It doesn’t feel like spring yet in Ottawa, especially with the 15 cm of snow that fell on March 22, but the latest Peregrine Falcon reports are a good sign that warmer weather is on its way. Kelly Sullivan, who works at the Canada Revenue Agency in Confederation Heights, reported this week that Rowena and Ivanhoe are making a ruckus. Tanya Breton, who works at the Canada Revenue Agency downtown (what is is with these birds and the CRA?), reported that Diana and Janus were flying around quite actively on the east side of the Delta Hotel.
I checked the Data Centre myself today and saw one of the falcons perched on the usual nest ledge on the south side, but without my binoculars, I couldn’t tell which one. In any case, we hope both Rowena and Diana are getting set to lay some eggs.
Meanwhile, Sherry Leavitt took these awesome photos on March 16 in the west end, at Shea Road and Brownlee Side Rd. between Richmond and Stittsville. Fair warning: The third photo below shows one of the falcons with its kill, which looks like a duck. Don’t scroll down all the way if you don’t like to see such photos. We have had reports of Peregrines in that area in the past, but never, to my knowledge, two together like this. So keep your eyes open for other nest sites, folks.