2002

Results from Project Peregrine 2002 field season that monitored Peregrine Falcons on the Ontario side of Lake Superior confirmed an increase in the number of peregrines holding territories from 2001. There were 30 territorial pairs, 3 single birds confirmed holding territories and an additional 3 sites where peregrines were reported but territories could not be confirmed. 23 nests were confirmed and 51 chicks were assumed to have fledged. The number of nests and the number of chicks fledged were almost equal to the 2001 results. The banding team banded 38 chicks at 13 nest sites, bringing the 7 year banding total to 195 chicks now banded. Four nests that were confirmed with eggs or young were discovered empty when accessed by a banding team. It is believed that the hot temperatures of late June and early July may have been a factor for nest failure.

The banding team once again collected prey remains when nests were accessed to band the chicks. Six new species of birds (Red-breasted Merganser, Gray Jay, Common Goldeneye, Mourning Dove, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Tree Sparrow) were added to the list of prey species (now 54) that have been collected over the past seven years. The hatching dates of the young falcons in 2002 were fairly consistent with the hatching dates of 2001. Hatching took place between May 26 and June 24 (2001 dates May 25-June 14). There were 3 nests that had late hatching dates of June 22-24.