!!! More photos from K-W banding day!

May 24, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Lisa Reh Reports:

Banding day was a great success in Kitchener-Waterloo today! Caster could be heard on the tower vocalizing in short calls as the climbers readied themselves on the ground at 10:00 a.m. He flew off to the Kings Tower antenna and sat there for a few minutes and then went off on a hunt after some birds overtop of Mount Hope Cemetary. Mystery came in at around 11:15 with lunch for the chicks. At 11:45 as the chicks were being extracted from the nest, Mystery fussed about it however she watched from the tower at times, as well as swooping around the tower. Caster was not seen while the chicks were being removed from the nest box.

All chicks appear healthy and strong and after banding were back in the nestbox in the early afternoon. Caster was still nowhere to be seen as Mystery did all of the swoops around the nest box.

A busy fledge watch is anticipated in a few weeks. If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact CPF.

Photos courtesy of Karen von Knobloch & Lisa Reh

!!! Photos of chicks

May 19, 2016 - Mississauga - Holcim

Marion Nash Reports:

Here are a couple photos sent in for posting.

!!! Another Successful Banding Day At CTV Kitchener

May 24, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Marion Nash Reports:

May 24 2016

Today was banding day for 4 healthy peregrine chicks. There was 3 females and 1 male chick this year.

John and Matt climbed the tower to collect the chicks for banding while local school children watched all eager to meet the newest additions to the Kitchener Peregrine Falcon family.

With the continued support of CTV Bell Media members of The Canadian Peregrine Foundation and Anne Yagi of The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests banded and weighed the chicks with many local watchers and school children, After the banding 2 chicks were taken to a room to have a small blood sample taken by Environment Canada staff. They again doing toxicology testing of the top food chain predator. Depending on information gained from the testing of the chicks it may be used to help pass legislation that will not only further protect the Peregrine and other wildlife but we humans as well.

The banding information is listed below

Female named Casper 668 grams band S over 42 with blue tape
Female named Ziegler 710 grams band S over 42with red tape
Female named Hope 785 grams band S over 43 with yellow tape
Male named Tenor 544 grams band Y over 49 with white tape

A big thanks again to CTV Bell Media, Kitchener Fledge watch team, Waterloo Region Nature and John and Matt our climbers for the tremendous support we could not do this without them.

Mare photos to come and information!

!!! Beachville nesting,, in the new nest box and nest tower!! Incubation is underway!!!

April 15, 2016 - International, National and Local News

Mark Nash Reports:

Friday, May 6, 2016 1:37 AM

Hello All
Yes, we have been monitoring the Beachville nest site as closely as we can, given the distances and travel times involved. Lucie and friends have been monitoring the Beachville grins since we installed the nest box. The peregrines remained on territory throughout the winter months and were still being observed on the old silos in and around of the old nest site up until the demo started.

They actually used the new nest box and nest box tower as an observation spot to watch the silos being demolished.
By April 6th – (see photos of the grins on the nest box tower), both resident adults were in and out of the nest box on a regular basis. Very shortly after, by April 12th, we started to observed the pair involved in courtship behaviours and copulation between the two. Being peregrine breeding season and with hormones running high with all peregrines in our region, this was

By April 15th, we started to see only a single peregrine at any one given time – (but seeing both the male and female at various times throughout several days of observing),, although never at the same time,, which is a strong indication that they were down on egg(s) involved in full time incubation. It was NOT a foregone conclusion nor actually confirmed at this time that they were actually using the nest box, but given the pairs activity in and around of the new nest box, we highly suspect that they are utilizing it.. Remembering that it is very difficult to actually see into the nest box especially given the distances and angles involved.

By the end of April, we had been able to confirm that the pair were actually utilizing the nest box, obviously involved in full time incubation of an undisclosed amount of eggs.

Lucie was able to get back down to do some additional observations, this time with some extreme magnification and was able to snap the attached photo of the female laying down inside the nest box.

Although the timeframes and observations are “somewhat lose”, we believe that if in fact the egg(s) are in fact fertile and have been properly incubated, that a hatch is only three weeks away..

That’s what I have so far, stay tuned………….

New Female at Burlington Lift Bridge

May 24, 2016 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Tracy Simpson Reports:

At first it was only a suspicion follewed by a report of something different at the bridge this year and so Bruce and I decided to take a trip down to try and confirm adult identities.

Normally the Lift Bridge is one of the earliest (if not the first) nest site in southern Ontario to hatch young, either hatching just before MEC or right in step with that site   This year the clutch size of 5 eggs coupled with the continued incubation at this late stage (at least late for the bridge) raised a few eyebrows.  We started making plans to check in on Cirrus and McKenzie as this was not the norm for them. A few days ago I received a report from local watchers that we’re seeing a female banded black over red, not black over green as Cirrus is.  Yesterday Bruce and I set out to try and get some answers.

When we arrived at the bridge we found McKenzie on the Hamilton tower of the bridge lounging in the shade while keeping an eye on the box.  Several lifts occurred while we were watching him but he didn’t make a move nor hunt.  It was two hours before he took off of that ledge and at no time did he take food to the box.  We are pretty confident that we have no hatch as of yet.

At around 4pm I was looking up at the nest box when out like a bullet came the female.  She flew straight towards the Hamilton tower and then did a full 90 degree drop and dive at something just out of our sight.  McKenzie joined her at this and when the two pulled out of their drop, he flew straight to the nest box and disappeared while she flew up to the Hamilton hydro tower.  We turned our scopes on her but she didn’t stay long.  It was long enough however to confirm that she is banded black over red on her left leg with a silver USFW band on her right; this was not Cirrus.  We did get a partial read of the band but all we can conclude with certainty is that this is a new female.

She left the tower and flew over to the harbour side of the Burlington Skyway where we lost sight of her for over an hour.  She was definitely on a hunt.  The next time we saw her she was bombing up the canal and had lined up a cormorant.  In an incredible show of pure nastiness, she drove the cormorant head first straight into the canal waters, skimming the surface as she banked up.  Focused, determined, fearless and on fire is how I would describe her entire time in our view.  She flew off and landed in the tower again looking for more things to line up and dispatch.  It wasn’t long before she was once again out of our view.  In all of the looks we did get of her, she appeared to be in full adult plumage with strong barring throughout her bib and chest.  If she would have sat still long enough we could have had more of a view but she was clearly on a mission.

This years nesting season has certainly been one of great change.  The Burlington Lift Bridge is now the fourth confirmed site with an adult changeover as young up and coming birds fight for the rights to an established nest site.  We are unsure when this change took place or where Cirrus is now.  We can only hope that she is safe.  We will continue to work on a full identification of this new female as we await their first hatch.

!!! Beachville has a hatch!!!

May 24, 2016 - International, National and Local News

Mark Nash Reports:

May 23rd - 2016
Hello All
We have some great news to report with a huge thanks to Lucie for all of her efforts!! Lucie was down to the Beachville nest site again over the long weekend and has confirmed a hatch!! While we have no way of knowing how many of the eggs have hatched,, the observation report that Lucie filed over the weekend has confirmed that the Beachville resident pair are tending to a recent hatch! While they are much too small to be seen from our site lines on the ground, food was delivered to the nest box and the brooding adult female and she observed several feedings take place.
Congratulations are in order for everyone hard work and incredible stewardship !!!

She was also able to confirm that both residents are the same pair as last year,, with Joe Black 48 over Y and Virginia 76 over AX Good going Lucie!!!
Stay tuned for further updates…..

K-W banding day May 24!

May 23, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Lisa Reh Reports:

The youngsters are getting bigger and more active every day. They are flapping their wings a lot now and you can see their feathers are just starting to come in. They do lots of face plants and scratch their cheeks with their awkward legs. There are so many pieces of wings in the nest box that it is pretty hard for the chicks to get around without tripping over old wings and feathers.

Everyone seems to be eating well, as Mystery is seen bringing lots of meals at least 4 to 6 times a day and often brings in gull which feeds them all. On May 16th, Mystery was observed perched on the orange rails with a full crop. The littlest one, does get his portion, but is often off by himself and sometimes has to wait until after the larger ones are satisfied. He is getting better at muscling in on mealtime. On May 17th, at around 7:15 p.m., dinner was brought to the outside ledge of the nest box. Eventually three of the babies made their way outside for the first time! The littlest one stayed inside. One of the chicks brought a big piece of dinner back into the nest and the little guy stole it!

On May 18th, a small feed was observed around 8 a.m. All four are active and move around for the pickings. The chicks actively peck at the remnants of meals that are leftover in the nest box. Mystery brought in another gull at 5:45 p.m. All had a good feed and all of the chicks could be seen with nice full crops. On May 19th, at 1:30 all chicks were sprawled out around the nest box. The littlest one, could just be seen off by himself, away from his siblings that were closer to the falconcam. There was a 2:00 p.m. feed and little guy hung off to the side while his siblings rushed in for their feed. He finally got his share and all 4 were lined up for their morsels. By 3:30, there was lots of flapping wings until they passed out for another falcon nap.

Banding day is set for Tuesday May 24th!! Tune in to CTV Kitchener at noon for an up close introduction to these youngsters!!

!!! Canada Square at Yonge & Eglinton Banding date has been set, booked and now confirmed!! :-)

May 20, 2016 - Toronto - Canada Square Building - Yonge and Eglinton

Mark Nash Reports:

May 19th - 2016
Banding date for the Canada Square is set and booked (rain or shine) for June 6th at 11am!

Things are happening fast and furious this season with more than a dozen nest sites having hatches all within the same ten day period, we are, as usual scrambling to arrange bandings with everyone involved, two window washers companies, all of the building management groups, rock climber, press and media, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forrest, Canadian Wildlife Service and Environment Canada, and a host of other support team members and CPF volunteers needed to make it all happen!

With a very short window of opportunity to actually safely extract and band the hatchlings (between 18 days and 28 days old),, the very short ten day window of opportunity to band all of these nest sites when their hatch days are so close, is a daunting task to say the least!!!

That being said, the various banding dates are being booked, changed, rescheduled and then re-booked and confirmed again as all of the pieces eventually come together to meet everyone’s schedules, which of course all surrounds the hatch days and ages of the hatchlings!

Banding date for the Canada Square is set and booked (rain or shine) for June 6th at 11am!
With so many banding dates to meet, we will be banding several nest sites on the same day in some cases and the dates are being booked as usual, with very short notice. Welcome to working with wildlife that have their own schedule!! :-)
We will be out in Mississauga in the afternoon on June 6th doing yet another banding at 3pm!!

!!! 4 Chicks Successfully Banded Today :-)

May 20, 2016 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

May 20th 2016
Another successful banding at Bloor and Islington Center. Although O’Conner was back to original self the terror or Etobicoke ,Cathy Smith from CPF and the brave young men from Skyreach Window Washing
took the lick-en from her in stride as they extracted the chicks from the nest for banding. Thanks so much to you all for a job well done!

This year there are 3 girls and 1 boy and all were very healthy and feisty like their mom.

We had a great turn out of viewers from the local community, building tenants and a group of students from Spruce Court Public School.

Mark Heaton and Tina Hassannia from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests weighed and banded the chicks and had 2 young helpers from Spruce Court school who gave each chick a drink of water and placed coloured tape on the silver band. The coloured tape will help the falcon watch team identify at distance each bird during the fledge watch.

The students from spruce Court School got to name 3 of the chicks this year and came up with Sprucer, Oakley and Cheemung and the 4th was named Maverick by Mark Heaton’s assistant Tina. Below is the band information and weights.

745 grams female named Maverick S over 50 with White Tape
535 grams male named Sprucer Y over 21 with Blue Tape
720 grams female named Oakley with Red Tape
720 grams female named Cheemung with Yellow Tape

Once again we would like to thank Building Management CBRE Canada and the wonderful security staff for all their support and as always Mark Heaton of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests for being there for the birds and the community.

!!! Banding date has been set, booked and confirmed!! :-)

May 20, 2016 - Mississauga - Holcim

Mark Nash Reports:

MAY 20th - 2016
We are delighted to report that we have been able to book and confirm the banding date for the CRH Canada Group in Mississauga for June 6th at 3pm.
Stay tuned for the banding update and news!!