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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!


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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