May 20, 2015 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower
Lisa Reh Reports:
Mystery and Caster have been very busy with 4 hungry mouths to feed! Both parents are actively hunting and taking turns caring for the babies. On May 13, the breakfast feed could have been a crow judging by the large leg bone and foot draped over the balcony and the mound of black feathers in the nest! Mystery caught a seagull last year so it’s not surprising if she took out a crow, especially if it was too close to the nest. There are many coloured feathers from many feeds and a few wings that are in the nest box showing how hungry these young ones are and how hard Mystery and Caster must hunt to keep them fed. The chicks have pretty much doubled in size in a little over a week and are growing fast! One brave baby was outside in the sunshine on the balcony at about 3:30 today while his three siblings huddled just inside the box. The chicks are now very mobile and they all rushed out to the balcony to greet Mystery as she brought another feed just before 5:00. There’s lots of sibling squabbling over the food. Grackle was on the menu tonight!
Posted on May 20, 2015 11:42 pm
May 14, 2015 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower
Mark Nash Reports:
May 14th - 2015
We are delighted to announce that we have finally been able to arrange and pull all of the pieces together to be able to proceed with a banding date and time for the young KW hatchlings.
The CTV folks have graciously agreed to host the banding again, and as such, it will be held at the Kitchener CTV studios. The plan is to arrive at the CTV studios on Tuesday May 26th at 10am for set-up and to go over the safety plan and protocols, followed with the usual meet and greet around 10:30am, with banding to start at 11am sharp.
Remembering that we have a second banding in Toronto at the Don Mills nest site this same day at 3:00pm and we will heading out no later than 12:30pm
We hope to see you all there in support of your peregrines!
Stay tuned for additional details as we get further in the planning…
Posted on May 20, 2015 9:41 pm
May 07, 2015 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower
Lisa Reh Reports:
On Wednesday, May 6 just after 2, the 4th egg was still nestled in with the hatchlings.
Today, at 9:00 this morning, Karen reported that Mystery left the nest and there were definitely 4 babies in the nest. Shortly after she returned with a meal for all. Sometime between Wednesday afternoon and this morning the fourth fluffy chick broke free of it’s shell! Better late than never little one! Caster arrived later with more food but ate most of it himself and took the package away. At 9:29, the babies were all huddled together for a few minutes until one of the adults came back at about 9:38. The protective parents aren’t leaving them alone for long!
Later on in the afternoon, at 3:30 Mystery flew out again leaving the fledglings alone for a few minutes and came back with a blue jay. She plucked out pieces of it and gently offered it to the little ones. The four hungry babies were wobbling on their small bodies and big heads to get their portion of the meal. Feeding continued for a few minutes and then Mystery took the blue jay out of the nest box and came back a few minutes later with the blue jay. Caster came in and covered the young ones and fussed with them a bit. Again Mystery left and came back with the blue jay. And a third and fourth time she went out and came back but this time it could have been another blue jay, as it looked a little fresher. This went on for over an hour. After the numerous feeds and fussing from Caster and Mystery the little ones final conked out after all the food. Caster is very good at stepping in and covering the babies as soon as Mystery leaves.
Posted on May 8, 2015 12:23 am
May 05, 2015 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower
Lisa Reh Reports:
On Monday, May 4, Mystery and Caster were a lot more restless than usual. There were frequent shift changes and they fussed in the nest, moving pebbles around. At lunch time, one of the adults had brought a bird in and tucked it next to the adult sitting on the nest. Mystery was probably feeling (and seeing) one or more of the eggs in its “pipping” stage, which is when the chick first starts to break a hole in the egg shell using its egg tooth, which is a hard bump on top of the beak. 4 eggs were still visible when Caster came in for a shift change around 5:00 but Mystery was not leaving those eggs! Early this morning, the CTV live feed was down and shortly before 9:00, the feed was fixed and an eggshell could be seen, tossed away from the nest. While Mystery repositioned over the nest, a first glimpse of a downy, white chick could be seen wriggling in the half shell underneath it.
At a shift change at 11:00, 2 fluffy white chicks were confirmed to be hatched and a hole, could be seen in egg number 3. The third fluffy chick appeared shortly thereafter!!! Caster brought in a fresh kill and the young eyasses (baby falcons) had their first feed by 1:00. A second feed happened later in the afternoon as those young chicks sure are hungry! Congratulations to proud parents, Mystery and Caster!!!
(If everything goes well, banding will take place in 18-28 days. The fledge watch will start at the beginning of June. Anyone interested in joining the team, please go to the volunteer section on the main page to sign up.)
Posted on May 5, 2015 11:33 pm
April 24, 2015 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower
Lisa Reh Reports:
Dale from Waterloo Region Nature, observed that after the 3rd egg was laid on April 2, Mystery seemed pretty intent on full-time incubation. The fourth egg was laid on Saturday April 4th and full time incubation likely started then. According to Dale’s calculations, the hatch could be around May 7-9 or about 32-35 days after full-time incubation started.
Thanks to our friends at CTV, it will be an exciting time this year to witness the activities in the nest box. Already, the expectant parents have been observed numerous times switching off incubation duties. On April 13th and 15th, Caster was observed taking the afternoon shift. Mystery switched off with him after a few hours at almost the exact same time of day at 3:30. On April 20th & 21st, Mystery was hanging around the Sun Life King Street sign at around 11:30, preening and looking around while Caster was in the nest box and he was on the eggs for at least a couple of hours. Both adults have been hanging about on the Sun Life signs and also have been seen on the King’s Towers media tower. This chilly week, the dutiful parents are keeping those eggs toasty warm!!
Posted on April 24, 2015 12:10 am
April 10, 2015 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower
CPF Postmaster Reports:
Friday April 10th - 2015
We have great news to report!!! The live CTV nest box camera is live!!!
I am delighted to report that I received news today from Jeff at the Kitchener CTV studios that they have the nest box camera producing a live real-time streaming image of the happenings and events from inside the new Kitchener peregrine nest box!!
Look to the below link and select the live peregrine nest camera
As you know, after a huge amount of planning and allot of local support by many, we were able to build and install a new nest box for Kitchener’s resident peregrine falcons. Having to deal with delays in the construction and manufacturing of the nest box itself, with delays in the delivery of the building materials and the unseasonal bitter cold conditions and record setting cold temps that we have been dealing with in Ontario during the month of February, we were all really stressed that we may not have gotten the new nest box funded, built, delivered and installed in time.
But a little luck and cooperation from mother nature with a few milder days allowing us to build and assemble the nest box, arrange to have it transported from Toronto to Kitchener, and finally being able to pick a decent day without the blustery bitter cold winds, the nest box was successfully installed without incident.
And, just in the nick-of-time with the peregrines moving into the new nest box and actually laying their first of four eggs les than a week of the nest box having been installed!!!
Please come back to get more updates as they are available! Enjoy
Posted on April 11, 2015 3:20 am
April 05, 2015 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower
Lisa Reh Reports:
March 30 – Fraser was at the KCI parking lot at 8:25 and initially no peregrines were present on the CTV Bell Media tower. Just as Fraser was leaving, one flew in and landed on the box and within seconds the second peregrine arrived and perched on the tower. The first bird disappeared inside the box while the other remained on the tower. The birds were still there when Fraser left around 10 minutes later. At 5:30, Lisa was watching and saw one of the peregrines sitting on the balcony of the nest box. After about 15 minutes, the other grine flew into the nest box and both went inside. One flew out right away and cirlcled around to the media tower onto King’s Towers on the platform under the top drum and kept a watchful eye on the nest box calling from time to time. The other grine stayed inside the nest box for the rest of the time until Lisa left the watch at about 6:15.
On Friday, April 2, Dale was down at CTV and watched the live feed from the nest webcam. Mystery was hunkered down on the eggs and she has laid a third egg! Caster was off hunting from 12:30 to 1:30. Dale also observed with binoculars from the KW Hospital parking garage, Mystery in the nest box, not quite at eye level but still clearly in sight. Later on at around 4:00, Janice observed Mystery at the Sun Life tower having an early supper eating a fairly large bird. Full time incubation has not quite started yet judging by this observation.
On April 5, a post on the CTV News showed that there has been a fourth egg laid in the nest box sometime on Saturday, April 4! Full time incubation should be starting shortly! For video clips posted on the CTV site, copy the url below and search for “peregrine falcon” and all posted video clips will be listed.
Posted on April 5, 2015 10:52 pm
March 31, 2015 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower
CPF Postmaster Reports:
March 31st- 2015
While we are still waiting to see if CTV and Bell Media will be hooking the live camera up to the internet so we can get a live feed or link to display to you, local observation reports are suggesting that full time incubation MAY have actually started?? If that is in fact the case,,, we could start the countdown to an anticipated hatch date,, which would be 33 to 35 days from when the female actually started her full-time incubation duties.
Remembering that the eggs are laid approx. every other day. This gives the pair time to copulate and fertilize, and then gives the female enough time to actually produce an egg, ( then actually lay it). It takes allot of resources from the females to actually produce and lay an egg, especially that of a peregrine falcon as their huge demands for calcium that makes up most of the mineral content of the egg shell itself. Unlike other birds, peregrines get all of their calcium from the actual bones of the other birds that they eat, and as such calcium is always at a premium!
The female peregrine will only do part-time incubation during the usual egg laying period (which typically last a week for 4 to 5 eggs to be produced and laid). This part-time incubation is just enough from preventing the eggs from cooling tooo much or from freezing, and typically under normal conditions, the female will not start her “full time” incubation until the second last egg is laid, (regardless of the amount of eggs that she actually ends up laying).
This type of normal incubation routine has the eggs all hatchling at approx. the same time (given the actual time it takes for her to lay the first egg to the last egg), as that could be more than a week apart depending on the amount of eggs that she actually produces.
The only time we would see the females go down into full time incubation sooner (or full time cooking as we say), is if the whether, (in particular) colder temperatures persist and there is a risk of cooling or freezing the eggs,, then the female will be forced to start her full time incubation right away - from that point on. When the female is forced to start her full time incubation early on in her egg production, this is where we see a much wider spread of hatching and the age of the chicks will very dramatically from the oldest to the youngest.
This makes for a challenging time for the peregrine adults to raise their young given how quickly they grow and fledge.
Posted on March 31, 2015 11:51 am
March 30, 2015 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower
Mark Nash Reports:
March 30th - 2015
I guess it would be an understatement to suggest that we got the new nest box installed just in time? I think by viewing the peregrines actions of late, that they BOTH like the new nest box!!
Wow, I think we have a very active full fledged occupied nest site!
CTV Video clip - http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=581432
Posted on March 31, 2015 2:36 am
March 29, 2015 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower
CPF Volunteer Reports:
March 29th - 2015
Good morning All!
I have yet to back to the nest site but should today at some point. It was apparently on the news last evening with a video clip that our little lady has laid one egg…I missed the clip myself and can’t find anything on the CTV Kitchener new site…just wanted you to know if you don’t already
Seems we may have been just in time.
***Also, a clear photo of the un-banded female’s lets. Great shot Karen!!
***Found the CTV video clip - http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=580585
CTV Kitchener video screen shot - 1st egg - CTV Kitchener
Posted on March 31, 2015 2:25 am