November 27, 2013 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
It’s a cool and snowy morning here at Bloor Islington. Something must have been going on at Jack’s other site this past week as O’Connor had been on Moneris holding vigil daily no matter when I checked on her.
Both of them just made an appearence on the nest ledge cam and O’Connor quickly bowed to him and then she took off. Good to see they are both safe and sound!
Posted on November 27, 2013 11:05 am
November 13, 2013 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
In all the years I’ve been watching the resident falcons here - I don’t ever remember seeing both adults perched on the web cam at the same time..until this morning. When I came out both were there side by side having a conversation which I quickly came to realize was a ‘you move, no you move - conversation. You can guess who lost that arguement…Jack flew out in a semi circle to the nest box where he is now pouting!
Last Friday I happened to see O’Connor coming in with a ‘duck’ - yes a duck! We’ve seen them up in the cache from time to time but I’ve never actually witnessed either of them bringing one up to the ledge. A co worker and I were out on a break when we noticed a really large bird in the distance flying really low - my first thought was holy cow that’s a huge bird and then she got closer and I realized it was O’Connor with a really large prey in her talons.
She was having a difficult time maintaining altitude but managed to vear off towards the towers and it looked like she was going to slam right into one when suddenly she reared up - honestly it was the most amazing sight ever! Then she proceeded to circle around the building to try and gain height - which she did but she was still about 5 stories short of a ledge.
Jack, who up until then I didn’t even notice as I was focused on O’Connor and quite worried she wouldnt’ make it, was on the ADP sign and dove down as she came around and got under neath her to help guide her upwards. They both flew around the building and I ran through the concourse as no one came back to the front. By the time I got out to the back - there she was on one of the ledges..looking quite proud of herself as she started to prepare - ‘lunch’!
On Sunday we had a powerful wind storm in Toronto - and as a result on Monday I recieved a call from Mark Nash informing me that someone had reported a falcon down on the property. I quickly went to security who took me out to check on the bird and it turned out to be an adult Red Tail, a female judging from the size of her and her talons. She was lying just a few feet from the glass on the ground in a construction area and there were no marks on her. I suspect she likely crashed into the building at high speed due to the wind. As no one saw anything we can’t really say whether or not the resident pair were trying to steer her out but that could have been the case and due to the high winds she would have a hard time controlling herself.
Posted on November 13, 2013 10:58 am
November 02, 2013 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
Marion Nash Reports:
She sits above her domain where fall colours have come again
Soon all will be covered in snow and winter winds will begin to blow
How wonderful it must be to sit above even the tallest tree
Is she waiting for spring again just like me?
Posted on November 2, 2013 12:40 pm
October 03, 2013 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
The last sighting I have of Frank was on Saturday - hopefully he is safe and out exploring the world like all young peregrines are doing this time of year. Since then Jack has been spending a lot of time here hanging out with O’Connor, which is something he hasn’t done in a while. Perhaps Frank was just covering for him while he was preoccupied at his other site
Yesterday I managed to catch both Jack and O’Connor hanging out on the ledge together.
Posted on October 3, 2013 8:02 am
September 24, 2013 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
I spent a half hour on lunch today watching Frank and O’Connor and if I hadn’t have seen it with my own eyes I wouldn’t have believed it. Frank was perched on the ‘N’ of the Moneris sign and O’Connor was perched on the bottom half of the ‘S’. Both quiet, Frank with a full crop dozing in amiable silence. After about 25 minutes - O’Connor vocalized to him - the same way she does with Jack to indicate she’s leaving! She then flew over the back of the nest site building and perched there.
So she is not only tolerating his presence, she is actively engaging with him..what a great falcon she is!!
I did see Jack today and noticed that when he was visible, there was no sign of Frank around and O’Connor didn’t move from her perch as he went to the nest ledge to preen. Interesting dynamics going on here.
Caught this wicked photo of Jack taking off today!
Posted on September 24, 2013 5:01 pm
September 19, 2013 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
When I came in around 7:20 am, a juvie came screaming into one of the back ledges with breakfast in it’s talons. I couldn’t tell who it was from the ground with no binoculars - my first guess would be Frank since he’s been around the past few evenings and is certainly not starving by the looks of him however given the size of the bird I saw this morning - I’d have to say, if it is Frank - he’s one of the largest males we’ve ever banded! No sign of a parent anywhere however there are workers on condos this morning so likely Miss O is tucked away somewhere out of my view.
Posted on September 19, 2013 8:05 am
September 18, 2013 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
After several weeks of not seeing him, suddenly since Saturday he’s been hanging around the nest ledge around dinner hour..like right now.
Just tuned in to catch him finishing a meal and was able to see his white tape! Great to see him eating and looking healthy and strong!
Posted on September 18, 2013 5:09 pm
September 17, 2013 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
It’s been relatively quiet around here the past few weeks. Falcon fans in the neighborhood have been telling me they still here 2 of the juvies around 5 am in the morning and I have seen one of them chasing mom around for food as late as last Tuesday.
Over the weekend, Alison over at CMNH caught photos of Frank paying a visit to the nest ledge and right now as I’m typing this I see a juvie on the nest box. Back is to me but it might be Frank again.
O’Connor has been quite tolerant of having them hanging around and I’ve seen no effort to chase them off and send them on their way yet.
Posted on September 17, 2013 5:32 pm
August 07, 2013 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
CPF Postmaster Reports:
Aug 7th - 2013
Just a quick peek in at the Etobicoke Sun life Centre nest ledge at Bloor & Islington this afternoon catches the resident adult female, O’Connor at home today on the nest ledge involved in some nest tray cleaning and hanging out in some much needed piece and quiet after a long summer of family rearing.
For several hours we watched O’Connor move the gravel around in the nest tray and later taking the opportunity to catch some zzzzz’s. While the fledglings can now be called juveniles, as they are now hunting and killing their own food part of the time now, O’Connor at least can take some time to relax at home.
Jack on the other hand, is still very busy floating between the two nest sites and his two families and can only be seen part time at each nest location as he splits his time between the two locations.
Posted on August 7, 2013 2:24 pm
July 25, 2013 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre
CPF Volunteer Reports:
Every evening for the past week, Lucie and her husband Richard have been checking in on the Etobicoke Sun Life family and watching the progress that the four young juveniles are making. She has been able to witness some incredible flights throughout the evening as the juveniles come home to roost for the night. Talon touches, tag and chases through the territory are on the docket for the late day play sessions. Thank you so much to Lucie and Richard for checking in and sharing these wonderful observations.
Posted on July 25, 2013 10:01 am