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Article 17:
Overview of Peregrine breeding in the Netherlands in the 20th century

by Jan Putters
(2000)


1926: Schiermonnikoog (an island) - Nest on the ground in the dunes.  One juvenile (ringed *) (*ringed = banded)

1930: Rottum (an island) - Nest on the ground in the dunes.  3 eggs.  One egg was taken as evidence.  Breeding failed because of heavy storms in which sand covered the nest.

1949: Hoge Veluwe (forest).  Nest in a fir tree, four metres above the ground.  Adult peregrines alarmed and attacked.  On June 3 two juvenile birds flew out.

1950: Hoge Veluwe.  Nest again in tree, 3.5 metres above the ground, 350 metres away from the place of the 1949 nest.  3 eggs.   Three weeks later the nest was empty.  A few kilometres further there was a nest found in a tree (7-8 metres high).  2 eggs; for unknown reasons the nest was deserted.  Possibly the same birds.

1954: Hoge Veluwe.  Couple of adult birds were seen.  No more data.

1955: Hoge Veluwe.  Probably breeding.  After some time there was seen a calling juvenile peregrine with two adult birds.

1956: Hoge Veluwe.  Nest with 3 eggs; disturbed by carrion crows.

1973: Harskampsche Zand (forest).  A female peregrine was seen.  Later on also a male peregrine.  Both were calling and were seen several times that summer.  Possible breeding; no nest found.

1976: Harskamsche Zand.  Adult female was seen.   She was calling loudly.  At the same moment an adult male was seen; he was calling too.  That day the male was also seen giving prey to the female.  No juveniles seen.

1977: Harskampsche Zand.  Two juvenile peregrines were seen.  They were quite dexterous.  To rest they used the poles of the high tension network.  Beneath it were a lot of prey remains.

1978: Harskampsche Zand.  Two adult peregrines were seen.  Breeding unknown.

1979: Harskampsche Zand.  A female peregrine was heard and seen.  In a few minutes a male was with her.  Later in the sesaon two juvenile birds were seen that almost couldn't fly.  The female bird was there also.

1980: Harskampsche Zand.  Two peregrines were seen.   No alarm was heard.

1990: Maasdal, Midden Limburg (forest).  Juvenile peregrine was seen.

1991: Harskampsche Zand.  An adult couple was seen.

1991: Maasdal, Midden-Limburg.  Nest (old one from crow).  About 40 metres high on the outside of an old factory chimney.  Two juveniles.  Both parents were breeding; mostly the female.

1991: Noord-Drenthe (forest).  Probably breeding.   Couple of adult birds were seen near a pole of the high tension network (crows-nest).  Some days earlier an adult peregrine was seen chasing away a young one.  Later in the season the crows nest was pinched by a buzzard.

1992: Radio Kootwijk en Omgeving (forest).  A couple was seen.  No reason to believe that these birds bred.

1992: Maasdal, Midden-Limburg.  Near the location of 1991.  Again a couple was breeding on an old crows-nest in a pole of the high tension network (60 metres high).  One juvenile.  Another juvenile was found dead in the nest.  The female peregrine was wearing a blue and black coloured-ring.

1992: Noord-Drenthe.  Possible breeding.  In the same area as the two birds were seen in 1991.

Notes:

(SOURCE: ECOLOGICAL ATLAS OF THE RAPTORS IN THE NETHERLANDS BY ROB G. BIJLSMA)

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