Although early arrival at a breeding cliff can be risky, it has its benefits too...there's usually no objection from other potential breeders, at least for a while. Eventually though there's conflict at some level. Most often disputes are short, vocal and without contact. On occasion though a brouhaha ends in injury or worse.
|7|H captured with leg injury in 2005, returned to breed in 2006 (A. Franke)|
|Territory holder 03 B killed by intruder in 2007 (A. Franke)|
|Female falcon threatening an unknown intruder (RECONYX)|
The margins are narrow and the investment considerable. All things being equal, adults arrive in late May, lay a full clutch of eggs by the middle of June, hatch their young in mid-July. Rearing a brood of nestlings lasts 'til the last week of August, and fledglings remain near the cliff for another 3 weeks. Birds leave for their wintering territories in the middle of September.
|Although short, August nights are cool at 70 degrees north (RECONYX)|
Some make it...some don't.
|Remains of 8|U and 13 B on nest ledge, fate of 8|W (3rd chick) not known (A. Franke)|
|August 20, 53 C at 35 days old on her nest ledge near Iglulik, NU.|
|53 C just prior to capture in Mexico, Nov 11 (O. Diaz)|
|53 C immediately after capture in Mexico (O. Diaz)|
|Oscar Diaz with 53 C|
It's not often you see a blue banded falconry bird, good to know she is in good hands.