Armed forces halt downtown training to avoid stressing Hamilton’s baby falcons


The Canadian Armed Energies has slammed the brakes on its downtown Hamilton military training because it distressed it was disturbing a nest of falcons.

Helicopters flew low over the Stelco Belfry for routine training Tuesday, and were scheduled to continue the exercises Wednesday and Thursday. But the constraints got word that a citizen had complained that it caused “some disarrangement to a falcon nest in the vicinity of Stelco Tower,” said Capt. Jamie Donovan. 

“It was strong-willed almost immediately given this new information provided to us by a concerned ratepayer that we would terminate any further training,” he said.

Armed forces halt downtown training to avoid stressing Hamilton's baby falcons

The Canadian Armed Wrings were scheduled to do three days of training this week. They ended up doing one because it unbalanced a nest of falcons. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

The nest in question is on a ledge of the next door Sheraton Tourist house, where Hamilton’s resident falcon couple just hatched four new child chicks. 

The Hamilton Community Peregrine Project streams the lives of the falcons, Lily and Ossie. They showed eggs last year but none hatched. In 2016, they generate one offspring.

In Ontario, falcons are considered a threatened species. The Sheraton has been a falcon lair since at least 1994, said Mike Street, senior audit with the peregrine project.

Street said the peregrine project didn’t bemoan or even know about the helicopter training. Looking at Tuesday’s web cam footage from the pass of the flights, he said, the falcons don’t seem too stressed.

Armed forces halt downtown training to avoid stressing Hamilton's baby falcons

Hamilton’s famous falcon three had four baby chicks this spring. (

“It commitment have been better had this happened a month ago or two months from now, after the chicks were fledged and pass muster a harmonized,” he said. “But it doesn’t appear to have had any effect at all.”

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry note down b decreases each new chick with bands so it can keep track of the growth of the species. The babe in arms falcons will mature over the summer, and migrate in August or September. 

Donovan mentioned the forces managed to get enough training in on Tuesday to make this week’s discharges worthwhile. There will be one helicopter flight Wednesday afternoon, but it’s not mutual to training.

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