!!! 1 Big Girl For Hamilton

May 25, 2016 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Marion Nash Reports:

Today Ann Yagi of The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests and I had the honor to band a very big female chick at the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel.

The Hamilton peregrine project once again hosted the banding of Hamilton’s peregrine offspring and although there is only 1 this year she is a very healthy girl at 953 grams.

A big thanks to The Canadian peregrine Foundations volunteers John and Matt our climbers for help extracting the chicks from the nest for banding, the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel for giving access to the nest and providing the club lounge for banding and to Ann Yagi for her donated personal time to CPF for this banding and many others in Southern Ontario. here are just a few pictures for more information, photos and videos please go to falcons.hamiltonnature.org


!!! Hamilton Banding Day

May 19, 2016 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Marion Nash Reports:

Only 1 chick produced at the Hamilton nest this year. The little one will be banded on May 25th and you can watch the climber extract the chick on the Hamilton Nest web camera at.
http://www.falconshamiltonnature.org/

We will post photos and information from the banding on the 25th.

!!! First egg for Ossie and Lily!

March 20, 2016 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

CPF Volunteer Reports:

March 20th - 2016
It appears that Ossie and Lily have produced their first egg at the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel nest site!

!!! Hamilton Sheraton Banding Success! 2 very healthy females!

June 04, 2015 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Mark Nash Reports:

June 4th - 2015
Banding Day!
Hamilton Sheraton Hotel banding success!

A good day this morning and a huge thank you to John Millar, CPF’s volunteer climber who gave up another day of his holidays for the sixth time so far this year to do the extraction of the young peregrine hatchlings that were produced at the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel. Another big thank you to the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel management for both hosting the banding and for allowing the banding to be held in their Guest Club Lounge again this year!
Another thank you to Anne Yagi and the Vineland district office of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests for coming in again this year to band the young hatchlings.

Both resident adults were on hand to voice their opinion and object to the procedure but none were the worse for ware and their daily life returned back to normal once the two hatchlings were returned back to the nest ledge. Just another routine day for the resident peregrines defending their nest and territory from intruders,, with a happy ending having successfully scared off the intruders! :-) :-) :-)

All in all, a good day with two very healthy female peregrine hatchlings having been successfully banded and brought back to their parents. Their particulars are as follows,,
The first female - 728 grams, female, Black banded K over 28, named McMaster, with White Tape
The second female - 730 grams, female, Black banded K over 29, named Barton with Yellow Tape

You can see the video footage from the CPF helmet cam at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSHlNQ5LCbkTPps432yxEaQ


!!! Looks like two hatchlings now! Go Go Ossie and Lily!

May 17, 2015 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

CPF Volunteer Reports:

May 17th - 2015
By all accounts, it would appear that their has been a second egg that has hatched as there are now at least two little white fluffy hatchlings being observed in the nest at the Hamilton Sheraton!

!!! Looks like a hatch! Congratulations Hamilton!

May 15, 2015 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

CPF Postmaster Reports:

May 15th - 2015
Very excited to report that it would appear that Ossie and Lily have had their first hatch as a pair down at the Hamilton Sheraton hotel! Congratulations Hamilton and Ossie and Lily!

That being said, given the date and the age of the this first hatchling, the optimum banding time frames will be between June 2nd and June 12th.
Stay tuned for more news…..

Ossie and Lily Have Their First Egg

April 08, 2015 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Tracy Simpson Reports:

The new pair at the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel have laid their first egg today, April 7th, and are well on their way to starting a family this season.  Congratulations to Lily and Ossie on your first egg.

!!! New resident adult female has been identified as Lily from Grand Haven Michigan USA!

March 16, 2015 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

CPF Postmaster Reports:

March 16th-2015
Well, it would appear that its change-over time at many of the southern Ontario urban nest sites, weather the causes are due to injuries, deaths and / or territorial disputes or simply hostile take-overs,,, (among the most recent causes),,, there are a number of other new boys and girls in town taking over some of the existing occupied territories.

Spring is in the air!!!!

Most recently, as a result of the ongoing territorial disputes and squabbling at the Hamilton Sheraton nest site, (and with the injury and replacement of Surge), we quickly noticed that the long standing resident adult female - (Madam X,,, a.k.a. Run-Around-Sue) had disappeared from the Hamilton Sheraton nest site and been replaced with a new adult female dawning a very unique Green over Black leg band configuration!!

What makes this particularly interesting, is the fact that the Green over Black leg band that has been observed being on this new Sheraton female is actually upside-down! The Black should be on the top and the Green should be on the bottom. The band was obviously put on the bird at banding upside down. This is of course very important when it come to the birds identification and origin.

The Black over Green aluminum bands were issued to the Michigan State Wildlife authorities by the Federal United States Fish and Wildlife in the USA along with a complete serious of consecutively numbered Black over Green aluminium leg bands,, and this particular alpha-numeric sequence falls in sequence with the other bands both issued and used in Mich. state in 2010.

This being confirmed by our friends at the MDNR in Michigan USA, the leg band number is Black *P over Green *E. As such, this band number is recorded to have been placed on a 2010 produced female banded peregrine that was both produced and banded in Grand Haven, Michigan USA.
Her name is Lily!

I am to understand after talking with the CPF head office this afternoon, that Tracy Simpson has a far more detailed report to post with regards to her site observations of the events and timelines.

Stay tuned……………….

!!! Ossie confirmed at Hamilton, Sheraton!

March 12, 2015 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Kathy Reports:

Thanks to Charles Gregory from Hamilton Falconwatch who provided us with this very clear photo of Ossie’s black band, Tracy from the CPF was able to confirm it is indeed Ossie.  He was hatched in 2012 at our William Osler Etobicoke site and banded O / 8 by Mark Heaton of the MNR, using a rare three character band.


!!! New Tiercel Tentatively ID’d by Hamilton Falconwatchers

March 11, 2015 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Kathy Reports:

The Hamilton Falconwatch Team has tentatively ID’d the new tiercel hanging around Madame X.  With Tracy Simpson’s help they were able to match a O/8 to a young 2012 bird banded at William Osler in Etobicoke.

Hamilton, say hello to Ossie! Based upon a slightly blurry look at leg bands this afternoon, we have tentatively identified the new male at the Hamilton nest as a bird that was banded in 2012 at the William Osler Hospital in Etobicoke. His parents were Hurricane (male) and Chessie (female). This is “tentative” until we can get a clearer look at the bands, to be sure that the upper character is the letter “O” and not the number “0″ (or something else), as it is the former that identifies him as Ossie. So for now, that’s what we’ll be calling him. Welcome to Hamilton, Ossie!