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.
Posted on June 13, 2015 9:52 am
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!
Posted on June 2, 2015 8:15 pm
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……….
Posted on May 29, 2015 12:03 am
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!
Posted on April 29, 2015 1:58 pm
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!
Posted on April 21, 2015 11:26 am
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
Posted on April 14, 2015 1:28 am
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!!
Posted on June 8, 2014 8:11 am
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!!
Posted on May 28, 2014 6:52 pm
March 23, 2014 - Brampton - Courthouse
Tracy Simpson Reports:
This winter, the Hwy 10 corridor north into downtown Brampton has been rather quiet. For the most part, watchers were only seeing Midnight, the resident female, hanging around and her appearances were even then sporadic. Over the past week or so, the level of activity has certainly increased with the re-appearance of a male in the territory. While we have not confirmed who the male is yet, we can say for certain that there is a territorial pair. This excerpt is from a report that has come in from Toivo, Grace and Maria, our key Brampton watchers.
Don’t know who he is but yesterday Maria phoned me to tell me she and Grace were looking at a pair on the BDC building. Today I sat and watched as they checked out the top ledge at the George st condo…. in and out of the ledge between the uprights, heads bobbing and talking the whole time. Then a pair flight , quite comfortable with each other, so he has been there a few days. We will keep you updated as well as we can but too high for good pics that would ID him. If I can catch him on the BDC bldg we will give it a try. Its Midnight …she is much lighter on the back now but last week I got a good look and saw both bright leg bands!!
Toivo , Grace and Maria
Posted on March 23, 2014 1:28 pm
January 20, 2014 - Brampton - Courthouse
Tracy Simpson Reports:
I received a recent update from Toivo that Midnight is still being seen in the Brampton area along the Hurontario corridor. While she is not always at George St. and not always seen daily, she is still making appearances in downtown Brampton and its environs. Toivo has been keeping an eye on our Brampton pair this winter and he has noted that he has not been able to get eyes on Striker since November but that Midnight is still sporadically visible. Thank you so much Toivo for the update and as we march towards spring we hope to see where Midnight settles and whether Striker returns.
Posted on January 20, 2014 11:51 am