December 19, 2014 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
Mark Nash Reports:
Friday December 19th - 2014
A good day,,, and the painting is almost completed at the upper elevations around the nest ledge. We arrived this morning to observe one of the resident falcons perched on top of the nest ledge camera. By the time the swing stage got to the nest level, it had flown off, so I can’t tell you which of the two resident falcons was on the camera.
Throughout the day the falcons didn’t make an appearance, and we got a good safe undisturbed go-round! The second camera was uncovered as the final paint was applied and the painters will not have to return to this particular elevation again as the painting has been completed. One, perhaps two more days on the south side of the east tower, (in particular, the south east ledge that Jack can usually be found roosting and prepping food). His man cave I guess you could call it.
Tomorrow, Tracy from the CPF will be attending with the painters to ensure that everything goes safe and well for all. Hopefully the milder weather will hold out that may allow the painters to be able to complete both the first and second coats of black and white paint at this elevation around this ledge. Lets prey it doesn’t rain again!!!!
Stay tuned for Tracy’s report…….
Posted on December 20, 2014 12:00 am
December 17, 2014 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
Mark Nash Reports:
December 15th & 17th - 2014
While the weather has not been very cooperative with rain, fog, rain and more rain, it obviously hasn’t prevented the local resident peregrines from carrying on with their day to day routines.
Painting has been held up for the past two days because of heavy fog and constant rain and we have not been able to proceed since Monday of this week. I guess we shouldn’t complain, as it has been seasonally mild, almost warm in comparison to the past to weeks and thank goodness its not been snowing!
While both of the peregrines were not seen on Monday when painting resumed, today, (Wednesday Dec. 17th), I had a brief opportunity to take a peak through one of the web camera’s via my smart phone, and snapped and saved a photo of one of the resident peregrines roosting on the nest tray. Sadly, I couldn’t tell who it was - (O’Connor or Jack) due to the small screen shot on my older smart phone.
For those of you e-mailing us regarding the other camera, we still have it covered with protective plastic to protect it from the second coat of paint that still needs to be applied to the elevations around it.
Stay tuned, I will back with the painters tomorrow if the weather improves while they finish up the painting at this elevation, and will remove the plastic camera covering from camera number two.
Posted on December 17, 2014 3:09 pm
December 13, 2014 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
Mark Nash Reports:
Saturday Dec. 13th - 2014
Finally, the bad weather let up, gaving the painters an opportunity to get back to their painting tasks (at least for a few hours today) and they were once again hurrying along to get paint applied. Moments after getting to the lower roof elevation where the swing stage was waiting, it was quite obvious that both the resident peregrines - (Jack and O’Connor) were already very actively involved in a territorial dispute with a pair of Red-tailed hawks.
High above the Bloor & Islington centre office towers, we witnessed both resident peregrines diving and stooping on a pair of Red-tailed hawks as we watched the Red-tails twist, turn and rolled up side down in an effort to avoid being struck by the two diving and stooping peregrines. This is NOT a good neighbourhood to be flying around at any time of the year, especially if your another raptor!!
It didn’t take long for O’Connor and Jack to force the two adult Red-tails out of the territory and out of sight! That being said, this provided an ideal opportunity for us to get into the swing stage and allowed the painters to get on with the painting given that both the resident peregrines were distracted and obviously very busy to the south west while chasing off the two Red-tailed hawks. For the next four hours we had a peregrine-free time frame that allowed the painters to carry on with their painting activities at the upper elevation.
Sadly, just when all was going well, the paint compressor failed and ceased to function that ended their peregrine-free opportunity to carry on with their painting activities.
After more than a hour trying to get the paint compressor to function properly, the painters had to call it a day and we returned to the lower level and quit for the day.
Back on Monday next week.
Posted on December 13, 2014 2:10 am
December 09, 2014 - International, National and Local News
Mark Nash Reports:
December 2014 Update
Just a quickly update to let everyone know that all is going as planned with the roofing activity almost completed! As you may know, we have been working closely with the Rogers centre management and the roofing company over the past year to ensure that both the workmen and peregrines remain safe during the on-going roofing activities on the Rogers Centre.
With the final water-proofing stage almost complete, (now at the nest ledge itself), we are almost ready to install the new nest tray as soon as the new water protective membrane has been installed. We are all pretty excited about the new nest tray, as it will offer the peregrines a dry elevated nesting spot within the ledge that should provide a ideal place for the peregrines to continue their nesting and family rearing activities. It will also keep the peregrines out of the rain gutter and away from the cold barren water soaked concrete, in addition to keeping the peregrine off of the new protective roof membrane.
The new nest tray was manufactured by CPF with the sponsorship support of the Rogers Centre and was delivered by CPF to the Rogers Centre several weeks ago during my one of my many visits visit. During this time, the new green protective mesh barrier was installed to cover the nest ledge entrance and offer a protective barrier to the roofers, allowing them to safely work within the nest lest ledge itself out of sight of the resident peregrines during the final stage of the roof work. Both resident adults did NOT migrate this fall and are still very active on site!
Both resident adult peregrines have been on site throughout the past four plus months during their roofing activities, and the peregrines aggressiveness has intensified as the roofers have gotten closer to the south west corner (the actual nest ledge).
We are very pleased that both the Rogers centre and Specified Roofing has been working very closely with the CPF over the past year to ensure that both the peregrines and workmen are protected during the roofing process.
CPF will be on site again to be part of the nest tray install to ensure that it will installed correctly.
Posted on December 9, 2014 12:24 pm
December 08, 2014 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
CPF Postmaster Reports:
December 8th - 2014
Just a quickly update to let everyone know that everything is well out at the Etobicoke nest site with both the building painting activities and the peregrines. For the past week, the Canadian Peregrine Foundation has had a staff member on site working with the painters to ensure that both the painters and the birds are safe. Mark Nash from the CPF has been on the window washers swing stage providing cover and protection for the two painters and ensuring that the peregrines are not hurt during the painting process. As many of you have been watching both locally and on the CPF’s nest camera, the entire exterior of the three office towers of the newly renamed Bloor and Islington Place are being painted, including that of the upper elevations,, including the nest ledge itself.
Other good news is that the nest tray has been serviced - (in part), with some additional pea-gravel having been added to the nest tray, and allot of the old debris has been removed. We also took this opportunity to take critical measurements so that the new nest tray can be manufactured and will be installed next year. While the nest tray has served the peregrines well, it is in much need of replacement. Remembering that we installed this nest tray back in 1997!!
It is worth noting that we have now seen both Jack (the resident adult male and the resident adult female - O’Connor throughout). O’Connor was on hand today to express her opinion of our activity in and around her nest ledge. In typical O’Connor fashion, and with the silence and stealth we have known to expect of her, she appeared out of nowhere, stooped and dive-bombed us a half a dozen times this afternoon, with several toooo-close for comfort dives, making contact with the broom on several occasions.
As you know, the straw broom is utilized to provide an elevated target, one that allows the peregrines an easy soft target allowing them to vent their aggression out on, while protecting the other humans on the swing stage, thus allowing them to carry on with their work activities throughout any attacks.
While the use of a straw broom worked quite well as we expected, O’Connor still managed to have us all ducking below the safety of swing stage rails throughout most of her aerial assault, as she is simply just toooo fast to get out her way!!!
She was convincing enough to have the painters hurry along to get the nest ledge area completed in record time and quickly move out of the nest ledge area!! As you may have also noticed, both cameras were covered up and wrapped in plastic to protect them from any paint over-spray that might have got onto the camera lens.
We have several more days (weather permitting) to complete the painting at this elevation. Remembering that there are still two other ledges at this elevation that heed to be painted, in addition to the areas above the nest ledge level. The remaining ledges are the ledges that Jack uses as a regular butcher block to prepare food and a roosting spot. I expect that we will also receive an additional scolding when we are at this elevation.
The great news, is that the nest ledge looks good, and the pale white colour is not intrusive at all.
Posted on December 9, 2014 11:18 am
December 05, 2014 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
The Bloor Islington center is currently doing building maintenance which involves water proofing and painting the exterior of the buildings - including the nest ledge area. You will notice today that the nest box is being covered up - don’t panic, this is just to protect the box from any paint residue. The cams will also be covered up and may be offline for a few days as they complete their work.
CPF staff are currently on site and will be monitoring the falcons during this time to ensure that there are no issues.
Posted on December 5, 2014 11:19 am
December 05, 2014 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Some of you have noticed that the web cam has been down for a few weeks. The MEC is experiencing some technical issues with it’s internet service and we are awaiting a resolution from their technicians before the cams are back online.
The falcons are well and CPF is keeping an eye on events out there. Stay tuned, we hope to have the camera back and up and running soon!
Posted on December 5, 2014 11:16 am
September 07, 2014 - Toronto - King Street
I haven’t seen anyone but Windwhistler on the ledge the past several weeks so I’ve been keeping an eye out for Erin. This morning I finally caught 2 falcons on the ledge at the same time.
Posted on September 7, 2014 8:47 am
August 17, 2013 - International, National and Local News
CPF Postmaster Reports:
Although a very late entry, (I must apologize), as just I found this e-mail and attached photos that had obviously been captured and filed away in one of my anti-spam folders!! Sadly, I have only just discovered this particular folder and going through it now. With more than 135 e-mail, its going to take me some time to get through it all,,, but there is some really interesting stuff!!!!!
This particular observation report was sent in to us almost a year ago to this very date, and was sent via the authors I-phone. The very short note included a report of an adult pair of peregrines hunting on a beach in Saskatchewan Canada last year in August of 2013. The pair were actually observed “fishing”!
While the pair were unsuccessful in actually catching a live fish themselves during this observation period, - (with more than a dozen attempts diving into the shallow water after small feeder fish),, they did manage to find a rather large (but very fresh dead fish) that has washed up on the beach. So fresh in fact, that the gulls had not yet discovered it. Although, I’m sure if I was a gull, that I would be hanging around with a determined pair of adult peregrines in hunting mode!
While this type of happening would be something that you would expect to see out in British Columbia with the Peales sub species of the peregrine falcon, it is not something that you would see with our interior peregrine subspecies…. Then again, the anatum sub-species as we knew it is really no more given all of the cross-breeding that has happened, so, you never know now. Clearly this pair doesn’t look at all typical of the Peales sub species of the peregrine falcon as we know it, but you never know now what linage this pair have come from?
The Peale’s Falcon, Falco peregrinus pealei, is one of the original three North American subspecies of the Peregrine Falcon. This race was first identified by the ornithologist Robert Ridgway in 1873, named in honor of Titian Ramsay Peale, and like the original three north American peregrine sub-species, is (or was) quite distinct in its appearance. The Peale’s peregrine sub-species are the largest subspecies of “Peregrines” anywhere in the world and cold only be found in the western coast lines of the northern parts North America.
The final photo, pictures the adult male standing on the dead fish, almost to suggest that he is trying to deceive his female mate in believing that he had been successful in his efforts lol
Hmmmm, interesting behaviour indeed! Cormorants beware!!
Posted on August 12, 2014 4:40 pm
August 12, 2014 - Toronto - King Street
Marion Nash Reports:
Got a close shot from the web cam of WW at home today.
Posted on August 12, 2014 2:55 pm