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May 20, 2020
We have confirmed that this hen has laid four eggs. 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
This unidentified hen has hunkered down to protect and incubate her eggs as the wind and snow blow past the nest box this morning.
April 23, 2020
There’s a new egg in the nest! This second egg appeared this morning. We have not yet confirmed the identity of the peregrine pair who will be raising their chicks at each site.
April 21, 2020
The peregrine pair at the Genesee site produced their first egg sometime between yesterday afternoon (April 20) and this morning.
Seasonal Summary: 2019
We were not able to determine who was who as we found the parents already brooding on four eggs. Their brooding behaviours include keeping each other company; one often stayed behind as the other was on the eggs. This move may have also been made to protect one another and the eggs. The chicks hatched and were doted on by their parents who kept the food coming and kept them sheltered. When the chicks reached the fledging stage, they moved in and out of camera range with some flapping and strengthening their wings, while others trusted their instinct on their first flight. With no health issues and two attentive parents, these four stayed in their nest until they were ready to leave.
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.