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!
Posted on July 25, 2015 3:36 am
July 24, 2015 - International, National and Local News
Mark Nash Reports:
July 23rd - 2015
While the Scarborough Yellow pages nest site failed to produce this season, (as a result of a new adult male replacing the long standing resident adult male Ruben) there was still some good news for Scarborough this season!
Shortly after 10am this morning, the phone was again ringing with yet another report of a trapped peregrine stuck behind the glass on a 40 story condo balcony in Scarborough at Kennedy and Hwy. 401 area.
With the help of the condo superintendent, I was escorted to a 40th floor condo unit where I was able to rescue a young “un-banded” female fledgling that was trapped behind the glass balcony front - (see rescue photos) . Given the report from the condo owner, who explained that the bird had been on her balcony now for more than 24 hours. While I was there doing the rescue, there was a second un-banded fledgling vocalizing just above me on the upper balcony overhang several feet from me!!! It took flight (a good strong flight) and landed on one of the other condo roof tops and watched as I captured its sister - (see photos).
So, we have a new Scarborough nest site - somewhere very close,,, but where???????
I spent the next hour searching the roof top with the condo super but didn’t find any evidence of a nest site, (at least on this condo roof),,, but there are three other very tall condos that are part of this property that could be the nest site!!! I will have to return at a later date to do a search of these roofs.
I spent the another hour searching the surrounding neighbourhood for any adults, but found nothing. Shortly after my departure, I spoke with Bruce on the telephone from the CPF, who was now on site, searching the surrounding leading edges of the surrounding rooftops from the ground, and he reports that he was able to locate two peregrines roosting on the leading edges on the south side of the same condo where I had earlier rescued the un-banded female fledgling, one he believed to be an adult male and one fledgling juvenile. Sadly, the sun was setting to the west and his views had the sun directly in his eyes and he was unable to clearly identify the gender of the birds that he was seeing. He’ll be back!!
I was able to contact Mark Heaton from the OMNR and made arrangements to take the rescued female fledgling up to him at the Aurora district office of the Ministry of Natural Resources tomorrow to have it banded, and I will be returning the young fledgling back to the condo roof and releasing it back to its parents and sibling.
Stay tuned for photos and additional information to follow……….
Posted on July 24, 2015 12:48 am
July 18, 2015 - International, National and Local News
Mark Nash Reports:
July 17th - 2015
A big thank you to Barb and the staff at their Ogden quarries for sharing these great photos of the peregrine fledglings that they were able to capture this week.
This newly established nest has kept us all in suspense and guessing, but the news just keeps getting better! Today, the most recent photos forwarded to us by Barb from the Holcim plant in Mississauga, clearly shows FOUR FLEDGLINGS, all looking very good indeed!!
Without an adult in the frame to utilize as a reference for their size, we can only speculate on the genders of the young fledglings, but all four seem to be doing just fine!!
Two of the photos also clearly shows one of the fledglings standing on the remains of a Gull kill. Mmmmmm!
Posted on July 18, 2015 1:39 pm
July 04, 2015 - International, National and Local News
CPF Postmaster Reports:
Saturday July 4th - 2015
A big thank you to Barb at Holcim Miss. after her Saturdays visit to their Colborne quarries,, and for sharing yet another great photo of their three newest feathered residents.
While somewhat typical of what you might expect to see in the far northern regions of Ontario where the vast majority of Ontario’s peregrines actually reside, (well at least the historical peregrine population),, this is something of a twist!
A man made cliff (but a cliff type situation with a ledge never the less), but with a stick nest base,, courtesy of the recently evicted occupants,, (the ravens), and you have a nest site that we refer to as a “near-urban“. Not quite an urban nest site under its true definition, nor a non-urban under its true definition. Unlike many of the other peregrine sub-species in Europe and Asia where some actually nest in trees, our three native / indigenous North American peregrine sub-species do not nest in trees, nor do they actually bring in sticks or any other nesting sub-straight. Historically, (and instinctually), peregrines here in North America are cliff nesters and dwellers.
That being said, a few stick on a ledge (as long as its on a cliff) is obviously not a deterrent at all. Quite a bonus I’d say! The picture tells it all!
So, like the two other quarry nests and the earlier Niagara nest site when the peregrines were nesting on the gorge ledge, the “near-urban” designation fits quite well indeed.
So back to the Holcim quarries nest site, one of the three hatchlings has fledged, (a male), with the two other hatchlings still yet to take their first flights. It might also appear that one, (if not both of the other siblings) might also be males now that we can see a good view them.. In any case, they are all looking pretty good indeed, with their “Taj Mahal” of all nest sites here in southern Ontario!!
Unfortunately, neither of the resident adults are banded so we have no idea of their history or origin - (urban, non-urban or near urban produced)? Thus will be the case with the three young produced this year, as there was simply not enough time to organize a banding within the appropriate banding age of the hatchling this season so we will never know their fate.
Next year we hope to on top of this one and looking forward to working with our new friends in Colborne!
Attached is a GREAT photo of the nest and the three young peregrines!
Photo credit to follow…
Thank you ALL for sharing this great story with us!!
Posted on July 6, 2015 12:54 pm
July 04, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre
CPF Postmaster Reports:
July 4th - 2015
Just a quickly update on 2 of the Rogers centre fledglings, as we have received a report from Mitch, who visited the CN Tower today while on his “Edge-Walk” adventure, as he reports that he had two brown hawk-like birds of prey visit the upper edge of the CN Tower today during his edge walk. Mitch describes the two brown raptors as having coloured leg bands, one being Yellow and the other one being Red, along with two other black leg bands on their other legs.
We can only assume by the coloured band description that the two feathered (non-paying visitors) were likely non other than Striker and Chopper, two of the four young peregrines that were produced at the Rogers Centre this season.
As you might have guessed, Mitch wasn’t able to get a photo (as he and the other walkers in the group had other things on their mind, and their hands full) ,, It just goes to show you just what an incredible view that our peregrines have of their surrounding territory!! What an incredible view indeed!!
You can see the Rogers Centre far below in the file copy photo attached.
Posted on July 4, 2015 10:38 pm
July 03, 2015 - International, National and Local News
Mark Nash Reports:
July 2nd - 2015
While a late posting, a great happening never the less! Over the past few months, we have speaking to Barb from the Holcim Mississauga plant about an exciting situation in the making at their Ogden Point Quarries in Colborne Ontario, (between Cobourg and Trenton).
Back in early April of this year, the quarry staff started to see what they though was peregrine activity around the quarry and sent in the first photos looking for us to identify their new resident birds. *(See photo of the two adult peregrines in the tree).
Not too long after this first photo, it had become very apparent to the quarry staff that the two adult peregrines had set up house in a large cavity in the side of the stone wall within the quarry, one that had been used over the years by nesting ravens. (I guess its no surprise to figure out who won this battle) and eventually ended up nesting in the nest cavity)! Sorry ravens You know what they say, Location, Location, Location!
So as the story unfolds,,, you can probably figure out what has taken place. The next serious of reports and photos that Barb sent into us (reported to her and taken by the quarry employees over the three months that brings us up to July 2nd), clearly shows the net result of the peregrines activities.
While it would have been most unusual for our native North American peregrine sub-species to nest in trees and stick nests, we are clearly now seeing the result of the mixing and hybridization of our native peregrines with the addition of the many non-native peregrine sub-species that has been introduced into the gene pool over the past 40 years during the two national recovery programs in the USA and Canada, as it is clearly showing just how incredibly adaptable that the peregrine falcon can be!
While it is not that unusual for peregrines to capitalize on just such a great nest site, (being cliff dwellers / nesters), we obviously don’t have allot of high cliffs here in southern Ontario,,, (well until we started building and creating them) like all of the hi-rise office towers, and as with some of the quarries we now have. Man made or not, natural or not, they are cliffs never the less as far as the peregrines are concerned, and with cavities like this one out at the Holcim Ogden Point Quarry, both the ravens (and now the peregrines) have capitalize on an ideal nesting spot, one that offers some ideal nesting situation and an ideal surrounding habitat that both hosts and provides an abundance of avian food sources!
So as the story continues to unfold, as documented by the most recent round of photos and observation reports relayed to us, it clearly shows that the two unbanded resident adult peregrines have been successful in producing three young, !!
Unfortunately, we were not able to band the two young fledglings this season, as the nest location within the quarry is not easily accessible, and by the time that we received the updated photos and observations reports of the adults behaviours, there were already hatchlings that were too old to safely access the nest to band them.
Hoping that the pair return next season and we can get access in time to band any offspring that is produced.
A huge thank you to all of the Holcim quarry staff, and for sharing this great story and fantastic photos!!
Congratulations Holcim Ogden Point Quarry staff!!! Looks like a great situation!!!
Posted on July 4, 2015 2:59 pm
June 30, 2015 - International, National and Local News
Mark Nash Reports:
June 30th - 2015
I apologize for the late posting, but my day ended at 3am, (with yet another unplanned 20 hour day before I could actually get home). Just as I arrived back in Toronto and walked through the door, another call came in that had me rushing back out the door to yet another peregrine site in Pickering, doing a ground search for another downed fledgling in the darkness and fog until 2:30am in the morning. While successful in our efforts, having found the young fledgling before the raccoons and other night predators did, and returning it safely to the nest ledge and its parents, I have to admit, the 20 hour days were much easier to handle when I was 30 years of age. Now at 58, some of these long days are getting much harder to handle! Finally home by 3am, I just didn’t have it in me to get on the computer to do anything, let alone to start hours of editing of all of the camera footage and photos to make them ready for posting!
In any case, back to the Beachville peregrines,,, Some of the mystery unfolds!
With a third site visit having been completed today at the Beachville quarries in an effort to positively confirm what is actually going on with their resident peregrines, we no longer have to speculate. This time with the help of a 135 foot man lift and with Andrew at the controls, who was kind enough to give us some of his time this afternoon to operate the giant 135 foot man lift, I can confirm without any doubt that the Beachville resident peregrines are in fact incubating eggs!
With the additional help of a little modern technology, the new colour Garmin wireless camera, we can confirm after reviewing some the recorded camera footage that the resident adult female is in fact involved in full time incubation with at least two eggs,,, and another two very pale sun bleached eggs on a separate section of the ledge having been abandoned altogether.
A huge thank you also goes out to Lucie who has been travelling from Toronto to the Beachville site collecting and recording observations of the pairs activities, and we can confirm via her observations that the resident adult male is dawning a Solid black leg band identification, and that it is still Joe, a 2010 produced peregrine from the Hamilton Sheraton Hotel nest site.
His new female mate is banded with a Black over Green leg band, and we are currently checking the band numbers to get an identification and history on her. Last year, as you might recall, Joe’s female companion was a 2011 Scarborough Yellow Pages produced female peregrine named Rihannon - Black banded 53 over X, but it would appear that she has now been replaced by this new Black over Green banded female. Good solid investigating Lucie!!!
This might explain the two older abandoned eggs?
Stay tuned for a more detailed report, some photos and some of the camera footage once I have organized, colour corrected and edited the camera footage……
On another note, I was lucky enough to snap a few photos myself after my man lift, of a Turkey Vulture who literally dropped in and landed on a hydro pole 10 feet directly in front of me while Lucie and I were watching the peregrines from the side of the roadway. Ok, not National Geographic photo stuff, but quite a close-up rather intimate personal visit with the Turkey Vulture!
This event happened seconds after me explaining to Lucie that I had NEVER been able to photograph a Turkey Vulture up close (nor ever seen one on the side of the road actually standing),, and that my usual experience seeing them had always been at great distances, always soaring high in the sky, but never ever close up)!
Well, did I get a surprise today!! Hello!
Posted on July 2, 2015 12:25 am
June 21, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre
Linda Woods Reports:
Sunday June 21st - 2015
I had two in view this afternoon. I left at 2:30 and returned at 5pm.
What an air show with at least 2 juvies in the air.
It wasn’t until 6:30 that I spotted another on the south side of the Centre close to where the release was. It stayed there for the longest time, and the adult weren’t in view. I wasn’t sure if the adults were ignoring it or didn’t know it was there. At 7:30 the adult female came in and it had a good feed. It stayed there and made no attempt to fly.
When I left at 8:15 and it was lying down on the south side of the Centre next to one of the light boxes. It could have been a third juvie not sure with two of them flying very well. Little Pop Fly likes to land on the window frames of the up structure of the CN Tower.
Posted on June 22, 2015 11:41 pm
June 22, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre
CPF Postmaster Reports:
June 16th - 2015
Ok, this is getting a little much,, with three of the four Toronto Rogers Centre fledglings having been rescued in the past 48 hours.
Someone said, its actually raining peregrines, and they were right!
This short little clip shows the CPF’s Mark and Marion deep within the mechanical room of the Renaissance Toronto Hotel at the Toronto Rogers Centre successfully rescuing the little fledgling that was names “Pop-Fly”. See the CPF YouTube video at: https://youtu.be/MWmOR5b3hPE
Having been caught in the air duck on the upper roof, then falling down two floors within the hotel into a closed off mechanical room, it was lucky that he was actually spotted at all by one of the hotels engineers who just happened to hear an odd noise from behind one of the locked doors, and luckily he investigated! The engineer alerted Dave McCormick at the Rogers centre and he called CPF after investigating himself to confirm that it was a peregrine falcon.
So you can see by the video, there was simply no way out for this little guy to escape on his own and rescue came just in time!
It is worth noting that this is the exact same area of the hotel that we rescued another one of the Rogers centre’s fledglings last year!
Posted on June 22, 2015 1:13 am
June 20, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre
Mark Nash Reports:
June 18th - 2015
All Three Rogers Centre Fledglings were successfully released back to their parents today with both resident adult parents in attendance!
With the added bonus,, we were also able re-confirmed that the forth fledgling is still very much alive, on site, quite visible and doing very well indeed!! It looks like another female by it size after looking at the photos, and is the only one of the four that has not come down that needed to be rescued. As such, the forth juvenile is NOT banded like it other three siblings.
So, their particulars are: 3 females and 1 male
1st- Female - 865 grams, banded K over 40, named “Striker” with Red Marker Tape
2nd- Female - 855 grams, banded K over 41, named “Chopper” with Yellow Marker Tape
3rd- Male - 682 grams, banded X over 02, named “Pop-fly” with Blue Marker Tape
*4th - Female - *Unbanded
The triple release went very well indeed despite my anxiety of having to put three fledglings back on the same roof and not causing them to panic-fly and bolt off a ledge or upper roof elevation by my presence, before I could get off of the roof area and out of their sight.
With Linda Woods in position on the ground with a radio and binoculars in hand, Lee, (one of the Rogers centre engineering staff) we made our way to one of the upper roof elevations on the south end of the Rogers centre where we found an ideal release spot, one that was protected with a 8 plus feet tall retaining walls on both sides and away from the tracks that allow the Rogers centre roof to open.
With the Blue Jays and Mets game only moments away from starting, (and while the Rogers dome/roof still closed), the large rescue carrier that containing the three fledglings in was put in position, the door was removed and finally the towel removed, I was able to escape their view to the man door where Lee was waiting and get out of their sight before any of the fledglings left the carrier!
A huge thank you to the Rogers centre staff for all of their assistance with both the rescues and releases, and for their consideration of keeping the Rogers centre roof closed for this go-round of these releases. It is nice to see that Rogers has consideration for Canada’s species at risk with both the birds and the public’s safety and health in consideration.
A big thank also you to Linda Woods for coming down and spending so much time on the Rogers centre nest, as this location is a very challenging location to deal with,, , with no affordable parking, a very congested part of the city and no local support to count on!
The Blue Jays and Mets game of course went on as scheduled, with a packed stadium of baseball fans completely unaware of all of the outside rooftop activity going on with their resident peregrines and their four babies!
Before I could get back to the ground and hook up with Linda, the little male “Pop-Fly” with the Blue tape, was already air borne and chasing his parents around for food!!! We watched Pop-Fly and his unbanded sister squabble on the Rogers centre roof for the food that their dad brought in, (hastily taken by the resident adult female) that was initially delivered to Pop-Fly.
We watched allot of flights and interaction with the two fledglings and the resident adult parents, and it was quite obvious that both resident adults were a little overwhelmed with the return of three of their offspring all at once. We did not although see either of the two banded fledglings leave the release site, and of darkness, they had not become visible to our view.
We departed at dusk.
Posted on June 19, 2015 12:20 pm