April 26, 2015 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Tracy Simpson Reports:
Wow!!! Triplets coming!!!
Wow!!! Triplets coming!!!
Get to the cams folks cause here comes baby #2!!!!
Here is the first look at the new little one for 2015.
A few of us early birds were up checking cams and we discovered that the first hatch at MEC has now arrived. Just before 5am the resident adult female, Midnight, can be seen pulling aside an eggshell. We have been waiting all morning for a truly good look at the first of 2015 in Ontario but she is not budging. She may actually have a second working its was out into the world right now. I have attached the camera image of the egg shell before dawn and what little peeks we’ve had so far. Congratulations MEC and great going Midnight. After many battles and male changes, lost clutches, bad weather and bad luck in downtown Brampton, Midnight has hatched her very first egg. Such great news.
April - 2015
Apologize for the lack and absence of recent new and happenings from the Oshawa Lake Ridge hospital nest site, but we have been incredibility busy trying to keep up with all that has been happening, in addition to all of the work that we’re been involved in while out in the field.
In short,, renewed territorial activity of the peregrines at the Oshawa Lake Ridge Hospital site, newly manufactured & installed nest box, courtship and copulation, eggs and acceptance of the new nest box!!! Full time incubation continues!!!
Stay tuned for the full story to follow…..
Dale from Waterloo Region Nature, observed that after the 3rd egg was laid on April 2, Mystery seemed pretty intent on full-time incubation. The fourth egg was laid on Saturday April 4th and full time incubation likely started then. According to Dale’s calculations, the hatch could be around May 7-9 or about 32-35 days after full-time incubation started.
Thanks to our friends at CTV, it will be an exciting time this year to witness the activities in the nest box. Already, the expectant parents have been observed numerous times switching off incubation duties. On April 13th and 15th, Caster was observed taking the afternoon shift. Mystery switched off with him after a few hours at almost the exact same time of day at 3:30. On April 20th & 21st, Mystery was hanging around the Sun Life King Street sign at around 11:30, preening and looking around while Caster was in the nest box and he was on the eggs for at least a couple of hours. Both adults have been hanging about on the Sun Life signs and also have been seen on the King’s Towers media tower. This chilly week, the dutiful parents are keeping those eggs toasty warm!!
As reported by Bruce & Tracy, our resident pair have changed locations again this year! Mark & I were up to check on the roof conditions and to confirm nesting this afternoon. Jenna was brooding and wouldn’t let us have a peek at the eggs, but the window washer(!) told me this morning there were 4 again this year. As Mark first peeked over, Chester was over in a flash to warn us(quite nicely I thought!) not to get too close! I even managed to get a peek in and a couple of pics of our lovely Jenna before I got my warning!! All looks good–as Bruce & Tracy saw incubation activity on the 30th of March, we could be looking at a hatch as early as next Friday May 1st, according to my calculations!! I know I am excited!! I attach a couple of pics–not the best as it got quite dark while we were up there(cold & windy too–anybody else sick of this??)
On further examination of the image taken from the web cam early this evening, it was determined that I was not looking at an egg, but looking at the malar stripe of Erin herself.
Play of light and hopeful wishing can play tricks.
It’s still early in the nesting season and still time to put down eggs.
Keep watching and please send in observations as we do expect an egg any day.
April 22nd - 2015
A big thank you to Scott and PWGSC for checking in on the peregrines for us and sending us some of the photos taken through the peep-hole in the side of the nest box. While we can not confirm that there has been a hatch as yet, we can confirm that mom is looking pretty good and still remains down hard on her incubation duties.
She wasn’t giving much up, but did briefly give Scott a very quick look at two of her unhatched eggs.
I’ve enlarged the image and it sure looks like a first egg for Erin and her new mate Stormin. Lets’ hope for more. Now with the first egg, perhaps they’ll stay at home for a change . They really had us wondering if she was going to have a nest this year.