a second territorial battle with a younger female and left the area. She has not been seen since.
1997 Birds: 'Stelco' was identified as nesting in Lansing, MI in 1999. She has nested there again from 2000 through 2006, but only in 2004 did any of her chicks hatch. In 2006 she laid five eggs unsuccessfully. On 30 May 20 2007 it was reported that Stelco had laid five eggs but all had failed. Summer 2008: Stelco and her mate successfully fledged five chicks in the renovated nest box at the power station in Lansing, MI. Fall 2008: It appears that Stelco has been replaced by another female. May 2009 - After being away all winter Stelco all of a sudden reappeared at the nest and took her 'rightful' place. Four chicks hatched and two were fledged successfully. Spring 2010 - Stelco returned briefly to Lansing but then disappeared and has not been seen since.
1998 Birds: 'Freedom' was killed in July 1998 in a collision with a Hamilton building during a fight with an American Kestrel. In November 2000 Phoenix was killed near Nanticoke, Ontario in a collision with a car or wire. It is believed that at the time he was setting up a territory at the nearby Nanticoke Generating Station.
1999 Birds: 'George' not only displaced the resident male and nested in London, Ontario in 2000, but also successfully raised and fledged three youngsters alone after his new mate was killed in an electrical storm! He and a new female successfully raised chicks in 2001 and in 2002. March 18, 2003: Sad News - George was found injured in downtown London, apparently after an altercation with another raptor. He was taken to the Wild Bird Clinic at the University of Guelph but unfortunately did not survive.
2000 Birds: Millie was killed before fledging when she collided with a building during one of her first flights.
2001 Birds: Hal has had quite a time since fledging from the nest in July 2001. On January 30, 2002 he was found on the ground in a dazed but otherwise unhurt condition at Chatham, Ontario, about 230km west of Hamilton. He was taken to a rehabilitation facility near Ingersoll, Ontario where no injuries were found, although marks on his feet indicated that he may have received an electric shock. After a week's monitoring Hal was returned to Chatham and released. Then, in mid-April 2002, researchers trying to recover a satellite transmitter from another Peregrine at an industrial site in Clarkson, Ontario (30km north of Hamilton) caught Hal in their net instead! He was reported to be in great shape and acting his typical feisty self. Hal has all the hallmarks of a survivor in the Peregrine world - go Hal!
Well, it turns out that Sal is not a female! During the summer of 2002 he (perhaps we should call him Salvatore?) and a banded but so far unidentified female hatched three chicks at the Mississauga Executive Centre near Highway 403 and Hurontario St. (Hwy. 10). Sal is the second Hamilton-fledged male (after George) to start parental activities only one year after leaving its birth nest. We are waiting to see if Sal returns to Mississauga in 2003.
2002 Birds: Springer, McQuesten and Beasley left the area sometime in the fall.
Sometime in March 2003 Beasley turned up in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Interestingly, Cleveland is the home of Beasley's father, Mozart. She was seen battling with another female in a nesting territory, and later found injured. On April 11, 2003 Beasley underwent surgery to repair a broken ulna (wing bone) at the North Ridgeville Veterinary Clinic. The surgery went very well and she recuperated at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village, OH, about 15 miles west of Cleveland. Since Cleveland is not far across Lake Erie, there is a good possibility that Beasley was the large immature Peregrine seen in the Nanticoke, ON area during the week before Christmas 2002. After extensive rehabilitation and grooming Beasley was released on March 7, 2004. Sadly, she was found dead about 50 miles away about a month later.
2003 Birds: Bold, Jackson and Hunter fledged successfully and left the Sheraton area in early July. Hunter took up residence in the area of Victoria Park and was seen there as late as August 21, 2003. Sadly, on August 20 we received news that Bold had been killed in a collision with an airplane near Toronto International Airport. April 6, 2005 - word was received that Jackson has been identified as the new male at the St. Lawrence Cement Plant nest in Mississauga. May 23, 2005 - sadly, we have recently learned that Jackson was killed in a collision with a car and that the St. Lawrence Cement nest appears to have been abandoned for this year.
2004 Birds: Cootes, Macassa and Macnab and Dundas fledged successfully. Sometime during the fall of 2004 Dundas lost a leg but this has not slowed him down much. In late February 2005 he was filmed by a CHTV Videographer. June 15, 2005: Dundas has set up a territory at Limeridge Mall on Hamilton Mountain. In the spring of 2006 Dundas and a female companion were seen setting up housekeeping in Kitchener. In March 2007 Dundas was photographed in the Hamilton area at the Burlington Skyway Bridge, apparently trying to entice a female to a nest box on the structure. At least one egg was laid but as of 10 June 2007 it appears to have failed. There have been no known sightings of Dundas since 2007.
Cootes was sighted at the Spurlock Power Plant in Mason Co., Kentucky in 2006 and created a scrape with the male A.J. (fledged 2004 from Miami Ft. Power station, Cleves, OH) but did not produce eggs. This is the furthest away that a Hamilton Born falcon has been identified. In 2007 Cootes and A.J. fledged three males; Nate, Derek, and Tyler; and a female Peggy Sue. Derek was a breeder on the I-75 bridge in Covington, KY in 2009. One female chick, Cathy, fledged unsuccessfully, was rehabbed, and released. Two other chicks fledged successfully. This site has not been monitored since. In 2008 Cootes and an unknown male hatched four eggs. One chick died at a week old and two males, Nox and Stax; and a female, Sox fledged. Sox died August 2009 in Louisville, KY from a window collision during a suspected territory battle. In 2009 Cootes and an unknown male successfully fledged a male, Favre, and three females, Adria, Stephanie, and Aldora. Favre was a breeder in 2011 and 2012 at the LG&E Trimble County Power Station in Kentucky. He fledged three chicks in 2011 and in 2012 three chicks fledged, a male Lawson, and two females, Kiersten and Catrina. Stephanie was trapped at a Hawk Migration Research Station in Sheboygan, WI on Sep. 21, 2009. Cootes has not been seen since 2009.
2005 Birds: Named after famous aircraft in this 60th anniversary year of the end of WWII, Anson (f), Canso (m), Harvard (m) and Lancaster (f) grew and flew. Sadly, Canso was killed in a collision with a building. The other three chicks have fledged from the nest.
2006 Birds: Albion, Sherman and Webster, named after Hamilton area waterfalls and all female, fledged successfully. In August 2008 we learned that Albion was not only alive and well but that she was also a mother! Albion and her mate have nested under the Scudder Falls Bridge, over which US intersate highway I-95 crosses the Delaware River, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This news is particularly interesting because Albion's mother, our very own Madame X, was also hatched on a bridge in Pennsylvania. Pictures of Albion and her 2008 chick, which fledged successfully, have been posted on our 'Peregrine Who's Who' page (click on the Gallery button above). In 2009 Albion again nested at the Scudders Falls bridge and three healthy chicks were banded. In 2010 three young successfully fledged and again in 2011 three young successfully fledged. In 2012 two recently hatched eggs were found, but no young. It is suspected they succumbed to predation by a Great Horned Owl. In May 2009 Webster was identified as the female of a pair nesting on a bridge in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It is not known if this was her first nest in the area. In April 2013 we learned that on December 15, 2009 Webster was found severely injured, apparently after a collision with a power line, and was subsequently euthanized.
2007 birds: Jump Up and Blue Foot were banded on 5 June 2007 and fledged successfully.
2008 birds: Blashill, Duncan, Elstone and Miles were banded on 2 June 2008 and fledged successfully. Initially it was thought that there were two males and two females, but after some adventures it was agreed that all four birds were male.
1 April 2013 - Duncan has been nesting at the South Grand Island Bridge on Interstate 190 over the Niagara River since 2010, fledging four chicks in 2010 and 2011. A 2010 chick fell into the Niagara River just as New York State wildlife technicians were coming by boat to check the nest. The chick - named Lucky for obvious reasons - was rescued and taken for rehabilitation. It was released on October 1, 2010. A South Grand Island Bridge nest check on 2 April 2012 revealed three eggs. Only one chick fledged, unfortunately into oncoming traffic and was killed. Duncan and his mate stick very close together and stay right near their nest site even outside of nesting season.
2009 birds: Dixon, Durand, Gleig and Strathcona were banded on 4 June 2009 and fledged successfully. Durand nested in Columbus, Ohio in 20011 and laid five (5) eggs, but none hatched. Durand nested again in 2012 but no eggs hatched. Durand is back for the 2013 season. See Durand on the terrific Ohio Department of Natural Resources website at: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/falconcam/
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - Gleig, banded at the Sheraton Hamilton on 2 June 2009, has just been identified as the female of a Peregrine pair at the Buffalo Central Terminal. 1 April 2013 - Gleig and her mate, Diamante, (2008 hatch from Rochester, NY) successfully fledged two females in 2012, Alfreda and Wagner.
2010 birds: Chedoke, Henderson, Joseph and Peter were banded on 4 June 2010 and fledged successfully. Peter and his un-banded mate successfully fledged two young from the Hearn Power Station, Toronto, ON in 2011. In 2012 this pair produced three offspring. The female was injured and Peter successfully raised and fledged the three offspring by himself. Joseph was reported nesting in Beachville, ON in 2018 producing one chick. His mate Virgina was a 2013 fledge from the Buffalo nest, daughter of Gleig (Hamiton 2009) and Diamente.
2011 birds: Gore, Thomson and Pigott were banded on 4 June 2011 and fledged successfully. In the spring of 2012 Pigott was seen on an abandoned building in the Rochester, NY area. She established her territory there and was joined by a male, Dot.ca. They did not nest. Pigott remained in the area all winter while Dot.ca migrated. He returned the following year and he and Pigott were seen exhibiting mating behavior. Pigott moved to Syracuse in 2014, and is still there as of spring 2017.
2012 birds: Beckett, Felker and Tiffany were banded on 31 May 2012 and fledged successfully.
2013 birds: Laura and Brock were banded on 18 June May 2013 and fledged successfully.
2014: Despite two attempts, no eggs hatched this year.
2015 birds: Barton and McMaster (both females) were banded on June 4, 2015, fledged successfully and left the area.
2016 bird: Ancaster (female) banded on May 25, 2016, fledged successfully and left the area.
2017: No eggs hatched, with only one attempt at laying being observed.
2018 birds: Ainslie, Lisgar and Lawrence, all males, fledged successfully and left the area.
2019: No eggs hatched, with only one attempt at laying being observed.
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