CTV Peregrine Falcon Cam: See the falcons flap their wings
It’s been a trying year for the peregrine falcon family nesting above the CTV Kitchener studio.
This was the first year for Lucifer and his female partner, whose name is unknown, to raise hatchlings on our property. In 2015 and 2016, our microwave tower was used as a nest by a different pair of peregrines – Castor and Mystery.
The process got off to a late start this year, as wacky spring weather meant the birds’ eggs didn’t appear in the nest until early May. Hatching started on June 8, about a month later than it typically does.
Another issue emerged one week later, when Lucifer was found on the front lawn of a home a few blocks away with an injured wing.
Experts believe the injury likely occurred when Lucifer inadvertently flew into an object. He underwent surgery at the University of Guelph on June 19 and is recovering, although his absence means the chicks' mother is feeding and raising the chicks on their own.
A banding ceremony was held June 28. The chicks were given the names Eos, Mercury, Monarch and Sadie.
One of those chicks has since disappeared from the nest, which experts believe to be a result of predation.
As July goes on, we expect the chicks to continue to grow and get ready to take their first flights.
Thanks to the Canadian Peregrine Foundation and Waterloo Region Nature for looking after the birds as necessary.
You can watch the falcon family's progress live 24/7 by clicking on the video player above or using this link.
Disclaimer: This camera features live activities of animals in their natural habitat. Viewer discretion is advised.