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June 24, 2016 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

One of the juvies back on the nest tray.


!!! Some sad news regarding Cheemung!

June 12, 2016 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

June 12th - 2016
Moments ago, we just received a telephone call from Lisa at the Toronto Wildlife Centre and update on Cheemung, the young female fledgling that collided with the Sunlife tower out at the Etobicoke nest site earlier this week on one of its maiden’s flights. Cheemung was rushed to the Toronto wildlife centre for treatment and care, but alas, she has succumb to its injuries and died.

Despite a spinal fracture and two pelvic fractures having being diagnosed, it had appeared that her injuries were slowly healing and there was a good chance that she may have pulled through, but sadly although, she passed away shortly after 11pm this evening.

Etobicoke Watch Notes. One Fatality, One in Rehab and Two Doing Outstanding

June 12, 2016 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Tracy Simpson Reports:
The overwhelming nature of the west end watches this year has not left a lot of time for posting so I apologize for these late updates. Bruce Massey has been handling all of the watches so far as the primary and I cannot thank him enough for his efforts and vigilance.
More extensive and detailed notes will be coming but for now here is a brief to catch you up.
Tuesday June 7 - Etobicoke watch begins. Just after 6am the first chick takes flight and is identified as Sprucer. He makes a great flight over to the Kingsway condos and stays high. He makes several more flights staying high each time. At 1:45pm Maverick takes flight and heads over to Kingsway condos. Lost her grip on her landing and flew back towards the nest building. Maverick could not handle the high winds and struck the windows of the nest tower. She died on impact and was recovered by Bruce from the mezzanine roof. Sprucer took a few more flights and ended up low on the Good Life Fitness roof for the night.
Wednesday June 8 - Sprucer still on low roof to start the watch and winds still continue to be high. Cheemong took flight and ended up high over on the Aberfoyle side of the nest tower. She flew again back around and struck the tower. She was rescued from the mezzanine level and was unable to stand. Cheering was rushed to rehab and treated for inflammation. Her condition remains guarded. Oakley took flight and safely landed on a lower roof of Kingsway condos. Sprucer took flight and made it back up to roof level. Oakley took another flight and came to ground. Safely rescued and released to the nest building roof at dark.
Thursday June 9 - Sprucer ripping up the skies!  Lucky had to attended to him and settle him down.g  Oakley only made a couple of flights yet they were decent. Still no word on Cheemong.
Friday June 10 - Both Oakley and Sprucer flying and maintaining height. Sprucer doing very well and Oakley catching up fast. Both over on the roof of the west tower with O’Connor.
Saturday June 11 - Both juveniles spotted this morning at elevation. Watchers continue to check in on their progress.
The Islington and Bloor nest site has always been a challenge for young birds in that it presents a number of first flight dangers, everything from reflective glass windows to balconies and let’s not forget the traffic and ground predators. Those that survive the fledge period at this site often go on to do great things as adults and we are proud to have many young from Etobicoke now nesting elsewhere. For now the watch has been scaled back to spot checks and we will update you as soon as we receive word on Cheemong.
I would like like to thank Bruce Massey for taking the lead this season as well as all the other watchers that contributed their time to this family. Great job folks, we are well on our way.

Etobicoke News Flash. First Fledge

June 07, 2016 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Bruce Massey Reports:

Not sure who it is just yet but no sooner had I parked when the first chick flew.   Made three flights and stayed at rooftop level. Will update as news becomes available.

Etobicoke Foursome Looking Ready

June 06, 2016 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Tracy Simpson Reports:

Caught a cam shot of all four kids this morning on the web camera and there is very little down left to be shed. Local watchers have reported that they are starting to get very active on the ledge running, flapping and of course screaming for food. Looks like the kids are getting ready.

If anyone has time to share at the Islington and Bloor nest we would love to have you join us. Bruce Massey will be spearheading the bulk of the watch as he will flip from the MEC boys down to Etobicoke Wednesday morning. Until that time it will be patchy coverage and we could use all the help we can get to support this family. If you have any time to share please contact our head office at 416-481-1233 or email me at tracy@peregrine-foundation.ca.

!!! 4 Chicks Successfully Banded Today :-)

May 20, 2016 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

May 20th 2016
Another successful banding at Bloor and Islington Center. Although O’Conner was back to original self the terror or Etobicoke ,Cathy Smith from CPF and the brave young men from Skyreach Window Washing
took the lick-en from her in stride as they extracted the chicks from the nest for banding. Thanks so much to you all for a job well done!

This year there are 3 girls and 1 boy and all were very healthy and feisty like their mom.

We had a great turn out of viewers from the local community, building tenants and a group of students from Spruce Court Public School.

Mark Heaton and Tina Hassannia from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests weighed and banded the chicks and had 2 young helpers from Spruce Court school who gave each chick a drink of water and placed coloured tape on the silver band. The coloured tape will help the falcon watch team identify at distance each bird during the fledge watch.

The students from spruce Court School got to name 3 of the chicks this year and came up with Sprucer, Oakley and Cheemung and the 4th was named Maverick by Mark Heaton’s assistant Tina. Below is the band information and weights.

745 grams female named Maverick S over 50 with White Tape
535 grams male named Sprucer Y over 21 with Blue Tape
720 grams female named Oakley with Red Tape
720 grams female named Cheemung with Yellow Tape

Once again we would like to thank Building Management CBRE Canada and the wonderful security staff for all their support and as always Mark Heaton of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests for being there for the birds and the community.


!!! Banding Day is Set

May 11, 2016 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

Banding day for the baby chicks will be May 20th at Noon at the same location as last year in the East Tower Lobby Bloor and Islington Place. come out and meet the newest additions to the Etobicoke peregrine family and watch the banding.

!!! We need your help!

May 06, 2016 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

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

Islington Bloor Centre First Hatch

April 28, 2016 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Tracy Simpson Reports:

O’Connor was all over the place today and looking quite unsettled so we were pretty sure that the first hatch was on it’s way.  We had a brief glance of the young one, or ones, but that is all that she’s been willing to reveal so far.  Hopefully we can capture a better view soon.  Congratulations to the Islington Bloor Centre, your first babies have arrived.


First Egg For Etobicoke on First Day of Spring

March 20, 2016 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Tracy Simpson Reports:

O’Connor spent the night on the nest tray and was laying down this morning so we suspected an egg was close. By dawn our suspicions were confirmed when she stood up and revealed her first egg of the season. Congratulations Bloor Islington Centre!