The birds have come back for what we hope will be the best season yet. Cameras are equipped with HD night vision for 24-hour viewing. Watch the peregrines hatch, raise and nurture their chicks and gently guide them into adulthood (as only somewhat violent birds of prey can do).
July 26, 2017 – The yellow and green banded females are flying well and learning a lot from their parents. Both adult birds, particularly B72, have the flying style of their father (Chase at the U of A) and so these two youngsters are learning all about speed and daring!
July 12, 2017 – The last Weber youngster to fledge was the blue-banded female on Saturday morning. She got herself into some trouble and had to be rescued, so she has joined her brother at the hack site. The remaining two girls, yellow and green, are very strong flyers and have been on several long jaunts with their parents. They're learning all sorts of aerial skills, including taking prey from their parents' talons while in flight! Their landings during the first couple of flight days weren't very consistent and did cause a bit of concern, but their skills are improving daily!
July 7, 2017 – The yellow-banded female at Weber fledged yesterday afternoon. She has made a few subsequent flights, but hasn't made it back to home base. Hopefully she makes it to a better spot so Green Girl or B72 can feed her. It's very hot, so dehydration might become an issue.
July 6, 2017 – These four youngsters have been free-ranging all over the roof during the day and turning in at the nest box at night to sleep. At some point yesterday, the male was accidentally bumped off the roof by one of his sisters and eventually was rescued. He was checked over and is in good shape, but the Wildlife Biologist in charge has decided that he will not be returned to the roof, but will be taken out to the hack site.
June 28, 2017 – So much of the baby fluff has migrated off these four that you can clearly see the colour patterns on their feathers emerging. The oldest chick is 32 days old—that means a fledge could happen as early as July 4th!
June 21, 2017 – It’s a boy! And three girls! The chicks were banded today. These four are a hale and hearty group of siblings—they spend a lot of time popping in and out of the box and will often not wait for Green Girl to feed them, but help themselves.
June 15, 2017 – This is a bunch of chicks who have grown a lot in a week! They pop in and out of their box and have even been spotted having a picnic outside (aka eating outside the box). As they make their way back in, you can see that their tail feathers are all starting to come in.
June 5, 2017 – All four Weber chicks appear to be thriving. Green Girl is a very attentive mom and her new male (B72) provides his family with many small meals throughout the day. Green Girl does the bulk of the feedings but also seems to be fine with B72 taking the odd turn. In fact, on Friday evening, she left one entire feeding to him. Very different than Radisson and E4 who keep all the mothering to themselves.
June 1, 2017 – Peregrine parents, like most parents, are very protective over their young. A young merlin learned that early this morning when he flew a little too close to Green Girl’s nest. The merlin was found on the street but was a little tough to ID at first, as headless birds often are.
May 30, 2017 – Green Girl and her new fella have four healthy chicks! The eggs all hatched on the 27th and 28th. The new male is a great provider; while Green Girl takes care of feeding the chicks, he ensures that there is food to feed them. They are morphing into a pretty solid team.
May 17, 2017 – D01's replacement is really stepping up to the task of sharing the duty of incubating the four eggs. We expect the eggs with hatch within the next couple of weeks.
May 8, 2017 – Big dramatic news! Last week, D01 was challenged and ultimately lost this site. Though it doesn’t appear that he was injured, a new male has made sure he is no longer welcome. The new male at this site is no stranger to cam watchers as he was one of Chase and Radisson’s 2015 hatch at the UofA.
We hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of D01 as he is an excellent provider and mate.
May 2, 2017 – Green Girl has decided four is plenty and is currently attending to the brooding of her eggs.
April 25, 2017 – As of Monday morning, Green Girl and D01 have four eggs.
April 20, 2017 – We had a little problem with the camera, but now that it’s up and running we can see that Green Girl and D01 have a couple of eggs.
April 18, 2017 – It has been confirmed: D01 has returned to Green Girl! The two of them have been visiting all of their favourite haunts as they renew their bonds and prepare for another year. Green Girl should be nearing her egg-laying time.
April 13, 2017 – Green Girl has returned! We’re not sure who her beau is though we don’t think it’s D01 (this male is quite a bit larger).
Green Girl and D01 returned in 2016 and laid a healthy clutch of four.
Species at Risk
Although the peregrines get a lot of attention because they are obviously excessively cool, there are many other interesting species that are considered to be a Species at Risk, and there is no good reason not to learn about them! For example, the greater sage grouse is a very unique looking upland bird and there are very few left in Alberta. Also check out some of the bat conservation initiatives in Alberta.