!!! Brampton Courthouse falcon fledglings!

June 09, 2016 - Brampton - Courthouse

Mark Nash Reports:

June 9th - 2106

Sorry for the late posting as we have been very busy in the streets on the various fledge watches and at the banding tables again this year and as a result, there is lots of backlog posts that we’re all still trying to catch up on. Sadly, the long days in the streets are not giving us much time in the office, let alone time on the computers.

A big thank you to Nadine Peart who both called us and send in some of her photos fearing that the Brampton Courthouse peregrines had produced babies, as there were falcon fledglings being observed and lots of activity happening around the courthouse!

The bad news is of course is that the resident Brampton peregrines did not produce this season. The good news is that the local American Kestrels did produce fledglings, and there were American Kestrel fledglings terrorizing the courthouse staff! American Kestrels are true falcons,, (just not peregrine falcons).

With a noticeable decrease of American Kestrels around the province, it is nice to see that there is at least one family of Kestrels were very visible, and that they have in fact successfully produced offspring this spring!!

The dramatic decrease and absence of American Kestrels over the past few years both here in Ontario and many other parts of the continent is suspect in part to the ongoing poisoning of our environment with the use of Neonics
Scientific evidence is now pointing to Neonics for the decline of our global honey bee populations, in addition to many other species around the globe!

Neonics are systemic pesticides applied to the plants. Unlike these contact pesticides, which remain on the surface of the treated foliage, systemics are taken up by the plant and transported to all the tissues (leaves, flowers, roots and stems, as well as pollen and nectar). The actual seeds are treated!!! Neonicotinoids are a relatively new class of insecticides that share a common mode of action that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death. They include imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam.

Unfortunately, American Kestrels eat a large volume of insects, especially in the rural areas, and of course, the smaller birds that American Kestrels also eat, feed on both the insects that also feed on the plants!

Our honey bees have been dying off at alarming rates, all over the globe!!!, and neonicotinoid pesticides are being directly implicated in this global honey bee decline. Sadly, bees and birds aren’t the only victims as “Neonic” pesticides may also harm the human brain, nervous system and our hormonal systems.

The better news, as we are starting to realize, is that our urban nesting and resident raptors, (this includes the peregrines) are for the most parts protected from many of these nasty poisons, as they live their entire lives here in the cities where many of these poisons are not being used at all.

Most all of our resident territorial adult peregrines here in southern Ontario don’t actually migrate in the winter and many of these same resident adults can be seen wintering over and hanging around on the urban nest ledges.

Their food sources are also safe, as the very birds that they eat also live and feed here in the cities. Again, one of the reasons that it is believed that the “urban Kestrel populations” have remained somewhat more stable than their non-urban counterparts that feed from these poisoned toxic environments.

It is still mind blowing that most humans still remain delusional and in denial that the poisons that we spray and apply to our food sources and later consume won’t sooner or later have some very negative health affects on us. How much poison can we tolerate?


!!! We need your help!

May 06, 2016 - Brampton - Courthouse

CPF Postmaster Reports:

May 2016
We are in desperate need of your assistance!

We are looking for someone that has in-depth hands-on experience with WordPress.
There are several major changes needed to both update some portions of the CPF web site, in addition to some design changes and in need of an experienced WordPress person that has some spare time to donate to the CPF.

This individual should also have in-depth hands-on experience with the technical side of web site management.

Please if you can help, and some spare time, we would love to talk to you!

You can contact us at the Canadian Peregrine Foundation via our telephone number at: 416-937-7226 or by e-mail to marion@peregrine-foundation.ca

Sad news! nest has failed.

June 11, 2015 - Brampton - Courthouse

Marion Nash Reports:

This report came in from Winston on June 8th and since then the adults have not been around much at all.

I got a message from Melanie at the CH with some strange observations this morning.

The female was on the ledge, not the nest area, and she was not being super aggressive as she usually likes greets us.

Striker is not on his usual perch, in fact nowhere to be found.

When I came to take a look, I saw a kestrel on one of the antennas which they stopped doing when the peregrines were present.

When I got to the window I found no adults, no chicks, no eggs and two owl pellets.

!!! The Courthouse has first hatch for 2015

June 02, 2015 - Brampton - Courthouse

Marion Nash Reports:

We are able to confirm the first hatch there could be more than 1 chick but mom is not getting up to allow a look.

Congratulations Brampton and CBRE!


!!! By all reports, things seem to be going well, full time incubation continues with 4 eggs still present, and both adults still attending!

May 27, 2015 - Brampton - Courthouse

Mark Nash Reports:

May 27th - 2015
Just a quickly update, with both Toivo and Grace reporting that although the waiting for something to happen is driving every one a little crazzzy, (watching peregrines incubate for over a month is kinda like watching paint dry),, both resident adults are still very active in their shift changes as they continue to incubate their eggs.

Based on their best guess, (based on when we believe that the pair started their full-time incubation), we are expecting a hatch by early to mid next week.
Marion reports that the property manager had another opportunity to take a closer look through the office suite window and they have confirmed that there are still four eggs and none have hatched as yet.

Given the odd unseasonal temps., going up and down like a yo-yo, many of the resident adult females have been sticking pretty tight to their eggs during the incubation , (and during the early stages of them brooding new hatchlings),, and as such, its been very difficult to see much of anything.

Toivo and Grace also report that the American Kestrels are back (also nesting) and they have been watching both families of falcons - (the Peregrines and Kestrels) involved in several intense territorial disputes! One moment the resident adult female Kestrel is seen both harassing, dive-bombing and chasing the resident adult Peregrine, than moments the tables are turned, and the peregrine is now stooping on and chasing the Kestrel!

Mother-hood full of hormones!! Its breeding season alright!

This has been going on for several weeks now!

With two sets of falcons in the same territory, (both nesting a hopefully producing offspring), one of the last places on this planet that you would want to be if you were a bird, is anywhere near this territory and these two falcon families!!

Stay tuned for additional news as it become available……….

!!! 4 Eggs for Brampton Courthouse

April 28, 2015 - Brampton - Courthouse

Marion Nash Reports:

CPF volunteers have been watching the Peregrines on the courthouse closely and determined that they were on eggs for sure and in full time incubation for a least a week. Well they were correct good observations folks. I asked Melanie from CBRE to have a look for me a take a photo if possible and here are the pictures she sent me thanks Melanie!


!!! News From Brampton

April 21, 2015 - Brampton - Courthouse

Marion Nash Reports:

As witnessed by Toivo earlier in the week, mating continues at the Brampton courthouse. The pair, who have claimed the courthouse as their own, are an unbanded female and a banded male 97/Y and his name is Striker. (Tracy can you insert some info on Striker, how old, hatch location.ect)

The pair can most often be found on the north ledge of the courthouse however this is often too close for comfort for another nesting pair of falcons who call the courthouse home. On the other side of the courthouse are a pair of American Kestrels; our smallest falcons. At the moment, you may be lucky enough to see the two having quite the midair battle.
Incredible speeds and stoops can be witnessed as the kestrels try to scare off the peregrines. So far this behavior has been unsuccessful on the part of the kestrels. Hopefully, we will see two active and successful falcon nests in the near future!


Brampton site from March 30th

April 14, 2015 - Brampton - Courthouse

Marion Nash Reports:

Interesting week in Brampton march 30th … was the first day we observed a male here with the female that has been here all winter. He was very small with a heavily barred breast , he may have been here for a few days.

By Sunday he was replaced by a larger , lighter coloured male.
This photo was taken on the 31st and is the newer male.
Friday the 4th , copulation was observed twice. and today she was on the balcony below the top ledge , outside the glass, walking back and forth and turning around. There is a spot at each end a triangle shape about 3ft long by 2ft at the widest that may have gravel.
Because it is on a balcony with glass panels it would be a problem.
We are hoping for a better result than the last two years.

Ok looks like we are serious at the Courthouse ….
last night definitely One bird …. then at 645 am the female was on the North ledge and as I changed positions , she disappeared ..I believe she walked back in … and this evening at 730 pm both falcons there and looking very comfortable.
he was on the north ledge closest to #10 and she was top NE corner , close to the spot on the ledge that she seems interested in.

Since Winston spotted them there every time I have gone by …. at least one falcon has been on the building.
I have taken to calling her ….. Hope …. as in …. Im really …. really hoping things work out well this year for Peregrine falcons in Brampton this year.

Fri morn at 645 she walked out from NE the corner of that ledge and after 3 mins left and headed south. No sign of male.
Spent two hours poking around Fri evening , Nada found her downtown on George st at dark no sign of male.

Sat morning , out early nada either location, around 10 am found 1 downtown moving around a lot bldg to bldg, agitated.

Ten minitues later, saw two wheeling around over the 4 corners, I was moving , dont know M or F. but exact same size, ignoring 2 pigeons that flew right close to them.
by 1020 a Female(very dark) settled in on a bldg and ate. Then was still very agitated, moving around every couple of minutes.
I suspect that they saw another Peregrine from the CH and came back downtown. and are still fighting over territory.
all I can do is keep watching.

Still weird out here in Brampton. Back and forth between downtown and the Court House.
Sat evening at 730 … female on the CH north ledge. just sitting … then Sunday nada till I found two downtown on George st at 1pm.
In the evening, Maria and I went on a tour , ending up at the CH. At 730 a peregrine came in and circled the building … alighting on a cell tower south end. It ignored 3 pigeons below it on the library roof.
It took off over our heads and I realized it was the small Male with the almost darkly coloured breast (not the male in Winston’s and my pics) that I had first seen downtown the week earlier…That was replaced at some point.
He buzzed the yellow apartments south. ( about 600 yds SE of the Court House)… then suddenly we had three peregrines … the female had come off the roof of the Apts and joined in the chase.
It went out of sight … but the Female returned and landed N side kind of mid roof and walked in out of sight …. she reappeared in about a minute …. and sat there … we left her there…
last week I mentioned that she was very agitated one time I watched her downtown.
Then just for S&G.we checked downtown to see if we did have two pairs …. fighting over territories.
All I can do is keep watching.
I observed copulation sat midday. and last weekend. So she has to be ready to lay eggs …. just where.
This morning at 630 … a female was on the East corner of the North ledge of the Courthouse… she left and mated with a male at 645 … and he went out on a hunt west. at about 650 am.
Winston texted me and reported Pefas on the north side midmorning and Maria observed two Falcons on the courthouse …. mid afternoon.
Six minutes later she was Downtown and observed our spare male Peregrine …. Downtown on the George st building.
We have had some real drama here in Brampton …. but it seems settled that the lighter …. slightly larger male is the man. Sunday evening the female helped that male chase off an interloper. She has been on the courthouse almost continuously since Midday Sunday , and mating has been observed twice.
The primary site of interest is a spot on the East end of a ledge on the North side of the Brampton courthouse Hwy 10 just south of Steeles.
I will be doing early Morning and evening checks , Winston will be providing midday observations until we have established that we are hopefully in the family way here in Brampton.
Winston, Toivo and Maria


Ireland Still Out of Sight. Ghent Still at Home.

June 06, 2014 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Bruce Massey Reports:

On Friday I was out to do the closing shift at the Burlington Lift Bridge and not a lot had changed with the status of both boys.  Ireland was still not in our sights after his flight earler in the week that ended up with him in a tree on the Burlington side of the canal near to the CCIW building.  Every day watchers have been searching for him since he left the tree but without any luck seeing him.  He could very well be moving through the area and yet we haven’t been able to catch sight of him due to the thickness of the trees on that side.  Today was no different in that we continued to check around in the hopes of getting an angle on his location.

Ghent was still in the nest box when I arrived and although he was flapping up a storm he was still hanging on to his home turf.  The adults weere not as active as I am used to seeing at the bridge so they are clearly weaning him to encourage that first flight.  At dusk he was still in the box but looking really ready to get going.  I suspect that he will be taking off some time over the weekend and I will be back tomorrow to help on site.

Thank you to Bill and Sue, David and Rob, Barry and all of the other watchers that have been out and around to help out.  I think we’re in for it tomorrow!!

Sunday Visit to Brampton

May 28, 2014 - Brampton - Courthouse

Tracy Simpson Reports:

On Sunday Bruce, Toivo, Maria, Grace and I gathered together in Market Square to confirm whether we in fact had a hatch at George Street.  When I arrived there wasn’t a great deal of activity but the male did come in from the north and land on the nest ledge.  There he sat for quite some time preening and napping when suddenly he took off with purpose.  This appeared to be a hunt.  He suddenly appeared back at the ledge about 10 minutes later but didn’t stay very long.  He was off and came low right over to the BDC building and landed on the sign just above the square.  We were able to get the scope on him and confirm his identity as Striker, banded Black 97 over Y, from the Yellow Pages nest site in 2011.  He didn’t stay long and was off on a hunt again this time staying away for quite some time.  When he finally did come in he brought a small parcel of food which we all hoped was going to go into the ledge for hatchlings.  Midnight appeared, took the food and flew over to the Canacord building where she consumed the piece.  While there we were able to confirm her Black 98 over Red E recovery band assuring us that she was still the lady in charge.  After eating, Midnight flew off to the east out of view while Striker remained in the nest ledge.

We were all so hoping to be able to confirm a hatch on Sunday but after 5 or 6 hours we can safely say that there wasn’t a young one yet, at least as of Sunday.  If there is to be a hatch it is very close and the signs that the Brampton team are reading fall right in step with a hatch to come.  Hopefully we will be celebrating young ones soon and we will keep you informed.

Thank you so much to Toivo, Grace and Maria for your continued monitoring of the nesting activity of Striker and Midnight.  Your efforts on their behalf are amazing!!