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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 hen 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 hen, 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 hen’s clutch up to three. She’s a bit ahead of schedule compared to hens 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.