Bell Tower Peregrine Camera

Species Info

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We appreciate you watching the adult peregrines who popped in and out to visit this nest and hope you join us to see what happens at this nest in 2021! The male fledglings and female chicks spent much of the summer together at a hack site to give them the best chance to thrive and grow. Thanks again to AltaLink for their generous sponsorship of this live streaming video that attracted Canadian and international viewers. We'd also like to thank the following sponsors and the organizations that also helped make this viewing opportunity possible: Aspen Properties, Terago, WiBand, Capital Power, and Nutrien.

Epilogue

Though this nest is a very desired site for urban peregrines, is a very dangerous place for young peregrines to fledge. This year, the two males were left at the nest after biologists attached bands to their legs. Both fledged well, but within a week both were recovered after striking a window. The good folks at WildNorth rescued the birds and treated them for minor injuries and monitored them for a possible concussion. Both made full recoveries and have been moved together to a hack site with their sisters where, by all accounts, all are ‘burning up the sky’!

July 14, 2020

We hope you enjoyed watching the peregrines this year at the Bell Tower building in downtown Edmonton! After the biologists banded the four chicks, they moved the two females to the Pembina release area. They made this move to increase their chances of survival. We appreciate you tuning in and we encourage you to join us for another exciting season in 2021! Thanks to AltaLink for their generous sponsorship of this live streaming video that attracted Canadian and international viewers. We'd also like to thank the following sponsors and the organizations that also helped make this viewing opportunity possible: Aspen Properties, Terago, WiBand, Capital Power, and Nutrien.

June 18, 2020

If you have tuned in and do not see chicks, you may have to be patient. At this stage peregrine chicks are quite active and spend more time out of the nest, exploring their surroundings and walking outside of the camera’s field of view. You can also check out updates on the other two nests our Facebook page.

June 2, 2020

We have four healthy chicks that have keeping this peregrine pair busy between hunting and feeding. You may have to watch closely to see all four chicks.

May 26, 2020

Big news for our birdwatchers — two chicks have hatched much to our delight and there might be more on the way. Peregrine falcon eggs in a nest usually hatch within a 24-hour time period, so we will soon learn if her other egg(s) will hatch.

May 20, 2020

We believe this falcon is incubating three eggs, but she so rarely steps off the nest we are unable to confirm this number. Incubation takes about 30 days so we could see the chicks hatch at the end of May or the first week in June.

May 4, 2020

We have yet to identify this falcon, but we do know she (or maybe even he) is dedicated to staying on the nest to incubate the eggs.

April 23, 2020

A new egg popped up this morning bringing this falcon’s clutch up to three. She’s a bit ahead of schedule compared to falcons from the previous years.

April 21, 2020

We have not yet confirmed the identity of the peregrines at each site, but found that the Bell Tower’s peregrine pair had already produced two eggs when the camera was activated.

Seasonal Summary: 2019

The returning M49 and B32 peregrines settled in quickly last year and were the first pair of the gang to lay four eggs. They took turns brooding and were the first to hatch out four healthy chicks. When it came time to brand these four fledglings one was found to have an advanced frounce infection. It was quickly removed and treated along with a sibling. Once cured, the two were moved to the Pembina hack site and were successfully released into the wild in 2019. The two fledglings who stayed behind continued to wander in and out of the camera’s range as they prepared to leave the nest and left viewers wanting more. Unfortunately, we missed their first foray into the world.

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.

Want to see more? Check out these Species at Risk Conservation Stories, or find more Species at Risk publications and resources.

Looking for more? Check out the Ferruginous Hawks!