Feeding time

The chicks did not lack for food on Monday. Rowena brought them a meal, and so did Ivanhoe, who flew in with a big hunk of something and then spent a long time feeding the younger chick. It was a sweet sight. The older chick, lying right next to its sibling, was either indifferent or too fast asleep to ask for its share.
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Rainy day, but lots of flapping

Strong winds and rain did not bode well for any first flights today, but both chicks practised their flapping. We are getting better views as they venture closer to the front of the ledge, and both chicks appear quite large and similar in size, so we may have two females here.

Rowena and Ivanhoe spent much of the day nearby but out of sight around the corner, with an occasional visit or quick fly-by to give the chicks an idea of what they should be doing very soon.

There are still many gaps in the schedule, so please consider signing up for a shift or two.

June 28, 2015

June 28, 2015

June 28, 2015

June 28, 2015

June 28, 2015

June 28, 2015

Quality time

Both chicks spent a bit of time with mom Rowena yesterday, while Ivanhoe sulked on his favourite ledge. Okay, maybe he wasn’t sulking, but he did have his back to the world.

Chick 1, who is about 38 days old today, has been doing some flapping, but I haven’t seen Chick 2, about 33 days old, really testing her¬†wings yet. I say “her” because she looks¬†close to Rowena in size. Chick 1 also looks largish, but I haven’t been able to compare it side-by-side with either of the adults or its sibling.

The Falcon Watch began today, and should get exciting this weekend. Please consider signing up for a shift or two (or six), and help us ensure that these adorable young Peregrines fledge safely.

Chick 1, June 25, 2015

Chick 1, June 25, 2015

Rowena and Chick 1, June 25, 2015

Rowena and Chick 1, June 25, 2015

Chick 2, June 25, 2015

Chick 2, June 25, 2015

Rowena and Chick 2, June 25, 2015

Rowena and Chick 2, June 25, 2015

Ivanhoe, June 25, 2015

Ivanhoe, June 25, 2015

Getting closer …

Another look at the Peregrine Falcon chicks at the Data Centre yesterday:

Chick 1, June 21, 2015.

Chick 1, June 21, 2015.

Chick 1, June 21, 2015.

Chick 1, June 21, 2015.

Chick 2, June 21, 2015.

Chick 2, June 21, 2015.

The older chick looked about 33 days old on Sunday, and the younger one about 27. So, if we assume fledging at 39 days, Chick No. 1 is due to start flying on¬†Saturday. This doesn’t mean he or she will start flying, but it does mean we should be prepared for it.¬†Chick No. 2 should¬†take flight around six days later, so the following Friday.

Bear in mind that these are estimates. Peregrine chicks, in our experience, do not always fly when we expect them to, or when it’s convenient to us. We can be off by a day or two with their age, and females take longer to fledge than males.

The sign-up form and schedule are now available online, covering the period from Friday, June 26 through Monday, July 6.

Due to other commitments, I can’t put the same amount of time into the Falcon Watch as I have for the past three seasons, and we do not know of anyone else willing or able to commit full-time to the Falcon Watch this year. For that reason, we may be unable to cover every¬†shift. So even if you cannot put in a full shift, please do drop by to check on the chicks¬†whenever you can, for example on your way to or from work.

If you see any serious cause for concern, or if you observe any fledging action, you can call or text me at 613-322-5269 or Chris at 613-769-0703.

That’s about the size of it

I got another look at the Peregrine chicks at the Data Centre today, and there seems to be a bit of a disparity in size, as you can see from the photos below. Note the thickness of the concrete ledge in each photo for a better idea of comparative size.

Data Centre, June 16, 2015.

Data Centre, June 16, 2015.

Data Centre, June 16, 2015.

Data Centre, June 16, 2015.

The first, more precocious of the two looks to be about 27 days old and is already flapping its wings, while the other is closer to 22 days. If this is correct, one should fledge around June 28 or 29, the other not until July 3 or 4.

Rowena and Ivanhoe were there too this afternoon, both on the top left ledge, out of sight of the chicks.

Data Centre, June 16, 2015.

Data Centre, June 16, 2015.

Data Centre, June 16, 2015.

Data Centre, June 16, 2015.