Bell Tower Peregrine Camera
Seasonal Summary: 2021
Bell Tower welcomed back the peregrine pair from 2020: the female is originally from Winnipeg (fledged in 2014), and the male is originally from the Weber Centre in Edmonton (fledged in 2015). They nested in late April and laid four eggs; two of which hatched in late May. The two young females were banded successfully in late June before fledging. One successfully fledged, while the other did not survive.
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July 15, 2021
Good news and bad news at Bell Tower.
Good news: One chick has fledged successfully...sort of. On one of her flight tests, the young peregrine found herself trapped in glass-gated balcony. She was rescued successfully, and she has since been spotted at least once back at the nest ledge for feeding.
Bad news: Unfortunately, the other chick fledged prematurely and ended up in traffic, to her demise.
July 6, 2021
Last week’s heat wave was a rough one, but the peregrines and their chicks persevered through it. Luckily, the nest box provides fantastic shade for the young, and if that’s not enough, the female adult peregrine will provide it. The biggest concern at this age is exposure to prolonged rain.
June 22, 2021
As of yesterday, two female chicks are now banded. Banding helps identify and track the peregrines through their lives.
The current adults at Bell Tower were identified as the returning pair from last year. Originally, the female fledged from Winnipeg in 2014, and the male fledged from the Weber Centre in Edmonton in 2015.
June 15, 2021
The chicks are on the move! We may begin losing sight of them as they restlessly wander in and out of camera range. Rest assured; they are still at the nest. The young are constantly eating and can hardly wait for their parents to arrive with a fresh feast.
Unfortunately, only 2 of the 4 eggs have hatched. This could be caused by a few reasons. One reason — and the most likely — could be the timing of which the eggs were laid: early April. Laying eggs too early brings on a number of hazards, including unpredictable, cold weather and incubation time. The unhatched eggs will be collected by experts for analysis.
June 1, 2021
Great news for the peregrine pair at Bell Tower: two chicks have hatched! We are unsure of their exact hatch date, but it was likely sometime over the weekend. One of the adults was seen feeding the fluffy, white young this morning, and then quickly covered them and the two remaining eggs.
May 28, 2021
All is calm and well. Brooding can be a quiet and peaceful time as each peregrine takes a turn protecting the eggs from Alberta’s unpredictable weather.
May 4, 2021
Another egg has been spotted at Bell Tower! This peregrine pair have been diligently brooding the 4 eggs.
April 23, 2021
Spring has arrived, and so have a peregrine pair...and not only 1 egg, but 3! We are happy to see the pair was able to settle and start nesting early in the season. Stay tuned to see how many eggs the pair will lay.
Seasonal Summary: 2020
The unidentified peregrine pair at Bell Tower were ahead of the pack again this year! Two eggs were laid at the end of April. Since they were so good at brooding, we didn’t notice that there were four eggs in total until they all hatched in early June. After the biologists banded the four chicks in July, they moved the two females to the Pembina release site to increase their chances of survival.
Species at Risk
Although the peregrine falcon and the ferruginous hawk get a lot of attention because they are obviously excessively cool, there are many other interesting species that are considered to be Species at Risk. Why not 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.