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HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!

Incubation for the (Hamilton) Nation!! Since March 22 or so one of the adult Peregrines has been in the east corner of the nest ledge almost every minute, and occasionally on-line Falconwatchers have seen one replace the other. While these are almost sure signs of incubation, there is a very specific movement that we look for every year, and on Easter Sunday Webmaster Charles spotted it. On our Facebook page (see FB link at upper right) he wrote, “Using the 'stream' video in test mode I saw the very distinctive 'wiggle' of Lily settling down over something. So even though there is nothing visible, I think it is fairly safe to say that brooding has begun!” The adult currently brooding can be seen in the Camera 1 image at left. Stay tuned!

DO YOU SEE BOTH FALCONS?

Friday, March 23, 2018 - Click the image at left, to view it full size, and you will see that Lily is sitting on the far left corner of the Standard Life Centre. It would appear that it is becoming a favorite perch for her, which is why we'll keep Camera #1 positioned the way it is until we see signs of eggs. Of course, that is Ossie sitting on the second ledge of the Sheraton. You can tell it is him by the pure slate blue cap on his head. Lily's cap has a dusting of white.

NEW CAMERA HERE!!!!!!

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - Yesterday was a loooong day for Charles, Mike and Hamilton Video and Sound's Jack Vogan and Josh Boyd. Installation of the new camera seemed to go fairly well, but a bad connection interfering with camera signal transmission and new software that took time to set up kept them all at the Sheraton until after 5PM, with the final setup completed after dinner by Charles. Ossie perched on the ledge during the outside work, and Lily flew by a couple of times.

You can see the results at left. Our new High Definition camera is up and running, and Ossie has already visited the nest ledge this morning. Pictures of the installation will follow.

OUR SINCERE THANKS ONCE AGAIN TO TD FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT FOR FUNDING THE NEW CAMERA, TO THE BOSCH CORPORATION FOR OFFERING A SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT ON THE EQUIPMENT, AND ALSO TO HAMILTON VIDEO AND SOUND FOR ARRANGING THE DISCOUNT AND DONATING THE INSTALLATION AND SETUP LABOUR.

Falconwatch's 2018 Season is geting underway. Stay tuned!

NEW CAMERA COMING....

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Tomorrow, if the weather is not dreadful, we will be installing a new webcam, purchased with grant funds from the TD Friends of the Enviornmen Foundation, and installed with the generous assistance of Hamilton Video Sound. We have been hearing reports of Lily and Ossie being seen throughout the winter. We look forward to capturing fresh images of the birds.

BACKGROUND FOR 2018....

Hamilton's resident adult pair, Lily and Ossie, are celebrating the third anniversary of their arrival in Hamilton, and will begin their fourth 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 2017, the pair produced several eggs, but sadly, none hatched. There was no evident reason for this failure, as temperatures were not particularly low during brooding. We will have to watch and see how things proceed this year.

Many birds 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-fourth year the same nest site on the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel has been used.

In November 2017 Falconwatch received a grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. This grant has funded the replacement of our aging (and failing) camera equipment, as well as purchase of a new computer for public presentatons. This money will also help cover various costs related to veterinary services, bird rescue training, and Peregrine expert assistance.

A replica of the grant cheque was presented at the TD Canada Trust branch in Jackson Square, on 15 November 2017, to Falconwatch Senior Monitor Mike Street (right) by Maria Delio, Manager, Customer Service & Sales, and Natanael Paipa, Manager Financial Services, at the branch.

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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