Information - the breeding season 2010

January 2 - Happy New Year!
When I looked into the falcons nest this morning it was empty. But there were two distinct pits in the gravel.

That the birds are on the location we have identified through visual observations. Over the next few days I will update the falcon pages for 2010 and hopefully we will be able to capture Axa and Råger on pictures.

February 2 - still winter!
The falcons like to sit in the nestingbox from time to time.

Today, it is bad weather in Helsingborg, with snowfall and strong winds. A combination that never is successful. Look at the pictures from the camera and you can see the snow comming into the nesting box. But despite that, Råger will find some protection in the box.

March 21 - the kids' name
In anticipation of what happens this season, it could be useful to present the names we gave the juvenils from 2009. Lots of nominations have been received which we appreciate. One male and two females were ringed June 1th and these have been given the names:

What happens now? Yes, it's the same excitement and curiosity, we look forward to a new breedingseason.

On April 5th, 2009 came the first egg and today March 21th, 2010 there are frequent visits in the nesting box and the falcons are "testing" and adjusting. Everything runs as usual and we will see what´s happen in about 2-3 weeks.

April 1 - there'll be eggs for Easter!
There will be eggs for Easter, it´s quite obvious. To our delight the falcons are on the same track and the first egg came today. A few days earlier than last year.

I was not really surprised because I thought I saw that something was going on already a few days ago. Look at the pictures in the gallery.

April 2 - When was the last egg?
If everything works out well, we can expect a new egg tomorrow. It is quite normal by 2-3 days between the laying.

2009 was the result four eggs in the brood, of which three hatched to fledging. It will be interesting to follow this year's nesting and see if it will be just as successful.

April 17 - Nothing is like expecting?
To get a chance to catch a glimpse of the eggs appear to be almost impossible. Fortunately, many of us look at the webpage and some found out that there are at least three eggs in the nest. I feel however that the falcons are unusually hard on the brood. It is possible that the weather plays a role. The past week has been very cold in nights and days are not so warm either.

Chronologically the breeding process is well consistent with the season 2009 even if the egglaying started a few days earlier this year.

The technology is currently not on our side. There are many stages to work. Since we are not having a direct line to the camera - but are depending on the external network - it can be difficult to make changes. But there is always an ongoing process where we try to improve.

With regard to your own computer can be important which browser you are using and also what version of this has been installed and this does not make things easier. It also requires that additional software (javascript) is installed on each user's computer. At the latter may vary be a source of "problems" as it may depend on what the security settings you have.

Some tips:

26 April - finally a picture of the entire brood!
Maggie in Oskarshamn have managed to "capture" an image of the entire brood. Thanks!

If everything goes as planned, we might be able to expect hatching in the middle of May, maybe a few days earlier. Dick in Östersund has their concerns at the May 9th to 10th. Let's see if this may be true.

May 11 - Something going on?
That something is going on. I think you clearly can see it on the falcons' behavior. A degree of communication seems to take place between parents and "eggs". You can see from the photos that Råger and Axa listen to what happens. Is the hatching started? In 2009 the first egg hatched in May 14th.

May 13 - First egg hatches!
The first egg hatched.

We got some pictures that show a small white feather ball with the remaining two eggs. Check out the gallery. Good parents will quickly get some food and then resume incubation.

May 15 – “Baby” number 2.
Yesterday the chick number two crawling out of the egg. Will it be number three today?

Really bad weather today. Very clearly shown on the pictures. Rain and windy! Luckily the falcons after all, have little protection in the nesting box.

May 19 - How many chicks will it be?
Not quite positive in the nesting box. Chick number two did not surrender.

Surely there is one viable creature left in the nesting box and I think I also see an third egg today. Although this egg ought to have been hatched, so ... it leans perhaps the fact that it just be one chick. We'll see how it goes.

There are some new pictures in the gallery from this morning.

May 26 – Only one chick!.
It was just one chick who made it through the first critical days. But now, the great care of both parents and we can see from the pictures they are coming some goodies to eat.

We now look forward to ringing.

May 27 - ringing and foster parents again!
Earlier than planned, the ringing of our young ones. The reason for this was that a small lonely young falcon - from the project at Nordens Ark - was missing parents. The chick was supposed to be released in a falcon nest on the west coast but the prospective couple have two fertilized eggs of its own so we did not interfere with this breeding.

New decisions must be taken for the now orphaned chick and then became Helsingborg couple interesting. With only one surviving chick they could be suitable foster parents again. Råger, the male, is of course well experienced as stand-in.

On the falcons point of view you can ask yourself ... what is happening? But fortunately I do not believe that falcons react in that way. Otherwise, the way we act are bound to fail. Instead, we must be grateful to it pretty easily way to manipulate the birds. The kids are fairly uniform size (hatching around the same time) will of course help. "Our kid" turned out to be male and the one that came from the breeding project is a female and some noticeable size difference already.

Early afternoon the arrival of Dick (from Nordic Ark) with the new small falcon. Ringing and deposit went well and it took about an hour before Råger and Axa was back in thr nesting box. Main concern seemed to be to get the kids under their wings to get them warm, but the kids were more interested to peck at their parents' beaks to beg for food.

Our falcon watchers from Lantmännen was of course at today's event and they had also clearly two name to this year's baby birds, Carina and Bengt. Named after our loyal and helpful employees at Lantmännen.

The data of the ringing:

"Carina" (left) and "Bengt".
Foto: Christer Strid

"Bengt" waiting to be banded.
Photo: Christer Strid

"Bengt" get his ring, red BC, the left leg.
Photo: Christer Strid

"Carina" in the transport box.
Photo: Christer Strid

As it stands now all is positive and we will continue to monitor developments of the two young ones. Looking back over the years in virtually all of our "deposit" has gone well.

June 7 - yet another control of our kids!
The development is progressing in the nesting box and the kids, Bengt and Carina, are now starting to get their first speckled brown feathers.

The big news of the day, we received another check on one of our falcon chicks. This time, the male Linus, born in 2005.

Linus is now the breeding success (probably for the second year) in southern Sweden. He nests in pairs with a female who may be born at Kullaberg or in western Sweden. There are however some difficulties with reading of her rings. This year's breeding has resulted in a ringed chick.

June 27 - out of the picture - the kids on the wings.
The kids have left the nesting box and now the big adventure begin outside. There will be a tough time ahead. They should be on their "own wings" and hunting techniques must be sanded to. There'll be many failed attempts.

Complete the first year the chances are pretty good for success. Now we must keep our eyes open when young birds begin to drag around, maybe we have the opportunity to read out any color markings.

14 July - pigeons are taking over ...!?
The last few days we have got new visitors in front of the camera. They also belong to the harbor residents. Talking about pigeons. The pigeons are incorporated in falcons prey selection.

Now it seems that these pigeons can find some food in the nestbox as they eagerly go and peck among the pebbles. Imagine the interaction in nature!

August 4 - new month and sparingly visit
The couple watching their territory and occasional glimpses of them even in front of the camera.

Quoted in "The Swallow" the other day that you have seen a young (1k) peregrine falcon hunt out at the newly constructed wetland to Kropps Church. Very possible that it could be one of our kids from Helsingborg to try to help themselves to life without the help of parents.

19 August - could it be 'Bengt!
The following lines came from Alf Petersson today: "I saw a 1 year Peregrine falcon today at Farhult. At the photo you can see some rings and a C on the red one. I interpret this to mean that it is the male BC from Helsingborg, what do you think? ... " I am inclined to agree with Alf! The right combination of rings ie. red and blue and Bengt red ring is BC.

Farhult area NE of Helsingborg must be a real paradise for a young Peregrine falcons. Good access to wildlife and therefore an excellent place to train your hunting techniques and refined.

Check out Affes amazing photo! Who has an eye on who? Falconeye gazing surely the man with the camera.

Bengt from Helsingborg?, photo: Alf Petersson

September 28 - What's up?
In connection to the wildlife inventory in the middle of the month I took the opportunity to check the situation at the port. If you know where to look for falcons we can usually find them. I think it is Råger.

In the far distance you can see a falcon, photo Christer Strid

The same bird, but in a slightly odd angle for a photo. Is it Råger? Photo: Christer Strid

October 31 - a dead falcon
A few weeks ago there was an article in newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad of a "shot peregrine falcon found" at Angelholm.

A few days ago I received some information from Peter Lindberg focusing on this bird. It turned out to be a Peregrine falcon that was ringed south of Rovaniemi in Finland, on 11 July 2003 and it was 7 years old.

The bird was submitted to the National Veterinary Institute (SVA) for examination and analysis. For the preliminary report from apparent that the falcon has been subjected to mechanical blunt trauma to the chest.

Always very sad when such events occur. Although the incident was reported to the police.

December 20 - thoughts?
Sitting in the lunchroom at my job - in the middle of central Helsingborg - and watch a Peregrine falcon is not exactly an everyday occurrence? But sometimes you should be lucky.

About a week ago there was this falcon - which I took to an old male - on place of a ventilation fan. It stayed for about two days before it disappeared. On the morning of day two Ingrid and Björn Ekelund watched another Falcon came flying over and "screaming" loud.

You could ask yourself whether it was Råger and Axa who found the way in to the city or maybe it was another falcon who came to visit?

Could it be Råger or was is another falcon ...?, photo Christer Strid

Surprised! Is it Råger? photo Christer Strid

- Christer Strid - Bo02 - wishing all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Pictures and information (in Swedish) from 2010!

Pictutes an information from previous breeding seasons see above.


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