Hamilton Falconwatch News
OH, LOOK, THERE'S ONE!
Monday, April 5, 2021 - Based on the falcon's brooding behavior, observed over the past five days, we were fairly sure we had at least one egg. But it's still good to see one! Falcons turn their eggs frequently, and when this happens, they move them about a bit. This afternoon, Ossie moved an egg into view. How many more might there be, and how many will hatch? We'll know in a month.
BROODING HAS BEGUN
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - As late as 3 o'clock this morning, Lily could be seen still checking out the far corner of the nest ledge. But then, around 4:30, she made her decision, and settled down in the near corner, and stayed there for the next three hours, despite a bit of rain. Only coming out when Ossie brought her a meal at 7:15. She spent most of the rest of the day in that corner, leading falcon watchers to believe that the first egg of the 2021 season has been laid. Of course, she's so deep into that corner, we have no chance of seeing it yet. But we'll keep the camera focused there, hoping to catch a glimpse soon. The clock is now officially ticking, and in about a month we can start watching for fluffy white chicks to appear.
DARE WE HOPE?
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - Every year, as nesting season approaches, we watch Ossie and Lily have this "discussion" in body language, where he seems to be trying to convince her that the far end of the nest ledge is the better location for the scrape. Today, we caught sight of Lily digging around in that scrape at the far end. Could she be seriously considering his idea? How long will it be until she makes her decision? Keep an eye on that camera! Eggs should be coming soon!
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 -
Cheeky - adjective - Definition:
← This pigeon.
Seriously? Does it not know that Ossie is currently bringing Lily lots of food in preparation for egg-laying? This time last year we had our first egg. Judging by the activity around the nest, we won't be waiting much longer to see this year's first egg. You, dear pigeon, are living very dangerously.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS!
We wanted to express our appreciation to all the people who remembered us over the winter holiday season and made a gift to FalconWatch. As well as everyone else who donated throughout the year. Those donations enabled us to hire our coordinators at a time when we could not ask for any volunteers, and that meant that Griffin was rescued and received vital care when he had his mishap in June. Your donations quite literally saved a falcon. So, THANK YOU!
BACKGROUND FOR 2021....
Hamilton's resident adult pair, Lily and Ossie, are celebrating the sixth anniversary of their arrival in Hamilton, and will begin their sixth nesting season on the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel in March.
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.
In 2020, the pair hatched two chicks. One of them had to be rescued after a collision with a building, and spent several weeks recovering at the Owl Foundation (to whom we are extremely grateful). This chick disappeared a few days after being returned to the nest. At first we feared the worst, but we eventually received word that this chick had been seen hopping along a cliff top near Lake Ontario. So our 2020 season ended on a high note, with both chicks having fledged successfully.
With the Covid-19 pandemic stretching into its second year, we strongly expect that, just as we did last year, once again we will not be able to accept the help of volunteer on-street watchers during the nesting season. In this case, your kind financial assistance makes all the difference, as this pays for our coordinators, who keep our chicks safe.
Many bird species exhibit a trait called 'site fidelity'. If at least one of a pair that used a nest site in the previous year returns, 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 year after year. Peregrine Falcons are known for site fidelity. This will be the twenty-seventh 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.
Thank you to all our visitors and supporters for your ongoing encouragement.
DONATIONS WELCOME - If you have not already made a donation to Falconwatch, it is never too late to do so. The Coordinators' daily reports, the camera images, on-street Falconwatch equipment and display window electronics are all made possible by YOUR contributions. Falconwatch does not cost a lot, but grants do not cover all our expenses, and there are bills to be paid. Please click on the yellow 'DONATE button above to learn more about how the money is used and how to make a tax creditable donation by cheque or on-line. We and the birds Thank You!
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