Information - the breeding season 2011

January 29 - little or no activities?!

You're welcome if you see a falcon in the picture! There have been only a few visits to the nestbox in recent months. Or may it be that I have bad luck with my visits at the site?. In any case, my visits and the Falcons have not taken place at the same time.

I decided to take a lunchbreak at the habour instead. But no luck, no falcons. I could not catch a glimp.

The visit gave quite a good dividend of other birds. The harbor basin - which is still partly covered with ice - contained a really big (for our conditions) flock of Tofted duck, between 5-600. Tried to find a deviant individual in the form of Greater Scaup, it was difficult to distinguish in the flock. On-site were also a few hundred Mallards and sixty Cormorant.

Feburary 7 - a new recovery

On january 29, one of our fakcons was checked, our first international recovery.

Silas, a male, 90A75203 - blue ring (right leg) and AC - black ring (left leg) - belonging to the first "self-produced" litter (2009) was reported from Copenhagen.

More information can be found recoveries above.

February 26 - meeting about the Falcons

Since 1972, meeting has been arranged annually for all involved in the Peregrine Project in Sweden. Read Ulf Ståhle's report from the first meeting in Helsingborg.

April 2 - a new female again?!

The 2k female does "feather care", probably after a bath, photo: Christer Strid.

Feeling confident about the status of the Falcons. I have seen them very rarely in the box this year. My observation just before Christmas Eve of a pilgrimage on a rooftop in the city Helsingborg prompted me question marks that were unanswered and I thought... " One might ask if Roger and Axa were looking for it towards to the center or could there be another falcon to visit?"

Maybe we have got the answer now! Leif Klinteroth saw a new female on April 1, and by the ringmark he could read that it was an individual born in 2010, ie a 2k bird.

Råger on the top of the camerahouse, photo Christer Strid.

The other day, Dick Enebro also noted in the guestbook ... "I have recently seen an increase in activity in and next to the box. Unfortunately, it was a long time since I saw them simultaneously there. But something is going on and I hope the mating has been successful this year. If so, my guess is that we will see the first egg in one to two weeks.

If it's a 2k-female who has come in the territory, she's perhaps not sexually mature yet, and in that case, it will not be any fertile eggs this season, if it were going to mating and egg laying. We will see in the next few days if she intends to stay or just on transit. During our visit, Råger was attracted to her several times and he "showed the way" to the box.

The new female guards the territory, photo Christer Strid.

Now, we will try to individualize the new bird trying to read the rings. I managed to capture a picture of the new female inside the box (see gallery), where you can see is a blue and red ring.

Björn E and Leif K are looking up to the female trying to individually determine the new falcon, photo Christer Strid.

April 17- "LE" from Västergötland.

Yesterday, Leif K got the opportunity to read the new female's rings, ie. red ring left leg with the designation LE and blue ring right leg.

A closer check to the Falconproject, told us that she came from a litter of four chicks born in 2010. She comes from a wellknown settlement in Västergötland, which previously produced 7-8 other controls of youngsters from earlier litters. Great fun with this observation!

Young female birds often moves a lot and even our former female, Axa, came from the west coast.

During Leif´s visit, he also noted that the couple took a great interest in each other, and Råger and the young female were mating on a few occasions. What the outcome will be of this will get us awake. There has been a reproduction at such an early age but it is very rare.

Apil 18 - A link to Brussels.

High up in the Cathedrals of Bryssels you find this falcons. Amazing images streamed in real time, 24 hours a day. Just follow life on a nibbling distance here at the top of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral.

April 20 april - Eggs!

Egg! Our observant visitors noted yesterday there was probably an egg in the box. And, of course, there is a brownish egg. Perhaps surprising because the female is so young, her second year of life. Now, we will see how it goes on. Are there several eggs coming and are they fertilized?

Råger wondering what´s in the nest... an egg?

If the falcons are following the calender or not you may wonder, but in relation to 2010 it is 17 days later that the first egg is laid. Some more pictures are in the gallery.

April 24 - more eggs ... now three of them

It looks very positive and we hope that the eggs are also fertilized. In a quick succession, the new female has put 3 eggs and it is possible that there will be additional eggs in the litter. We'll see.

Egg 1.

Egg 2.

Egg 3.

2k-female LE from Västergötland, photo Leif Klinteroth.

Some new pictures in the gallery showing the female and the eggs as well as the whole family.

May 9 - change of brooding

It is also important to cooperate with regard to the care of the eggs. Here it seems that Råger is going to hand over to the female.

May 17 - 2 eggs left

Unfortunately, as one of our visitors is attentive, there are only two eggs left in the.

However, it is not entirely unusual that an egg for some reason "fails". During a previous breeding season we have experienced the same mishap. We may hope that the remaining two eggs remain all the way to a possible hatching.

It is now with some excitement as we see the future. Are the eggs fertilized? When, can we expect the eggs to be hatched? It is not impossible that there will be an increase in the weekend.

May 18 - new falcons in livestreaming!

We have understood that Lantmännen's silobuildings can be a good retreat for pilgrimagefalcons. Now we have another pair - in Falkenberg ("Falconmoutin", where else!) - in livestreaming. This link you can check out the falkcons. There are three youngsters in the box.

May 26 maj - a ckick in the box!

Lovely! A young on in the nest! Despite the young age of the female, she looks really good. Good help from an experienced male is of course a big advantage. Hopefully we will have another chick in the box soon. We will keep our eyes open.

Thank you Maggan, Dick, Lillemor, Björn and Tina who carefully watched video sequences from the webcam. The pictures are in the gallery.

May 27 maj - One chick one egg

There seems to be good access to food and the little lonely chick gets all the attention. I just saw a hatchingchange and it's not for a long time that the female is away from the box and the male may take over. In this case, maybe 5 minutes. The question is whether there will be another chick or two eggs remain untouched. We'll see?

A greetings come from the Falcon in Kiel (hedges in the TV-tower). Actually, they are four chicks , but the three females seen on the picture have pushed away the slightly smaller male. It's the first time in four years that this Falcons gets chucks.

Three young females in the nestbox at the TV-tower in Kiel, photo Matthis Haupt.

June 6 - Still remains one chick and one egg

As we can see, it's still just one young. The remaining egg is probaly not fertile. But we will see the positive in it to the future.

It is a bit fun to see when the old birds are still trying to rough the egg, while the child is under the wings. Not easy to be a young one squeezing between egg and parents.

June 7 juni - time to get the rings

Sometimes it's a quick decision and everything has to fall into place. Tommy Järås & Co came to Skåne and looking after our youngster in Helsingborg.

Loud protests from both parents and youngster, but it all went fast and smoothly and everything was back to "the usual" after just twenty minutes. During that time the kid had been weighed, measured and marked with blue/red ring left leg (marked ST) and a traditional ring on the right, 90A7973.

We also looked forward to collecting the egg for analysis as well as studying the residues of pray. Among other things, feathers were found from a woodcock that apparently had fallen victims.

The banded chick, just over 14 days old and probably a male.
Notice that the chick got a lot of food, photo Christer Strid.

Tommy Järås put the ring on, photo Christer Strid.

The ring with the color combination of the year, blue/red, photo Christer Strid.

June 11 juni - the whole family together

Having the whole family gathered in the box, does not happen so often. Dick has carefully "captured" this image. So nice!

Interesting in this context is also to study the difference in the plumage between the young female - together with the chicl - and the male sitting on the top.

The whole family gathered (from yhe web).

June 19 - a new name

Several persons have requested a name for the new female. What about Linnea? Also suitable for giving the chick the name Hampus , although there is some uncertainty whether it is a male or female.

Yesterday, we made was a visit to the port to checkup the situation live. We found the male Råger immediately, but to see Linnea took time. After a while we found her sitting on one of the big container crane. All well gathered and in place.

Råger på silokanten, foto Mårten och Christer Strid Råger på silokanten, foto Mårten och Christer Strid Råger på silokanten, foto Mårten och Christer Strid
Råger on the edge off the building, photo Mårten och Christer Strid.

Linnea sittande på containerkranen, foto Christer Strid
Linnea sitting on the container crane, photo Christer Strid.

Have also been looking at the statistics and the number of visitors on the pages with the falcons. It is gratifying to see that it is quite more than 150 visits per day.

The statistics for the last month

July 2 - "to become oldere"

It takes a great deal to grow. And dispite of the weather in Helsingborg today, it may be quite nice to sit in shelter of the box and to taking care of the feathers.

The question mark at the mark - whether it was a male or female - were in place. The assessment is now that it is a female and hence the name becomes Hampina instead.

That the chick is away from the box does not surprise me. The nestingplace is very big so there is room for movement. It is also important to explore the surroundings. Naturally, there are fewer visits in front of the camera.

There are some new images in the archive downloaded from the webcam for the last week.

July 13 - two out of three

Took a trip to the harbor after work and found out that the falcons were in place. On my own, I only found the male and female at the favorite location - the containercrane - but I think the chick was also in the local area because it was communicated sounds all the time.

Råger och Linnea på containerkranen (montage), foto Christer Strid
Råger and Linnea, photomontage Christer Strid.

Familjen samlad, fotomontage med bilder från webbkameran
The family - from left Råger, Linnea and Hampina - together
(photomontage pictures from the web).

August 1

No glimpse of Hampina for a long time. It is true that she does not "be allowed" to stay in the territory anymore and have to try out her own wings.

On the spot in the box, we sometimes see Linnea and Råger.

August 7 - Axa found!

A look in the webcam today I find that Linnea was visiting. But otherwise the great news of today is that Axa was recovered, unfortunately, dead. See recovery-details.

The rings of Axa. The big ring (nearly lost the purple color)
with the designation DX, and the small purple ring, 90A62307 (photo: Christer Strid)

October 9 - "bad weather of the autumn"

Tonight we have a real bad weather, with heavy wind and rain. I can see that Råger and Linnéa occasionally in place in the box. Perhaps just to seek shelter for this kind of weathersituation that happens just as tonight.

November 26 - "lucky?!"

Today I watched the webcam while a falcon was visiting. Otherwise, in 9 cases 10 usually show an empty box. But as said the falcons are faithfully left in the room and sometimes we are lucky to see them in a picture. I think it was Linnea who sat on the edge and spanned the surroundings.

December 1 - "seasalt on the lens"

After the very heavy storms of recent days, Helsingborg is more or less covered in a thin layer of salt. We can notice this on the blurred cameraimage, which means that the lens protector has got its fair part of the storm.

However, the Falcons have not been deterred by the exposed position of the nestbox (although it has been partly sheltered from this storm), but is coming to visit time to time. The last visit was devoted to move around the little stones i the nestingbox.

Pictures and information (in Swedish) from 2011!

Pictutes an information from previous breeding seasons see above.


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