!!! More photos from K-W banding day!

May 24, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Lisa Reh Reports:

Banding day was a great success in Kitchener-Waterloo today! Caster could be heard on the tower vocalizing in short calls as the climbers readied themselves on the ground at 10:00 a.m. He flew off to the Kings Tower antenna and sat there for a few minutes and then went off on a hunt after some birds overtop of Mount Hope Cemetary. Mystery came in at around 11:15 with lunch for the chicks. At 11:45 as the chicks were being extracted from the nest, Mystery fussed about it however she watched from the tower at times, as well as swooping around the tower. Caster was not seen while the chicks were being removed from the nest box.

All chicks appear healthy and strong and after banding were back in the nestbox in the early afternoon. Caster was still nowhere to be seen as Mystery did all of the swoops around the nest box.

A busy fledge watch is anticipated in a few weeks. If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact CPF.

Photos courtesy of Karen von Knobloch & Lisa Reh

!!! Another Successful Banding Day At CTV Kitchener

May 24, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Marion Nash Reports:

May 24 2016

Today was banding day for 4 healthy peregrine chicks. There was 3 females and 1 male chick this year.

John and Matt climbed the tower to collect the chicks for banding while local school children watched all eager to meet the newest additions to the Kitchener Peregrine Falcon family.

With the continued support of CTV Bell Media members of The Canadian Peregrine Foundation and Anne Yagi of The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests banded and weighed the chicks with many local watchers and school children, After the banding 2 chicks were taken to a room to have a small blood sample taken by Environment Canada staff. They again doing toxicology testing of the top food chain predator. Depending on information gained from the testing of the chicks it may be used to help pass legislation that will not only further protect the Peregrine and other wildlife but we humans as well.

The banding information is listed below

Female named Casper 668 grams band S over 42 with blue tape
Female named Ziegler 710 grams band S over 42with red tape
Female named Hope 785 grams band S over 43 with yellow tape
Male named Tenor 544 grams band Y over 49 with white tape

A big thanks again to CTV Bell Media, Kitchener Fledge watch team, Waterloo Region Nature and John and Matt our climbers for the tremendous support we could not do this without them.

Mare photos to come and information!

K-W banding day May 24!

May 23, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Lisa Reh Reports:

The youngsters are getting bigger and more active every day. They are flapping their wings a lot now and you can see their feathers are just starting to come in. They do lots of face plants and scratch their cheeks with their awkward legs. There are so many pieces of wings in the nest box that it is pretty hard for the chicks to get around without tripping over old wings and feathers.

Everyone seems to be eating well, as Mystery is seen bringing lots of meals at least 4 to 6 times a day and often brings in gull which feeds them all. On May 16th, Mystery was observed perched on the orange rails with a full crop. The littlest one, does get his portion, but is often off by himself and sometimes has to wait until after the larger ones are satisfied. He is getting better at muscling in on mealtime. On May 17th, at around 7:15 p.m., dinner was brought to the outside ledge of the nest box. Eventually three of the babies made their way outside for the first time! The littlest one stayed inside. One of the chicks brought a big piece of dinner back into the nest and the little guy stole it!

On May 18th, a small feed was observed around 8 a.m. All four are active and move around for the pickings. The chicks actively peck at the remnants of meals that are leftover in the nest box. Mystery brought in another gull at 5:45 p.m. All had a good feed and all of the chicks could be seen with nice full crops. On May 19th, at 1:30 all chicks were sprawled out around the nest box. The littlest one, could just be seen off by himself, away from his siblings that were closer to the falconcam. There was a 2:00 p.m. feed and little guy hung off to the side while his siblings rushed in for their feed. He finally got his share and all 4 were lined up for their morsels. By 3:30, there was lots of flapping wings until they passed out for another falcon nap.

Banding day is set for Tuesday May 24th!! Tune in to CTV Kitchener at noon for an up close introduction to these youngsters!!

!!! Banding day set with live coverage on CTV Kitchener !!!

May 15, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Lisa Reh Reports:

Banding day is set for Tuesday, May 24th at noon!! The climbers will arrive at 10:00 a.m. to prepare for the extraction which will begin at about 11:30 a.m. The banding will be broadcast live at CTV Kitchener’s noon broadcast.

The live web cam can be accessed 24/7 here:


4 hungry mouths to feed!

May 15, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Lisa Reh Reports:

On Wednesday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m., Caster was observed in the nest box. We haven’t seen many trade offs lately and seems it is mostly Mystery in the nest bringing in the meals and sitting with the chicks. There are many long periods where neither adult is in the box. Caster didn’t bring any food this time but started pecking at a carcass in the nest. He was only feeding himself, until the kids got wind of it. The bigger chicks quickly moved up to the front of the pack and got the most of the food. The third one muscled in to get his share, while the last little chick was struggling at the back of the nest box to get into the group. Finally, with some wobbly manoeuvring, he managed to get up to the front to get a few tidbits. When Caster left, he was left alone in the sun close to the balcony. A little while later, one of the parents returned and he snuggled in, while the other 3 were sleeping off their lunch at the back of the nest box. At 4:30, Mystery brought in another gull and the family had another big feed.

On Thursday May, 12 we watched around 6 feedings, one at 6:00 and 8:00 a.m. and another feed around noon and two more in the afternoon. There was more gull, grackle and some smaller birds on the menu. On Friday, May 13th Mystery brought in a grackle at 11:30. She took great care to feed all the chicks and is proving to be a great mom. At one point, all 4 chicks were lined up in row getting their tidbits. We have a feisty bunch of kids on our hands this year!

On Sunday night, May 15 as a cold air mass hit the area, Mystery could be seen snuggling in with the chicks around 7:30 p.m. They are getting bigger by the minute and she can barely cover them all now. A little before 8:00 she flew away and the chicks nestled together trying to keep warm.

!!! Sad news in K-W

May 08, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Lisa Reh Reports:

On Friday, May 6 – Morning feedings were observed at 6:00 and at 10:30 and all 5 chicks were accounted for. At 2:30  there was a little squabbling and jostling amongst some of the siblings while the parents were out hunting. At 3:00 one of the adults returned with an afternoon snack.

At 7:40 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 only 4 babies could be seen. The last chick to hatch was so much smaller than the others and was hard to see amongst his larger siblings. It looked like he had some catching up to do. Mystery left the nest a little after 4:00 p.m. and the 4 bigger ones were huddled together, jostling and pecking at each other a little. The littlest one was just outside of the group face down and wasn’t moving. At 4:20 Mystery came back and her foot dragged him over closer to the brood but he still didn’t move. She nestled back over the chicks and you see some of them appearing moving underneath Mom. At around 4:45, Mystery moved off of the nest and took off and the littlest one was still in the same place not moving while the others pecked at each other a little and jostled for a position in the group. Around 5:00, Mystery came back with a grackle for dinner and there was no reaction at all from the littlest one while the others demanded their dinner. A sad turn of events, that the last hatchling has passed.

At 7:00 a.m., Sunday May 8 – the deceased hatchling could still be seen sticking out from under his siblings. At 8:00 a.m. he couldn’t be seen. At some point, Mom will remove the deceased hatchling as peregrines don’t usually eat their own. There was too much of a spread between the first hatchling and the last one which you could see in the difference in the size. The 4 remaining chicks are almost double the size of the last hatchling. Although it is sad losing the littlest hatchling, it will make it a little easier for the parents to keep up with the demanding needs of the 4 remaining chicks who appear strong, feisty and healthy.

!!! We need your help!!

May 06, 2016 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

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

Gull for lunch

May 05, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Lisa Reh Reports:

At around 11:15 today, the chicks were left alone for about 30 minutes. Mystery brought in a big gull to feed all the hungry mouths! The nest box has a blanket of large feathers in it that look large enough to be gulls. It’s a good thing that she can hunt such large birds to feed her large family!! At 2:00 p.m. the family were all fed and sleepy. Mystery nestled back down on her brood but one little one was left outside of the group! A few minutes later, Mystery gently picked him up and nestled him back underneath her with it’s siblings. At around 3:00, Mystery was a little hungry again and started to peck at the gull. She then started to drag the gull around the nest and dragged it right over top of the babies! The gull was squishing the babies while Mystery pecked at it. The little chicks were bounced around while the remnants of lunch were dragged to the back of the nest box over top of them.

!!! No. 4 & 5 hatch in Kitchener !!!

May 04, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Lisa Reh Reports:

At 11:45 on May 3, four hatchlings were observed in the nest box! Just before noon today, there was a changing of the guard as Mystery moved off the chicks. No. 5 egg could be seen with just a wee bit of white poking out!!! By 12:30 the latest arrival had fully emerged from the egg and after about an hour, the wee one was struggling to keep upright and get noticed by Mom with it’s siblings. Before hatching, the chicks feed on the yoke sack which keeps the newly hatched well nourished providing them a reserve as they gain their strength. At around 3:00 this afternoon another feeding was observed and all of the chicks got a little tidbit. The adults very gently feed their tiny new chicks that seem to be growing by the hour and are already very demanding.

It will be a very busy fledge watch this year with 5 chicks to keep track of! We’re anticipating a first fledge around 34 days old which would be around June 4th. Exciting times ahead!!


May 04, 2016 - Kitchener - CTV-Bell Media Tower

Lisa Reh Reports:

The Kitchener fledge watch team were very saddened today to hear the news about our lovely Redbud. RIP brave one.

Photo courtesy of Karen von Knobloch