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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - Lily and Ossie are doing just fine with all this snow. The photo at left shows Ossie, in the foreground, looking in on Lily, who is nestled down in the old scrape at the far end of the nest ledge (top right corner). It may look like she is buried in snow, but there is actually a sizable hole in the snow around her. The fact that she chose the old scrape as the most comfortable place to shelter from the storm is quite encouraging to falcon watchers, who have hopes that this year she will choose to lay her eggs in this location that is more visible to our cameras. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the far end of the scrape gets warm morning sunlight. Let's hope that Lily notices this too!


Monday, January 30, 2017 - We continue to catch occasional glimpses of our two adult birds on the webcam. Our thanks to the avid watchers who keep an eye on the camera and post pictures to our facebook group!

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Hamilton's resident adult pair, Lily and Ossie, will soon celebrate their second anniversary of their arrival in Hamilton, and will begin their third 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 2016, the pair again produced several eggs, but only one hatched. With plenty of attention (and food!) from its parents, this chick grew into a strong, robust female, named Ancaster, and made a strong first flight, quickly mastering the skies. It was one of the shortest falcon watches ever.

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. This will be the twenty-third 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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