William Osler fledge watch reports in order

June 16, 2019 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Marion Nash Reports:

WILLIAM OSLER WATCH - It started without me. Of the four chicks on the ledge, at least two are boys and they were out the gate before the watch officially began!! We were so busy with Amanda and Drago that we were struggling to get out to Osler and so Rob stopped in for us to take a looksee. Oh boy. One on the roof of the hospital already and he wasn’t really sure about the other three. So on Wednesday evening I went down to check it out and for sure not one but two of the kids had successfully fledged. Not only were they both on the roof but they were in and out of the tower, in and out of the ledge and in general all over the place. A checkmark for both of them. I found the other two still on the ledge and clearly unfledged. I stayed until dark and all had settled. Last night I pulled in to find the same situation. Two on the roof and two on the ledge. I believe the two on the ledge are females. Suddenly one of the girls gets it into their head that flying looks like fun and takes off. The flight was excellent and even though they had to all but throw themselves onto the roof to come to a landing, they were up high safe and sound. Another flight by the newly fledged female and this time it ended with the young one doing the “bat”, hanging on the concrete wall just below the roofline. Chessie came over and helped out by swooping up repeatedly beside the fledgling to encourage her up. So up the wall she crawled to the rooftop. Her third flight just before dark ended up with her halfway up the tower on a thin rail she had a hard time balancing on. That’s where she stayed for the night. Rob was in this morning and not only had she gotten up to the roof, so had the final young one! All four have now fledged and its a matter of making sure the two females are up to snuff with their landings and flights. Great news so far!

OSLER UPDATE - a quick check before heading to MEC for Amanda’s release. By tomorrow night all 4 juveniles will be check marks and watch will be scaled back is my prediction. Amazing.

WILLIAM OSLER UPDATE - I was going to write this last night and fell asleep about three sentences in so thought it best to write this today. I can happily say that the William Osler fledge watch is officially scaled back to spot checks now. All four juveniles were out and about yesterday and the two recent fledges were all over the map. They were elated to finally be in the air with their brothers and were going from building to building, rooftop to tower, tower to ledge…like I said, everywhere!! Landings are still being perfected as we speak but the danger of coming down looks to have passed. Thank you William Osler Hospital for being such great hosts for the peregrine family! Also, thank you so much to security for being so helpful and accommodating as well as the staff of this great site. Another great year for Chessie and Casper!!

No banding

June 03, 2019 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Marion Nash Reports:

Unfortunately we were not able to safely extract the chicks from the ledge for banding today. Mom had brought in food and coaxed the chicks out of the nest and down the ledge to be fed. They were just too far down the ledge for us to reach and the slanted ledge is not safe for us to climb out onto to grab them.

We will have to band chicks if and when they come to ground at fledge time.

Shadow in Ontario

May 28, 2019 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Marion Nash Reports:

We know Malik the adult male at Canada Square 2200 Yonge St. was found dead on the roof so who is the new male? Security was finally able to get a band number on the new male Y over 31 and it is none other than Shadow produced at the William Osler Hospital in Etobicoke in 2017. Glad to see it’s a Canadian produced bird. photos to come.

Banding day for the chicks

May 19, 2019 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Marion Nash Reports:

Banding day for the William Osler Hospital Peregrine chicks is set for June 3rd. at 10:00 AM. Photos and banding information to follow.

!!! William Osler Hospital - Etobicoke Health Care - Eggs in the nest tray!!

March 27, 2019 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Marion Nash Reports:

March 25th - 2019

Yes, spring is finally here and despite the chilly temps that persist, our southern Ontario peregrines all have the same thing on their minds ;-) as eggs are popping up all over!! We have confirmation from our friends at the Etobicoke general that at least one egg is present in the nest tray with both residents adults on site and very visible indeed!

The live colour image being produced from the in-house video nest camera that we installed several seasons ago is producing a fantastic real-time live behind the scenes view of the peregrines nesting activities, and incubation has begun!

Nest site Summary of 2018

September 05, 2018 - Etobicoke - William Osler

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 www.peregrine-foundation.ca 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

The watch updates

June 17, 2017 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Marion Nash Reports:

June 11th 2017
William Osler brief update. Two boys fledged today. Romeo flew and landed on the window ledge and after another flight made it back to the nest ledge. Shadow took flight and landed on the same ledge that Romeo had just left minutes before. Another flight took shadow to the rooftop. One more flight was had by Shadow that landed him on the giant construction crane. Willow and Echo remain unfledged.

June 12th 2017
William Osler brief update. This morning when I arrived it was controlled chaos at the site. Two of the boys were flying around all over the place and landing in areas that made me frankly quite nervous. All I can say is that both boys made long flights landed decently and are in positions where we can clearly watch them. At this point we are counting heads and not looking at tape colours as they won’t sit still long enough. What I can say for certain is this, all three of the boys have now fledged. One is on the roof retaining wall, one is on the crane and the third is sitting on the roof on top of the pipe. Willow, who we have nicknamed Willow the pillow, is sleeping on the north side of the hospital tucked up against the pillar.

4 chicks banded

May 26, 2017 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Marion Nash Reports:

May26th 2017
1 girl and 3 boys for 2017. All healthy.

Female named Will-O banded S 70 with red tape
Male named Romeo banded Y 33 white tape
Male named Shadow banded Y 31 Blue tape
Male named Echo banded Y 32 green tape.

!!! 3 Boys and 1 Girl for William Osler

May 26, 2017 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Marion Nash Reports:

May 26th 2017
Thanks to the great team at security for keeping an eye on the on the camera monitor and watching for hatch and sending us updates and for their assistance today we were able to once again get the chicks banded without any problems and this years brood are all very healthy and very good weights.

Chick 1 female named Will-O named for William Osler band S 70 with red tape
Chick 2 Male named Romeo named for security call sign band Y 33 white tape
Chick 3 Male named Shadow named by Security band Y 31 blue tape
chick 4 Male named Echo named for security call sing band Y 32 Green tape

The oldest chick is 23 days old so we expect the first flights in about 10 to 14 days. Stay tuned for reports on their antics.

Banding Day

May 01, 2017 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Marion Nash Reports:

May 1at 2017
Banding day has been set for May 26th at 9:30