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On a ledge just below the top of the Sheraton Hotel, above Jackson Square and overlooking King Street in downtown Hamilton.

Peregrine falcons have been nesting in Hamilton, Ontario since 1995, always at the same location on the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.

Keep checking this page for news from Hamilton!

Please help us keep track of the peregrines!  We welcome your observations of any peregrines by email 

Madame X

Hamilton Nest Site Reports:

March 29, 2007
Mark Nash reports:
First Egg Spotted at the Nest

We’ve received good news from Hamilton this past week. As of March 29th Madame X is currently incubating at least one egg in the nest, and likely more. Given the colder temps, she has been very consistent with the other three southern Ontario nest site females that also have eggs in the nest in that she has stayed very tight to the egg(s) and it has been difficult to see if there are any other eggs present. Fortunately, the nest cameras allow us to see more than most, where as we used to have to depend on the adults behavioral changes to tell the story. This involved a very skilled eye, and a seasoned observer that really understands the various behavioral differences of the birds activities to understand what happening in the nest. Hurrah for the web camera’s, as they take most of the guessing out of the equation and provide a very dependable and accurate tool that helps us all with the management of the nest site.

Tuesday June 5, 2007
Audrey Gamble reports:
Banding Day!

Many thanks to all of you who have called and written to ask about the chicks.

As many of you know two of our chicks became inactive last week and then disappeared from view. We contacted authorities and continued to monitor the nest throughout the weekend. It was supposed that the chicks had died although the cause was unknown. The biologists from Ministry of Natural Resources reported yesterday that they had seen cases of respiratory tract infection at other peregrine nests this spring and that a chick in Port Colborne had died as a result of such an infection. This type of infection is caused by a naturally occurring organism that is commonly present in pigeons. Like all things in nature there are cycles when a variety of conditions come together to allow an infection to flourish. There was no evidence of the missing chicks yesterday, so no examination can be done to determine why they did not make it. It is quite possible that they had the infection. Peregrines are known to remove perished young from the nest and that is probably what happened here.

With the day already off to an unusual start, we got a huge surprise when, for the first time at this site, the largest chick jumped up onto the west end of the ledge when John Millar, our expert climber, descended from the roof. This is a tricky situation because one doesn’t want to scare the chick off the ledge or cause it harm. John corralled the smaller of the two and it was decided to leave the second chick be and wait for her to get safely down in the nest before we would try again to catch her. The first chick was brought inside the hotel and weighed and banded. Her overall condition was fairly good and although smaller than her sister, she had a reasonable body weight. Notable were her blue feet* On examination she was seen to have spots in her mouth and throat that would indicate the type of infection in question. MNR biologists decided that she should go to specialists at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in Guelph for treatment for her infection.

*Usually by the time the chicks are banded their feet have already turned from blue to the yellow characteristic of the adults. Falcon Watchers particularly remember Harvard, one of the male chicks in 2005. Harvey still had his distinctive blue feet long after fledge

After a short wait a strategy was devised to capture the bigger sister who by this time had tucked safely back into the nest. A long handled swimming pool net (courtesy of the Sheraton) was lowered to the east end of the ledge to block the nimble girl from taking a running jump onto the ledge and the climber made his second descent to the west end where she was sitting. John safely caught the imp and she was brought inside for her turn. She had a healthy body weight and looked to be in good overall condition with livelier behavior than her sister. On examination she was seen to have minor symptom of the infection and the biologists decided to return her to the nest so as not to further disrupt the adults and risk having them abandon the nest.

One of the treats for HCPP on banding day is to give the chicks their names that will go on their official banding record. Special names had been selected for the brood and circumstances yesterday made us postpone naming them. However, the way the day unfolded, the girls seem to have suggested their own names and we have called them ‘Blue Foot’ and ‘Jump Up’. Thank you to all who sent terrific name suggestions our way.

We are keeping a close eye on ‘Jump Up’ and judging by this picture from this afternoon it may not be long before she does it again. We hope the best for ‘Blue Foot’ in Guelph and share your wishes for her speedy return. We will pass along information as it becomes available.

Sunday May 13, 2007
Lyle Camier reports:
As of May 13, there are now 4 chicks on the scrape on the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel and looking very healthy.

Saturday May 12, 2007
Mark Nash reports:
Fourth hatch!!

With many thanks to Edward and his persistence watching the monitor this evening, we has reported seeing that a forth egg has hatched, and the happy pair now have four young hatchlings at the Hamilton Sheraton hotel nest site.

Thursday May 10, 2007
Lyle Camier reports:
Three hatched!!

We have received some additional news regarding the Hamilton nest. There is definitely 3 chicks hatched so far and still one 1 egg yet to hatch at about 3:00 pm today.
Still keeping an eye on them.

Tuesday May 8, 2007
Mark Nash reports:
First hatch!!

We have received great news today just after 11am that the first egg has hatched at the Hamilton Sheraton hotel nest site.
Congratulations Hamilton!!

Monday April 30, 2007
Mark Nash reports:
With a huge thank you to Norm from the Kentucky Fish & Wildlife for his spectacular photos of Cootes. A you may remember, Cootes is a local gal that was produced at the Hamilton Sheraton nest site, and has settled down in Kentucky USA with a mate. The happy pair are currently incubating their eggs, and these photos were taken just before the hatch as she roosted directly above the nest box. Cootes and her mate have returned to the Spurlock power station in Maysville, Kentucky. She has settled into the nest box we built for her and her mate last summer and has proceeded to lay and incubate 4 eggs. We are very excited and wanted to let you know the good news.

Thursday April 5, 2007
Norman reports:
Cootes is back!

I wanted to let you know that Cootes (92/H) has returned to the Spurlock power station in Maysville, Kentucky. She has settled into the nest box we built for her and her mate last summer and has proceeded to lay and incubate 4 eggs. We are very excited and wanted to let you know the good news. I we try to take some digital photographs on my next visit in late April.

Friday June 23, 2006
Mike Street reports:
At 09:32 today, Friday, Webster was standing on the edge of the ledge. Less than 30 seconds later she was in the air making her way across King St. to a good landing. We await further events.

What a morning! At 05:11 Albion 'greeted' the first Falconwatcher of the day with a wing wave. A minute later she was airborne, flying strongly over the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Hamilton Wentworth School Board building all the way back to the south-west corner of the lower roof on Standard Life. A short time later she flew out over King St. and back to the upper roof of Standard Life. Both adults came in to check her out, then Surge went to the south-east corner of that roof and urged her to come over to - FOOD! - her first in almost two days. The other chicks were not happy to see their sister eating while they were not. Around 06:40 Albion tried to fly to the roof of the Sheraton but didn't quite make it. Surge came in quickly and flew below her as she went back to Standard Life. At that point the local American Kestrel - gutsy, but dumb - flew in and started making passes at Albion. Surge, who had just flown to the Stelco building, came roaring back and chased the kestrel away. And that was just the 5-7 shift!

Wednesday June 21, 2006
Melanie Whalen reports:
Albion (we're pretty sure) [was] flapping at the edge of the nest ledge at 11:33 this morning. [...] 30 seconds later, there are only two chicks in the nest. Way to go Albion!!!! At last report she had flown to the roof of the Hamilton Convention centre, back to the Sheraton, then to the Fairclough Building and finally fluttered down to a back roof between the convention centre and Hamilton Place. Maybe she's heading for a stage career?

Wednesday June 21, 2006
(The Webmaster reports:)
Audrey Gamble sent us an e-mail concerning Surge, a male peregrine who was produced at the Etobicoke nest site in 2002. He is currently in Hamilton, as can be seen from Audrey's story (reproduced below). You can also see excellent photos of Surge in the 2005 Burlington Photo Gallery, as he was the resident male at that nest site last year.

Please let Etobicoke's falcon lovers know that Surge is well named and has grown into a prime tiercel. Hamilton falconwatchers are delighting in getting to 'know' our new bird. He is fast, funny and fierce. A small sleek bird, he steals into one's view without a hint and leave you wondering how long he's been right in front of you! He's a devoted father who helps Madame X shield the girls, Albion, Webster and Sherman, from the hot sun. His stealthy flight and the perfect peregrine slate blue gray of his back and allow him to hide in plain view on Hamilton's downtown buildings. His lightning surges of speed and power startle prey and falconwatchers alike. All in all a real treat to watch.

Friday June 2, 2006
Audrey Gamble reports:
Banding day arrived as a bright and pleasantly cool reprieve after the heat wave of the early week. Fans of the falcons watched via webcam and live on monitors as climber John Millar dropped down to the ledge and carefully gathered the three chicks into a carrying bag. The precious cargo was hoisted to the hotel roof and taken inside the hotel by veteran MNR biologist Anne Yagi. Inside the chicks were weighed, banded, gendered and named. For the first time at the Hamilton Sheraton nest all the chicks are female. In keeping with the Hamilton Community Peregrine Project's (HCPP) custom of giving the birds names with distinctly Hamilton flavour, the girls are called ALBION, WEBSTER and SHERMAN after local waterfalls. Hamilton is situated on the Niagara escarpment, one of the reasons the peregrine falcons found us so early in their recovery, and is blessed with over 60 waterfalls and cascades in our immediate area.

Mother peregrine Madame X, another of Hamilton's natural wonders, kept our climber company on the ledge while the youngsters were inside. The new male, dubbed Mr. E., made a couple of passes and kept guard from the adjacent Standard Life building. This allowed HCPP volunteers to finally got a good enough look at Mr. E' s bands so that we were able to trace him as 'Surge' from Etobicoke's 2002 brood. While in the hotel, the chicks were uncharacteristically quiet, no doubt due to the fact that they had been sleeping like babies on full tummies until the climber's arrival. Hamilton Naturalists' Club Falconwatch Coordinator Melanie Whalen was pleased to meet her charges for the first time and with luck it will be the last time she sees them so close up! The banding went smoothly and the girls were back in their beds in short order. Madame X and Surge kept guard to make sure all was right with the world and things soon got back to routine for the babies. Eat and sleep, sleep and eat.

All in all, a successful day and three more robust, healthy, and oh, did I mention cute, peregrine chicks to launch. First flights for the fluffy trio are anticipated between June 15 and 20.

(Webmaster's note:) The 2006 Hamilton Photo Gallery has been created.

Tuesday May 30, 2006
Mark Nash reports for Rudy Kruppa:
I thought you all might be interested in this update now that we have confirmed the identity of at least one of the territorial peregrines that has been gracing the skies in downtown Kitchener Ontario these past 5 weeks.

While the pair has been very active in the Kitchener downtown core, they are not currently nesting as best as we can tell at this point. Their presence has been very apparent over the past 10 days as the increased e-mail communications of their activities has more than doubled. They have been difficult to identify due to the height of urban landscapes involved.

It has been confirmed that the adult territorial male is non other than “Dundas”, a one legged peregrine that was produced at the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel nest site in 2004. At some point after his fledge and disappearance / dispersal of the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel territory, Dundas was first observed at the Lime Ridge Mall in upper Hamilton –missing one of his legs. Not only has this little bird beat the odds and survived the past 3 Ontario winters on territory on the Hamilton Mountain area,,, it now appears that he has taken up residence and attracted a sub adult female companion. It looks like he has once again defied the odds, (given this bird’s obvious disability/handicap).

While is still very difficult to positively identify this male Pefa without reading the black coloured band number, we are not aware of any other “one legged” peregrines in the neighborhood. We have allot of colour video footage that was shot of this bird and submitted by a member of one of the local Hamilton TV/cable networks, in addition to the many independent observations and photos that have been submitted over the past two years. Dundas has quite a following indeed!!

This is a “tough little bird indeed”, as the last report that we had received on Dundas was approx. 10 weeks ago from Hamilton, where he was observed stooping on, and successfully killing a large pigeon. While he struggled to carry this very large prey to the shopping centre plaza rooftop, he was observed feasting on it atop of the plaza roof shortly after landing. Minutes later, he was both observed and photographed leaving his fresh kill, and chasing off two adult crows that had taken an interest in his meal. One of the crows was knocked to the ground in a spectacular hit. The crow was recovered by the observer, but had obviously died on impact as a result of Dundas’ strike. Dundas was observed returning to his kill on the plaza rooftop corner and finished his meal.

For the first winter, Dundas was constantly being observed and photographed in the Mall area eating his kills at ground level, - anywhere and everywhere! At one point he was observed eating on the sidewalk, twice in the street/roadway and actually disrupted the flow of traffic – (much to the delight of the many motorists and those who came to Dundas’ aid as they stopped the traffic in an effort to protect him). Numerous reports were submitted by local Hamilton residents and business community members as they watched Dundas eating in the mall parking lot on a bench, apparently not able to carry his prey to safer elevations. This past year - 2005, Dundas has been routinely observed carrying his kills to higher elevations without any problems.

You can see some of the video footage shot of Dundas as a juvenile on the CPF web site pages at the 2005 Hamilton Photo Gallery. It is a large download, but well worth the wait to see this little peregrine.

This just goes to show us, that some of these birds have an incredible ability to overcome and adapt. We are monitoring the situation very closely, and will continue to update.

Photos by Ruda Kruppa

Tuesday May 9, 2006
Mark Nash reports:
Reports are streaming in to announce that the second hatchling has just arrived in the Hamilton nest site.
Very exciting indeed!

Monday May 8, 2006
Mark Nash reports:
First Hatch!!

Congratulations Hamilton!!!
We have just received word tht Hamilton nest site has just had their first egg hatch on May 8th/2006. Looking forward to a successful season again.
Its peregrine season indeed!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday March 29, 2006
Mark Nash reports:
First Egg!!
We have received good news from Hamilton, as the report indicates that they have there first egg spotted as of this morning. We have been told that they turned the webcam on this morning and there was the first egg in the nest. Madame X seems to be moving around allot in the frames from the webcam. More are expected on their way! Congratulations Hamilton!!
I will keep you posted!

Wednesday February 8, 2006
Amanda Johnston reports:
I have seen Madame X roosting on the CIBC building in downtown hamilton. I have seen her off and on for almost 2 weeks. When I first saw her I got so excitied! It seems a little early but maybe with the warmer tempatures she is confused. I believe I also saw her at the nest site as well. I work in the stelco tower so I have a perfect view to the site.

Monday January 30, 2006
Brandon Holden reports:
Dundas is still around, and appears to be doing just fine!!
I did see Dundas, the one-legged Peregrine at Limeridge Mall in Hamilton about 2 weeks ago.

Wednesday January 11, 2006
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
After many months of no sightings, there has been a very vocal female showing up all around the downtown core. I have heard, and then seen her chasing pigeons east of the city core around Wellington and Main Street last Friday and then again today around the CIBC tower down town today.

I am assuming that it is Madam X returning to the territory, but can not be sure. This is the earliest that I can recall hearing Peregrines in downtown. They are usually very quiet and roosting here and there until at least late February.

Thursday September 1, 2005
Mark Nash reports:
With fall just around the corner, reports have been streaming in that things have got very quiet at many of the urban nests sites, and with the absence of the juveniles, it is nice to see at least that many of the urban adults are still on territory, with reports of many of them still spending time on the nest ledges.

Now independent, and hunting on their own, it would appear that many of the juveniles have either moved on, or have dramatically expanded their hunting areas taking them farther away from the home territories. We remember years past, while very closely monitoring some of the peregrine nest sites, we witnessed the adults on more than one occasion actually chasing their offspring out of the territory as October moved in. It is believed that the adults reach a point that they will simply no longer tolerate the harassment for food from their offspring, (in addition to sharing the territory with the kids), and "encourage" their young to move on. Sooner or later, the urge move on overwhelms them, as in the peregrine release sites that we have been doing over the years, the juveniles simply stop returning to the hack boxes for the food being provided by the hack site attendants.

Wednesday August 3, 2005
Bruce Massey reports:
Decided it's time to check on Dundas and and see how he was faring. I got up there about 0600 hours and circled the mall. I found Dundas down at the end of the mall near the Bay Store. He then flew over to the corner of the radio station for half an hour. After that, he flew to the top of 30 ft. Hydro pole in a schoolyard bad and I spent an hour so observing him.

This time, he had not fed, and was what looked like he was trying to clear a pellet. The school yard he was in, connected into a playground at another school yard. There was plenty of small birds and pigeons around, in fact I was amused to watch two immature Robins sitting on a line sounded off their alarm calls. He was sitting on a 4 in. by 4 in. piece of wood so bad he seemed very comfortable was able to move around easily. He did however, have to use his wings to keep his balance. Also, he has adapted to being able to perch on his stump. He was actually able to do it for about five minutes. By 0900 Hrs the heat was starting to get oppressive, and since Dundas had some shade and I didn't, I headed back to Toronto.

Wednesday July 6, 2005
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
This year we had a hatch of four chicks from four eggs. All left the nest at the normal times and progressed well. Unfortunately one day, while chasing each other and their father, one of the Chicks, Canso had an impact with a window at the Standard Life Building and died instantly.

The watch this year was another success, with some really great people; some new and some from before. It is always a joy to meet them all. We had two rescues and were able to give two chicks second chances.

The chicks can still be seen from time to time soaring in the sky. They are wondering further and further away. This season seemed to have gone by very fast.

Tuesday June 7, 2005
Bruce Massey reports:
While I was up at Kortright, I saw a newspaper article referring to Dundas, the Hamilton bird that had part of one of its legs amputated last fall. In the article, it referred to Lime Ridge Mall as the location of the bird. After a little bit of searching on the Internet, I managed to get a map printed off on how to get to Ridge Mall.

After stopping off at Burlington Bridge (See the report), I headed in to Hamilton, to attempt to get to the top of Hamilton Mountain. I finally found the mall at about 0715 hours. After making one circle of the mall, I was about to extend my circle, when I heard some seagull's alarm calling. Much to my surprise, looking under the main sign, was a peregrine Falcon. While I set my scope, unfortunately the bird laid down and didn't move for about an hour. From what I did see for that hour, the bird was very healthy i.e.: feathers and general disposition, it seemed bright and alert. At the end of the hour, when it did get up, for the first time observed the amputated leg, the bird seemed to have adapted to the loss. It balanced itself well enough to void over the edge, and when it had to move, it appeared to put the full weight on the amputated leg. I was very curious to see if it had eaten the A.M. That took about another hour until the board turned around and I couldn observe it's crop. When it did turn around, it was obvious that the bird had eaten.

In the three hours of observation, I saw nothing but a strong healthy bird, alert, well fed, and with the exception of the amputation, what I would expect to see of a first-year bird. Unfortunately, I did not observe any hunting, or feeding, which I hoped to do.

Thursday May 19, 2005
Mark Nash reports:
Great news indeed.
4 chicks now on the Hamilton Sheraton hotel nest site!

Wednesday May 11, 2005
Mark Nash reports:
Hatch - 2 chicks!!!
Hello All
We have just received news that it appears that there are at least two chicks hatched at the Hamilton nest site - so far!! Congratulations Hamilton!!

Monday April 25, 2005
Mark Nash reports:
Jackson found dead!!

A call received by the CPF head office today was from a lady named Tracy, who reported some very tragic news about a dead peregrine she observed on the roadway in Mississauga Ontario.

She said she was driving south on Winston Churchill Blvd, south of Eglinton, and saw what she believed was a dead peregrine in the middle of the road (150 meters south of Eglinton). The lady stated she does work for "Bird Studies Canada," but in what capacity was not stated. She did know her birds, though. Maya was called and asked if she could investigate. Maya was just about to head into class, but took the time to go and check it out. (Thank-you Maya)
Maya called me back with the sad report, that in fact it was one of our "known" peregrines.

The band number has been confirmed and identified as a two year old male peregrine named "Jackson," produced at the Hamilton Sheraton nest site in 2003.

Jackson has been very active and territorial at the St. Lawrence nest site, where, it would appear, he replaced "Nate" after his death several weeks ago. Stay tuned....................

Thursday April 21, 2005

(Webmaster's note:) Nest site summaries for 1999, 1998 and 1997 have been made available.

Wednesday April 13, 2005
Mark Nash reports:
We have received great news that there are now four eggs in the Hamilton nest site.
Good news indeed. Congratulations to the Hamilton pair!!

Tuesday April 5, 2005
Mark Nash reports:
After some "real time" having been spent by Armando at the St. Lawrence Cement plant nest site in Mississauga, Ontario, the new territorial male has finally been identified, thanks to all of Armando's dedicated efforts.

Following the death of Nate less than a month ago (the past territorial male on site for the past five plus years ), a new male has finally been identified by confirmation of his band numbers.

This new St. Lawrence male was named "Jackson." He was produced at the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel nest site, hatched in 2003, and banded at approx. 29 days old on June 6th/2003. He weighed 653 grams at banding. Jackson was one of three young peregrines hatched, having one other smaller brother named Bold, and a very big 1002 gram sister named Hunter.

Tuesday March 22, 2005
Tammy Hendsbee wrote to us with a great story about Dundas. Her letter is reproduced, with her kind permission, below:

Dear CPF, I thought you might be interested to know of the frequent sightings I have had of "Dundas". Funny thing, I do home care for a living and travel across the Lincoln Alexander everyday. While at a visit with a client she was telling me about what her daughter had experienced with a Peregrine Falcon. As she was telling me the story I asked where abouts she was (because it sounded like the same area) to get the recording. I immediately responded "thats him". As it turns out...I have learned that this must be "Dundas". I travell across the "Linc" everyday at approximatley 7:30 a.m and then again at any where from 1400hrs-1500hrs. I usually see him right in the area of the exits off the Linc between Upper Gage and Upper James. Sounds like he has made this vicinity his little home (I have also seen him around Upper James and Hester Street area a couple times). I have seen him many many times for the last few months. During my work week I will usually see him way up on a lamp post but, just on Monday (March 21) he was flying around quite graciously in the same area. Now because I heard about the one foot I really tried to see if he only had one leg and I am sure he did have only the one (it was difficult driving). Often when in my car if I have a passenger I will say to them "keep your eyes open and you will see my bird up above" lol ha ha! This has been very interesting I hope you enjoy! I know I do!!!! Tammy Hendsbee

Saturday March 12, 2005
Webmaster's note:
Video footage of Dundas, taken by Beth Barron, has been added to the Photo Gallery. Thanks very much to Beth for providing us with this great clip.

Sunday March 6, 2005
Mark Nash reports:
Over the past months, we have received many reports of the one footed peregrine, with some great observations and photos from several members of the community. Many confirmations of the band number have been confirmed, with several photos clearly showing the black band number that ID's this small male peregrine as Dundas, from the Hamilton nest site.

These past couple of days, Beth Barron has been reporting to us with some additional observations, and some spectacular photos taken from the live video that she recorded of Dundas. While it has all saddened us to see this poor little peregrine with this type of disability, it appears that so far, he is doing just fine despite the odds against him. Dundas, unlike many of the first year juveniles produced in Ontario did not leave the territory and migrate to warmer places this winter, and has remained in town. Despite the bitter cold, scarce food supply, other avian predators, and missing his right foot - including the loss of all of his toes - he has so far defied all of the odds and seems to be doing very well indeed. While we have no idea as to the cause of his injury (the total loss of his right foot, including all of his toes on the right foot), it appears that he has no problem of catching food - and as pictured, - being able to bring down full size pigeons!!! To have a small male complete this task (with two feet and all toes) is quite amazing, as a adult pigeon is a large size prey for a male peregrine (especially a first year juvenile bird, with only one foot)!!

Stay tuned...............
Mark Nash

Thursday March 3, 2005
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
The pair were circling North of Market and Caroline Streets today. There was lots of vocalizing and talon clutching. There is quite a big difference in size between the very large female and the very small male.

Tuesday March 1, 2005
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
They're baaacccccckkk! The sightings have been infrequent during the winter, but both overwintered here. They are back regularly now and quite vocal. I always know that spring is not far away when I hear the falcons.

Sunday February 20, 2005
Beth Barron reports:
I observed Dundas (a male notable for his missing right foot) only a few feet from a busy road at Upper Gage and Fennell in Hamilton, Ontario at 4:15pm. He quickly tore apart the carcass of what I believe was a pigeon. People were walking by on the sidewalk and I was able to get about 10 feet away from him. I happened to have a video camera with me and took about 10 minutes of video of him. He still has all of his right leg but has lost about 3/4 of his foot as there is still some yellow apparent on the leg. He was banded on his left leg and used his tail and wing for balance as he ate. I'm no expert on birds but I believe he looked to be in good condition.

Thursday December 23, 2004
Chris McComb reports:
The falcon I have seen only has one foot. The left foot. There is a black band on the right leg without a white line . The falcon was eating a pidgeon from 2:15 - 3:00 pm (EST) location is City of Hamilton, Ont. Canada (Near the intersection of Ridge St and Limeridge Road).

Click here for photographs of Dundas taken by Chris McComb.

Monday November 22, 2004
Shaena McMullen reports:
I sighted a falcon on Nov 22 at 2:00 pm. at 260 Nebo road. I am a Hamilton animal control officer and was called there to pick up a pigeon. As you can see from the photos I had to wait till he was finished eating. This bird is missing most of his lower right leg. And is unable to fly away with his pray. He will let people get very close. Hope these photos help. They are amazing birds and hope he does well.

The photos were taken by a Vince Borrelli. While I was keeping people away from him from the falcon, Vince was able to snap a few photos. So I asked him if he would take some photos and e-mail them to I could send them to you. As a bird of pray lover I would think that others would enjoy the photos too.

Mark Nash reports: The reports from Shaena along with the photos from Vince, follow several other reports of the "toe-less juvenile peregrine" that has been observed over the past two weeks in Hamilton. The band numbers have been confirmed as being worn by one of this years juvenile peregrines , - named Dundas, - one of the 4 young peregrines hatched at the Sheraton Hotel nest site this year.

Friday November 19, 2004
Mike Street reports:
Hamilton Mountain proved to be a special event for Hamilton birder Angus MacMillan. At noontime yesterday, Nov. 15, 2004, Angus noticed a young Peregrine Falcon feeding on a downed pigeon in a corner of the sidewalk, less than three metres from passing shoppers. With help from binoculars provided by a local hunter who happened to be there at the same time, Angus was able to read the plastic band on the bird's left leg. The young falcon has been identified as Dundas, the lone male of this year's brood of four Peregrines hatched in and fledged from the now 10 year-old nest on the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.

The really unusual part of this sighting is that Dundas is missing all of his right foot below the feathers. Despite the handicap, he finished off the meal and flew strongly in the direction of the lower city.

Friday October 15, 2004
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
I have observed an immature Peregrine on an apartment aerial near my office. It has been there almost every morning this week. I have seen at least one juvenile periodically through September. This is the latest I have seen juveniles hang around the territory. This is presuming this is one of ours.

Thursday June 24, 2004
Brandon Holden reports:
I thought I'd send you an update for the Hamilton Downtown nest site (and some photographs). On June 23rd, two of our females fledged (MacNab and Macassa). MacNab was the first to fly around 7am, followed by Macassa who flew around 10:20am and managed to avoid all eyes and managed to get away from everyone's sight. Later that afternoon she was found on a lower level of "Hamilton Place" in what was possibly the only place all the Falcon Watchers couldn't see. She was eventually found however at this rather low location, and was viewed for a period of time until she tried to make another flight. This time she was much less successful, and tried to land on a beam over the construction site at the Hamilton Art Gallery. She missed the beam and fell down to street level (but thankfully behind the construction fence). After a thorough search of the construction site, she decided to walk under the fence where the Falcon Watch captured her and eventually brought her up to the roof top of the Sheraton hotel. MacNab had another strong flight at the end of the day, and managed to work her way back to the nest ledge for the night.

After looking with our scopes, we have confirmed that Madame X is still there with an Un-banded male (who also appears to be the same as last year). They both fed all the young a few times while we were there. The Male also appears to enjoy chasing Ring-billed Gulls who fly too close to the nest, which is exciting to see.

The other two young, a Male named Dundas and another female named Cootes fledged this morning (June 24th).

I've attached a bunch of photos of the Hamilton Peregrines on June 23rd. The adult in flight is the Male. The other "portrait" is of Macassa inside the construction site. Good Birding!

Tuesday June 6, 2004
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
The four chicks were successfully banded yesterday. Volunteer climber John Millar rappelled down the side of the Sheraton, had meaningful dialogue with Madame X and Newbie, and then placed the chicks in their compartments. Inside, the chicks were weighed, banded and given their new names. Based on weight, we have three females - Cootes, Macassa and Macnab - and one male - Dundas. The chicks were then returned to the ledge safe and sound, much to the relief of the parents.

Banding is important to the recovery of Peregrine Falcons because it allows individual birds to be identified later. This not only tells us 'Who's Who' but also provides information on what the chicks do after they fledge and leave (usually) the area where they were born. Although this can sometimes lead to bad news such as the demise of Bold last summer and Beasley in April of this year, it also tells us that Alberta (1995) went to Toronto, Stelco (1997) to Lansing, Michigan, and George (1999) to London, Ontario.........

Friday June 4, 2004
Mark Nash reports:
Banding day! What an exciting time indeed!! As we all gathered in the VIP lounge at the Sheraton Hotel watching the camera monitor of the nest ledge, John Millar was being attacked from the moment that he arrived on the roof of the Sheraton Hotel. Anne Yagi road "Shot gun" so to speak to draw some attention from John as he descended down from the upper roof area to the nest ledge to capture up the 4 young peregrine chicks so that they could be banded. Madam X, the adult female stayed on the nest ledge only a foot away from John most of the time defending her brood, and continued to vocalize almost the entire time. The 4 chicks were taken inside to be weighed, sexed, and banded. 3 females and one male! The 3 females were named Cootes, Macassa, and Macnab, and the young male was named Dundas. All four chicks were returned to the nest ledge safe and sound. Here are some photos.

Thursday May 20, 2004
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
Apparently in the bundle of fluff , there are actually four chicks. This is the first year that she has hatched all four eggs since she started laying.

Saturday May 15, 2004
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
I was downtown this morning and the first thing I heard was Peregrines. I did a quick check of the monitor and was lucky enough to catch Mx off of the nest. I saw three beautiful chicks and could see no egg. For the fourth consecutive year she has laid four eggs and hatched three. It is almost as if biologically she cannot lay four fertile eggs. I can not find any common denominator that would prevent one egg to hatch other than simple biology.

Wednesday May 12, 2004
Eve Ticknor reports:
Baby Peregrine Falcons At Sheraton Hamilton Hotel! The Hamilton Community Peregrine Project is pleased to announce the birth yesterday and today of at least three baby Peregrine Falcons in the nest above a window ledge on the King Street face of the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel. Mother and chicks appear to be doing well. A fourth is possible. This is the tenth year Peregrines have nested at this location and the eighth successful hatching. The chicks can be seen via our webcam.

The Hamilton Sheraton Hotel is located on King St., just east of Bay Street, in downtown Hamilton. The nest can be located by looking for the TV cameras. There's not much to see at the moment but HCPP has a live TV picture showing on a monitor in the window of the Jayset store in the Jackson Square Mall, immediately behind the Sheraton.

Wednesday April 7, 2004
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
There are currently three eggs in the Hamilton Nest.

Wednesday April 7, 2004
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
Three Turkey Vultures made the mistake of choosing downtown Hamilton as part of their migration route. They were unceremoniously escorted out of the territory by both Falcons.

Sunday April 4, 2004
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
There are now two eggs in the nest, though they are difficult to see because of the depth of the scrape.

Saturday April 3, 2004
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
Yesterday, April 2, Mx went to the scrape (which is very deep) and sat for over two hours. She has not done this before. This was around 10 a.m. In the afternoon she returned and sat again. This time she sat with her wing extended to protect the scrape from the rain. I believe that somewhere between 10 and 10:30 a.m., she laid her first egg.

Wednesday March 31, 2004
Eric Holden reports:
I got a chance to get downtown to see the Peregrines today and even though the fog made things tough I was lucky enough to get a good look at both and it is still MX with an unbanded male. I also went to the lift bridge but the fog was much worse at the lake. I did see the pair sitting on the bridge. I wonder what is happening with the nest box idea.

March 25-27, 2004
Audrey Gamble reports:
Everyone has been busy the last few days. Since Thursday HCPP members have restarted the TV camera, installed the monitor in the Jayset store in Jackson Square Shopping Centre (near the King Street entrance to the Thompson Building) and, as you can see from the picture at the upper left, reactivated the webcam. For their part, the birds have been more 'ham' than falcon. Within a minute of turning the camera on both Madame X and Newbie were on the ledge. We could immediately see that they have been busy. When Newbie stepped down into the scrape his legs disappeared! HCPP members agree that the scrape appears to be deeper than it has ever been since the first camera was installed. In the space of an hour Newbie visited the scrape at least four times, which seems to go along with reports from downtown spotters several instances of conjugal activity in the past week. Everyone is waiting for the first sign of egg-laying. Watch this space!

Tuesday March 23, 2004
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
I saw both birds again. They were in the area soaring above downtown. I have confirmation that the male is an unbanded bird and likely the same one as late last season. We have no band confirmation on the female, but assume by form and behaviour that she is the one that returns each year.

Beth Woof reports: Early this morning from the Board of Education parking lot I watched both of the Hamilton peregrines, Newbie and Madame X we believe, soar and play around the tall downtown buildings. Several times they both went into the nest ledge near the top of the Sheraton Hotel and stayed there for a while before coming out to play again. Around noon they were still there and seemed to be resting on top of the ledge. Both birds appear to be strong and pleased it's Spring again. They look well and completely comfortable in their home area.

Thursday February 25, 2004
Chris C'Aguilar reports:
The Hamilton pair is now: flying together, perching very close to each other and perching near or on the nest ledge. This has been occurring in the last week or so. In the past they were seen in the location of downtown, but now seem to be keeping a close watch of the nest ledge.

Friday February 20, 2004
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
Their are a pair of birds flying together as a pair and seen on one of the buildings around the nest site regularly. I saw the male on the nest ledge on Wednesday.
Hopefully my friend Brandon or Eric will identify the pair by band numbers. I am reluctant to say for sure that it is the same pair as last year.

The season is upon us and if history holds true we should see eggs near the end of March.

Tracy Reynolds reports: Walked out my front door (Duke between Caroline and Hess) yesterday to hear and see a falcon screaming like mad and going after a big hawk that has been hanging around my neighbourhood. The falcon chased the hawk down to the roof of a building and then dive bombed it a few times. Haven't seen the hawk today.

Both of the resident pair have been hanging around the downtown area and hunting together more frequently lately.

Wednesday December 31, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
I am reporting for the last time this year. Our falcons are staying for the winter. They are both seen frequently at or close to the nest site.

A hawk was chased out of the territory recently and both birds seem to be keeping a close watch on the territory. I have not seen this aggression in the winter before. With the increase in interlopers I think that we are seeing more normal peregrine activity.

Saturday September 6, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports:
I finally saw an adult bird on the nest ledge of the Sheraton at 5:15 p.m. on Friday. It is the first time that I have seen a Peregrine downtown in over a month. I am glad the nest is still claimed by a Peregrine.

Wednesday August 20, 2003
Mark Nash reports:
We have received some tragic news from Mark Adam that a juvenile peregrine identified as "Bold" was killed at Toronto Pearson Airport as a result as a airplane strike. Bold was identified by his band numbers. This is the third such death this year reported to us regarding commercial airplane/peregrine strikes. Sadly, airports are a great place for raptors to find many species of birds that are on a peregrine's menu.

Friday August 1, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: The Watch ended about a month ago with all three chicks flying well. It appears that it was another successful fledge. I still see them near to downtown occasionally.

Monday June 23, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: Afternoon - This has been a busy week. Our first male flew after stepping backwards off the nest and is now flying very well with a few landing issues. The second male has now taken to the air and is flying beautifully. He did spend a great deal of time practicing. Our female, Hunter, left the ledge at 3:30 p.m. today and has now joined her brothers in flights from building to building.

Mark Nash reports: Early morning - The three Peregrine Falcon chicks at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel are close to leaving the nest full time. Middle youngster Jackson "just stepped off the ledge" on Friday and has been going from building to building. Older brother Bold took his first flight on Sunday. Hunter, the youngest and only female, is testing her wings but is till at 'home' - so far. A big bird - 1002 grams on banding day - Hunter will likely take her time.

Sunday June 22, 2003
Dagmar reports: Our second male, Bold, fledged this morning. And Jackson is already flying very well.

Friday June 20, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: All three chicks have been running back and forth on the ledge and a little after nine thirty this morning one of the chicks made their first flight. It was a relatively strong flight after it recovered from falling off the ledge backwards. It is now resting on the roof of the Thompson building.

Friday June 13, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: Our falcon watch is now under way and volunteers are watching the wall diligently, until the first chick decides to jump up on to the ledge. Our very little male is doing his job well; guarding the nest and catching food.

Mx was called Run Around Sue when she fledged, because she used to run back and forth along the local bridge railing.  This being her third mate on the nest; she gives a whole new meaning to the name.

Today at around 6 p.m. we had one of the males make it to the ledge.  I had just walked in the door and turned on the computer when he did.  I returned to downtown and arrived just as the female (Hunter) got up beside her brother; followed by the other male. In a short period we had all three chicks on the ledge.

Wednesday June 11, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: The three chicks are feathering fast and walking around freely. At noon today one attempted to jump to the ledge but failed. I suspect we will have at least one up there by the weekend.

The other news at Hamilton is that there is a new male on the territory. It was confirmed with a scope on the weekend. This male is unbanded and very small and quite different in colouration to Mozart. There was no evidence of a battle. The change just occurred without incidence in the last couple of weeks. Mozart is the father of these chicks. He was confirmed at the nest wellafter the chicks hatched.

Monday June 9, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: I met the Holdens downtown and Brandon is absolutely correct, this is a new bird. It is smaller and not the same colour as Mozart.

I did see Mozart up until a couple of weeks ago and several times incubating. This year I even witnessed a copulation, so the chicks are his.

Chicks Banded: Our three chicks were banded on Friday. There are two males and a female and they have been named after historical people in Hamilton: Jackson, Bold and Hunter.

Sunday June 8, 2003
Peregrine Soap Opera
Mark Nash reports: Good observation! You are one of the few people that noticed, and yes, you are correct, as the tiercel was not wearing any bands at all. The male was also notably absent for most of the banding, and he let Mx do most of the defending on her own. Given the way that the bands are fastened, it is very very unlikely that even one, let alone both bands, would ever come off in the birds lifetime.

Brandon and Eric Holden report: We originally decided to go down to look at the Peregrines because I thought that the male looked different from Mozart on a Webcam Photo we downloaded. After viewing the male with our scope, we noticed that he has a very limited amount of black flecking on the chest. (Mozart had none). another difference that we noticed were that this male is very small (when Mozart was pretty big for a male). The last key difference was that the Male looked possibly like a second (or possibly third) year male. We also thought of Peregrines losing a band from time to time, but this Peregrine has no bands. So the odds of Mozart loosing both bands at the same time, along with the new characteristics, shows that it is a new male.

Chris D'Aguilar reports: I have seen Mozart incubating eggs and warming chicks even after the hatching. He is very distinctive with his very white chest and cheeks. He was definitely there until recently. There was a period where I didn't notice him in the last week.

Brandon and Eric Holden report: With the help of our scope, my father and I confirmed that the male at the nest site is UNBANDED. Which of course, means that there is a new male here. It took us a couple of trys, but we finally had a good enough look at him to confirm that he has no bands (our third visit). I looked at some "webcam favorites" from the web site, and it shows Mozart on the nest ledge on March 30th, so I wonder when this new male arrived. It would also appear that we need a new name for the new male, maybe Neo? ("The One" from the Matrix Movies, he's mankind's only hope to be saved form extinction, maybe our new male will help keep Peregrines from extinction). While we were here, we also confirmed that Madame X is still here at the nest site.

Friday June 6, 2003
Quick history of George, Hamilton and London nest sites: The CPF provided the chicks for the Hamilton foster, and one of the chicks was named George. George later the following year turned up at the London nest site, and killed the adult male down there. George took over the territory, claimed the adult female and raised several chicks on his own after the adult female was killed by lightning in a rain storm. The eggs had already hatched, and George had to feed and raise both the chicks and himself that year.

Well, now George has been killed this year in a fight with another raptor (a red-tailed hawk) during the time that his mate was in the middle of laying the third egg. The female abandoned the nest ledge shortly after laying the third egg. Needless to say, the London nest site has failed this year.

Friday June 6, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: Banding Day Hamilton: With several people on the roof of the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Hamilton and the climber descending to the nest ledge, Mx stood her ground on the ledge and opened her wings and squawked warnings. The climber came down and sat on the ledge. Mx did not move. It was only when he edged towards her that he finally forced her off the edge of the ledge. She continued to scream and dive at him. The aerobatics were amazing. The only thing that I noticed was the absence of Mozart.

Thursday May 22, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: The three chicks are well fed and healthy. It is amazing how fast they have grown in a week. Today they have been left alone for longer periods and they are moving about quite a lot now. They give toddler a whole new meaning.

Monday May 19, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: With the warm weather returning to Hamilton, we are getting better views of the three chicks. The parents are leaving them more often. It is partially due to the warm weather, but mainly out of necessity. They are getting bigger and hungrier. Like all kids, now that they are older they also "kick the covers off".

Wednesday May 14, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: As of 12:00 p.m. today there are now three chicks in the Hamilton nest and still one egg to go. Considering the snow, cold weather and blizzard that these birds endured during incubation, this is nothing short of a miracle.

Monday May 12, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: The eggs at Hamilton have begun to hatch today. There are two chicks for sure. One probably hatched May 11 and the other definitely today, as Mozart was on the nest and eating an eggshell as we watched.

The first egg showed up on April 2. On April 4 Hamilton was hit with a brutal spring storm. Mx continued to lay throughout the bad weather, with the fourth egg laid around April 8. There has been little chance to view the eggs or the chicks clearly. It has been so cold that both parents have been staying very close on the nest.

Saturday May 10, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: Mx has laid her first egg on April 2 and is now sitting diligently to keep it from freezing. Mx and Mozart have kept the egg warm during the Blizzards that we have been having. During the changing of the guard at lunch today, it is evident that there are multiple eggs. When the rest of the snow melts in the next few days, we should be able to determine exactly how many eggs there are. It is truly amazing that they were able to save the first egg much less lay more.

Thursday April 3, 2003
Ernie Pigden reports: Mx was standing on the ledge doing some strange posturing that I have never seen before. She then moved to the scrape and started similar posturing over it. At about 6:45 pm, I returned and she was pressed down on the scrape with her wings slightly spread like she was protecting a clutch of eggs. I realize the weather was bad and this might also explain some of the behavior but I do think we have eggs.

Monday March 31, 2003
Mark Nash reports: We have just received word that yet another Ontario peregrine is attempting to nest in Cleveland Ohio. Communications with the folks in Cleveland Ohio this past week and weekend, has confirmed that "Beasley", (a sub adult female produced at the Hamilton Ontario nest site in 2002, hatched May 17/02, Black band # 5/P) is with a un-identified male occupying a nest ledge in Cleveland Ohio. Cleveland is reporting that this is their 6th pair so far this year, with two of the sixth pairs down on eggs already. We are delighted about this new news, and our fingers are crossed that Beasley and her new mate are successful in their family attempts.

Monday March 31, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: After a long wait on Sunday, Mozart and Mx left the Scrape and there was no egg.  Mx did this last year.  She spent a lot of time digging and sitting as if she is brooding and it was another three days before there was an egg.  If it is anything like last year she will have an egg by mid-week.

Sunday March 30, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: I turned on my computer at just after six a.m. this morning to find Madame X sitting on the scrape. She was shortly thereafter relieved by Mozart who has not moved since and it is now 8:40 a.m. It would appear that something has happened over the night and it is hoped that I will be able to report our first egg in Hamilton at some point today.

Friday March 28, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: Our web cam is now up and running and click on the link to the peregrine nest. Today has been a very busy day with both birds flying back and forth to and from the nest and doing a lot of vocalizing.

Monday March 24, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: We have a lot of peregrine activity in downtown Hamilton. Both Mx and Mozart have been frequenting the nest site and the adjacent buildings. It is now a waiting game for the first egg to show up. The closed circuit TV is located in the mall and the webcam is due soon.

Saturday March 22, 2003
Joseph Milner reports: (Update on George) - I finally got to talk to some guys. Apparently he was found on 6 Mar on the ground. He had a broken wrist on one wing, puncture marks and other damage. They put him down about a week later. No one saw the battle. He was a very aggressive Peregrine around the nest. I saw him put a TV (Turkey Vulture) almost down to Dundas St. one day. As of yesterday there is no male at the London nest and there are 3 eggs.

Thursday March 20, 2003
Mark Nash reports: I have just received sad news that George, the young peregrine falcon that was fostered in Hamilton in 1999, and later the following year found his way to London Ontario to sire his first offspring, has had to be put down at the OVC after sustaining serious injuries consistent to that of a battle with another raptor.

It appears that George (supplied by The Canadian Peregrine Peregrine Foundation on May 21st/1999) and fostered in Hamilton by the territorial nesting pair has run into his final bad luck. His mate is currently sitting on at least two eggs at the nest ledge.

If we remember back in 2000, when George arrived in London Ontario, he battled with the adult territorial male Maple for the territory, and was successful in driving off the adult male. Later that season, his new mate - Calypso, the adult female was killed in a storm, and left the yearling George (still in his juvenile feather covering) to care for the 16 plus day old chicks on his own.

We are very saddened by the news in London.

Monday March 17, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: Spring is finally here in Hamilton. I see the Falcons almost every morning now and at least once during the day, just coming and going from work.

Madame X was sitting on the railings of the CIBC building and Mozart on the Standard Life. Mozart is distinctive with a very white chest and white ear patches.

Friday March 14, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports: The window washing ropes appear to be down from the Standard Life Building.  I went out at 11 a.m. to hear falcons.  I looked up and there were three in the air for quite some time.  Two smaller ones and one larger one.  I assume it was our pair and an interloper. There did not appear to be much more than chasing and screaming going on.

Tonight at 5 p.m. I encountered both birds as they flew to the nest ledge. Mx immediately dropped inside and Mozart hung out at the edge. They are in the mood again.

Monday March 3, 2003
Beth Woof reports: Both Hamilton peregrines were very active, annoyed, and noisy today around 12:30 p.m. when workers began dropping ropes (window cleaning in this bitterly cold weather?) from the top of the Sheraton Hotel immediately above the nest site. The ropes start at the rooftop, then drape themselves over the edge of the nest ledge, and then continue almost to street level approximately 17 floors below.

With considerable protests, at various times both the male and female swooped around and made it known that no one is allowed in their territory. They maintained their alert when the workers moved west to the adjacent Standard Life rooftop for a walkabout. As of 4:30 p.m. one of the pair is still keeping watch on a ledge a few feet away from the nest site. I don't know the birds well enough to say whether it's the male or female.

Friday January 24, 2003
Chris D'Aguilar reports:   Both Madame X and Mozart have been frequenting the Hamilton nest site several times a week. Two more months and we will be in full swing again.

For earlier reports, check the Hamilton archives.

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