!!! Sad news to report

November 05, 2015 - Stoney Creek

Marion Nash Reports:

I got a call yesterday from Rita Lampman about a dead peregrine found in Caistor Centre Niagara.

Rita sent me the band information and photos of the bird and I am sad to report that its Stoney Canadian Recovery band number B over 05 produced at the Vinemount Quarry Stoney Creek in 2014.

The bird looked healthy and there was no sign of injury so I assume he collided with something.

The Ontario MNRF will be sending someone out to pick up the bird from Rita.

!!! Windsor Nest Tray Re-Installed

November 05, 2015 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marion Nash Reports:

With thanks to TCI Titan Contracting Inc for a lift to the nest ledge the Windsor nest tray was placed back on the nest ledge. One of CPF’s Windsor fledge watch team members Cathy Greenwell cleaned the nest tray, replaced the screen in the bottom and provided new pea gravel for the tray before it was returned to the ledge.

Thank you Cathy and Titan!

We are looking forward to a successful nesting season this spring.

link to story on CBC


!!! Some great shots of Sandy from a different view!! Nice!!!!

July 19, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

July 19th - 2015

Trying to catch-up with some of the back logged observation reports, we found this report from Lesley Togawa that got grabbed by the new anti-spam software :-( - (along with allot of other mail)!
Thank you much Lesley for sharing these shots and observation report with us!!!

Lesley writes:
Some photos of Sandy(?) enjoying the beautiful weather today and putting on an amazing airshow flying right by our window. We can see the nest at the top of the Sheraton and have watched Sandy daily since she hatched.

!!! Someone new at the Toronto Sheraton Centre Hotel?????????

August 28, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

August 28th - 2015

After being away , we’re only now just trying to catch-up with all of the back logged mail and news. Thank you to Olga for capturing and sending in this web cam shot of an adult on the Toronto Sheraton Hotel nest ledge. What makes this shot VERY VERY interesting, is that the adult peregrine in her photograph appears NOT TO BANDED!!??

After spending some time this morning with the photo in Photoshop, trying to blow it up and playing with the light to get a better perspective on the shot, it still appears that the bird is NOT dawning any leg bands!!!

If this is the case, could one of the long standing resident adults (Tiago or Rhea-Mae) have been displaced / replaced,, or simply just not at home when this un-banded adult dropped in????????

!!! St. Catherines Peregrine activity - A pair staying at the Holiday Inn! lol So, who are the mystery pair?

August 11, 2015 - International, National and Local News

CPF Postmaster Reports:

Tuesday Aug. 11th - 2015
A big thank you to Darcy and family for getting this observation report into us, and to Pamela Boese for the photos of a pair of Peregrines that have been hanging around the Holiday Inn on Ontario Street in St. Catherine’s Ontario. While neither of the two adult peregrines in Pam’s photos showed much of their legs, it does appear that at least one of the birds might be banded.

So the challenge is on,, can anyone get a photo of either of the birds that can identify any band numbers??

Darcy writes:
There is a pair of peregrines, I’ve seen them together on two separate days. But there’s usually only one of them, and I couldn’t tell you if it was the male or the female. And when they’re both together, they’re both kind of noisy.

They seem to like the front of the Holiday Inn on Ontario Street. It’s got a nice and high vantage point, and plenty of protection, plus it’s really close to the Twelve Mile Creek for dinner, er, wildlife. You’ve got to scan the whole front of the building to find them sometimes, every nook, corner, and ledge.

I’ve also spotted them on top of the hydro tower between the old GM plant and the hotel, overlooking the Creek.

One morning last week, I watched the bird swoop down, crash into something midair, there was an enormous poof of black feathers (about triple its wingspan wide), and then it perched on a traffic light to watch its prey, well, linger. And I know that at least one of them likes it downtown too, I just got to work while a panicked swarm of pigeons was being chased.

!!! Rogers centre juvenile spotted - Little “Pop-Fly”, banded Black X over 02 with Blue tape - is on the move south!

August 28, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

Aug. 28th - 2015
A big thank you to Brandon who sent in this observation report on a juvenile peregrine falcon that spent some time in his view.

Brandon writes:
Just enjoyed the presence of a young male peregrine - X over 02, black over black, from our condo on Frances Ave. in Stoney Creek, Ontario (Lake Ontario shoreline). Had blue tape over the other band. First observed trying to catch an unknown bird over the lake, then flew up and spent 15-20 minutes perched on our neighbouring condo building. Eventually took flight in pursuit of a Short-billed Dowitcher out over the lake (missed) and continued on his way!
Would love to know where this little one was raised! Hope all is well


Frankie Goes to Hollywood… …Um, Ok. Maybe Just Irondequoit, New York!

August 29, 2015 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Tracy Simpson Reports:

Edited and updated!

We have just received news from our friends in New York State that a falcon was photographed by Margaret Kurtz at the Medley Centre in Irondequoit that was clearly Canadian!  The band number, solid black S over 39, was placed on a bird in 2013 at the Etobicoke Sun Life nest and named Little Big Frank after one of our dear fallen comrades who was a falcon watcher for a decade at this nest site.

My phone lit up this afternoon with texts and notices requesting the identity of the bird MAK had spotted and after looking it up and sharing it with the Etobicoke team, the celebrations at seeing one of our fledglings once again as a potential breeding adult began.

Margaret found the bird on the peak of a building at the mall where it was hunting and she was able to get photos and confirm the band number.  This is amazing news and we are always excited to hear about a re-sighting of one of our own homegrown birds!  Little Big Frank was banded in 2013 as a female and it may turn out that this bird is in fact just that.  Male or female, well, Big Frank wouldn’t have minded either way.  He would have been proud none the less and should this bird turn out to be a girl, she can be thought of as “Big Frankie” and will still carry a great name forward with her.

Thank you so much to Dana and MAK for finding BF and updating us on the status of the bird.  All photos posted were taken by MAK.

Big Frankie was seen again last evening chasing pigeons very low through a parking lot. A chip off of the old O’Connor block, fearless and risk taking!

Peter at Home

August 12, 2015 - Toronto - Hearn Power Station

Harry Crawford Reports:

I made it down to the Hearn Generating Station just before 9am.  Peter was sitting on the ledge just above the sagging traditional nesting spot.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see any indication of Angela, not that she couldn’t have been around somewhere.

Morgan & Horton doing great!!

August 03, 2015 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:

I dropped by yesterday to see if I could catch a glimpse of anyone–I opened the car door to the lovely music(to my ears anyways) of a juvie(I suspected Morgan right away) whining away.  And there she was(she showed me that lovely red tape after abit) screeing away to Dad, both on the Debeers sign.   Found Mom over at Foresters(a favorite spot of hers).  Now where was that brat Horton?  Dad got tired of the whining and left.  Morgan followed soon after–I watched her soar–it was a windy day, I even had trouble keeping my camera still!  She went over and above 411 bdlg, just floating-it was lovely.  She then went behind ICICI and I lost her.  But not for long!  Out popped a juvie, flew over and around DeBeers eventually landing on the Infor sign.  I moved the bins over and there was a second juvie on last years nest ledge!!  Yay both the kids home!!  And there they stayed until I left.  So good to see them doing so well

Chester Morgan

!!! Call Guiness book of records (longest unsuccessfull incubation)

August 01, 2015 - Port Colborne - ADM Mill

Doug Garbutt Reports:

Today at 9am the resident female decided to consume the final egg in the nest box. This egg is at least 10 weeks old & bleached white from the sun, the last 2 weeks of +30 degrees temps must have really rotted the egg. After she broke the egg & ate it a swarm of flys covered the spot where the liquid layed on the stones. This falcon continues to look confused and not too sure of what to do. The resident male has not been seen in the nest box for a few weeks. It’s disturbing to watch the female so confused.