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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, January 2, 2020 - Lily and Ossie paid a visit to the ledge this afternoon. They have been doing so quite regularly all winter. As soon as the weather warms up in March, we hope to see a new clutch of eggs.

BACKGROUND FOR 2020....

Hamilton's resident adult pair, Lily and Ossie, are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their arrival in Hamilton, and will begin their sixth nesting season on the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel very soon.

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 2019, Lily laid several eggs, but sadly, none of them hatched. This is not the first time eggs have failed for the pair, and while we don't know for certain, we are guessing that cold weather was partly to blame. The pair's most recent successful clutch was the year before, when three chicks fledged from the nest.

We will once again be looking for volunteers to help us with the on-street watch during the critical period when chicks are making their first flights, in June. Perhaps you will join us this year?

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-sixth 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.

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