Pics of Lorraines Release! All of the fledglings are back together in the nest!!! A nice sight indeed!

June 30, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

June 30th 2016
By the end of the days watch,, all of the young fledglings were back together on the nest ledge and obviously had a lot to talk about given their experiences on the fly over the past 36 hours. While Lorraine was the only one that had some extra help after being released back to elevation, she did manage to get back into the nest ledge cavity to join her siblings from the upper roof retaining wall where she was released.

It was nice to see all three of the fledglings back together on the nest with Linn (the resident adult female) roosting on the retaining wall edge just above them! Little Velcro, (OK, not so little),, was appropriately named for sure as she seems to be living up to her name so far,, as it would appear that she is really sticking to the nest ledge and building :-) in comparison to her other two siblings!!!!

One picture of Lorraine above the nest on top of retaining wall, One of her after she hopped into the nest peregrine kissing with Velcro.


!!! The girls have flown but one rescued

June 30, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

June 30th 2016

Got a call early this morning from Paul at security sone of the chicks was down on the ground on the Progress side so before the morning coffee we were off to the rescue.

We arrived to find Paul standing guard over Lorraine who was tucked face first in the corner between the glass window and the pillar she looked like a child who was sent to the corner by Paul for miss behaving. I scooped her up and in the carrier she went for later release to the roof. Good job Paul!

Mark and I set up to watch the other chicks and get a head count but could find noone at all no chicks or adults were in view so mark did a perimeter search to make sure Velcro and Kojis were not grounded and found noone. I know from past watches that the adults and chicks tuck down into the ledges when the sun is hot and high so I was not too worried just have to sit and listen for the chicks to scream when the adults get up and come into view. I eventually heard screaming of the chicks on 2 sides of the building but not on the nest so I felt sure Velcro hand also left the nest ledge and had taken her first flight but where no chick in view and any side if the building.

Shortly after I heard another chick yelling on the south side of the building and no adult was in site on that side so AH-HA I’ll bet that’s Velcro she has been the one that screams at nothing or when no adult is in site. Off I go to scope the south side I can hear her so I just waited and finally she popped up into view and took a nice flight to the glass column on the south east side gaining altitude and another to the north out of view. I went around that side to see where she went and again could not find her, but I was not worried she had lots of height so again I sit and wait.
I eventually found Mom in the nest ledge when she poked her head up to have a look around so I watched her hopping she would get up and fly setting the kids off screaming again so I could find them. I saw feathers floating above her on the wind and could see she had food and was likely eating. Bruce came for his shift and we both watched her for a few more minutes and she jumped up on the top of the wall and flew off and then up came Velcro from the nest on the top of the wall too. Ok got her now where is Kojis.

With mom up flying Kojis will be easier to find so Bruce went around to the north side to have a look and found him there lying down tail out in the corner against the windows as is his favourite place to nap.

The rest of the afternoon was pretty uneventful up until about 4:00. Dave came to join us late afternoon and we all like the peregrines sat tucked under out tent in the shade out of the sun and relaxed watching and late in the after Mom/Lyn took flight off the top of the building, wings folded into a dive landing on the industrial building directly east next-door was she hunting or protecting? We all watched her send the pigeons and a killdeer into a panic flight as she landed somewhere on the roof. The building in only one floor so shy land there what is she up to?
About 5 minutes later we saw 3 Peregrines come flying low from the eats up to the nest who was the third has to have been Kojis after all we have Lorraine in the carrier and Velcro in the nest. Bruce walked around to the north side to see if he was there but no not there. Mark came back from another rescue at another site and sat down with us to do the evening shift and minutes later said hay there are 2 juveniles in the nest, whack a mole again Kojis must have landed there and Velcro must have been down in so we have them all again. We sat and waited for another hour to make sure this 2 fledglings were settled down and there were not going to be anymore epic flights before we went up to the roof to put Lorraine back up to her parents care. All was quite and we watched the 2 siblings in the nest getting reacquainted and playing together for another half hour until the adults flew off on a hunt. Ok Mark good time to go put Lorraine back before mom and dad get back don’t want them to catch you up on the roof especially Lyn.

The release went very well and shortly after Mark got back to the ground Lorraine had made her way up out of the walkway floor on the roof to the top of the 6 foot retaining wall and into our view. Mom flew in and landed just above her and she screamed at her for a few minutes until she figured no food was forthcoming and started walking the wall. She walked the wall around to just above the nest and eventually hoped down into the nest to join her two siblings. What a great way to end the day all fledglings together and all safe.

Got a pic from one of the tenants who snapped a shot with his phone out the window of one of the chicks getting fed.


Great flight by Kojis and Lyn posts a Turkey Vulture NO-FLY ZONE!

June 29, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

Once again the girls spent the day on the ledge no attempt to fly. Kojis on the other hand made a flight around the building twice, one out some distance over the parking lot and back and then a final flight as far as the condos at Bellamy and the 401 with dad following him all the way. Dad cane back in about 10 minutes seaming unconcerned. Kojis was gone for about 25 minutes and flew back home on his own landing on the top of the building just under the fingers.

It seems that the Turkey Vultures are not getting the message as once again Lyn went after a Turley Vulture who came too close. I guess with Kojis flying farther away from the nest that TV no fly zone has grown photos below.


Poofy

June 29, 2016 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

The single chick is looking poofy this evening. Fledge watch to begin next week.


Turkey Vulture gets butt kicked

June 29, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

Kojis did some more flying today just out and back to the building but has gained height. Lorraine is Flapping up a storm now and should go soon but Velcro is living up to her name and is far less active sticking to the floor of the nest most of the time.

George and Lyn spotted a Turkey Vulture who came a little too close to the nest and went after him defending their territory and striking the bird several times putting him down to grown out of our site.

We finished the evening with the girls still in the nest and Kojis on the upper level of the east side.

Pictures below of dad on a light after a hunt and Lorraine on the ledge.


!!! McKinney or Mac as he was nick-named has had to been put-down as a result of his injuries!

June 28, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Mark Nash Reports:

June 28th - 2016
We have some terrible news to report about Mac,, the new resident adult male with Quest at the Duncan Mills nest site.

Sadly, we have just received a call from Lisa at the TWC that an adult peregrine with Red tape, banded with a Black Canadian Recovery band W over 78 was just received from the Toronto Animal Services moments ago after being picked up from the streets on Bayview Ave., with multiple bone breaks and fractures along with severe internal trauma. Black W over 78 turns out to be McKinney,, Quests mate!!

Unfortunately Mac, (McKinney) had to be put down, as there was absolutely no way of saving him given the extent of his injuries and internal trauma.

McKinney,, (or Mac as he was nick-named), was produced at the Don Mills and Eglinton nest site at the Amexon building in 2014. Mac re-appeared out of the blue late this season where he replaced the existing resident adult male (Sky) at the Duncan Mills nest site where Quest and Sky were already involved in full time incubation of four fertile eggs.

Incredibly, Mac, assisted Quest with both with her incubation duties of the four eggs, and then adopted the hatchlings and assisted with feeding and raising them as if they were his own!

We were all waiting and closely watching with baited breath to see if Mac would continue on with the role as a father. He proved himself and proceeded to both assist with the feeding of the four hatchlings and then carry on with the other parental duties throughout. He has in fact been flight training the four fledglings as we documented during the fledge watch several weeks ago!!

Sadly, it looks like Quest is now on her own once again to finish the flight training of her four fledglings and to teach them to hunt, (a role that is usually undertaken by the adult male).

We will be watching closely again to see if Quest will be able to keep up with the demands of her four fledglings again this season!

As you may recall, the same thing happened to poor Quest several seasons ago when her long standing mate “Kendal” was found injured and Quest was left to raise her four fledglings on her own for the balance of the season. Kendal was not able to be returned back to the wild given the severity of his injuries.

Quest was successful as a single parent that year, (although two years younger),, but there is no reason to believe that she should have any problems this time, so long as she herself stays out of the traffic and clear of the buildings!!!!

!!! Some terrible news,, Mac has had to be put-down as a result of his injuries! Quest is a single parent with four fledglings to raise,, again!!

June 28, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Mark Nash Reports:

June 28th - 2016
We have some terrible news to report about Mac,, the new resident adult male with Quest at the Duncan Mills nest site.

Sadly, we have just received a call from Lisa at the TWC that an adult peregrine with Red tape, banded with a Black Canadian Recovery band W over 78 was just received from the Toronto Animal Services moments ago after being picked up from the streets on Bayview Ave., with multiple bone breaks and fractures along with severe internal trauma. Black W over 78 turns out to be McKinney,, Quests mate!!

Unfortunately Mac, (McKinney) had to be put down, as there was absolutely no way of saving him given the extent of his injuries and internal trauma.

McKinney,, (or Mac as he was nick-named), was produced at the Don Mills and Eglinton nest site at the Amexon building in 2014. Mac re-appeared out of the blue late this season where he replaced the existing resident adult male (Sky) at the Duncan Mills nest site where Quest and Sky were already involved in full time incubation of four fertile eggs.

Incredibly, Mac, assisted Quest with both with her incubation duties of the four eggs, and then adopted the hatchlings and assisted with feeding and raising them as if they were his own!

We were all waiting and closely watching with baited breath to see if Mac would continue on with the role as a father. He proved himself and proceeded to both assist with the feeding of the four hatchlings and then carry on with the other parental duties throughout. He has in fact been flight training the four fledglings as we documented during the fledge watch several weeks ago!!

Sadly, it looks like Quest is now on her own once again to finish the flight training of her four fledglings and to teach them to hunt, (a role that is usually undertaken by the adult male).

We will be watching closely again to see if Quest will be able to keep up with the demands of her four fledglings again this season!

As you may recall, the same thing happened to poor Quest several seasons ago when her long standing mate “Kendal” was found injured and Quest was left to raise her four fledglings on her own for the balance of the season. Kendal was not able to be returned back to the wild given the severity of his injuries.

Quest was successful as a single parent that year, (although two years younger),, but there is no reason to believe that she should have any problems this time, so long as she herself stays out of the traffic and clear of the buildings!!!!

!!! Checking out the view

June 28, 2016 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Sheraton’s single chick is taking time to check out the view, or looking for food delivery.  This one is growing up fast and the fledge watch should start next week, with spot checks this weekend.


It was Kojis that flew on Sunday

June 27, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

Tracy is on site this morning and confirmed the band tape color on the chick that fledged yesterday, it’s Kojis. He is still on the same ledge on the north side of the building. Lyn is teasing him and trying to get him to take another flight. The 2 girls have not popped up out of the nest yet this morning so we expect they get fed earlier and are napping. Stay tuned for more reports tonight.

!!! 1 Has flown

June 27, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

June 26th 2016
Dave started the watch on Sunday morning and although it was very hot it was also very windy so it helped. He could only see 2 chicks in the nest and was concerned that we may have had one go already but could not see one anywhere else.
When Mark and I arrived in the early afternoon it was still very windy and we could see the adults fighting the wind just to land on the top of the building. We also only saw 2 chicks at a t time but I know they do play whack a mole up there on the ledge and pop up and down so we may only be seeing 1 or 2 at a time.

Lyn fed the chicks a tidbit of food in the late afternoon and soon after one of them started flapping it wings in the edge of the nest ledge and the wind blew it off. It flapped like mad and Lyn took to the air to assist. It hooked around to the front of the building and landed on the stone ledge safely.

The other 2 chicks got fed again just after 6:00 PM and stayed put until Mark and I called it quits at dusk.