Beachville news-both juvies have fledged!

July 27, 2016 - International, National and Local News

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Lucie reports:

I was thrilled that Cathy Kerr wanted to accompany me to Beachville so we did a road trip on Saturday, July 2!

My contact from Woodstock had informed me that the juveniles took their first flight just a couple of days earlier!

The weather was super, just the right mix of sun and cloud.  It can get hot sitting in the parking lot, so some cloud cover is refreshing.  Being a long weekend, it was also pretty quiet. You could hear the humming coming from the hydrator, a sound I’ve come to consider as quite soothing.

When we arrived around 1:30 we found both juveniles chilling out on the hydrator tower where they stayed ALL afternoon.
Just the occasional wing flapping and some vocal activity.

Joe and Virginia were always close by and provided us with some entertainment as they chased after a bald eagle that was passing overhead.  A bald eagle .. awesome!!  The fact that it was pretty high up didn’t matter and still warranted those warning calls from the parents.

We left around 5:00 to grab some dinner and when we returned about an hour later, the kids were scampering around on  the low-rise maintenance building. They stayed on the roof for pretty much the rest of the evening.   More wing flapping, dinner served, a little exploring and and then a stroll along the top of the long building.

Finally!   We were able to witness a take off and flight!  How wonderful!  And then they disappeared, landing somewhere out of our sight.  We we called it a night around 7:30.

We look forward to going back soon and hopefully witnessing some hunting lessons.


!!! Beachville hatchlings looking good!

June 19, 2016 - International, National and Local News

Mark Nash Reports:

June 16th - 2016

A big thank you to Lucie for being able to get back down to the Beachville nest site this week. Her efforts paid off for some good photos of the family that were captured and observed.
Included are some of her pictures from her Thursday’s visit to Beachville. After looking very closely at Lucie’s photos of the hatchlings, it would appear that there maybe one male and one female, with the older more advanced hatchling on the right as evident of the more advanced juvenile flight feathers poking out through its white down.

Two babies, looking to be 26+ days old, ready to fledge within 2 weeks!

I arrived at 11:30am. I was hoping the rain would stop soon and it did thankfully. I was able to watch the resident adult female Virginia and the kids in the nest and got a pic when they were having a real family vocal moment.

It was pretty much quiet all day. Joe (the resident adult male) was around off and on all day, but away from the nest. When he and Virginia took a flight around the nest, it got the kids’ attention, so I was able to get a few good pictures.

I thought it was funny when a great blue heron flew quite close to the nest box. It was just the babies in it and as I watched through the scope, I saw their eyes following the heron.

Also, the beam from last visit is now gone. It was where the food prep area was.

During the afternoon, around 2:30, a Carmeuse employee came by to ask me a question, and while talking, I missed Virginia flying into the nest with a starling. When I look through my scope, I saw her plucking the bird in front of the kids! They were even trying pull the bird from her and I saw one of the chicks with a feather in its beak.

Around 5:30 I saw Joe come in and land on a nearby post. He remained there until around 7:00 when he and Virginia took off together. That’s when I packed up and departed for home.

Cheers,
Lucie


!!! Beachville - 2 hatchlings observed!!

June 14, 2016 - International, National and Local News

Mark Nash Reports:

June 14th - 2016

We have some exciting news to report in that we have finally been able to confirm at least two eggs have hatched in the new CPF nest box atop of the peregrine nesting tower at the Beachville quarry!
Lucie has returned back from England and will down at the Beachville site tomorrow (June 16th) armed with camera in hand so stay tuned……

We look forward to some additional photos as soon as they become available.


!!! Beachville peregrines seem to be very excited and happy about their new peregrine nest box and tower!

May 23, 2016 - International, National and Local News

Mark Nash Reports:

May 23rd - 2016
Some additional photos of Joe and Virginia from Lucie that she was able to send to us from the UK where she is currently on vacation.
Have a great holiday Lucie!

It almost looks like the resident male “Joe” is trying to convince his mate “Virginia” that he did this all himself,, (build the new home and put up the tower just for her) :-)
While I don’t think that she’s buying it,, she has obviously approved and decided to lay her eggs in it.
Hopefully, we will be able to see just how many hatchlings the pair have produced as soon as they get large enough. .
Congratulations are in order for a successful hatch!
Stay tuned……………….


!!! Beachville has a hatch in the new CPF nest box and new peregrine tower!!! Yet another Win-Win situation for all!!

May 24, 2016 - International, National and Local News

Mark Nash Reports:

May 23rd - 2016

Hello All
We have some great news to report with a huge thanks to Lucie for all of her efforts!! Lucie was down to the Beachville nest site again over the long weekend and has confirmed a hatch!! While we have no way of knowing how many of the eggs have hatched,, the observation report that Lucie filed over the weekend has confirmed that the Beachville resident pair are tending to a recent hatch! While they are much too small to be seen from our site lines on the ground, food was delivered by Joe, (the resident adult male) to the nest box and to the brooding adult female (Virginia) on several occasions during Lucy’s watch.

Congratulations are in order for everyone’s hard work and incredible stewardship!!!

She was also able to confirm that both residents are the same pair as last year,, with Joe Black 48 over Y and Virginia 76 over AX Good going Lucie!!!

It has been a long road so to speak, with the new nest box and a new tower nesting situation for the Carmeuse Quarries peregrines,, but the story as they say, is history now. Having successfully convinced the resident adult peregrines to utilize the new CPF nesting box atop of the new tower several hundred feet from the original nest site on the lime silos accounts for yet another successful project,, that with the support of the great folks at Carmeuse Lime & Stone quarries just outside of Beachville Ontario, its been a win - win situation for all!

A lot of planning, manpower and resources, including that of allot of “time-in” has once again paid off! The nest box was installed on the top of one of the old conveyer tower supports via crane back in November 2015 by CPF and Carmeuse employees. The nest box was manufactured earlier in October 2015 by the Canadian Peregrine Foundation at the CPF raptor centre in Vaughan and transported down to the Carmeuse quarry on the day of the install.

With funding and other important resources, (additional manpower, a lift bucket and a crane) provided Carmeuse quarries, we braved the cold and heights to install the new nest box atop of the modified tower. After properly preparing the new nest box, it was secured and bolted in place atop of the tower. This with both resident peregrines watching closely from their usual roosting spots on the old silos. We did get several fly-bys by both resident adults as they watched closely throughout the entire install.

Stay tuned for further updates…..


!!! A hatch at the Carmeuse Quarries nest site!

May 23, 2016 - International, National and Local News

Mark Nash Reports:

May 23rd - 2016
Hi All,

Richard and I decided to spend holiday Monday at Beachville watching the Carmeuse quarries nest site.

We initially came by on Monday, May 16, and saw the female in the nest the entire time we were there. She did get up and reposition herself a couple of times. There was no other falcon around. We stayed from 4-5 and then 6-7:15. Knowing that a hatch should occur at any time, we decided to come back one week later.

So on the 23rd, we saw signs there was a hatch!

We arrived shortly before 2:00 pm. The action started almost immediately. The female was in the nest and the male flew to a nearby beam carrying food (a starling). The female flew over to him and took off with the food. He then flew to the nest and I was able to ID him as Joe (solid black, 48/Y). Around 2:15, the female came to the nest with the prepared food and it appeared like she started to feed their baby/babies. It looked like she was feeding very small morsels. Joe sat patiently beside her. Too cute! Within 10 minutes, she took off with the leftovers and landed on a nearby post. I was able to ID her as Virginia (black over green, 76/AX). Joe went to sit with the baby/babies.

Joe continued to remain in the nest box until Virginia came back around 3:25. I didn’t see her land but she must have had food. The feeding looked pretty intense so I started to wonder if there was more than one baby? Joe took off and landed on a nearby post and stayed there for quite awhile. At around 4:30, he flew over to the drop off beam and squawked. No idea what was happening here. Then he took off back to his favourite perch.

At around 5:45, Joe flew to the nest. I watched through the scope as they were just looking at each other. Then Joe took off and within two minutes, he came back with prepared food (I guess he had a stash) in his talon and carried it over to Virginia. He took off to his perch and she was feeding again, but she was hidden in the corner and I couldn’t see anything. Also by this time, the sun was coming in over the nest making it harder to see.

We left at 6:00.

!!! Beachville nesting,, in the new nest box and nest tower!! Incubation is underway!!!

April 15, 2016 - International, National and Local News

Mark Nash Reports:

Friday, May 6, 2016 1:37 AM

Hello All
Yes, we have been monitoring the Beachville nest site as closely as we can, given the distances and travel times involved. Lucie and friends have been monitoring the Beachville grins since we installed the nest box. The peregrines remained on territory throughout the winter months and were still being observed on the old silos in and around of the old nest site up until the demo started.

They actually used the new nest box and nest box tower as an observation spot to watch the silos being demolished.
By April 6th – (see photos of the grins on the nest box tower), both resident adults were in and out of the nest box on a regular basis. Very shortly after, by April 12th, we started to observed the pair involved in courtship behaviours and copulation between the two. Being peregrine breeding season and with hormones running high with all peregrines in our region, this was

By April 15th, we started to see only a single peregrine at any one given time – (but seeing both the male and female at various times throughout several days of observing),, although never at the same time,, which is a strong indication that they were down on egg(s) involved in full time incubation. It was NOT a foregone conclusion nor actually confirmed at this time that they were actually using the nest box, but given the pairs activity in and around of the new nest box, we highly suspect that they are utilizing it.. Remembering that it is very difficult to actually see into the nest box especially given the distances and angles involved.

By the end of April, we had been able to confirm that the pair were actually utilizing the nest box, obviously involved in full time incubation of an undisclosed amount of eggs.

Lucie was able to get back down to do some additional observations, this time with some extreme magnification and was able to snap the attached photo of the female laying down inside the nest box.

Although the timeframes and observations are “somewhat lose”, we believe that if in fact the egg(s) are in fact fertile and have been properly incubated, that a hatch is only three weeks away..

That’s what I have so far, stay tuned………….


!!! We need your help!

May 06, 2016 - International, National and Local News

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

!!! St. Catherines Peregrine activity - A pair staying at the Holiday Inn! lol So, who are the mystery pair?

August 11, 2015 - International, National and Local News

CPF Postmaster Reports:

Tuesday Aug. 11th - 2015
A big thank you to Darcy and family for getting this observation report into us, and to Pamela Boese for the photos of a pair of Peregrines that have been hanging around the Holiday Inn on Ontario Street in St. Catherine’s Ontario. While neither of the two adult peregrines in Pam’s photos showed much of their legs, it does appear that at least one of the birds might be banded.

So the challenge is on,, can anyone get a photo of either of the birds that can identify any band numbers??

Darcy writes:
There is a pair of peregrines, I’ve seen them together on two separate days. But there’s usually only one of them, and I couldn’t tell you if it was the male or the female. And when they’re both together, they’re both kind of noisy.

They seem to like the front of the Holiday Inn on Ontario Street. It’s got a nice and high vantage point, and plenty of protection, plus it’s really close to the Twelve Mile Creek for dinner, er, wildlife. You’ve got to scan the whole front of the building to find them sometimes, every nook, corner, and ledge.

I’ve also spotted them on top of the hydro tower between the old GM plant and the hotel, overlooking the Creek.

One morning last week, I watched the bird swoop down, crash into something midair, there was an enormous poof of black feathers (about triple its wingspan wide), and then it perched on a traffic light to watch its prey, well, linger. And I know that at least one of them likes it downtown too, I just got to work while a panicked swarm of pigeons was being chased.


!!! Scarborough Kennedy & Hwy 401 - female fledgling banded and released back to her parents and sibling!

July 24, 2015 - International, National and Local News

Mark Nash Reports:

July 24th - 2015
A very good afternoon indeed! The little mystery female fledgling was successfully banded and released back to her parents and sibling this afternoon!

Stay tuned for the full report and photos!