For the last four years, the once endangered peregrine falcons have nested at The Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park. Interpretive Guide Kevin Snair has been monitoring the site hoping for signs of nesting again this year. Yesterday he witnessed the peregrines around the nest site leaving him optimistic that they would again raise their young in a location that could be viewed by park visitors. Today he set up his camera again, seeking confirmation of their intent to nest. After a few hours of intermittent activity, Kevin settled down to witness the laying of the first egg of the season. "I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the egg appear." It is extremely rare to witness a peregrine lay in the remote wild but to capture it on video was an amazing moment for Snair.
This marks the beginning of another great year for birdwatching at the Hopewell Rocks. Along with the peregrines, the Hopewell Rocks enjoys thousand of semi-palmated sandpipers in late summer as they come to feed on our rich mudflats. The Hopewell Rocks officially opens on May 17th. Their Interpretive Guides look forward to sharing this and many other wonders with their guests.