April 27, 2016 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Tracy Simpson Reports:
Hello world!! The first two chicks are here! Congratulations to MEC!!!
Hello world!! The first two chicks are here! Congratulations to MEC!!!
There is evidence on camera of an eggshell at MEC! Is this our first hatch? Keep an eye for a peek of the first baby!
Yesterday I was out at the MEC nest site in an attempt to get the camera flowing to the internet. A big thank you to Peter and Manny for your assistance in getting it up and running! From the mechanical room level I could see that there were four eggs now in the nest bowl, the same bowl used last year, that had them tucked up into the small blind spot at the far side of the nest box. The male was incubating at the time and the female was out on the Symcor sign soaking up the sun. After spending some time identifying where the problem was with the camera and initiating some help with that, I went back outside just in time for a shift change. While I wasn’t able to get a read on the female, the resident male is still unbanded so his origins remain unknown. This is consistent with the male last year that we nicknamed Renegade. I will be back in the days to come to get a read on the resident female.
March 29th - 2016
Its been a long while, but well worth the wait!! I received an e-mail from Manny at Colliers and MEC today with some very good news indeed!! In addition to the internet connection problems having been fixed allowing the web camera to finally deliver its live colour images out for global viewing again,,, the attached photo says a thousands words!!!
Four eggs,, two resident adults on site and in attendance!!
Life is good at MEC!!!
From the Holcim site I decided to head up to MEC on my way back north to check in on the progress of Hawkeye, Ieva and Adrianna. Reports from Winston of the girls trying to hunt on their own had me excited to see how well they are doing. MEC is such an incredible site supporting the family from both an environmental and positive human interaction perspective. This site is one of the more challenging ones in the respect that for the fledglings to find a mid level height to land on and work their way back up to the nest ledge height, they have to go across the street; a long flight for a young bird. This year we performed 5 rescues at MEC and today I sat at MEC 3 and was enjoying watching our success as a community flying around driving the parents just nuts!
I found Renegade on the Desjardins sign preening and there was no sign of anyone else. Wait… …what was that? I could hear one of the girls but couldn’t see her. Oh yes, there she is! On the ledge at MEC 4 hiding behind her enormous crop!!! Even though she was obviously quite full she was screaming like she hadn’t eaten in a week. Wow. At this time of day when Robert Speck Parkway quietens down that screaming really, really echos!! I found another one of the girls by following the screaming over at MEC 2 with just as big a crop as the first. Jeepers, what are they complaining about!! The juvenile on MEC 2 took off and headed for MEC 1 with her sister hot on her tail. They both landed on the northeast corner of the nest ledge and continued to complain about nothing. Midnight was not on site and the third juvenile was off on an adventure as well.
It was so great to see the girls doing well. A reminder of why we do what we do on fledge watch!! Thank you to the MEC community of supporters. These three girls are well on their way!
July 2nd - 2015
After my visit to the Mississauga Community centre for their day camp presentation with Nova (one of our feathered educational peregrines), I was able to swing over to Colliers at the MEC nest site and pick up all of the towels that were donated to the Canadian Peregrine foundation in their Towels for Talons drive.
A huge thank you to both Colliers and all that supported and donated towels to the CPF!!!
With an added bonus, just as I was departing, the loud screams of a fledgling falcon rang out from above, and I got a opportunity to photograph one of the adults as it brought in food to the two fledglings high up on one of the upper elevations of the condo just south of MEC #4.
Very nice to see then indeed!
Winston went by and did a spot check on Adrianna, Ieva and Hawkeye and was treated to all three girls working on the next phase of training. Hunting. He tells me that he found all three girls on the north side of MEC 1 that is now serving as a launch site for their hunting forays. One was already eating when he arrived and Adrianna was lining up for a hunt of the creek valley corridor. She took off, tucked and stooped up the valley out of Winston’s sight. She missed her target and ended up landing briefly in a tree and having a serious argument with a blackbird. A second female was also trying this tactic but staying higher than her sister avoiding the use of those gnarly trees. Great news is that all three ladies are flying high and doing great. Thanks so much to Winston for checking on the girls.
Thank you so much to Winston who stopped in last night for a quick peek on how our three girls are doing. Winston writes;
My spot check took over an hour but I finally got all three girls flying high between the MEC buildings. All were flying high, sustained and with confidence. They were even playing 3way tag during their big flight.
A huge thank you to Winston for stopping in at MEC last night and sharing an update on the progress of our three girls there. When he arrived, he found one on the roof of the CIBC being beak fed and a second young one on MEC 2. After a few minutes, a second female appeared on the roof of the CIBC so he now had all three in view. When one of the adults came in with food, one of the girls flew from the CIBC roof to MEC 1 and back in pursuit of the meal that was being brought in and was flying like a pro. A little later on another flight from CIBC to MEC 2 chasing an adult off its perch, most likely Adrianna as she’s been doing this for a few days now. The second female remained on the roof of the CIBC having a freak out rather than joining her sister in the chase of the parent. The adult flew over and landed on the roof of the Morguard building which encouraged the juvenile still remaining on the CIBC roof to take off and attempt to knock the adult off of Morguard. Play nice now girls!
All in all the three young females at MEC are flying high, building confidence and learning the finesse of flight. Thank you so much Winston for that update! Watch for the next phase of flight school to come where the girls will be interacting with each other and the adults in the air. It’s spectacular!
We decided that even though all three girls aren’t champions as of yet, that they are all capable fliers and we would scale the watch back to spot checks as of Monday. The Islington and Bloor Boys Club are ready for flights any day/minute now and we need to divert our resources there.
Bruce and I both met up at MEC for an evening check and head count. Ieva was now back on the Accenture building and looking calm and happy. She had the last of a crop visible so the parents had fed her not that long ago. Hawkeye was now at the top of Morguard sitting on the roof with her sister Adrianna who, being a star flier, was behaving like a total pest. She would fly off over to Square One and come barreling back to Morguard with the idea of knocking Hawkeye into the air. She succeeded in knocking onto the roof where the two tussled for a minute or two and then she was off again. This went on the entire evening. Adrianna pestering Hawkeye until she finally bit her sisters toes really hard and that put the two on the rooftop scraping like sisters. Minutes later they were on the roof edge snuggled and preening.
Ieva was still on the Accenture roof and being rather quiet. We put all of our attention on her and I was joined by Winston later that evening. As it was getting late, Ieva finally decided on a flight and she took off towards MEC 2 but was only half way up. She circled back and started to fly back and forth over Accenture gaining elevation as she went. This was impressive as the air was dead calm and sticky which is hard enough to walk in let alone fly. She finally went for the top of the Morguard building and came up short. She did the bat on the wall for a minute and dropped down into the air. She flew towards the CIBC and I thought for sure she was going to make contact with the glass but she put her feet up and grabbed the glass frame. When she let go she fluttered right back to Accenture landing two feet higher than when she left. Not what she wanted but it was an awesome flight with some great decisions on where to go and how to get there. I am not worried about Ieva now. She will get there, most likely in the morning, and with a bit of wind assistance I think she will be well on her way.
The full time watch at MEC is now over. We will continue to spot check the girls and report on their progress as we are now moving, quickly I might add, to Islington and Bloor as the four boys there are getting ready. I would like to thank the MEC community, building management, Garda Security and all the tenants that supported their peregrine family this year. I would especially like to thank Katherine, Margaret, Grace, Winston, Shannon and Bruce who made this watch possible and our successes great. My friends, we completed 5 rescues of these three girls and gave them all a second chance at making a first impression. Look at them now. This team effort of watchers and community made this all possible and I thank you so much for your efforts!