You are watching a peregrine falcon pair nesting on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Clinical Sciences eyrie is on the 14th floor and is the second most desirable spot in Edmonton. Several different peregrines have nested there in the recent past, but this year’s occupant is Radisson (band number R7). She was born on the Radisson Hotel in downtown Winnipeg. She’s sitting on 4 eggs that will hatch around the beginning of June.
The male is K97, formerly of the High Level Bridge in 2010, and then the U of A in 2011. He was beaten up and partially plucked by the Bell Tower male last August, but was rehabilitated by Dr. Gordon Court, who had him for 2 months last fall. K97 even came for a visit to ACA’s Sherwood Park office! According to Dr. Court, “The little rascal was at the High Level Bridge courting his ex from 2010 recently(!), but left after a bald eagle sailed over the bridge…bad neighbourhood.” So: will K97 be faithful this year? Will he get in more trouble with the other male falcons in Edmonton?
UPDATE: K97 got in trouble again and has been replaced by an unbanded male. K97 is nowhere to be seen—he may be dead after the altercation—but the new male will likely be raising K97's chicks as Radisson is still sitting on the original eggs.
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