!!! Beachville territorial female has been identified! Its Rihannon from the Yellow Pages nest site!

July 27, 2014 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Mark Nash Reports:

Sunday July 27th - 2014
The Beachville territorial female has been identified! Its Rihannon from the Yellow Pages nest site!
Wow, Lucie and Richard are determined!!! Great works guys as all of your efforts have paid off!!

Lucie texted me Sunday with some great news, in that she and Richard attended the Beachville Quarry site again this weekend determined to get the identity of the territorial female that has hooked up with Joe - Black banded 48 over Y, the little 2010 Hamilton produced male who they earlier identified a week ago on one of their earlier visits. Well, their efforts have paid off, as they were able to identify the territorial female via its leg bands, - (Black 53 over X).

After checking the banding database, Black 53 over X turns up to be a peregrine named Rihannon, a female peregrine produced at the Scarborough Yellow Pages nest site in 2011. Her parents are Linn hatched 2007 from Rochester NY USA and Rueben, hatched in 2003 from Wisconsin USA.

During their visits over the past month since the peregrines were reported, we have found no evidence of them having actually produced offspring this season as we would have seen fledgling juveniles still hanging around at this time in the season. As we know, the fledglings are solely dependant on their adults for food, training and support for 2 to 3 months after they fledge,, and there is no evidence of any fledglings.

That being said, our fingers are crossed that the pair will stay (or return if they migrate) and produce offspring next season………..

Canada Square update mainly for July 26 2014

July 27, 2014 - Toronto - Canada Square Building - Yonge and Eglinton

Marion Nash Reports:

I was out on July 21 but it was slow so I was only out for an hour and a quarter. In all that time I saw a seaplane flying REALLY low over the apartment building at 411 and I am sure this set two peregrines to flight. They must have been as startled as I. Three minutes later I spotted a juvie on the ledge at the side of the windows on Rio-Can (RC) on the fourth floor. He spent the next hour and eleven minutes there. Initially he was occupied cleaning his talons but he was hardly able to reach them he had such a barrel shaped crop. He did a 180, did his business and made another 180 and that was the extent of his activities apart from occasionally opening or closing an eye. I managed to get colour on his band and identified him as Chinook.

Today July 26th was a little more promising. I was out from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. It took me half an hour to get colour on one band and I was only able to get the colour on the second band when I was at the computer at home.
There was little activity at first. Some flights over the bus bays and then one juvie flew onto the third ledge south of the concrete wall on Canada Square. This was my first ID, yellow tape, Linden. Both Malik and Haven did fly-by’s. Haven’s was more of an escape to the north. Later on when Malik was circling the bus bays and Y/E intersection and the Canada Square roof, young Linden flew onto that roof. Chinook, later ID’d, flew to the antenna on top of 2180 Yonge.
I was talking to a few people and did not catch every movement so was a tad surprised when two juvies flew off RC. The two juvies spent some time flying over all the tall building especially the tall condo as there must have been lovely updrafts there. They really used the wind to their advantage by just cruising along and then turning and sweeping away at an exciting pace, with the breeze. Two of them have been flying for one month and four days now and they are doing splendidly. The later fledgling, although off to a slow and low start, is also flying really well.
I did have a giggle at two landings today. The first was when Linden flew onto the third ledge and did a *J-up* landing but then lost his balance and fell forward a bit and so flapped his wings. It was not an elegant landing. The second one was when the two juvies were flying around the top of the tall condo and one landed on a north east spire. The juvie chasing him flew up to do the same thing but was feet short of the top, fluttered awkwardly and then aborted the attempted landing. He flew out and back a bit higher and then managed to knock his brother off his perch. There were a few dives and chases and talon touches but not many.
Haven flew in from north of 411 Duplex Ave with Chinook in hot pursuit but all his effort was in squawking at her. She flew over the bus bays, over Y/E intersection, east a bit and then came back over Canada Square and landed very neatly on the nest ledge and disappeared to the back. Chinook was just coming back over Canada Square at this point and had no idea where Haven had gone. He was out over the bus bays when Haven burst out of the nest ledge and again flew north. In spite of their agility in the air these juvies are not as good as Haven or Malik, yet! Eventually Chinook came to rest on the antenna on top of Canada Square for a bit. However, by the time I had packed my bags there were two juvies on the south west corner of RC and that is where I left them, peering hopefully into the area for a meal.
Lyn


!!! Some good photos of Salveo

July 28, 2014 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

CPF Postmaster Reports:

July 27th - 2014Hi All
I went yesterday afternoon, from 2:30 to 4pm
Alfrieda (Mother) was around the corner for the first 15 minutes. She left and I never saw either parents again.

Two ravens flew buy at 3:30pm and Salveo hollered at them and then puffed out her wings. The parents were not in view at the time.
Salveo did not fly, spent most of the time on the ledge grooming.

regards
Kevin


!!! Salveo Flying, so far staying off the ground!

July 28, 2014 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

CPF Postmaster Reports:

Friday July 25th - 2014
Bruce reports from Oshawa today that Salveo is so far staying out of trouble and still high on one of the Hospital roof elevations.
He was able to hook up with Kevin and they watch Salveo for a time who seemed quite comfortable and relaxed about her situation.
Bruce reports:
Confirmed sighting of Salveo, she on W side of Hospital on the ledge the 2 Ladders coming down from N/L.
BE Massey

!!! Very sad news to report about Voyager -the little Rochester N.Y. female retrieved in the KW area.

July 24, 2014 - Kitchener - Sun Life Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

July 24th - 2014
Voyager update:
Some sad news.

Marion reports this afternoon:
I was in contact with the Owl foundation today to get an update on Voyager and was told that she was examined on July 22nd. She had serious injuries to her “wrist/hand” or metacarpal bone,, it was completely destroyed in addition to the server bruising on her radial ulna. They contacted the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and got the approval to put her down. She was put down yesterday - (July 23rd - 2014).

As an adult wild bird with such serious injuries they felt she would not have done well in captivity and would not be able to fly up to perches. Sadly, we agree the only humane thing to do was to euthanize her. They said she was 762 grams at intake and was very thin.


!!! Rogers centre fledgling rescued AGAIN for the second time, this time from the mechnical room at the Toronto Renaissance Hotel - at the Rogers Centre!

July 22, 2014 - International, National and Local News

CPF Postmaster Reports:

July 22rd - 2014
Well, tisssss the time of year when we have to deal with all of the goofy fledglings as they get into other kinds of other new trouble. At this stage of their development, they have now survived collisions with the windows and buildings, managed to hold their altitude and no longer need to be rescued from the ground. So, you think that their all going to be ok now, right,,, WRONG!!

A typical example of the “kids” getting into other trouble. Remembering, that the only life skills they have, is what their parents have been able to teach them so far, this in addition to the things that they themselves have experienced so far, (the things that haven’t already killed or injured them so far)! Going down ventilation shafts after food was obviously not part of the lessons. But juveniles will be juveniles, and that’s exactly what happened to little BJ.

So, the little fledgling that was named “BJ” by the Rogers centre staff after BJ the Blue Jays Birdie mascot,, - (banded by the OMNR several weeks ago after being rescued by CPF when she came to the ground below the Rogers centre nest),,,,,, - chased a pigeon across the Toronto Renaissance Hotel rooftop, (the same hotel that is attached to the Roger centre itself), and like many careless inexperienced children, slipped and fell down into a ventilation shaft, falling down several floors within the building and ended up inside the mechanical and boiler room within the hotel.

This situation is one that is not a isolated incident, as it brings up a not so distant memory of yet another juvenile fledgling peregrine falcon from the Toronto Sheraton Hotel nest site several years ago that ended up trapped in the mechanical room at the Zurich building, just south west of the Toronto Sheraton hotel. (That rescue took two entire days to capture her up and involved five CPF staff members)!

Thank goodness for the quick and caring actions of Alex, one of the hotels engineers who spotted the young peregrine high up on one of the pipes and was quick to call the CPF. Arrangements were make to accommodate the CPF, and both Mark and Marion from the CPF drove down to the Renaissance Hotel in an effort to rescue her.

Upon their arrival and being escorted to the upper mechanical room, the young juvenile peregrine was finally located (only after about 20 minutes of searching the upper pipes with a flashlight, up some 15 plus feet high up within the large mechanical area). With Alex’s assistance along with several members of engineering staff ,, and some very tall ladders, the young peregrine juvenile - “BJ”, was eventually netted and recovered safely.

After a quick examination, BJ was deemed quite healthy, un-injured and cleared for immediate release. So, over to the Rogers Centre after a quick call to Dave McCormick, the Manager of Engineering at the Rogers Centre. He made arrangements to receive Mark and Marion, and was met by Lee who took them up to the Rogers Centre roof on the walkway above the nest ledge so that BJ could be released back to her parents care. A familiar location that Mark has been earlier where BJ was released after her first rescue.

It is worth noting, that upon their arrival to the upper roof area, they were delighted to see two of the other fledglings chasing one of their adult parents for food, so we know that at least two of the other three fledglings have survived. There were four hatchlings produced at the Rogers centre nest site this season.

BJ flew strong right out of the carrier without missing a wing beat and out of their view behind one of the roof retaining walls.

Sadly, we were unable to verify an exact hatch date in time (and get the age of the hatchlings in time to arrange a banding). We were able to band little “BJ” as she was named when she ended up needing to be rescued several weeks ago.

A huge thank you to the Alex and all of his team at the Renaissance Hotel, and to the great folks at the Rogers centre who have been more than accommodating to both the nesting peregrines and the CPF in our efforts to deal with this peregrine nest site.

Another big thank you to Edna, one of the residences of the condos to the west of the Rogers Centre that overlooks the nest ledge, who supplied the photos of the nest ledge and the four hatchlings that were produced at the Rogers centre nest this season.


!!! A 2013 Rochester female named Voyager has some injuries sustained from territorial battles in KW.

July 21, 2014 - International, National and Local News

Mark Nash Reports:

July 21st - 2014
Territorial dispute ends up with some injuries! A 2013 Rochester female named Voyager has some injuries!
We do have some sad news to report. Yesterday, I was contacted by the Kitchener Waterloo humane society with reports of a downed peregrine that we assumed might be one of the young fledglings that was produced at the Sun Life nest site this season, and with only one surviving fledgling, we expected the worst. There is good news and bad news to share.

The good news, I asked for a photo of the birds leg bands to confirm the peregrines identity, and it turns out to be a sub-adult female, banded with Yellow and Red tape over its Silver USFW band and a Black 95 over Green BA. Its not one of the resident KW peregrines!!

The bad news, is that the peregrine has some serious injuries to the wing & wrist along with other obvious evidence of punctures very consistent to wounds sustained in battles with another raptor. The sub-adult peregrine female turns out to be a peregrine produced in Rochester New York in 2013, one named Voyager, dawning a Black 95 over Green BA coloured leg band.

Rudy Kruppa from the CPF was kind enough to pick up Voyager from the KW Humane society and drove her to team members of the Owl Foundation that met him half way in between the long drive between Kitchener and Vineland. We are waiting for updated news on her status.
We have our fingers crossed for her.

A huge thank you to the KW humane society for calling us so quickly and to Rudy for picking her up and driving her to medial assistance so quickly!!
Again, another fantastic team effort of caring people!!!!

We are waiting on reports from the KW group as to the status of the resident adults at the KW nest site to see if there were any life sustaining injuries with them.
Fingers crossed that there was no serious injuries sustained on their end.


!!! Territorial dispute ends up with some injuries! A 2013 Rochester female named Voyager has some injuries!

July 21, 2014 - Kitchener - Sun Life Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

July 21st - 2014
Territorial dispute ends up with some injuries! A 2013 Rochester female named Voyager has some injuries!
We do have some sad news to report. Yesterday, I was contacted by the Kitchener Waterloo humane society with reports of a downed peregrine that we assumed might be one of the young fledglings that was produced at the Sun Life nest site this season, and with only one surviving fledgling, we expected the worst. There is good news and bad news to share.

The good news, I asked for a photo of the birds leg bands to confirm the peregrines identity, and it turns out to be a sub-adult female, banded with Yellow and Red tape over its Silver USFW band and a Black 95 over Green BA. Its not one of the resident KW peregrines!!

The bad news, is that the peregrine has some serious injuries to the wing & wrist along with other obvious evidence of punctures very consistent to wounds sustained in battles with another raptor. The sub-adult peregrine female turns out to be a peregrine produced in Rochester New York in 2013, one named Voyager, dawning a Black 95 over Green BA coloured leg band.

Rudy Kruppa from the CPF was kind enough to pick up Voyager from the KW Humane society and drove her to team members of the Owl Foundation that met him half way in between the long drive between Kitchener and Vineland. We are waiting for updated news on her status.
We have our fingers crossed for her.

A huge thank you to the KW humane society for calling us so quickly and to Rudy for picking her up and driving her to medial assistance so quickly!!
Again, another fantastic team effort of caring people!!!!

We are waiting on reports from the KW group as to the status of the resident adults at the KW nest site to see if there were any life sustaining injuries with them.
Fingers crossed that there was no serious injuries sustained on their end.


!!! Salveo takes her first flights! So far, staying off the ground level!

July 21, 2014 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

Mark Nash Reports:

July 21st -2014
2:38pm
One of the parents just brought her a meal, (Swiss Chalet) :-) and is sitting beside her on the same ledge, the other parent is 2 stories above watching.
Thx,
Ken

1:36pm
Hi to all,
Salveo has taken her first flight, she is now sitting on a parapet ledge 2 stories below the roof where we captured her for banding.
The parents are both flying on the other side of the hospital, again they could be hunting.
Very cool.
Ken

Three in view

July 16, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Wednesday evening, three of the four juveniles were in view south of the Sheraton. Lots of tag playing and lots of very long flights. At one point the three were so high in the sky, you would not spot them unless you had tracked them skyward. Amazing, and flying effortlessly on the wind. They all returned to the area of the Sheraton and continued to chase each other.