May 16th 1 chcik for sure perhaps 2

May 16, 2020 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Marion Nash Reports:

On our way to the Hamilton Sheraton Banding Mark and I checked the Burlington Lift Bridge nest and could see one chick being fed in the est there may be 2 but we could not get close enough for a very good photo. We did see both adults attending.

!!! Burlington Lift Bridge - 3 eggs present and counting!

March 27, 2019 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Mark Nash Reports:

March 26th - 2019

A little late to post the good news from Burlington, but good news never the less. The Burlington lift bridge pair have 3 eggs so far and counting! As a result of the chilly temps, as you might have expected,, full time incubation is well under way!

Nest site Summary of 2018

September 05, 2018 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Marion Nash Reports:

I know you have all missed keeping track of your local peregrine families but there is good news.

We now have someone to help with the web site and can post all the latest news.

Here is a quick summery of the 2018 nesting season, banding events and fledge watch. If you notice that I have not posted any information about the Bloor and Islington nest site it is because the nest failed this year. O’Connor the adult female has been replaced by a new female who although did lay eggs they did failed to hatch. We are not sure if O’Connor was killed by the new female in a territorial battle or if she has moved to an as of yet unknown location, hopefully the later is true.

Fledge Watch
although the fledge watchers were kept very busy by the fledglings and preformed many rescues we are happy to say that of the 41 chicks banded this season there were only 4 lost and 1 injured.

1 of the chicks lost produced at the Burlington Bridge nest was very sick with Trichominiasis a protozoan infection too advanced to save and who passed during extraction from nest.

The Second loss was Gigi from the Mississauga MEC nest site who unfortunately hit a window and died on impact.

The 3rd was Sun from the Toronto Downtown Sheraton Hotel nest who had gone missing for over a week and although our watchers made a tremendous effort to find him they began to expect by the end of the week that he passed. Unfortunately he was later found dehydrated and starving he was taken into rehab but passed same day.

I also got a report yesterday that one of the fledglings from 220 Duncan Mill Rd. Was found over the September long weekend in Hamilton with an injured wing. It turns out it is Loki identified by his band number X over 85. x-rays have been taken and shows a broken wrist so we are waiting on a report from the vet to see if this break is operable.

One other injury happened this year to the Adult male Lucifer in Kitchener at the CTV nest site and has been in rehab. Lucifer had a broken with that was operated on and he is now in flight pen to work the wing, His mate Mystery managed to keep her 4 chicks fed and protected but this is where the 4th loss comes in one of the chicks hopped off the nest box onto the tower where he spent a day or 2 and disappeared he was never found on the ground so we assume he was grabbed by and owl during the night. Hopefully all goes well for Lucifer and he will be released back to his mate soon.

Banding Events 2018

We are looking for funding to buy bands for next year as the Federal government is not longer supplying them to the Provinces and the Province of Ontario did not budget for them. If you are interested in supporting the banding program and help protect our Ontario produced falcon chicks please kindy make a donation to The Canadian Peregrine Foundation. You can send a cheque to the foundation at 25 Crouse Rd. Suite 20 Toronto, Ontario M1R 5P8 or go on line and click our donation button on the front page of the web site at Canada Helps.

This year there were several unhatched eggs and most of the chicks hatched were male. The weights at banding age for most of the chicks was also low compared to pervious years.

May 22nd 2018
Mississauga MEC

band Z21

William Osler Hospital

band X14

May 23rd 2018
Windsor Ambassador Bridge

band Y59

May 24th 2018
Hamilton Sheraton Hotel


band Y51

band Y52

band Y60

May 25th 2018
Oshawa Lakeridge Hospital

band Z22

Burlington Lift Bridge

band Y61

band X13

May 29th 2018
220 Duncan Mill Rd.

Male- Thor
band X83

band X84

Male- Loki
band X85

Male- Velcro
band X87

June 5th 2018
Canada Square

band X95

band X97

band R14

June 5th 2018
Rogers Centre

band Z23

Male-Grand Slam
Band Z24

Band X94

June 5th 2018
Toronto Downtown Sheraton Hotel

Male- Geoff
Band X15

Band X92

Band X93

June 6th

OPG Pickering

Female- Millidarry
Band Z25

Band Z26

Male- Chadwick
Band R15

Band Z27

June 6th 2018
Scarborough Yellow Pages

Band R16

Band Z67

June 8th 2018
ADM Mills Port Colborne

Female- Mongolia
Band Z59

Band X03

Male- Macaroon
Band X07

female-Red Velvet
Band Z63

June 20th
Mount Sinai Hospital

Male-Chase ( banded when rescued during fledge)
Band X05

2 other chicks not banded ( believed to be male)

June 27th 2018
Don Mills Amazon

Male-Professor X
Band X04

Female- Chalaza
Band- Z38

June 28th 2018
Kitchener CATV Tower

Band Z39

Female- Sadie
Band Z40

Band X12

Band W92

There were also 2 Quarry sites that produced chicks as did the Mississauga CRH Cement plant but due to bad logistics this year we were unable to get the age of the chicks in time to band. Hopefully we will get the information a bit quicker next year and if we are able to raise the funds needed to continue to band your chicks.

I will post some photos soon

Banding Day At Burlington Lift Bridge

June 06, 2017 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Marion Nash Reports:

June 6th 2017

2 chicks banded today 1 girl and 1 Boy.

the first chick to be banded was a female weighing in at 950 grams her band number is S over 47 with Red tape on the silver band she was named Anne after the bander Anne Yagi.
the second chick a male was 700 grams and his band number is Y over 55 with Blue tape on the silver band. His name is Bronte after Bronte Park.

Thanks for the assistance from bridge staff in helping us extract the chicks and for all the updates and photos prior to banding.

Hatch at Burlington Bridge

May 24, 2017 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Marion Nash Reports:

May 24th 2017

Just told that there are 3 chicks hatched at the Burlington lift bridge as of May 15th. Banding day is being planned stay tuned. photos to come.

!!! One egg remains - down from 5 eggs to 1

June 05, 2016 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Mark Nash Reports:

June 5th - 2016

It’s not looking very good at all for the resident peregrines down at the Burlington Lift bridge this season, as the latest update shows that the resident peregrines are down to one egg,, (from the five eggs that they had originally produced).

The most recent update and photos sent into us clearly shows that only one egg remains in the nest box. While both resident adults are still very much attending, they are well beyond a hatch date at this point and it would appear that the pair will not be producing any offspring this season (at least from this clutch of eggs).

A big thank you once again to the staff at the Burlington lift bridge and the PWGSC for the photos and updates!

!!! New Resident adult female photo at the Burlington Lift Bridge nest site!

May 27, 2016 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Mark Nash Reports:

May 25th - 2016

A big thank you again to the guys at the Burlington Lift bridge and PWGSC for the great photos of the resident adults. With the new female having being caught on camera tending to the two remaining eggs, clearly showing her Black 68 over Red U band.
While we are beyond a hatch, you just never know given that there five eggs laid over an extended period of time.
Stay tuned……………

New Burlington Lift Bridge Female Identified

May 29, 2016 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Tracy Simpson Reports:

A big thank you to Bruce Massey for spending the weekend chasing the identity of the new female on site. He was able to get a clear scope read today of her black over red 68/U band with a silver USFW. She is Jo from the Macomb County nest site in Michigan hatched in 2014 to Nick and Hathor.  What is quite exciting is that her father, Nick, is the offspring of Miriam, a 2003 release in Richmond Hill conducted by the CPF.

Great job Bruce and we will continue to watch for a hatch.

!!! Burlington Lift Bridge nest site - down from 5 eggs to 2,,, and no hatch as yet!

May 25, 2016 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Mark Nash Reports:

May 25th - 2016

Sorry for the late update, but we have been out of the office and on the road at bandings for the past six days and not getting much office time as a result. As you might expect,, we are back into 12 plus hour days with the many bandings.

A big thank you to the great folks down at the lift bridge and the PWGSC for being able to do some of the close monitoring for us this season,, and for the photo updates that they have been able to sent into us.

Sadly, it would appear that the pair are now down to two eggs, from the original five eggs that they originally laid. Last week, the resident adult female kicked out two more eggs and later ate them,, leaving the last two remaining eggs.

While the pair are still down into hard incubation of the two remaining eggs, it might appear that a hatch will not be a given. Only time will tell.
The attached photo, shows the resident adult male attending to the incubation duties with his Black Canadian recovery band clearly visible.

Stay tuned for more updated news as it becomes available………………………

New Female at Burlington Lift Bridge

May 24, 2016 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Tracy Simpson Reports:

At first it was only a suspicion follewed by a report of something different at the bridge this year and so Bruce and I decided to take a trip down to try and confirm adult identities.

Normally the Lift Bridge is one of the earliest (if not the first) nest site in southern Ontario to hatch young, either hatching just before MEC or right in step with that site   This year the clutch size of 5 eggs coupled with the continued incubation at this late stage (at least late for the bridge) raised a few eyebrows.  We started making plans to check in on Cirrus and McKenzie as this was not the norm for them. A few days ago I received a report from local watchers that we’re seeing a female banded black over red, not black over green as Cirrus is.  Yesterday Bruce and I set out to try and get some answers.

When we arrived at the bridge we found McKenzie on the Hamilton tower of the bridge lounging in the shade while keeping an eye on the box.  Several lifts occurred while we were watching him but he didn’t make a move nor hunt.  It was two hours before he took off of that ledge and at no time did he take food to the box.  We are pretty confident that we have no hatch as of yet.

At around 4pm I was looking up at the nest box when out like a bullet came the female.  She flew straight towards the Hamilton tower and then did a full 90 degree drop and dive at something just out of our sight.  McKenzie joined her at this and when the two pulled out of their drop, he flew straight to the nest box and disappeared while she flew up to the Hamilton hydro tower.  We turned our scopes on her but she didn’t stay long.  It was long enough however to confirm that she is banded black over red on her left leg with a silver USFW band on her right; this was not Cirrus.  We did get a partial read of the band but all we can conclude with certainty is that this is a new female.

She left the tower and flew over to the harbour side of the Burlington Skyway where we lost sight of her for over an hour.  She was definitely on a hunt.  The next time we saw her she was bombing up the canal and had lined up a cormorant.  In an incredible show of pure nastiness, she drove the cormorant head first straight into the canal waters, skimming the surface as she banked up.  Focused, determined, fearless and on fire is how I would describe her entire time in our view.  She flew off and landed in the tower again looking for more things to line up and dispatch.  It wasn’t long before she was once again out of our view.  In all of the looks we did get of her, she appeared to be in full adult plumage with strong barring throughout her bib and chest.  If she would have sat still long enough we could have had more of a view but she was clearly on a mission.

This years nesting season has certainly been one of great change.  The Burlington Lift Bridge is now the fourth confirmed site with an adult changeover as young up and coming birds fight for the rights to an established nest site.  We are unsure when this change took place or where Cirrus is now.  We can only hope that she is safe.  We will continue to work on a full identification of this new female as we await their first hatch.