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Hamilton Peregrine Falcons 2011

March 31st, 2011, 04:00 PM
Well we are off with the new Season! MadameX and Surge (unofficially) are back at the site..(actually they stay all yr round!) but more activity in the past 2 weeks on the nest ledge. They have dug down deep this year...hard to see eggs at certain views.

We have a new camera installed that can pan the whole city area around the nest and we can now peak on rooftops etc to see the family! its actually an awesome camera now!

So needless to say here is the link to the cam! hope you all enjoy it as much as I do !

Today Madame X layed her first egg of the season..for those not familiar with the falcon she will generally lay an egg ever other day until about 4-5..they get lower numbers as they age. A nice viable egg is burgundy brown color...they also say as the falcon gets older the eggs get lighter??

Anyway enjoy!


March 31st, 2011, 08:42 PM
Winston, thanks for posting this again this year. :thumbs up

Looks like Madame X is pretty much right on schedule once again. I checked back at last year's thread and last year she laid her first egg on March 29th so two days late. Still pretty close.

I missed watching most of last year's activities. Will have to keep a better eye on this thread and the website this time.

April 1st, 2011, 05:37 AM
Mikischo there are falcons near you too! check out this site...they are amazing to watch....I find it amazing that within 37 days they are full grown?? enjoy


April 1st, 2011, 12:00 PM
Very cool, Winston!!!

April 1st, 2011, 02:18 PM
Mikischo there are falcons near you too! check out this site...they are amazing to watch....I find it amazing that within 37 days they are full grown?? enjoy


Thanks for the link, Cindy. Although I've know for years that we had peregrines here as well, it never occurred to me to check the internet for a website.:headslap: Apparently there were two pairs in Winnipeg last year and the first sighting this year was on March 15. Needless to say they don't stay in "Winter"peg over the winter. I don't want to hijack your thread. Maybe I could start one of my own to represent my area of the country.

April 1st, 2011, 04:25 PM
I always love your links Cindy. I need to hunt down that honkin' big list you posted one year of similar links all over the world.

April 2nd, 2011, 06:33 AM
yay! I love watching them grow up! :lovestruck:

April 3rd, 2011, 06:27 PM
Winston, I just took a look and I see a second egg was laid this morning. Nice to see dad takes his turn tending the eggs. :thumbs up

April 5th, 2011, 11:21 AM
Winston,sorry I missed this,I thought it would be to early for egg-laying..
Thank you for doing this again this year,LOVE watching them:thumbs up

April 5th, 2011, 03:31 PM


Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - sometime between 13:00 and 14:00 today one of the adults took a break and revealed a third egg in the nest. The photo at left, taken with our AMAZING new camera, was captured at 14:33 this afternoon. Madame X is shown having a look at the clutch just before Surge arrived to do some more incubating. Way to go guys!!!

April 9th, 2011, 01:48 PM
Althought the site isnt update I clearly see 4 eggs!!! :thumbs up

April 9th, 2011, 01:54 PM
Omg Winston,what a beautiful picture:thumbs up

April 9th, 2011, 02:33 PM
Chico isnt that awesome! they installed a new camera at the nest site and it really makes a big difference!!! What a good Dad eh! he is always on the eggs! (either that or he is really lazy!)

I dont know if I ever mentioned this before but there is a T.O nest site where the male Kack takes care of 2 different nests...yes 2 girls and lots of babies to feed! I think this is his 3rd yr doing it...he is a real stud! :laughing::laughing:

April 9th, 2011, 03:19 PM
I thought he was the dad,but did not want to assume,he is just stunning:lovestruck:

April 9th, 2011, 07:42 PM
Wow, and look at the size of the eggs!!! Awesome!

April 9th, 2011, 08:32 PM
Here is a real good pic of falcon eggs...these are not from our nest but at least you can see how they the falcon ages the eggs are not as bright color.

April 10th, 2011, 08:28 AM
That's a great pic! Hard to believe they don't break on the gravel! :eek:

So you're saying the older the mother the duller the eggs? Is that a reliable way to age a fem?

April 10th, 2011, 11:08 AM
Yes Hazel its a good indicator....they usually start to lay less eggs too!
I think about the eggs on the gravell all the time too and the fact that they sit on them...Madame X turns them very carefully as well....

If it helps to tell the difference between who is in the nest..Madame X has the black markings all the way up her chest to her neck and Surge has alot of white in this area...he still has the dots but no where near what she has...

April 21st, 2011, 01:59 PM
I guess I was wrong only 3 eggs..heres an update.


Thursday, April 21, 2011 - This is the quiet time on the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel nest, as the two adult Peregrines, Madame X and Surge, take turns incubating their three eggs. The eggs were laid over a six day period from March 31st to April 5th, but the adults did not begin incubating the eggs full-time until after the last one was laid. This little trick will cause the eggs to develop together and (hopefully) hatch within a few days of each other. This should happen the first week of May. The chicks will grow with amazing rapidity, and by mid-June will be taking their first flights!


April 21st, 2011, 04:49 PM
Winston,I was reading about the Toronto ones and it says they don't think the eggs will survive,they are sitting directly on cold concrete,not much gravel,like in Hamilton and it's been so darn cold:yell:
If this keeps up,I think a lot of baby-birds,Squirrel-babies will die.

April 21st, 2011, 04:56 PM
Chico there are a few new sites in TO and the Canadian Peregrine Foundation will usually install a nest tray if they show interest in a site, however it also depends on the falcons too..sometimes they dont take to the nest tray either. After a failed clutch they usually move on to find a more successful nest site.

Did you hear about Quest? the transmitter falcon and her new beau Kendal? She has been wondering for a couple of years and finally settled on a mate and a nest ledge across from the Harlequin Romance office! its the talk of the town rightn now. She is fixed with a gps type transmitter when she was a young baby and I have been following her travels since 2008! :thumbs up

April 22nd, 2011, 07:46 AM
Yes,I read about them,I think they were the ones they are concerned about,but lik you say,if one clutch does not make it,they'll try for another,but I hope they make it:pray:

April 22nd, 2011, 08:01 AM
Chico they are pretty strong rapters that keep trying. There are many sites in TO. If they were to install a nest tray it wouldnt be until next year and they would likely install more than one just in case they dont like their location now. I understand there are another pair that have layed eggs and abandoned them on several floorso f a highrise but that is not Quest.

Quest started out in Rochester and then spent a year almost down near Cape Cod and then moved on to the Bruce Nuke Plant and now has settled down! She is so popular there is a team coming from Rochester where she origionally is from to visit the site. :thumbs up

Here is a pic of their nest that they have taken too the fear is that the eggs of babies will fall off the ledge.

April 22nd, 2011, 10:32 AM
They seem to do okay on cliff edges so :fingerscr they'll do okay on the flat concrete ledge, too!

May 5th, 2011, 11:37 AM
Well judging from madame X's behaviour we should have a hatch today! You will see from the pics from the camera taken in the last 1/2 hour that one of the eggs has the chick starting to come out....woohoo she is right on schedule! Madame X always has her chicks on Mothers Day weekend! :thumbs up

May 5th, 2011, 01:44 PM

I can't tell from the live cam site if it's hatched, yet. She won't get up. :D How long does a hatch usually take? Think it's out, yet?

May 5th, 2011, 02:12 PM
Winston I love the shots from this new camera,you can really see how beautiful she is,hope for a healthy,hatchling:pray:

May 7th, 2011, 03:55 PM
Madame X & Surge welcome their first chick forn 2011 into the world about a 1/2 hour ago.....I am soo happy for them...check out these great shots of it!

May 7th, 2011, 03:56 PM
a couple more shots

May 7th, 2011, 03:56 PM
last ones

May 7th, 2011, 04:21 PM
She looks so proud and protective! Yay!!!

Is that second egg opening up, too? :fingerscr

May 7th, 2011, 04:39 PM
Omg,what great pics,what a great mom she is,I'll never tire of following these events every year,thank's Winston!

May 7th, 2011, 05:24 PM
Hazel I see a little pip so I am thinking that one is coming along too! :thumbs up

May 7th, 2011, 05:27 PM
From the site:

Saturday May 7, 2011 - Starting around 3pm today, Falcon Watchers saw the first egg start to crack, and then a second started cracking as well. At 4:32 the first chick of the 2011 season made its debut! As of 5pm the second is still working on her shell, and will be out of it soon! Keep a close watch!

May 7th, 2011, 08:22 PM
Well Madame X and Surge were blessed with their 2nd chick a few hours after the 1st arrived! How awesome to see the family so far! The fun begins feeding them all now! Surge is an awesome food provider so they certainly wont go hungry. Enjoy these few pics they are a couple of tender moments!

May 7th, 2011, 08:22 PM
a couple more

May 7th, 2011, 08:24 PM
Wow! Looks like the first one has already grown! :eek:

May 7th, 2011, 08:27 PM
I know its amazing Hazel...hard to imagine that they are all grown up in about a month and 1/2 eh?? The go through some funny looking stages...especially when their crop is full after a feeding...they look like a top heavy pilsberry dough boy! :D

May 7th, 2011, 08:43 PM
I've always wondered if it hurts to grow so fast! :eek:

May 7th, 2011, 08:46 PM
I often wondered if they get itchy when those large dark pin feathers come in through the downy white ones! :laughing:

May 7th, 2011, 08:48 PM
Oh, ya!!! That looks itchy for sure! :eek: :o But they never act like they feel too uncomfortable :shrug:

May 8th, 2011, 03:27 PM
Shift change and Daddy on duty! :thumbs up

May 8th, 2011, 03:42 PM
Winston,those pics are amazing,just look at those little chics:cloud9:amazing:thumbs up
Thankfully the weather is nice,they won't have to freeze,mom and dad are soooo beautiful,thank's Winston!

May 9th, 2011, 07:28 AM
And then there were 3!!! Woo hoo! now the fun begins! :thumbs up

Arent they so sweet!

May 9th, 2011, 08:58 AM
ohhh the third hatched!!! are they choosing names for them yet??? thanks so much Winston for the pics and updates, I always enjoy them!

May 9th, 2011, 09:02 AM
Melinda they will name them once they bring them in to band them. Usually they pick something special like in past years they named them after all of the waterfalls in the Hamilton area and one year a group of school children named them so we will have to wait and see.

They also need to grow more so that we can tell whether they are male or females.

Yes they all hatched on Mothers Day! she is always right on with the date but yesterday it was all 3 of them hatching. :thumbs up

May 9th, 2011, 09:29 AM
I've always thought it was amazing how eggs laid on different days could be regulated by brooding to all develop and hatch on the same day!! Obviously Madame X and Surge are very good at it. :D

They're such little fluffy things when they're just out of the egg! :lovestruck:

May 11th, 2011, 03:38 PM
Some pics from today! They just crack me up the expressions they have!

I was a little worried in some of the more recent pics only seeing one chick but the other 2 are under the cement area of the wall there is some space under there...

May 11th, 2011, 03:39 PM
a few more

May 11th, 2011, 03:41 PM
That last little guy or gal looks a tad grumpy. :D

May 11th, 2011, 03:44 PM
They always look sooo ugly or grumpy! but wait till they grow up are they ever gorgeous! I love the slate gray bluey some of them end up like. Also when their immature they have the browny gold color! love that too! geesh I just love them all around!

I bet the youngin isnt too grumpy but Mommy probably is!!! having 3 mouths to feed! actually Surge is a good food provider and great teacher of flying schools for the chicks! :thumbs up

May 11th, 2011, 04:02 PM
Thank you Winston for keeping us updated:grouphug:
It's amazing that those fluffy white little thingys will become as beautiful as mom and dad,I am glad they all hatched with no problems:thumbs up

May 11th, 2011, 05:50 PM
Me too Chico!! I am waiting to see what their feet look like this year! Past few years they have had a couple that have caught a resperatory infection which results in blue feet. They did mamage to give one of them named "Blue Foot" some antibiotics when she was caught after fledging but it didnt really clear it up that I know of and then they fly away and you never know!!

Madame X's brood is getting smaller each year! as she ages! but she is an amazing mom! and she has had some pretty amazing mates over the years. I am pretty sure Surge is her 4th mate now. She has also been a foster mom so that tells ya something! :laughing:

May 11th, 2011, 06:29 PM
Thanks for the updates, Winston.
I love the new camera - it's so much better than the old one.

May 11th, 2011, 06:54 PM
Update from the site......


Wednesday May 11, 2011 - Don't be worried if you can't see all three chicks the whole time. Right now they are small enough to hide under the overhang on the right side of the ledge, under the bricks. But rest assured that all three are healthy and strong. The photo at left shows nicely bulging crops on the throats of all three this monrning. A sign that they are eating well! The full picture from which this was cropped (pun intended) shows Madame X bringing them a meal. You can view it in the Favorites Gallery.

May 12th, 2011, 10:26 AM
when they face the camera, the expression on their little faces looks like those two old men from the muppet show *L*

May 13th, 2011, 08:33 AM
I think they are still kinda cute when they are little :cloud9:

Thanks for keeping us updated, Winston.:thumbs up

May 21st, 2011, 06:25 PM
changing quickly!

May 22nd, 2011, 08:56 AM
Winston,they are just ugly adorable..I see yellow feet,that means they are healthy,right??
The other 2 are just sleeping I hope..
Thank's Winston,the pics are amazing:thumbs up

May 22nd, 2011, 09:11 AM
Yes Chico they are fine! its pretty scary seeing them lay like that! but you know they only seem to do that when they are just born...after they are grown I have never seen them lay like that! looks like their dead..:laughing:

Growing like weeds...yes the yellow feet is a good sign. :thumbs up

May 22nd, 2011, 09:25 AM
It's hard work growing that fast! They need to rest a lot... :D Rocks just don't look comfy, though... :o

May 29th, 2011, 06:31 PM
Growing and changing quickly...If I had a guess based on these pictures we would have 2 girls and 1 boy, BUT the smallest is also the the last hatched so things could change very quickly! :thumbs up

May 29th, 2011, 10:43 PM
Holy catz are they getting BIG!! :eek: Obviously the mark of good parenting. :D

May 30th, 2011, 08:16 AM
OMG Winston,what fantastic pics,they are certainly growing,thank's to good parenting:cloud9:

June 3rd, 2011, 10:35 AM

Thursday June 2, 2011 - Lead Monitor Audrey Gamble reports: With help from climbers Chris Phinney and John Millar - the latter having to fend off an even more aggressive than last year Madame X (image at left) - today the three chicks were collected from the ledge and brought into the Sheraton, then weighed, gendered, banded and named.

Everyone, meet Pigott, a female weighing in at a hefty 914 grams (just over two pounds for our non-metric viewers), Thomson, a male at 650 grams, and Gore, also a male at 671 grams (both around a pound and a half). All three chicks were feisty but each behaved a bit differently during the banding and photo session. The image at left shows one of the chicks just after being returned to the ledge.

Gore's name comes from that given in 1816 to the odd triangular piece of land running from Mary Street to James Street South enclosed by the north and south sides of King Street East. When George Hamilton planned his town grid, he found himself with this odd parcel of property formed by the intersection of planned streets and an aboriginal trail that ran at an angle to the grid. The parcel was nicknamed �the gore� because it resembled a wedge-shaped piece of cloth used to adjust the form and size of a garment. A gathering place ever since, it is the site of several of the city's best known monuments, including the famous fountain.

The Pigott Building, the first steel-skeleton skyscraper in Hamilton and one of the first in Canada, was constructed in 1929 at a cost of $1,000,000. Named after the prominent Hamilton family whose construction company erected it, the building served as office space for almost 70 years before being converted to condos in the late 1990s. It�s roof once housed searchlights which revolved every 30 seconds. It now hosts perambulating peregrines often carrying pigeons who would rather be elsewhere.

The Robert Thomson Building is situated in Jackson Square between the Sheraton Hotel and Stelco Tower. It was named in honour of Robert Thomson who was with the Standard Life Assurance Company for 50 years, retiring as an executive director. The dedication of this building recognizes Mr. Thomson�s long standing interest in, and contributions to, Hamilton. The roof of this building is a favourite haunt of the young peregrines.

More banding photos will be available on the Gallery page as soon as we can get them ready. Stay tuned! With at least one chick already seen on top of the ledge, the real fun is about to begin!

June 3rd, 2011, 11:12 AM
I suspect that's a much more strenuous banding session than any I've ever seen. :o :laughing:

Glad they're all doing so well! Love how they give them city-related names with a little history behind them!

June 3rd, 2011, 04:07 PM
Winston,I saw it on the Hamilton news last night,mom was defending her chicks with everything she had,but I am glad everything worked out ok,hopefully mom has forgiven the banders:thumbs up

June 4th, 2011, 06:53 AM
Here are a couple of good camera shots of Surge the Daddy. He often doesnt get much credit but he is a great Dad! Madame X allows him to do alot of the incubating which is not always the norm! He is a great food provider and teacher to his babies. :thumbs up

June 4th, 2011, 08:14 AM
He's a handsome Dude, too! :flirt: I think it's so cool that they can keep track of both the parents and sometimes find where their offspring end up! It gives them so much information on a species in trouble! :thumbs up

June 4th, 2011, 04:10 PM
Winston,he is just stunning,I know for sure now,that the birds I get here in thewinter are not Peregrin Falcons,but Hawks.

June 6th, 2011, 08:01 PM
OMG I am freaking out! they have been up and down on the ledge all day! they not stable enough on their feet yet to not fall! and they have too much down! they need to loose alot more feathers and grow alot more feathers too! its those darn boys! they are the lightest and always the first to want to fly! :D

June 6th, 2011, 08:20 PM
Oy! I don't like heights. :o Obviously doesn't bother them, however. :D How much longer do you figure before they're ready for flying?

June 7th, 2011, 08:02 AM
OMG Winston,I would freak out too,for sure....please,please don't fall boys:pray:

June 7th, 2011, 08:31 AM
now, when it gets this far, I can't watch, have any ever fallen off the ledge??

June 7th, 2011, 10:18 AM
Yes one jumped and one fell a long time ago. Thats why we now start falcon watch earlier but this is very early...They have been up on the ledge again all morning!! Waiting for a callback to see if we start the watch early or not!

June 7th, 2011, 11:32 AM
Can they do anything to prevent a fall?

June 7th, 2011, 12:18 PM
No Hazel I am afraid not. Its a long way down thats for sure...This nest is ontop of the Sheraton Hotel and I am not sure how many floors there are! There is a rooftop before the street level but that wouldnt really help if they fell!

June 7th, 2011, 02:52 PM
Here is a nail biter for ya! :eek:

June 7th, 2011, 04:23 PM
Holy ***** ,it certainly is:yell:
Is not one of the parents around to keep them in check???

June 8th, 2011, 06:21 AM

They do some strange things! My favorite part of this stage in their lives is their pantaloons! they keep them for awhile!

Chico the parents are always there. Madame X loves to perch on the camera arm and watch her babies from above the nest. Surge is usually sitting on the Standard Life signage next door at about the same level as Madame X...he is a hop skip and a jump away!

June 8th, 2011, 06:24 AM
Another fine example of bird yoga. :thumbs up Just doin' his mornin' stretches! :D

So what do Surge and Madame X do when they see babies near the edge? Do they seem at all nervous?

June 8th, 2011, 06:48 AM
Hazel they dont seem too worried...We have seen them on the ledge and Mom will distract them with a snack!

It wont be long before they are trying to get them out of the nest too fly!

The females are usually the last to fledge cause they are too fat! and boy is Pigott FAT!! she is never gonna leave! :thumbs up

June 8th, 2011, 09:00 AM
:laughing: Careful! Yer gonna give her a complex.... :p

June 8th, 2011, 04:30 PM
Winston,that pic looks like a headless one legged Falcon,I am glad to read the parents are keeping a watchful eye:thumbs up

June 8th, 2011, 06:27 PM
Okay look at these little I mean BIG buggars?? All up on the ledge!!!

Oh its gonna be a fun season I can see it now! 2 boys to pick on one girl! and they do have fun!

June 8th, 2011, 06:30 PM
They look more and more like falcons every day! :flirt:

June 9th, 2011, 06:57 PM
Interesting pic! wonder what they are thinking? :D:D

1. Wow look at the big world out there!
2. Wow where is dinner?
3. Should we jump? no lets not!!!!!!!


June 9th, 2011, 09:59 PM
I vote for #2! :D

June 10th, 2011, 04:33 PM
Aww Winston,they are sooo cute:lovestruck:and I :pray:they will stay put:pray:

June 13th, 2011, 05:37 PM
Well they have been super busy today! getting ready for tonight's festivities! There is an annual bird watching meeting with a downtown tour! I suppose they know that they have an audiance!! :thumbs up

It wont be long before one of them attempts it!! :eek:

June 13th, 2011, 05:45 PM
Hard to believe they've come so far in just a few short weeks!!! They grow so fast!

June 14th, 2011, 03:59 PM
Awww,he looks ready to fly,I hope when he tries,he really is ready:pray:
Thank's Winston for keeping us up-dated,I love to follow the progress of these soon to be beautiful birds.

June 14th, 2011, 04:33 PM
There are tons of folks watching out for them so we can only hope for the best!

Update from today!


Monday June 13, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: Today was mostly overcast with a little light rain in the late afternoon. Pigott continues to progress and is now up and flapping more often on the ledge. Gore and Thompson were observed preening each other throughout the day. All three chicks spent a lot of time up on the ledge, either perched or laying flat on their bellies with legs extended backwards. They shared a medium-sized bird one of the adults dropped off at the nest mid-morning, taking turns tearing off pieces of meat with their beaks and manipulating them with their feet. Pigott still has quite a bit of down left on her head, rump and legs, while Gore and Thompson have almost completely molted into their brown juvenile plumage. The youngsters went to bed with their tummies full after Madame X delivered another medium-sized bird to the nest just before 9 PM, shown in the image at left. Note Pigott's still very white head.

June 15th, 2011, 06:49 PM
The chicks are getting restless and mom & dad are trying to entice them out of the nest....its a waiting game! I wonder if the chicks bet on who's gonna fledge first!! :laughing:

June 15th, 2011, 07:06 PM
I suspect the conversation goes more like, "Be my guest!" "Oh, no--ladies first!" "Go for it, bro!" "Nah, that's okay, but if you wanna try it first...." "Age before beauty, m'man!" :laughing: Then one day, someone will accidentally step off the edge, the wings open and the rest is history... :D

June 15th, 2011, 07:49 PM
Pretty much! :thumbs up:laughing:

However Piggot the female & the largest has been doing an awful lot of flapping and I am thinking she is saying something to the effect like go ahead I dare ya! :D

June 15th, 2011, 07:52 PM
So instead of one of the boys accidentally stepping off the ledge, they might get a gentle nudge? :eek: :laughing:

June 16th, 2011, 05:20 AM
I imagine the falconwatchers are biting their nails this morning!

June 16th, 2011, 07:46 AM
omd :eek: :laughing: Ah,'s what falcons do!!! No height phobias there! :D

How close to flying do they think they are? If one fell off, think they could figure it out and land safely somewhere?

June 16th, 2011, 10:40 AM
WOW Winston,I hope they are ready to fly,there are no practise-flights,it's the real thing of that ledge...:yell:

June 16th, 2011, 01:58 PM
Well I guess i was right this morning!

Here is the update so far!

Thursday June 16, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: As you can see from the image at left, at 08:23:16 this morning all three chicks were standing on the east end of the ledge.

Ten seconds later one of them was gone and the other two were looking down (left) to see where he went.

Just three minutes later, as Falconwatchers were becoming aware that something had happened, Surge arrived at the ledge with food. Twenty seconds later Madame X arrived on the ledge with more food. Talk about confusion!!!! In short order Gore was found walking on the edge of the lower roof of the Thomson Building, getting his bearings. At 11:00 he was still alternating explorations trips along the roof edge with little snoozes. One away! Stay tuned!

June 16th, 2011, 03:45 PM
:highfive: No doubt Piggot dared him! :laughing:

Did Mom and Pop notice he was gone right away? I hope he got a quick meal for his daring exploits. :D

June 16th, 2011, 03:52 PM
Oh,I hope he can fly back up for food:pray:

June 16th, 2011, 04:15 PM
I suspect Surge and Madame X will search him out and come to him with meals, chico. :thumbs up He definitely won't starve as long as they can catch food! :D

June 16th, 2011, 04:21 PM
Chico its a tough one! the reason being is that this is the time when the food slows down and it forces them to attempt to get back to the nest for food. Other times Mom or Dad brings them in a meal. I suspect if he figures out how to get to the rooftop of this building he is on he will get fed. Right now he is on a ledge so its more difficult to bring food in. Its a wait an see kind of thing.

Having said all that Gore is a boy and they usually have no fear whatsoever and he will continue to be on the move and make his way back eventually. No one really mentioned how his first flight was yet cause I think they may have missed it. Usually the first flight is not so graceful and he is probably one lucky falcon that he didnt fall to the street.

June 16th, 2011, 04:35 PM
Is the ledge too small for Surge and Madame X to land on, Winston? I hope the little guy figures out it's time to move, then! And I hope Surge and Madame X can count! :fingerscr

June 16th, 2011, 06:51 PM
Well what I suspected actually happened! here is an update...

It was Thompson that flew not Gore! see update below.

Thursday Afternoon June 16, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: Early this afternoon the chick on the Thomson building tried to fly back up to the Sheraton to get some of the food that Madame X had carried past him a minute before. Try as he might, he just couldn't make it up to the nest ledge, so he turned and glided down to the Copps Coliseum plaza where we were able to rescue him. On arrival at our rehabitilation facility for a check up it was determined that: a) The chick is in very good health, lean without a lot of muscle because he hasn't flown much yet, and b) It is Thomson, not Gore as previously thought. The confusion was a result of the colour bands being smaller and not as distinctive as those used last year. The photo of the rescue at left is courtesy of Morgan Hapeman, a UPS pilot and volunteer at Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky Inc. (RROKI) who happened to be staying at the Sheraton between flights.

June 16th, 2011, 06:53 PM
Holy catz! What would they do in the wild? :eek:

So do they put the youngster back up on the natal ledge?

June 16th, 2011, 07:47 PM
Well Hazel it really depends on alot of factors. First off it didnt sound like he had anything injured. They always take them to the rehab facility for a check up when they come down in that way. He likely hit pretty hard and that would be the fear. They also indicated he has no muscle and what they normally do in this case is put him in a flight cage and make his wings strong. They will feed him quail and lots of yummy things so at the very least he will eat for sure! sometimes they put meds in the quail meat.

As for returning to the ledge "no". If its a quick visit to rehab and back then they will release him on a nearby or even the roof of the nest building usually under the cover of darkness. Most of them just hang out on the roof until Mom and Dad come to visit or they make another attempt at flight??

If Thompson is gone for an extended period they will decide where to release her. A couple of years ago a youngin named Blue Foot was gone from the nest for over 2 weeks. They returned her to the roof as usual but suspected their might be a problem. Blue Foot was a great flyer and she took off from the roof and Surge went after her, stooping her and he actually knocked her into one of the buildings twice. Madame X and her other fledgling came to her and Surge stopped. So even after a couple of weeks its a tough call on whether the parents forget them and think its an intruder.

The facility has done a faboulous job in the past so I am confident she will come home without any issues. :thumbs up

Now for the other 2...they had a nice BIG meal and where asleep when I checked last...but you never know the natives could be restless!!! :laughing:

June 16th, 2011, 07:51 PM
Here are a couple of pics from the camera today when Thompson was on the ledge one moment and GONE the next!! :eek: Check out the other 2!!! :D

June 17th, 2011, 10:30 AM
Gore flew the coop this morning @ 7:37am...still waiting for an update.....:fingerscr

June 17th, 2011, 12:47 PM
Love the pic of Gore and Piggot looking over the ledge at Thompson! :laughing:

And :goodvibes: for a successful landing and return for Gore!!!! How exciting! The babies leaving the nest ledge.

Won't Surge and Madame X go looking for them if they're not on the ledge? Did they even seem to notice that Thompson was gone?

June 17th, 2011, 01:57 PM
update from the site


Friday June 17, 2011 - Senior Monitor Mike Street reports: At 07:37 this morning Gore left the nest ledge, possibly by accident when Pigott spread her wings and started flapping strongly, possibly on his own because Surge and Madame X had been doing a bit of a tango with food on both roofs of the Standard Life Building. That's where Gore was located a few minutes later. He quickly started exploring his new surroundings, occasionally 'pancaking' on his tummy for a rest. At last report Falconwatchers were located on Bay Street as well as in the usual spots to keep a close eye on this guy. BREAKING NEWS: 11:15 - Thomson has been given a clean bill of health and will be back at the Sheraton later this afternoon. It has been noted that his flight yesterday was exactly one year to the day of the first chick flight last year.


Thursday Evening June 16, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: THANKS to all the volunteers who helped out today! Some showed up outside of their time slot or left a lot later than their scheduled time or came in early or even when they weren't on the schedule or called family members to come and help out. We really couldn't have managed today's events without each and every one of them. Things were on the move early. Half an hour before my arrival a chick had left the ledge, possibly or even probably an accidental slip, and I had to sort out the logistics of the situation with, of course, advice from others. The lesson of the day seems to be "Never turn away from a chick that is hungry if there is food nearby". Thomson left the ledge just before the first meal of the day was delivered, and took his next flight after the second meal arrived at the nest. With the many eyes on hand (still never enough) we managed a smooth rescue. The rest of Thursday went well, with a couple angry gulls, a very unwary pigeon that became food right in front of our eyes, and a lone Turkey Vulture that got an unwelcome visit from Madame X and Surge. With a total of at least four food captures and an overall six meal drop-offs since dawn, after lots of flapping the chicks retired to bed - peacefully, thank goodness. It was a long day for all of us.

June 17th, 2011, 03:56 PM
Winston that is amazing to read,mom and pop seem to be doing a good job:thumbs up
I bet the Falcon-watchers/caregivers are really nervous..

June 18th, 2011, 06:22 AM
update from the site


Friday Evening June 17, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelson reports: Today was another exciting day at Falconwatch. When I arrived this morning volunteers were already tracking Gore, who had taken his first flight and was hanging out on the west side of the Standard Life Building. He made a deliberate and controlled flight to the west side of the Robert Thomson Building a little later in the morning and stayed there for a while, walking confidently back and forth along the edge of the roof, exercising his wings frequently and bobbing his head. Head bobbing is how for falcons and other birds to calculate the distance to their next perch, and is often observed before they take flight. Just before lunch Gore took a misstep and slipped a few windows down. Although he was able to straighten himself out, he did not have enough power to fly to a higher roof and landed across King Street, six floors up on the east side of the Fairclough Building. The window ledges on Fairclough are slanted and there is very little to hold on to, but Gore managed to stay up there for the rest of the day. The adults flew by a couple times to see how he was doing but did not attempt to land beside him. When Falconwatch ended at dark this evening, Gore was still safe on the ledge, asleep.

Just after 16:00 this afternoon we welcomed back Thomson, who was returning after a quick medical checkup. The youngster took very little time to get his bearings, and within minutes of being placed on the Sheraton roof was up on the parapet, where Madame X brought him food almost immediately. Around 18:00 he walked over to the TV camera area and hopped back into the nest ledge, where he spent the rest of the evening with his sister. In the image at left Thomson is hunched down a bit and Pigott is stretching, but the normal difference in size between male and female Peregrine chicks can be easily seen. Pigott, being larger and so heavier, has yet to attempt her first flight, but we are watching her closely in anticipation of it. Thanks again to all the volunteers who turned out today. We certainly needed all the help we could get and are very grateful for your contributions.

June 18th, 2011, 08:56 AM
Well Piggot is alone again...This morning both Thompson and Gore made some strong flights and are doing well. Thought I would post these couple of close up shots of Piggot from yesterday. Isn't she beautiful. I love the brownish color they get....

June 18th, 2011, 10:06 AM
Love the fuzzy topknot!!! :flirt:

Wow, those boys are surely adventuresome!! :D When do they figure Piggot will take the big leap?

June 18th, 2011, 01:15 PM
They figure a couple of days! Except Mom & Dad keep feeding her....she needs to lighten up a few notches!

June 18th, 2011, 01:29 PM
So she needs to convert body fat into wing muscles? Me, too!!! :laughing:

June 18th, 2011, 04:10 PM
Awwww Winston she is a beauty for sure:lovestruck:
Thank you for keeping us in the loop:grouphug:

June 21st, 2011, 02:04 PM
All Kinds of updates!! All 3 have fledged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday June 21, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: At 09:14 this morning, just as I was starting my shift, Pigott decided that enough was enough and left the nest ledge, taking a strong flight across King Street and over the Art Gallery. The image at left shows her just as she was leaving the Sheraton. Escorted by one of her brothers she then came back to the Sheraton but failed to gain much height. When an attempted landing on a window ledge didn't work out, Pigott sort of skidded down the side of the building and out of sight. Senior Monitor Mike Street and I rushed to the pool deck to find Pigott looking very healthy and active - she had landed on the roof of the Sheraton's swiming pool. As of 13:00 she is still in that spot, people watching, checking out the traffic and watching her brothers as they zip by overhead. It won't be too long before she takes her second flight.


Monday June 20, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelson reports: I'm hoping that everyone will be watching the website closely on Tuesday because after what we saw today, it seems very likely that Pigott may attempt her first flight. Volunteers observed Pigott frequently peering over the side of the nest ledge (left) and bobbing her head, and often flapping her wings very hard when her siblings or parents flew nearby. Gore and Thomson are now flying very well. For most of the day they perched on Standard Life and the Sheraton, making short flights with precise landings. Late this afternoon volunteers had the pleasure of watching Thomson and Gore soar well above the Stelco Tower for almost a minute and a half and then land on the very top of Stelco. Gore then made the long flight from Stelco to the north face of the BDC building and back, a flight that showed that he has both strength and endurance. Understandably, all the youngsters were worn out by the end of the day. At dusk, Thomson and Pigott were tucked away in the nest and Gore was perched safely on Stelco. Madame X and Surge provided many meals to the youngsters throughout the day and were both perched nearby when we left.

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Sunday Evening June 19, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: Happy Father's Day to everyone. and let's not forget Surge! Being the great dad he is, Surge spent most of his day giving as many as four food catches to the chicks and settling for the leftovers. The story today was definitely the magnificent flights of both males. Thomson, like most youngsters now able to explore, used his wings and was curious about everything he came across. Around 18:00 hours he made a remarkable flight from Standard Life to the top of the grate on the Stelco roof, well over 24 floors up. From take off to landing he was in the air circling and sweeping in and out between buildings for an overall flight time of one minute. When Madame X had a catch she lured him back down. With wings tucked in and at a sharp angle, he zipped over to a perfect landing landing right next to her. He also was a good brother and retired early to the nest with Pigott (left).

After finally getting away from Fairclough and up to Standard Life, Gore spent most of his time going back and forth to the upper roof of the Sheraton. He and Thomson got up to mischief, playing and fighting over food when it came in. Gore wasn't as confident with taking off and flying as his brother, but when he did fly he showed he had what it took. He hasn't returned to the nest since leaving Friday, but before dark tonight it looked like he wanted to get back there. Finally, however, at 20:45 he flew from the Sheraton roof above the nest up to the 21st floor of Stelco, apparently for an overnight stay.

Pigott has flapped her wings, pulled out some more of her white fluff and done lots of head bobbing, but she hasn't left the nest yet. Her turn will come soon.

June 21st, 2011, 03:50 PM
It all sounds great Winston,no misshaps:thumbs up

June 21st, 2011, 04:30 PM
:highfive: Nice to hear everything is going so great! Surge and Madame X are probably running themselves ragged keeping track of all the young'uns!!

June 22nd, 2011, 07:32 AM
Update on Pigott


Tuesday Evening June 21, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: After a relatively quiet day, at 19:00 this evening Pigott made her move, trying to get back to the nest ledge from the roof of the Sheraton pool. It was not to be. Part way up the east side of the building she ran out of steam and slipped back down to ground level on the Thomson building side and out of sight. After a hair-raising few minutes we found her - walking down the ramp of the garage under Jackson Square!!!! Fortunately we were able to do a quick rescue in a difficult space. Because Pigott had bumped the side of the buildings on her way down it was decided to take her for a check up. After a fast one hour car ride, a positive examination, another fast one hour car ride and an elevator trip to the top of the Sheraton, by 22:00 Pigott was out on the edge of the Sheraton squawking like crazy, letting everyone know she was back in town. Stay tuned!

June 22nd, 2011, 07:37 AM
Whew, that was close. So glad everything went well for Pigott.

June 22nd, 2011, 08:32 AM
Yes that was close! she was very close to the busy intersection of downtown! and at this critical stage in their life the last thing she would need would be to be away from the nest and her brothers! they learn alot right now!

They still need to be taught to hunt on their own and exchange food in the air!~ those are really important to a new falcon!

Funniest thing I ever saw was 2 of the falcons playing in a puddle on the rooftop! :laughing: when you think of falcon you think of fast, ferocious bird! not one you would expect to see do that!

Today is another day! :thumbs up

June 22nd, 2011, 09:03 AM
Whew! Glad she survived her little misadventure!

So when the falcon watchers rescue the young'uns do they get bit? And do Surge and Madame X ever take note of them messin' with the kids?

June 22nd, 2011, 03:53 PM
Winston,scary stuff,I am so glad they found her,hopefully she'll not try that again,at least not yet.

June 23rd, 2011, 07:50 AM
update from the site


Wednesday June 22, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: Although her siblings, Gore and Thomson, spent a lot of time chasing each other in the air and soaring high, Pigott seemed a little afraid to attempt a second flight today and spent most of her time perched by the video camera, sometimes marching back and forth on the south ledge of the Sheraton. Late in the day she did some exercising of her wings and made the short jump back into the nest. As the fog rolled in this evening the two young males retired to their usual roosts for the night, Thomson with Pigott on the nest ledge and Gore on the Stelco tower. Madame X and Surge provided many meals for their youngsters. Madame X was also observed dropping and catching food in mid-air, a demonstration of how to catch food on the wing for the benefit of her two boys who were following her closely behind.


Follow-up for Tuesday June 21, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: Tuesday's events were hair raising and Falconwatchers again put in lots of extra time due to the difficult circumstances with Pigott. The team did an excellent job looking after her following her first flight and then with the rescue. There were other highlights worth mentioning as well. The male chicks spent most of their time based on the grate on top of the Stelco tower, flying around and catching thermals. They are becoming experienced fliers playing in the sky above us, a real sight to see for pedestrians passing by. The boys were vocalizing, talon touching, and chasing after each other over King Street. At one point this continued for almost five minutes! In the meantime Madame X was out hunting - right in front of our eyes on King Street!! With her skill and size she managed to capture a pigeon off the wall of Standard Life, then flew east with it. The pigeon was so big and heavy that Madame X was actually flying down King Street with it at windshield level. A volunteer and I worried for her safety and came very close to trying to stop traffic. After struggling to get out of the danger from vehicles she managed to settle on a light fixture right outside the entrance to Jackson Square. This created quite a scene for onlookers who watched as Madame X dressed the pigeon only 15 feet up. Feathers were flying everywhere! It was truly amazing for those who watched. She then delivered this meal to the boys, who flew down to meet her and enjoyed their first meal of the day on the Thomson building. Not even a half hour later Surge decided to try to hunting at street level; although a bunch of feathers went flying he just missed his meal.

One other highlight worth mentioning came around 17:30 when two gulls decided to pester Pigott on the Sheraton pool roof when the adults weren't around to chase them off. Pigott kept her eyes on the gulls diving at her and crouched and spread her wings, but stood her ground very well and didn't seem scared! Again, thanks to the volunteers and members of the public who helped make sure the birds were safe on this very busy day.

June 23rd, 2011, 08:46 AM
Gulls have been mentioned frequently in the past--are they a danger when the chicks have gotten this big?

What a show they put on at mealtime on the 21st!! I hope Surge and Madame X don't make a habit of hunting at traffic level, though :eek:

The boys must be awfully fun to watch as they play on the wing. I'd love to see that! :cloud9:

June 23rd, 2011, 10:38 AM
Another update! Not soo good this time!

Thursday morning June 23, 2011 - Senior Monitor Audrey Gamble reports: At 05:00 today a call from Hamilton Animal Control advised us that a Peregrine had been found sitting on a car in a parking lot at King and Bay Streets. This time the species identification was correct. On arrival we found that the car and bird - Pigott - were in the lot across the street from, but not visible from, our normal watching location. It appears that during a major thunderstorm over downtown Hamilton around 23:00 last night she was blown off the nest ledge and eventually came to ground. Pigott has been taken for examination and care. There seemed to be some evidence of bruising. An X-ray will follow to check for wing damage. It will be a few days before she returns to the Sheraton. We will keep you posted on her progress.

June 23rd, 2011, 12:22 PM
:( I hope they can get her back up to the nest area before Surge and Madame X give up on her. Good luck, Pigott!! :goodvibes:

June 23rd, 2011, 12:59 PM
Ah crap :( :goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes:

June 23rd, 2011, 02:17 PM
Its a wait and see situation really. If she is gone for a long time it could be dangerous! Having said that we brought a chick bak after 2 weeks and Surge attacked him but stopped. He must have realised he was his!

Its a waiting game! :frustrated:

June 23rd, 2011, 02:23 PM
Well, with luck there won't be any breaks or major damage and they can have her back at the nest in a few days!

June 24th, 2011, 06:24 PM
update from the site


Thursday evening June 23, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: Pigott spent her day in rehab awaiting her health check outcome. The word is that she has no fractures or breaks, but did receive some soft tissue damage. She is on low activity watch for the next four days, and will then be reassessed for return to the nest.

Today, with Pigott away, we watched the 'Boys' being boys. Everyone enjoyed the airshow we were seeing and noted that where one goes, the other is usually close behind. During their aerobatics both Gore and Thomson were talon touching, chasing each other and generally making a ruckus. Sometimes they were fooling around so much that they would go off course. During one particular play fight, sorry I mean "flight", one went slightly off course and seemed to just brush a window on Standard Life. This can be a normal occurrence, but falconwatchers must check to see if the chick's flight after that is altered. This bird was fine and the two continued to play. With hunting lessons coming soon, one of the boys' instincts took him into a tucked-wing dive towards the overpass on King Street after some pigeons. It was fun to watch until we realized the chick was extremely close to the traffic. Luckily, he was just trying out his skills and it never got out of hand. Otherwise, the youngsters spent most the their time on Standard Life. Madame X spent was out of sight most of the time but did make several meal drops. Surge came over a couple of times to try to convince them to fly with him. With five feedings today Gore and Thomson didn't go hungry; they both turned in early, settling down by 19:55.

June 25th, 2011, 04:19 PM
Thank's for the updates Winston,I am glad Pigott seems to be ok:thumbs up

June 28th, 2011, 06:01 PM
Still no further updates on Piggot. Here is an update on the boys!! :thumbs up


Monday June 27, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: Thomson and Gore spent most of today well beyond the eyes of Falconwatch volunteers, exploring both to the east and west of the Sheraton. One observer watched the siblings chase each other as far as the Hamilton General Hospital! When they were in sight the two boys were flying with exceptional speed and control and were mastering difficult landings, including one on the antenna of the Connaught Hotel near Gore Park. Late in the evening our volunteers watched exciting flights as the adults dropped prey for the youngsters to catch. Both Gore and Thomson successfully caught a pigeon in mid-air and, albeit with some difficulty, were able to carry the prey up to a nearby ledge where they could eat it. On several occasions during the day Thomson perched as if to say "Hi" on the window ledge of the Stelco tower floor from which volunteers watch.

June 28th, 2011, 06:48 PM
It's fascinating how mom and pop know to train their youngsters how to hunt, step by step. Sounds like both the boys are doing well! I hope Pigott is healing quickly and can join in the lessons soon! :goodvibes:

July 1st, 2011, 06:59 PM
update from the site


Thursday June 30, 2011 - Lead Monitor Audrey Gamble reports: Gore and Thomson were in and out of view this morning, heading far to the south and east. Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports seeing one of the boys cast a pellet today. This is the normal way Peregrines get rid of indigestible parts of their food. The pair were in view for most of the evening, with only short forays to chase an adult or practice dives. A favorite perch is the tall antenna on the old Royal Connaught Hotel. With the evening sun shining on them I think this is probably the most beautiful and entertaining phase of Falconwatch. The brothers are increasingly adult in both appearance and behaviour, and are spending more time apart from one another and longer periods out of view. However they still aren't too grown up to play and explore all the rooftop cracks and crevices, especially Thomson. Gore seems to be the more staid of the two, even in the way he flies! Both boys had food from their parents this evening and all four birds were back in the home neighbourhood of the Sheraton at dusk. I hope that will soon be all five birds!

July 1st, 2011, 07:05 PM
At what point do the youngsters start hunting for themselves, Cindy? And any updates on Pigott's recovery? :goodvibes:

July 1st, 2011, 10:04 PM
The parents are likely teaching them now. They have been seen bringing prey in to the area but not the actual kill. The parents are teaching mid air transfers so I am sure it will be soon.

Last week the site mentioned this about Pigott:

Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: Good news about Pigott. She has been responding so well to enforced inactivity that she now has a hearty appetite and has been transferred to a larger flight cage to let her start testing her wings once more. Her flights will be assessed and we hope she will be 100% recovered soon.

I am concerned because it wont be long before the parents and the boys start leaving the area to hunt and she certainly is going to be at a disadvantage. It will be interesting to see where they release her? She doesnt really have any skills so I imagine it will have to be the nest site and we hope for the best??

July 1st, 2011, 10:16 PM
Has there ever been a chick that was away from the parents at this stage of its education? I hope Surge and Madame X recognize her when she returns!

July 1st, 2011, 11:18 PM
A couple of years ago we had Blue Foot in rehab for almost 2 weeks and when he returned it was not a pretty scene! Surge attacked him but we believe what saved him was his siblings went to him after Surge started to attack and then he stopped?? if they return them to nest under darkness maybe they will think she has been lost??? acceptance is the one thing but she has missed out on the time with her siblings and that is so critical. She didnt have the opportunity to do much flying before being swept off the ledge in the storm we had. SHe hasnt learned to hunt either. But they have her in a flight cage to help with strengthening the wings and she has been enjoying meals of quail for sure!

We shall wait and see I guess. :thumbs up

July 2nd, 2011, 07:55 AM

Friday July 1, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: Happy Canada Day everyone! Today was one of the most beautiful days we've had for this year's Falconwatch. Although the youngsters are now covering quite a large area, we were still lucky enough to see them several times during the watch, and they are both doing very well. Although we haven't witnessed it yet, we expect the boys have been attempting to capture their own prey in the air. It's easy to forget that only a month ago these two were covered in white down and totally dependent on Madame X and Surge! They sure do grow up fast! Pictured on the left, an image taken at about 6:25 PM of both parents doing some house-keeping in the nest. There is little else to report today, but we will keep you posted as usual every morning, especially when we learn more about Pigott's recovery.

July 2nd, 2011, 08:43 AM
Wish I could see the boys practicing in person. :D Must be fun to watch! Do you ever see them from the windows where you work?

July 2nd, 2011, 11:35 AM
Yes I can Hazel! its awesome!~ you can hear them too!

We also have a call site across the street that we take care of and I can go to the 10th floor and peek into the nest! :thumbs up

July 2nd, 2011, 11:52 AM
Now there's a perq you won't see written up in your benefits package! :laughing: But it would definitely be a plus for me!! :D

July 2nd, 2011, 11:55 AM
Its a perk for sure! I dont really like working in the downtown core but the falcons make it worth while!

July 2nd, 2011, 04:11 PM
Winston,it must be amazing to see for sure,hopefully Piggot will be accepted back,if not,what can be done for her???

July 3rd, 2011, 05:36 AM
update from the site


Saturday July 2, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: It was muggy and humid, with only a very light wind, from dawn to dusk today. Although most would take the opportunity to keep cool and relax, the boys went non-stop during the morning and evening hours. With their constant vocalizing and flapping flight they were easy to spot from the time Falconwatchers arrived for both shifts. Even though they had lots of energy during these hours they managed to stay around the nest ledge area and in sight almost the time we were present.

This morning the boys spent most the the time eating mysterious food that we didn't see dropped but was in convenient places for them, possibly food stashed the night before. At one point I was able to closely observe from the Stelco Tower the two of them fighting over food on the roof of the Fairclough building. Pushing and shoving, biting and kicking, dragging and screeching were all elements of what seemed a display of both brotherly love and greediness. At this point mantling the item by extending their wings over it, a normal behaviour while eating, seems to be second nature to them, even if it meant backing off their own sibling! Later on the boys took turns intercepting an adult swooping in for a pigeon on the Robert Thomson building. When the adult caught the prey one of the youngsters came abruptly from the opposite direction and caused the adult to drop it for a moment before picking it back up. Quickly in pursuit the other one caused the adult to drop the prey, but missed catching it. The pigeon was very lucky this time around!

This evening all four Peregrines stayed within sight of each other in a small two block area on the east side of Stelco. I had yet to really experience that side of Stelco and it was amazing to see all four birds on relatively low roof buildings such as "The Right House" and the old Connaught Hotel, both of them near Gore Park. With full bellies, sometimes an adult and a youngster even settled quietly on the same rooftop. On one occasion Madame X and Surge were perched on separate but very close railings on the Connaught. I haven't seen the two adults that close together since the boys left the nest. It was a very family oriented and almost romantic end to the evening.

Morning and evening Falconwatch sessions have ended until Pigott returns. Watch this space. We will keep you posted.

July 5th, 2011, 05:30 AM
Great News!!!!!!! :thumbs up

Update from the site!


Monday, July 4, 2011 - Falconwatch coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: At 18:00 today Pigott was returned to the roof of the Sheraton. She barely put a talon to the ground before leaping into the air. Her flight was strong and directed. Observers watched her fly from the release spot, around the north face of the Stelco tower and past Gore Park, then circle back to the CIBC towers at King and James and out of sight. After an hour of scouring the rooftops to the south and east of King and James Pigott was spotted on the Effort Trust building at Catherine and Main. She spent most of the evening on that ledge, except for a short flight to join one of her siblings in the air. She managed to get back to the rooftop afterwards, although she struggled a bit with the landing. Pigott also reacted to the adults by calling, flapping and running whenever they were nearby.

For the first time this season Falconwatch volunteers observed at close range one of the young males chasing a pigeon. We were pretty sure both Gore and Thomson have been doing this for a few days now, but have not had the opportunity to see it first hand. Tuesday will certainly be an exciting day as we monitor the progress of Pigott and enjoy the impressive flights of Gore and Thomson!

July 5th, 2011, 09:01 AM
Excellent! So Surge and Madame X are at least not attacking--are they feeding her, though? :fingerscr

July 5th, 2011, 11:25 AM
Winston,that's great news,thank's:thumbs up

July 9th, 2011, 03:34 PM

Friday, July 8, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: Friday eveing was the last official Falconwatch session for this season, although I'm sure anyone who's been involved will be looking up whenever they pass through the area just to see what the falcons are up to. Gore, Thomson and Pigott are all doing very well! Volunteers enjoyed watching Pigott capture a pigeon dropped in mid-air by Madame X early in the day. This is the first time we've seen her do this, and she managed it with trouble at all. Late in the afternoon the boys engaged in a game of pigeon tug-of-war. One of them snuck up behind the other, who was carrying a pigeon, and tried to steal the bird from him! Both were locked together with the pigeon in both sets of talons for a few seconds! We're not sure which one ended up with the prey, but he sure didn't show any interest in sharing when he finally go to a rooftop to eat it! Our three youngsters will continue to gain their independence over the next few weeks. If we happen to catch them doing anything interesting, we'll be sure to post it here! Thanks again everyone, we had a great time! Thanks to everyone who helped out and supported us during this season's Falconwatch!

Thursday July 7, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: Today proved to all of us who were on site at Falconwatch that Pigott is almost at the same stage as her brothers Thomson and Gore. From early morning she was able to take off and be out sight, then suddenly show up with flying skills that looked equal to the adults or her siblings. She showed this in many ways, swooping down endlessly towards groups of pigeons, making them scatter and panic. She took more dives at potential meals than her brothers did today! She also showed mantling and defensive behaviours that the boys had learned earlier. At one point, when one of her brothers decided to lie down, she came over and booted him back into activity.

Active was definitely the word of the day for Pigott. After numerous different landings she finally settled out of the afternoon sun on a hard to see spot on the Effort Trust building at Catherine and Main Streets. Once the sun was less harsh she took off and was seen especially when the adults were around with food. It has become very difficult for Falonwatchers to keep any of the youngsrters in sight for very long. Pigott has shown herself to be a superb flyer and lander, travelling between the Fairclough building in the west and the Landmark Place in the east. The adults stayed away from their adventurous no-longer chicks most of the time, but they did deliver more meals than usual to all three of them. For Falconwatchers the action never stopped. At the end of the evening all three youngsters settled down in the general area of the Stelco Tower. It is only a matter of time before Pigott finishes her training.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: Falconwatch volunteers enjoyed a beautiful day watching our falcon family. Pigott impressed us again. She could have easily been set back by her time away, but is flying with strength and determination. She also appears to be re-bonding quite well with her siblings, and has interacted directly with everyone now. Pigott was observed picking at a prey item one of the adults left for her late in the day, although earlier she was being fed directly by Madame X. Of course, Gore and Thomson are also doing well and are definitely giving the downtown pigeons a hard time!

July 9th, 2011, 03:41 PM
How long will they be fed by the adults, Winston? And at what point do the youngsters split up and leave the area?

July 9th, 2011, 04:06 PM
We should see the parents try to shew them away around middle of August / into September. I guess it depends on wether they try to migrate or just hand around looking for their own nest....thats one of the big things with banding...when they are spotted elsewhere we can see where they go and where they nest.

Once they are gone though there is no going back to the nest. That would mean a territorial battle and that cant be good for them.

I am so lucky that madame X and Surge are what they call Urban Peregrines as they dont migrate and they hang out here pretty much all year round. They never really hang out too much on the nest ledge once the young are gone. They seem to have their own spots around the downtown core where they hang out.

Amazing creatures thats for sure!