!!! Some great photos of a new male at the Etobicoke Bloor & Islington nest site that appears to dawn a Black over Green band with Blue tape. Is it an Optical Illusion?

April 13, 2015 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

April 13th - 2015
A huge thank you to Roger for sharing some of his photos that he was able to snap of the resident adult peregrines at the Etobicoke Bloor & Islington nest site. While we had originally identified the new resident adult male was Lucky, (a Canadian produced male peregrine), it now appears that the male now on site that Roger photographed also has a Black over Green leg band with Blue tape. Is it an Optical Illusion and the light just playing tricks on us? O’Connor also has a Black over Green leg band, but has a purple USFW band with no tape.
Photos by Roger Leekam

!!! Egg #4 for O’Connor and Lucky!

April 10, 2015 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Kathy Reports:

O’Connor hasn’t allowed many peeks today as she’s in full incubation mode but I managed to catch her hovering a little while ago and I can see egg #4 has arrived.  I know it’s hard to tell but on zooming in I could see one egg behind the other three.  It was due today so it’s right on time.

!!! Egg #3 Has Arrived!

April 08, 2015 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Kathy Reports:

O’Connor has just left the nest box and we can see egg #3 has arrived!   Congratulations O’connor and Lucky!

!!! Some Sad news to report on several fronts! Storm - Black 94 over D has been found dead!

April 06, 2015 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

April 6th - 2015

A big thank you to the great staff at the Mississauga Animal Control for chasing us down this afternoon, sadly although, with some not so good news.

We are saddened to report that a deceased adult banded peregrine was picked up by their wildlife officers after a report was called into them of a downed, banded peregrine falcon around Hwy. #10 and the Lakeshore Blvd in Mississauga,, (just on the boarder of Oakville and Mississauga) Ontario.

The leg band identification told another part of the story, with the Solid Black banded peregrine - 94 over D, identified as “Storm”, a 2004 produced peregrine from the Etobicoke Bloor & Islington nest site.

Most recently, Storm was identified last season as being the resident territorial adult male at the Holcim nest site in Mississauga Ontario,, (not too far at all from where Storm’s body was recovered).

The obvious head trauma and other injuries were very consistent of a collision type of injury. No photos will be posted due to the graphic nature of the birds injuries.

The obvious question now remains,,, is Storm still Holcim’ s resident adult male (or should I say, was he),,, and,, who (if anyone), has replaced him at the Holcim nest site??????????

Recent observations of a few days ago, had two adults on site at Holcim, with copulation between the two resident adults having been observed.

!!! Some great close-up photos of a food drop on the nest ledge!

April 02, 2015 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

April 2nd - 2015

A big thank you to Roger Leekam for sharing some his photos with us of the pair on the nest lest ledge in the middle of a food drop.

!!! Egg #2 has arrived!

April 06, 2015 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Kathy Reports:

O’Connor has laid her second egg under the cover of darkness.  This morning there are two eggs in the nestbox!

!!! First Egg for O’Connor and Lucky

April 04, 2015 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Kathy Reports:

Laid overnight under the cover of darkness!  This morning there is an egg in the nest tray!

!!! Both birds hanging out on the nest ledge, life appears to back to normal, (well at least for a peregrine).

March 30, 2015 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

March 30th - 2015

I was out to the Bloor & Islington nest site in Etobicoke this morning to provide some protection to the inspector while he inspected the anchoring system on the davits for the swing stage.
Last week, the same inspector attempted to access the upper roof area of the east tower in an effort to attempt the same inspection, but O’Connor and her new mate would have nothing of it, and aggressively stooped and went after both the guys while on the upper roof elevation.

Its egg production time for the pair, and we all know how a perceived threat “above and behind” a peregrine is dealt with, especially at this particular time when hormones are raging due to the breeding season in full swing for peregrines here in southern Ontario.

The good news, is that we all managed to get on and off the roof without being noticed this time! Later, back at ground level, I see how we managed to slip on and off the upper roof area without the peregrines noticing us. With the blustery winds howling at the upper roof elevation and with both of the peregrines being on the nest ledge, (well below us),, being quiet and staying away from the roofs edge obviously gave us a huge advantage.

Finger crossed, the pair will settle in to some serious egg production!

Although not the best picture, (taken with a camera phone from the street level), you can see both peregrines on the nest ledge, (one on the nest tray and other on the nest camera).

Stay tuned…………….

!!! Lucky and O’Connor - a new thing happening!! Looks quite serious indeed!!! :-)

March 16, 2015 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

Monday March 16th - 2015
A big thank you to Olga for sending in her snap shot of Lucky and O’Connor taken this afternoon via the live nest web cam from the Bloor & Islington nest site where “Lucky” may just get lucky :-) :-)

It would appear that the previous resident adult male “Jack” has been replaced with a the new kid on the block,, a young peregrine named “Lucky - banded Black Y over 72″ who was produced at the Don Mills & Eglinton nest site in 2013 - http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/w/c/sightings/toronto-don-mills-and-eglinton

We knew that some day, Jack’s absence would cost him this nest site, (and although Jacks whereabouts is actually not known), proof is in the photograph. Lucky is currently courting O’Connor, and it would appear that she has been very welcoming indeed!
Stay tuned…………..

!!! New Male on Site - Positively ID’d as Lucky!

March 16, 2015 - Etobicoke - Sun Life Centre

Kathy Reports:

This morning I noticed the male had a dark band on his left leg and some other distinguishing features that were not attributed to our resident male Jack.

Tracy was kind enough to come down to the site and has just positively ID’d our new male as Lucky - who was previously seen romancing Quest until the Don Mills resident male Skye returned from migration last week.  Lucky was born at the Don Mills & Eglington Amexon nest site, he is banded Black on the left leg and has blue tape on his right leg covering the USFW band.

We are attempting to determine if Jack is at his other site and will return or if this is settled.  O’Connor and he have been bowing to each other so she is certainly welcoming him which may indicate a territorial battle over the weekend.