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Peregrine Watch at Travelers Tower

Nest News 2012

Due to building maintenance at the Travelers Tower, the falcon webcams have been temporarily taken offline.

Working in consultation with experts from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the falcon nest box has been relocated to the roof of the near-by Travelers Plaza building. See photos.


Archive


Make sure to visit the photo album for many more images from over the years.

2011

2011 May 31 - The chicks are getting larger and have lost much of their down feathers. They spend little time in the nest box now-assembling only to get a meal from one of the parent falcons.

2011 May 20 - Banding Day - A team from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Wildlife Division affixed identification leg bands to 4 healthy chicks - two males and two females. A photo gallery of the banding day is also available.

2011 May 16 - The chicks are getting bigger and seem to like exploring the nest box. All four chicks wait patiently in line for their chance at a meal.

2011 May 2 - Over the weekend between Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, the remaining three chicks hatched. While difficult to discern, you can see the chicks huddled together. A discarded shell is also visible in the top-right section of the nest box.

2011 April 28 - The first chick has hatched. You can see it under one of the falcons during a "changing of the guard." Later in the day, the chick is spotted getting a meal from one of the parents.

2011 March 29 - There are now four eggs in the nest. Here are views of the nest box from FalconCam1 and FalconCam2.

2011 March 24 - A third egg has been spotted. It arrived on either March 23 or 24. Despite an early morning snow squall, the faithful falcon remained at her post.

2011 March 22 - The falcon is now incubating two eggs. The second egg was laid in the early morning of March 22. Also, the male attendant has been spotted.

2011 March 21 - The falcon is now incubating one egg. From this webcam shot, it was laid during the early evening of March 19.

2011 March 16 - A falcon has returned to nest on the tower ledge. It is currently preparing the box for what we hope to be a successful nesting season.

2010

2010 June 07 - The chicks are getting bigger and spending a lot of time outside of the nest box. A fourth chick has not been seen in the nest box for a few days so we're hoping the chick is simply out of camera view. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection will be heading out onto the ledge this week to band the chicks so we'll be sure to update Falcon fans on the status of the fourth chick.

2010 May 26 - A "stealthy" chick # 4 has been spotted. We're not exactly sure when it arrived as the chicks have been "massing" together and it's been hard to identify them. In this webcam shot, the four eager hatchlings are getting a mid-afternoon snack from one of the adult falcons.

2010 May 21 - Chick # 3 has arrived. In this webcam shot, you can see both the male and female falcons attending to the brood.

2010 May 20 - The second chick has hatched. The egg hatched overnight on May 19. The female falcon has also been spotted delivering food to one of the chicks.

2010 May 18 - The first chick has hatched. The chick probably emerged from the egg in the early morning hours of May 18. You can see the remnant of the eggshell in the upper right-hand corner of the webcam shot.

2010 April 23 - Two more eggs are now in the nest. They were laid on April 17 and 18 respectively. The female has hunkered down and rarely leaves the nest, but the male has been spotted delivering food.

2010 April 15 - A falcon has nested on the tower on or about April 10. As of April 15, the falcon is incubating two eggs. The first egg was probably laid on April 12 and the second on April 13.

2009

2009 May 21 – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) banded the three chicks. They were identified as two females and one male. Since the fourth egg was not viable, it was removed from the nest for testing and research.

The female falcon and her male attendant are the same ones that occupied the nest in 2007; she is from Massachusetts and he (Goldeneye) hails from St. Paul, Minnesota.

2009 May 4 - Another chick has emerged. The third egg hatched on May 1.

2009 May 1 - There are now two chicks in the nest. It is estimated that two of the four eggs hatched on April 29.

2009 March 27 - The falcon is now incubating four eggs.

2009 March 25 - Three eggs are now in the nest. The male attendant has also been spotted.

2009 March 23 - A falcon has nested on the tower on or about March 17. As of March 23, the falcon is incubating two eggs. The first egg was probably laid on March 21 and the second on March 23.

2008

2008 April 18 - Unfortunately, no falcons decided to nest on the Travelers Tower this year. If biologists determine the whereabouts of previous nesters, we'll post the information on this Web site.

2007

2007 May 29 - The chick is moving all about now and spends little time in the tray. Occasional Web cam shots have shown the chick to be healthy, but sometimes located directly under the cameras and therefore out of view.

2007 May 17 - One chick, identified as a female, received its identification band.

The female falcon occupying the nest hails from the Ideal Box Company building in Lawrence, Essex County, MA. She was banded as a nestling on 06.04.03 (band # 0987-98050).

The male attendant hails from the Colonnade Building site in Golden Valley, MN according to Dr. Patrick Redig of the University of Minnesota - The Raptor Center and The Bell Museum. He was banded on 05.28.98 (band # 2206-41015) and given the name “Goldeneye.”

The whereabouts of Amelia and her mate are unknown.

The three remaining eggs could have been fertile at one time, but late season cold or other contaminants could have made them unviable. Lab tests with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at the end of the peregrine nesting season will determine if contaminants were involved.

2007 May 2 - The eggs have started hatching. In this first set of pictures you can see the egg on the right just beginning to crack and what is likely part of a shell. In this second set, chick #1 is getting one of its first meals. The report is that the first chick was born between 2:00 to 2:30 a.m. on May 1, 2007.

2007 April 6 - The falcon has settled in and is incubating the eggs around the clock - rarely leaving the nest even following a recent New England springtime "snow event".

2007 March 28 - The falcon has now laid and is incubating Four eggs.

2007 March 28 - The falcon has now laid and is incubating Three eggs.

2007 March 25 - The falcon is currently incubating two eggs.

2007 March 23 - A pair of falcons has nested on the Tower since on or about March 16. As of March 23, one egg is being incubated. Biologists have been unable to confirm from the leg bands if the falcon is indeed Amelia.

2006

Amelia did not nest at the Travelers Tower this year. Her whereabouts remained unknown throughout the year although there were a few reported sitings of her flying about the city and roosting on buildings.

2005

2005 June 17 - The Hartford chicks fledged on Friday and were seen flying in the Hartford area and landing on other buildings.

2005 May 27 - Amelia's chicks have moved outside the nest box to a location out of view from the Web cams. They are well, however, and have taken up station under FalconCam # 1 and are getting flying lessons! The chicks have been spotted observing Amelia and her mate circling the Tower.

2005 May 23 - Banding Day. The four chicks received their identification bands this morning. Click here to view pictures from the event.

2005 May 05 - Amelia has now hatched four nestlings. Amelia's mate has also been seen attending to the brood.

2005 May 02 - Amelia has hatched two nestlings and was seen feeding them this morning.

2005 April - Amelia is now currently incubating four eggs.

2005 March - Amelia is currently incubating three eggs.


2004

Amelia and her mate did not successfully nest at the Tower this year.

2003

Although nine-year old Amelia didn't lay any eggs in the nest in 2003, she was seen in the Hartford area throughout the nesting season. Biologists were not able to determine why the pair were unsuccessful. Avid FalconCam followers were disappointed and it is hoped that Amelia and her mate have better luck in 2004.

2002

Although eight-year-old Amelia did lay one egg in the nest in 2002, it did not hatch. The egg was laid on March 24 or 25. Normally, three or four eggs are laid over an interval of two to three days. The absence of additional eggs in the nest was a concern to biologists. The cold, wet weather conditions of the following week and the lack of both birds tending the egg may have rendered the egg unviable. Biologists watched the activities of this pair carefully with the hope that both birds would incubate the egg, but the nesting was unsuccessful.

Avid FalconCam followers had hoped that Amelia might lay a second clutch of eggs in mid-April, but were disappointed. So we're left wishing that 2003 is a more fertile year for Amelia and her mate.

2001

By April 30, 2001, there were no reported sightings of Amelia or her mate. Upon inspection of the roof-top drain where she was sighted with two eggs on April 18, there was no sign of either the adult peregrines or the eggs.

The reasons for the disappearance of the falcons and their eggs are unknown. Any number of factors could have contributed to the situation:
•  Unintentional human disturbance may have caused abandonment of the nest site
•  A predator, such as another bird or rat, may have destroyed the eggs, causing the adult peregrine falcons to move elsewhere
•  Water run-off in the drain may have destroyed the nest

While we have no way of knowing for sure what caused the falcons to abandon the nest, biologists believe it is possible that Amelia and her mate re-nested in a different location. A variety of behaviors are observed when a peregrine falcon pair loses its eggs. If Amelia lost her two eggs before completing her clutch of four eggs (as she has had in the past), she may have relocated to a new site to complete the clutch there. If she lost her complete clutch at this site, she would probably be returning to the area frequently but not staying. If she re-nests, laying another set of eggs, she would be capable of doing so in 14 days. In 1998 when Amelia nested in this drain and lost her eggs, she did not re-nest.

2000

In 2000, Amelia laid four eggs between April 16 and 24. Two of the eggs hatched in late May, yielding two healthy chicks. The chicks were banded by the Department of Environmental Protection, so that they may be tracked as they mature, migrate, and hopefully, mate.

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