Information - the breeding season 2017

January 1 - New Year and a new breedingseason

Happy new year! The new year has just started and it will be exciting to see how it will turn out. Råger still going strong? Well an issue that we will get answered.

January 11 - Bad weather!

Pretty much snowing today in Helsingborg. Linnea took protection in the nest box.

Linnéa outside the nestbox

Febuary 3 - Inspection!

Visit of the falcons. Råger in place inside the box, eagerly enticing. Linnea not so impressed, but give up and step inside. Took off shortly thereafter.

Linnéa outside the nestbox

Linnéa in to the nesting box

Linnea took off again

It is nice to see Råger still alive. He is probably the oldest ringed Peregrinefalcon in Sweden. He was born in year 2000. He will be 17 this year !!

"The old man", Råger

March 13 - Daily visit

Daily visits of our falcons in the nest box. Usually it seems to be Råger who comes first and then eagerly attracts the female. Linnea shows up for some "discussion", before Råger leaves again and Linnéa is left behind.

In the gallery there are several new pictures

The behavior is, of course, a preparation for the future egglaying. Around the 25-26 March 2016 came the first egg and it will be interesting to see if such early egglaying takes place this year too?!

March 30 - the breeding started, the first egg was laid

A few days later than last year, it was time for the first egg. The next coming days - in a week's time - we hopefully will see another 3 eggs. However, the time will tell us.

Linnéa with the first egg.

Bonus! How could it be in the nestbox if you put some human aspects on the whole, maybe like this?!

April 3 - the breeding continues

April 1 came egg two and how many there are int the box today, I have not been able to figure out of the pictures.

However the female stay on the eggs, which can interpret as the process of the incubation has begun.

Linnéa with the two eggs.

April 5 - additional eggs

The litter was expanded yesterday. Now three eggs.

Three eggs.

Further pictures can be found in the gallery .

April 6 - full brood

Now there are four eggs in the row.

Photo: Markus Falk 

Today, we have also cleaned the camera lens. Hopefully a little clearer picture now. However, the visit was not quite popular.

The female threw long gazes after the "intruder"

Another unexpected visit was made today. A new Peregrines falcon appeared in the area. However, this was immediately taken care of by the couple.

What it´s like to help each other with the incubation ... think about it?!

April 28 - crossborder visit

A week more we'll have to wait to see how it's going. Unfortunately I feel some negative signals. But, I hope these are wrong.

However, I have noticed that Råger is bad at helping incubate and when it happens he´s just sitting on the top of the box and watches the eggs, waiting for Linnéa to come back. A wait that sometimes takes up to an hour.

Råger watch the eggs

To leave the eggs unprotected for such a long time does not feel like a good sign. What´s the reason for this "irresponsibility", you can always wonder. Could it be that the visit of the unknown falcon, as we reported earlier?

From the pictures we have seen in the last few days that Råger seems to be hurt around his bill and left eye and he is annoyed by this.

Is Råger injured?

An injury to the nostril and the left eye?

In fact it may be that the visit was not just a one-time-opportunity but an intrusion for a long period of time ...

... because yesterday - April 27th - a injured falcon was found in the neighborhoody, just north of the settlement. The falcon had probably flown towards a window at The Campus University and could suffer from a lighter concussion of the brain. Attempts were made to catch the injured bird, but no success.

Dazed from the crash, photo: Thomas Terne

The unknown falcon, photo: Jessica Gilbertsson

Possible a Danish-born falcon, black ring right leg, metalring left leg, photo: Thomas Terne

The unknown falcon, probably a male, is marked with a big black ring on the right leg and a traditional metalring on the left leg. This combination of rings was used on the pilgrimage falcons in Denmark born in 2015. So maybe it could be a Danish-born bird.

Additional information (in Swedish) about the ringing at The Möns Klint, Denmark.

May 20 - no hatching

We can now quite certainly say that there will be no hatching of the egg litter. In all, a parallel with the year 2016.

As it seems today, we are also unable to put in an adoptive nestling. The Nordens Ark - which usually helps us - has no suitable chick this year. Most often, it has been the Falcon of Helsingborg which has taken care of some "odd youth" who would otherwise not have managed. However, the bird litters born this year on the North Ark are, as it seems today, not suitable for any adoption process.

Another aspect is that we may let nature go on its own. If the eggs are unfertilized, we do not know, but that's probably the way it is.

Looking at the current situation, our male begins to be very old (17 years) and may think of retirement. But, it's usually the female who stands for this crucial and so far, she seems to appreciate his presence, even though he stopped helping incubate.

Råger waits

The intrusion earlier this spring, by another male, also seems to be disturbed. At present, in any case.

What matters to Råger is that he survived two females and 17 years in this urban environment.

The future may show.

May 25 - Quick Changes!

Yesterday afternoon I talked to Dick at Nordens Ark and today we have a small, 7 days old falconchick in the box.

It will be a quick decision sometimes and although it was doubtful in the end, a little chick "became superficial". Hopefully better odds at our falcons.

Josephine from Nordens Ark came down this morning with the new chick. As usual, Markus Falk (Lantmännen) supported us so that access etc. went smoothly and without problems. With us this year was also the nature photographer Felix Heintzenberg who was interested in documenting the process in a project about birds that adapt to alternative environments.

The young arrived well "packed" in a heat box
(Photo: Felix Heintzenberg)

After the chick got some good food, it was time for the change.

The change was surprisingly smooth and took only seven minutes from the fact that the female Linnéa left the eggs until she lay and warmed the new nestling. I can´t remember we had such a rapid adoption earlier through all these years.

Of course, we were followed by sharp falconseyes from the female who flew past us a few times, loudly complaining, then sat down on a building next and followed us. On the other hand, the male was completely blown away and did not participate at all.

Linnaeus watches the "intruders" (photo: Felix Heintzenberg)

Josefina with the kid (photo: Åsa Strid)

"What is waiting?" (Photo: Felix Heintzenberg)

Because the chick is very small, it's too early to say what gender it has. We have not been able to ring it either.

The chick has just been placed in the box and photo-documented (image from the webcam)

Lonely in a new world (photo: Felix Heintzenberg)

The hatched eggs were collected and we may be able to get the answer later on why the eggs were not hatched.

Full litter but not hatched (photo: Åsa Strid)

A somewhat strange behavior happened to the male, Råger, since we made the change. After - as I think - he didn´t showed any concern for participating in brood, it almost felt like he took over when the nestling was there.

"Family idyll" (image from the webcam)

Now a few days waiting with perhaps a little uncertainty. Feed, warming and protection are what matters!

On this page (in Swedish) you can follow what happened during the change and until the darkness.

May 27 - Quick Changes - no 2!

Say the joy that's long! Unfortunately, it has been tragic. Our youngsters have died. The reason is a bit unclear, but something has happened in connection with feeding. Possibly the chick may be injured in a way that later led to death. The process goes very fast. At 16.14 lives the nestling and begs food and is fed by the female. At 16.19 it is dead.

The young is fed by the female and the male is watching

The male quickly take care of the chick and take it away from the nest box and you can also see how the female comes back and wondering what has happened. Where did the kid go away?

The male quickly cleans the nest box

"Where's the chick?" the female wondered

On the following page (in Swedish) I've gathered some pictures from the webcam where you can follow the whole process.

June 26 - a new male!

Perhaps not unexpected, there is a new male in the territory and he´s already feeling well at home in the nest box. It is an old bird and his´s unmarked.

The new male with a young Common Straling in the claws

I had the opportunity to follow the new male and the old female Linnea during the day and it seems to be OK the two together.

The new pair, Linnea (to the left)

It's going to be exciting now to see how it develops and if he will stay close.

What has happened to the old male, Råger, we can just speculate. The fact that he was injured sometime early in the spring, we found out from the pictures from the webcam, But if this affected the outcome, we do not know.

Probably he is not in life. The reasons can be many, from the fact that the female killed him, to fatal injuries with other falcons or perhaps of natural aging. Probably we will never find out.

August 1 - Råger found dead

Råger found dead, right leg marked A2 (photo: Claes Nilsson)

The disappearance of Råger earlier this summer was not completely unexpected. Perhaps because of the unrest that had occurred in the territory in connection with the "intrusion" of other falcons, but also his high age. But that explanation was probably due to an accident event was a less-anticipated solution.

The staff of Lantmännen found the remains of Råger inside a pipe. Always sad as it is an accident incident behind. Simultaneously with the experience that Råger had from the place, why should this happen to him? I do not think he was quite physically OK. But if it was because fighting other falcons or just his high age that have been the caused the death we will never find out.

The ring A2 (photo: Claes Nilsson)

Pictures and information (in Swedish) from 2017!

Pictutes an information from previous breeding seasons see above.

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