I dropped by the Data Centre this afternoon in the hopes of getting a clear view of Rowena on the nest. Through my scope, I could barely make out what looked like a pair of wingtips (literal wingtips, that is, not shoes). The photo above is the best I could do, digiscoping in a stiff wind.
Ivanhoe and Rowena appear to be incubating eggs at the Heron Rd. & Bronson nest site. As usual, we can’t actually see into the nest, so we can only guess at when we might see chicks. Most years, we expect the chicks to hatch in early May and fledge in mid- to late June.
At this point, we also don’t know if Diana and Janus have established a nest at the usual site at the Delta Hotel. We have not had roof access across the street at Constitution Square for the past two breeding seasons, which means there are only two ways to confirm the presence of eggs or chicks. One is to arrange for access to an office at 350 Albert that might have a view. The second is wait until there are chicks large enough and mobile enough to sit on a ledge.
There is a third possibly: that we will see no eggs or chicks by July, and be forced to conclude, once again, that the nest has failed.
I haven’t seen either downtown falcon on my early morning FLAP patrols downtown, but that’s to be expected if one is incubating eggs out of sight and the other is busy hunting.
It doesn’t feel like spring yet in Ottawa, especially with the 15 cm of snow that fell on March 22, but the latest Peregrine Falcon reports are a good sign that warmer weather is on its way. Kelly Sullivan, who works at the Canada Revenue Agency in Confederation Heights, reported this week that Rowena and Ivanhoe are making a ruckus. Tanya Breton, who works at the Canada Revenue Agency downtown (what is is with these birds and the CRA?), reported that Diana and Janus were flying around quite actively on the east side of the Delta Hotel.
I checked the Data Centre myself today and saw one of the falcons perched on the usual nest ledge on the south side, but without my binoculars, I couldn’t tell which one. In any case, we hope both Rowena and Diana are getting set to lay some eggs.
Meanwhile, Sherry Leavitt took these awesome photos on March 16 in the west end, at Shea Road and Brownlee Side Rd. between Richmond and Stittsville. Fair warning: The third photo below shows one of the falcons with its kill, which looks like a duck. Don’t scroll down all the way if you don’t like to see such photos. We have had reports of Peregrines in that area in the past, but never, to my knowledge, two together like this. So keep your eyes open for other nest sites, folks.