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We appreciate you watching the banded female who popped in and out to visit her nest and hope you join us to see what happens at this nest in 2021! 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.
The banded female at this nest is actually a bird that biologists moved from the city a few years ago (along with her sister) and hacked at the Pembina site. She has returned to this nest and her sister is now on territory at the South Campus Hospital in Calgary. This female began a clutch but got into a serious fight with another female peregrine. Although she retained the site, the incident was enough to end the breeding attempt for the year. You may catch this female or the unbanded tiercel visiting this nest once in a while if you are continuing to watch this feed.
July 14, 2020
The egg at the Nutrien site was not viable despite the tiercel's solo ongoing attempt to incubate the egg. Even though we did not have a chick hatch this year, this nest has proved to be popular over the past, so tune in next year. We appreciate you watching with us and hope you join us for another interesting 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 17, 2020
There is still one egg in the nest. The tiercel continues to spend time working to incubate the egg, but nature is unpredictable and this egg is unlikely to hatch. You will also see an egg that failed to hatch in the corner of the nestbox at Genesee.
June 2, 2020
It appears that this tiercel may be the only one continuing to incubate the egg.
May 20, 2020
The falcon at this nest is only two-years-old and inexperienced. She did initiate a clutch but got into a very violent fight on the perch in front of the box. We’re not sure who she fought. That fight appears to have stopped her breeding attempt. This tiercel has taken to incubating the egg.
May 4, 2020
Egg mystery – we saw an egg in the nest on the morning of May 1, then that afternoon we lost sight of it. Today we see one egg. So, is this egg number one or egg number two? We’re not sure. Stay tuned.
April 30, 2020
We have our first egg in the nest! It appeared sometime between April 29 and the morning of April 30. We are not sure who produced the egg. We will let you know once we confirm the identity of the peregrine pair that claimed this nest.
April 23, 2020
It’s pretty quiet at this site. We are still waiting for a falcon family to fill the vacancy at this nest.
Seasonal Summary: 2019
We’re not sure what happened to Bill last year, but we do know Charlotte chose to mate with a feral tiercel (unbanded male that wasn’t raised in captivity). After laying four eggs a territorial fight between four peregrine adults gave a raven the perfect opportunity to raid the nest and snatch one of the eggs. However, she did hatch out three healthy peregrine chicks and learned to keep her ravenous chicks fed. All was good for a short while. Then Charlotte went missing. We watched closely while she was missing and found that the feral male made no attempt to feed his brood. After three days passed the hungry chicks were moved out of their nest to the Pembina’s hack site and then successfully released into the wild in 2019. We’re still waiting to see if Charlotte will return.
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.