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Canadian Peregrine Foundation » Etobicoke - William Osler

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

!!! 2 eggs so far

March 12, 2017 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Marion Nash Reports:

2 eggs were seen in nest Monday believed to have been laid this past weekend.

Tuesday at William Osler. Kids are Awesome and A Few Oddities to Report.

June 15, 2016 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Tracy Simpson Reports:

After what I had seen last night, when I started the watch this morning there was no concern on my part for the safety of our young fledglings. Even though yesterday was their first day of flying, they showed skill in manoeuvring as well as an ability to make good choices when things didn’t work out as they had planned. The continuation of the watch at this point is to ensure good landings, safe flights and that the family dynamic is a positive one. With Casper playing very little to no role at this stage of the chicks development there is a small amount of concern regarding Chessie’s ability to keep up.  And so the watch continues.

When I pulled in and parked my car I found Chessie and Casper up on the north east corner of the hospital and although the young were not in sight I knew they were on the roof. Chessie was supervising the fledglings self feeding while Casper sat a few feet away looking for an opportunity for a meal. Casper has regularly been taking opportunities to avail himself of stashes and pick up leftovers for a meal rather than hunt on his own. Since the watch began I have yet to see him actually bring in food for this family. This is not a case of bad parenting but I believe instead a case of Casper continuing to recover from the injury that I can clearly see on the back of his head and possibly other injuries that are not visible to me. After the fledglings had finished eating, Chessie flew over to the tower for a rest while Casper flew up to the south H sign. At this point the entire family took time to rest for over an hour. Just after 10am Chessie went off on another hunt to the north east. It wasn’t long before she came back with a pigeon and carried it up to one of the antennas on the roof of the hospital perching herself just above the fledglings location. She plucked her kill vigourously for about 10 minutes and then fell asleep. Really? Asleep? I couldn’t believe my eyes. After about two minutes of snoozing, Chessie awoke and began plucking again. It wasn’t long before she drifted off once more. This had me a little concerned as this is certainly not the time for napping. Was she getting enough food for herself? Was she so busy with the young that she was not getting enough rest? I decided to keep a closer eye and pay greater attention to her today as much as I was the fledglings. She finished plucking her prey, flew out over the parking lot with it and back up to the corner where the kids were awaiting her arrival. She did a touch and go anticipating one of them to follow her but they both stayed put. She made a second attempt to lure one off into the air but they wouldn’t budge. She flew over to the tower with her prey and landed on the top with it. Casper followed her up to the tower and landed a few feet away whining and begging for a taste. Chessie once again fell asleep with the prey firmly in her grasp. She was abruptly awakened when Casper leaned forward and attempted to grab the food right out from under her foot. That was not welcome gesture. She flew over to the hospital to the north east corner and beak fed Ramses and Sahara. Once done, Chessie flew back to the tower and the entire family slept for the next two hours.
At 1 o’clock, Casper took off and disappeared to the west. About 10 minutes later I saw him reappear on the north side of the hospital and for the first time since I started the watch I saw he had food in his foot. He struggled with the rather large package that he brought home as he carried it up to the ledge on the north side. Chessie quickly flew over to see what he had brought home and I raced over towards the north parking lot to try and catch the interaction. By the time I arrived in a good spot for viewing, Casper was already in the air and making his way towards the tower leaving Chessie on the ledge on her own. Casper must’ve stashed the food up against the pillar on the ledge and Chessie made no move to retrieve it. She flew off of the ledge over to the tower and was not carrying anything with her. After about 10 minutes, Chessie left on a hunt of her own out to the west. She returned with a rather large pigeon that she took over to the tower for some prep and then back over to the hospital to the young ones. This was their third meal on the day of which two were rather large. It was a reassuring sight to see that they were receiving all of the food that they needed in order to power their flights. Yet in all three of the feedings that I witnessed, Chessie had only taken a few bites for herself. It would appear as though she was not eating very much but rather giving the lions share to her kids. After this third big meal, back to bed went the family and Bruce took over the watch for me. I gave Bruce points of focus to watch for as there was no need for concern that a fledgling was coming down to be rescued. Instead I had him monitor feeding times and sizes, who the food is being delivered to and whether Chessie was eating any for her self. By 430, the kids had woken up and it was time to burn off some of that stored up energy. Lots of epic flights followed and at one point there was a flight of the full family, all four birds together, that was witnessed by Bruce. They were very few breaks in between the flight sessions of the kids and Chessie was monitoring it all herself. No wonder she’s so tuckered out. By the end of Bruce’s watch he was able to confirm that Chessie had enjoyed a nice meal for herself, a third pigeon was brought in for late snack and that Chessie bore a visible crop indicating that she was taking care of herself. I will be back out once again tomorrow to check in on the family’s progress and ensure that all is going well. Given that Casper hunted for the first time today during this entire watch period and brought home a sizeable meal, it would seem that he is starting to feel much better and beginning to participate more in the family dynamic.

Monday at William Osler. Flying Extravaganza on First Day of Flights for Both!!

June 14, 2016 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Tracy Simpson Reports:

I arrived at the William Osler nest site just after dawn and found that Ramses had already taken his first flight. He had landed smartly in the hydro tower but was in a precarious position as he was on a diagonal beam. Casper flew into the nest tray and woke Chessie up as the sun was beginning to rise. She immediately went on a hunt and came back with a fresh kill that she stashed on the north side. Moments after she returned Sahara wound up and took her first flight. She flew out and over the parking lot and tried to circle back to the nest ledge but the winds were not helping her this morning. She banked once again and turned towards the hydro tower, flew up and landed neatly in the tower not very far from where her brother sat. Neither chick was rewarded with food after their flights. Ramses was the first to fly next and made his way back towards the nest building. He headed straight towards the east side, banked around to the south and landed on the retaining wall of the roof without any problems. He jumped down onto the roof and that is where he spent the next few hours napping out of my sight.

The second flight for Sahara was a long one. She attempted to fly back to the nest building and was too low for the ledge. She circled south over the parking lot and headed back to try again. Still too low, she tried to circle out towards the north. That didn’t work out either. She finally flew back to the hydro tower where she landed on the lowest level. Ramses continue to nap on the nest building roof when Sahara took her third flight. This flight, again a long one, had her making several circles out over the parking lot and she finally ran out of steam. She headed towards the low Medical Centre roof where she landed safely and spent the rest of the morning roaming the rooftop. She wasn’t alone though as all of the resident robins and goldfinches came out to greet her as she sat preening on the edge of the roof.
One thing became very clear after this mornings round of activity and that was that Chessie was pretty much on her own. Even though Casper was around, he wasn’t involved in anything. Chessie was doing all of the hunting, escorting, defending and providing for the chicks. When Casper was on site, he spent almost all of his time in the nest tray sleeping or on the southern H sleeping. He was very inactive throughout the day and on two occasions disappeared for over an hour. Could this be due to his injury? It is unclear at this time. One thing is for sure though, he is not participating and appears to not be invested in these young birds success at this time. Whether he is still in recovery from his fight I can’t say but he is flying very well.
By 11 o’clock Ramses received  a feeding on the nest building roof and that sparked a new round of activity. He took a flight out over the parking lot and circled back to the hydro tower where he landed and stayed, albeit briefly.  He quickly flew back-and-forth between the nest building and the tower which garnered him yet another food reward. Up to this point, Sahara had yet to receive her first taste of anything. Sahara finally tired of the low Medical Centre roof and made a huge flight out over all three parking lots that ended up with her landing in the tower. This was a fantastic flight with an excellent landing. Even so, this wasn’t the best place for a nap. She made her sixth flight over towards the nest building and with a little help from Chessie  she nudged her way in to the nest ledge. She was home. This sparked a nap time that lasted for both fledglings until around 5 PM when things got really crazy. Ramses started making flights everywhere. He was driving me crazy because he kept landing on the edge of the chimney right at the top. While the chimney is not active, there still is a danger present for landing on that open topped chimney. Thankfully Sahara began to fly as well to the tower and back and that took Ramses’s attention away from the chimney. Both fledglings eventually ended up on the roof of the nest building and had a great reunion.  The flights by both of the fledglings continued throughout the evening hours and it was seeming to go on nonstop. By 8:30 PM both of the fledglings had made it back to the nest ledge and had each chosen a pillar to flop down against. By 8:45 both of the fledgelings were out cold having spent all of their energy in the last hour of the day flying back-and-forth from the tower to the roof and back to the nest ledge. Chessie did not provide a bedtime feeding for these two so I expect that there will be a big breakfast arriving first thing in the morning. I will be back early to check in on their progress and continue the watch for this family. A few photos from the day will be posted later.

Day 2 of the William Osler Fledge Watch Starts with a Nice Flight

June 13, 2016 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Tracy Simpson Reports:

I opened the watch today and all was quiet on the ledge at first.  The kids were just waking up and getting animated and Chessie was in the tower watching.  Casper was on the southern H keeping vigil there.  All seemed to be nice and calm when Ramses had other plans.  At around 9am he took to the air running.  Seriously folks, he was running down the ledge, got airborne and forgot to stop his feet from running!  He flew out over the south employee parking lot maintaining his height and headed back for home.  He was one floor short of the nest ledge and so he swung out around the east parking lot.  This time he was starting to drop height as he was tuckering out pretty quick.  He tried for the nest ledge on the east side but was only half way up.  He flumped into the wall and fluttered down to the ground.  I was so not ready for a rescue but I ran over to where he stood.  Chessie was stooping me (not terribly close but enough to say get lost) and in one grab I had him in my hands.  I cradled him in my hand and tucked him against me with his tail sort of under my arm and marched him into security to get the rescue carrier.  Uh oh.  Security was on patrol.  Ok.  I’m sure I have something in my car.  I found a bankers box full of stuff that I needed to take out and Ramses watched as each item came out in turn.  The box now empty I just needed to find the lid.  Oh no.  No lid.  Ok.  I have a thick towel.  I draped that overtop and headed back into security where I met up with one of the guards.  We were able to transfer him over into the rescue carrier and all was well.  Ramses was so furious at me for our little walkabout  all gathered and tucked that when he went into the carrier he wanted back out to get a piece of me!  He was in fine shape and has his mother’s attitude.

Back outside Chessie was somewhat upset.  She kept stooping and hovering over the last place she saw him and finally landed on the light post closest to his last location.  She stayed there for almost 15 minutes and then finally returned to the tower.  She kept checking the area for him for the next hour and then took some rest.  Sahara on the other hand was bee bopping all over the ledge.  She was testing her wings and building up strength.  Bruce took over for me in the afternoon and until close saw much the same as I did.  Sahara remained on the ledge but she was ready.  Really ready.  I came back at dusk and took Ramses back up to the roof for a release and he was quite ticked off.  He looked great and so out the door we went.  It took me about 5 minutes or so to find him a good spot out of the howling winds and then it was time.  A flick open of the door and a hiss from little man and it was done.  I will be back at dawn as Bruce has warned me that Sahara is beyond ready for first flights and Ramses is anxiously awaiting the daylight to return home.  Some photos I took of Chessie today are attached.


William Osler Chicks are Named!

June 13, 2016 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Tracy Simpson Reports:

Thank you to the great folks at William Osler who each year hold a naming contest for their feathered family.  The names selected are always unique and creative and this year is no exception.  Our female with red tape is named Sahara and the wee male with blue tape is Ramses.  Excellent choices for these two amazing young birds!

Thanks again to William Osler for putting two delightful names to their wee faces.

Saturday at William Osler

June 12, 2016 - Etobicoke - William Osler

Tracy Simpson Reports:

The time has come to switch gears again to our final west end watch at William Osler and we began our full time monitoring this Saturday. Both of the juveniles are looking quite ready with very little down remaining. The female is more advanced than her brother yet both are energetically bouncing around the nest ledge building up their courage and flight muscles. Chessie was very on edge today and I thought it might be the pending flights of her young but this was something more. When I got a look at the resident male through the scope, which is confirmed again to be Casper, I can now understand. He has clearly been fighting as there is a line of feathers on the back left side of his head that are missing so that the down is now exposed. He is flying well and attentive but this evidence of a territorial battle may now explain the loss of two chicks just prior to banding. With Hurricane no longer here and this site being so desirable, the fights have continued well into nesting and chick rearing. The remaining two chicks are looking amazing and Chessie is taking a strong lead in their care. We look forward to first flights any day now.