!!! Lost and Found!

June 27, 2014 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Kathy Reports:

The new resident female in Syracuse has been identified as Pigott, banded 43/X in 2011 at the Sheraton Hamilton nest site.  Her parents are the legendary Madame X and her mate Surge!

Pigott had been in Rochester for 2 years where she attempted to nest unsuccessfully and had disappeared earlier this Spring.  It’s wonderful to hear that she’s found a home and a mate and together they  have raised one beautiful female offspring.

!!! Egg(s) Confirmation!!!

May 11, 2014 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Kathy Reports:

A big thank you to Hanny over at the BCAW Falcon Forums for the heads up on an egg sighting in Hamilton.

We knew they were incubating but due to the new location they’ve chosen, it’s been impossible to get a peek at any eggs. I was able to retrieve this screen capture from the archives at 3:21 pm today where you can see part of an egg.

!!! Reclutch!

April 30, 2014 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Kathy Reports:

Looks like Madame X and Surge are incubating egg(s) again but at the opposite end of the ledge.  It’s close to the cam but any eggs are hidden from view by the surrounding wall.  They have been incubating for a few days now after she spent several nights there.  No way to know really how many eggs she may have but we can guess at least one given the shift changes we’ve observed.  Hopefully the wet, cold weather won’t impede their renewed efforts!

!!! Full incubation mode again, but this time at the other end of the nest ledge!

April 28, 2014 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

CPF Postmaster Reports:

April 28th-2014
While we can’t actually say that the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel pair have laid a second clutch of eggs, it appears that the resident adult female is once again in full incubation mode, this time at the other end of the nest ledge, and Madam X is down hard in full incubation mode.

Interestingly, the first two eggs laid have been completely abandoned by the pair (with one of the eggs having been left abandoned), and the other egg having disappeared from view altogether.

A very bizarre happening indeed given the way that this serious of events have so far played out. Typically, the same female won’t start laying a second clutch of eggs until the first clutch has either been destroyed or eaten - (or absent)…. It is (in part), the absence of eggs at this hormonal stage that stimulates the female to go back into egg production mode, (and copulation between the male and female starts again).

One of the many tricks of the captive breeder to get the female to start egg production again and re-clutch for a second time in the same season. Once the first set of eggs have been removed from the incubating female - (at a particular time frame shortly after incubation starts), she can be stimulated into breeding and egg production mode again for the second time in the same season. Both the timing of the action, the time of year, the females hormones and her health has to be right for a second clutch of eggs.

This same procedure can sometimes be safely completed for a third time in the same breeding season to encourage the female into allowing copulation to take place and laying a third clutch of eggs.

In any case, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out and see what is actually happening?
Stay tuned……..

!!! At least one of the two Hamilton eggs may have been eaten and the other abandoned by Madam X!

April 24, 2014 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

CPF Postmaster Reports:

April 24th - 2014
Sadly, one of the eggs at the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel nest site has disappeared, likely eaten by one (or both) of the resident pair and the remaining egg has been abandoned altogether by Madam X. While sad news, this is not an unusual happening. So far this year, we have already seen several other clutches of eggs destroyed and eaten by the resident pair at two other nest sites here in southern Ontario, and at several other nest sites each year over the past years.

Look at what the Port Colborne nest site has been going through over the past three years with incredible territorial battles going on each year, and the destruction of several clutches of eggs each season as a result - http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/w/c/sightings/port-colborne-adm-mill

While we can only speculate as to the cause, (and there are many things that cause the peregrines to abandon and /or consume their eggs), it is our experience that one of the most often documented explanations for a pair to abandon, destroy or consume their eggs comes from pressures as a result of territorial disputes from other peregrines challenging the resident pair for their territory or the nest sites.

While the fighting between outsiders and the resident pairs can get quite aggressive (well documented over the years, with physical combat going on in the nest boxes and nest ledges themselves), some times resulting in the injury or death of one or more of the birds, squabbling and fighting is just as evident in aerial battles that can take place some distance from the actual nest site itself. Its all about protecting your territory, and some of our urban pairs have huge territories!

Also remember that this is the time of year when allot of our northern Ontario’s peregrines are only just returning from their wintering grounds in the south, now passing through the area on the way back up north to their home turfs, and the single unattached birds are looking for both mates and territories, and in usual peregrine form, have no problem challenging whom ever they encounter on the way to win over a mate and territory. This is how Surge acquired the Hamilton Sheraton territory and Madam X several years ago. He wasn’t invited.
Stay tuned, it could get very interesting……….

The good news is, the breeding season is still in full swing, hormones levels are high, and there is plenty of time to produce and/or re-clutch additional eggs.
As far as our resident northern Ontario peregrines, many of them are still not even back on territory and still weeks away from even producing their own eggs.

!!! Second Egg for the Hamilton nest site at the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel!

April 10, 2014 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

CPF Postmaster Reports:

April 10th - 2014
This afternoon, Madam X finally laid her second egg! Congrats Hamilton! While this quite a spread between the first and the second egg, this conforms to the rather unusual happenings that we had so at many of the nest sites around southern Ontario that we are monitoring.
Typically when we see this long spread between eggs, it usually points to other outside stresses that is going on, most of time from competition from other peregrine(s) challenging the resident pair for their territory. These types of stresses on the resident pair both disrupts their copulation routines, in addition to causing a flux in the females hormone levels and can interrupt the females fertilization and egg production.
Time will tell.

!!! First egg for Hamilton Sheraton Hotel!

April 05, 2014 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

CPF Volunteer Reports:

April 5th - 2014
Good news for the Hamilton Sheraton hotel this morning after a quick check of the cams and doing the rounds of the various southern Ontario nest sites Madam X and Surge have produced their first egg at the Hamilton Sheraton hotel for 2014.
Congratulations Hamilton Sheraton Hotel!
Stay tuned for further developments…………..

!!! A sucessful season!

August 14, 2013 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

CPF Postmaster Reports:

August 14th - 2013

Hamilton Sheraton chicks have both successfully fledged, and are doing well. Both turned out to be females, named Laura #1687-19646 S over 30, red tape; and Brock 1687-19646 S over 31, (although she tape removed the next day),, (uncertainly over Brock’s sex at banding so she got a name that would be either male or female). Brock was several days younger than Laura, and she had a bit of difficulty with her landings, having to be rescued twice before the Falcon Watch was done. During her first check up after her rescue she was determined to be female. Both chicks and the parents have been visiting the nest ledge over the summer, and at times the two chicks can be seen there although those times are dwindling fast.


!!! Second Hatch for Madame X and Surge!!

May 31, 2013 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Kathy Reports:

What exciting news for Madame X and Surge and all the Hamilton fans!!  A second egg has hatched overnight!

There was almost 3 days between the laying of Egg 1 and 2 and the weather being damp and wet, full on incubation likely started earlier than usual hence the delay between egg hatching..that’s the story I’m going with!  :)   

Congratulations Hamilton!!!

!!! First Hatch for Madame X and Surge!!

May 24, 2013 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Kathy Reports:

These two don’t waste any time, even though they were late with egg laying this year the first hatch for Madame X and Surge has taken place this evening!!

Congratulations Hamilton!!