About Anouk Hoedeman

Falcon Watch Coordinator

No more roof access

There are at least three eggs at the Delta (downtown at Albert and Lyon), but we no longer have roof access across the street at Constitution Square (liability issues thanks to an accident at another property owned by the same company). That means we can no longer monitor the nest properly.
If anyone has a view of the east ledge of the hotel, please let us know what’s going on. We’re not sure if Diana is actually sitting on the nest, so we’re especially interested in knowing how many falcons you see, and how often. And if anyone can actually see the nest from their office, it would be really useful if we could come and take a look.

More eggs

Both falcons were present at the Delta Hotel this morning, and they now have two eggs. They were flying around quite a bit, including some beautiful soaring overhead, but they don’t seem to be actively incubating yet. We hope that’s because they’re planning to produce more eggs. In any case, it was a rare occasion where it was easier to get photos of the eggs than of a falcon on the nest.

Taking a break. Photo by Anouk HoedemanSoaring over Constitution Square. Photo by Anouk HoedemanOn the nest at the Delta. Photo by Anouk HoedemanTwo eggs. Photo by Anouk HoedemanPreening. Photo © Anouk Hoedeman

Eggs!

Chris confirmed on Monday that Diana (our downtown female) is sitting on at least one egg. We’ll check today to see if there are more.

Anouk checked the Heron Rd. site on Tuesday and, after lots of experimentation to find the best vantage point, could see that Rowena was sitting on her nest.

Short of attaching a camera to a little remote-controlled helicopter (or perhaps a drone, as some have suggested), there’s no viewing angle that will let us see in the nest. That means the number of potential chicks will remain a mystery. (And in case anyone does have a drone handy, you might want to consider what an annoyed, territorial Peregrine might do to it!)

Diana at the Delta Hotel on April 22. Photo by Chris Traynor
Diana at the Delta Hotel on April 22. Photo by Chris Traynor
Rowena on her nest on April 23. Yes, a stick nest is unusual for Peregrines, but they didn't build it. It probably belonged to Ravens. Photo by Anouk Hoedeman
Rowena on her nest on April 23. Yes, a stick nest is unusual for Peregrines, but they didn't build it. It probably belonged to Ravens. Photo by Anouk Hoedeman

 

Three Falcons spotted downtown

A report from Nicholas Diespecker, who works downtown:

Just wanted to let you know that I just spotted 3 (not 2) peregrines on the Constitution Square building.  I’m not sure if they are all adults but thought you should know.
Pretty exciting and a thrill to see them.

The third bird is likely an interloper trying to challenge either Diana or her new (as yet unnamed) mate.

Meanwhile, Chris Traynor promised to check on the nest this week to see if there are eggs.

As for the Heron Rd. falcons, it’s going to be harder to see when they’re incubating eggs, and impossible to tell how many they have, but we’ll do our best!

 

Ivanhoe gears up for a new season

Kelly Sullivan sent us these amazing photos taken through a window in the Data Centre. Based on his size and the darkness of his mantle (back), it looks like Ivanhoe.

Ivanhoe, March 4, 2013.

Ivanhoe, March 4, 2013. Photo © Kelly Sullivan

 

Ivanhoe, March 4, 2013.

Ivanhoe, March 4, 2013. Photo © Kelly Sullivan