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April 11, 2019

The resident peregrines at this nest are still Éole, son of Spirit and Roger, and his mate Ève, who is unbanded. They are seen less frequently during the winter, but they do not migrate.

Ève was approaching the time for laying her first egg, when a horrendous ice storm hit Montréal, blanketing the area for three days. High winds, ice, snow, ice fog and cold. Almost 250,000 people without power.

Huge icicles obscured the view of the nest, where Ève spent most of her time.

 

 

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Re: Québec / Montréal - l'Université de Montréal - 2019
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2019, 18:02 »
During the worst of this ice storm, with visibility almost nil, Éole went hunting and came back with a pigeon, which he presented to Ève. She was very hungry, and ate ravenously.

Yesterday around noon, the temperature rose to about 5 degrees. The icicles did not melt and drip; they fell like projectiles. One large chunk of ice crashed down exactly where Éole had been perching ten seconds earlier.

Éole

 

Renewing their bond:

 

 

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2019, 23:27 »
At 5:33 a.m., Ève was finally able to lay her first egg. By 5:59 a.m., Éole was there to admire the egg, and by 6:01 a.m. he was incubating.

 

 

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2019, 23:41 »
Throughout the stress of the last few days, Éole could not have been more supportive of Ève.

People all around the world watched Ève lay her egg this morning.

 

 

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Re: Québec / Montréal - l'Université de Montréal - 2019
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2019, 21:09 »
Ève laid four eggs, which she and Éole took turns incubating with great skill and seamless shift changes.

All four eggs hatched, and on June 12 the four chicks were banded.

The chicks were named for the Three Musketeers:

Porthos: Male, 672 Grams, banded C/72 (Green tape over silver band on right leg)
Athos: Male, 643 Grams, banded C/73 (Yellow tape over silver band on right leg)
D'Artagnan: Male, 638 Grams, banded C/74 (no tape over silver band on right leg)

And their sister was named Sola:

Sola: Female, 880 Grams, banded E/93 (Red tape over silver band on right leg)