July 04, 2016 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre
Mark Nash Reports:
June 4th - 2016
A quick look at the Toronto Sheraton nest ledge via the CPF web cam and the little hatchling is not so little any more!! While there is some fluffy down still very visible,, it appears that the fledge time is almost upon us.
We watched the resident adult female come into the nest ledge and eat a food package that she brought in, with everyone (including the hatchlings) believing that she would have shared the food package. But that was not the case,, as the resident adult female prepped and ate the entire food package on the nest ledge in front of her hatchling!
Its another hot one again today, especially in the direct sun, and the young hatchling has been avoiding the hot sum by staying around the pillar in the shade. The resident adult was also captured in the serious of photos that we snapped laying down on the nest ledge spread-winged in an effort to cool herself down.
It is likely that we will be starting the fledge watch in the next 24 to 48 hours. Given the size of the young hatchling in comparison to the resident adult,, it might appear that the hatchlings is a female.
Sadly, several nest sites this season did not get banded and the Toronto Sheraton Hotel nest site was one of them. The Ministry of Natural resources has only allotted a limited number of days this season again that the OMNRF bander has available to band,,, and as such, they have told us that they will not be banding any nest sites again this season that has less then two hatchlings. Very sadly, this season has had a low production with many nest sites only having one hatchling and many eggs that failed to hatch!