March 24, 2015 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Tracy Simpson Reports:
I checked the camera this morning and caught the adults in the midst of a change. Just before the male came in I was able to capture a cam image of the four eggs now in the nest bowl. Congratulations to MEC. We look forward to the potential hatches to come.
Posted on March 24, 2015 9:12 am
March 21, 2015 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Tracy Simpson Reports:
A check of the cam this morning revealed egg number three in the nest bowl. While we expect a fourth by Monday, incubation begins today in earnest. In just over a month we will hopefully be watching the first young hatching out. Congratulations to MEC. You’re well on your way.
Posted on March 21, 2015 8:34 am
March 20, 2015 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Tracy Simpson Reports:
With the most incredible thanks to Marco, Peter, Guarda security and the Colliers team the MEC camera is back online and the female has two eggs in the bowl. I am certain that one was laid yesterday giving us a good timeline for hatching. Thanks to all at MEC for your efforts!
Posted on March 20, 2015 11:03 am
March 19, 2015 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Tracy Simpson Reports:
I was out at MEC today continuing to work on bringing the camera image, which is functioning perfectly, to the website. It would seem that the issue is within the building itself and I will have the help of MEC staff tomorrow to try and rectify it. During the building upgrades that have now made the MEC complex a fabulous example of sustainable workplaces, it would appear the camera and router are not connecting. Fingers crossed we get it fixed tomorrow.
The bigger and most fabulous news is that it appears as have our first egg confirmed in southern Ontario. The egg was just partially visible at the top edge of the camera image as the female has decided to lay against the north edge of the box. There may be a second egg beside it but it really is impossible to tell right now. I was able to catch the pair copulating and we are not in full time incubation yet. The male was positively identified as the unbanded male that has been there for many seasons and the females identity has yet to be confirmed. The good news is that as the female turns the eggs, given where she has laid them, she will have to roll them towards the centre of the box giving us a full view when they hatch. Congratulations to MEC on your first egg!!
Posted on March 19, 2015 3:59 pm
March 13, 2015 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
CPF Postmaster Reports:
Friday March 13th - 2015
A quickly update on the MEC nest site and happenings. Sadly, we have not been able to get the live MEC nest camera issue fixed
Despite all of Tracy’s efforts (with allot of help from the MEC engineering staff), we have not as yet been successful in fixing the live web cam problems.
That being said, the colour nest box camera is in fact working just fine and has been throughout (at least in-part), as it is still producing a live real-time colour streaming image to the TV monitor inside the building. Throughout the afternoon while Tracy was on site, she watched the resident grins come in and out of the nest box. No eggs as yet.
We have again contacted the CPF webmaster to see if there is something that he can do for us to fix the problem
Posted on March 16, 2015 1:47 pm
December 05, 2014 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Some of you have noticed that the web cam has been down for a few weeks. The MEC is experiencing some technical issues with it’s internet service and we are awaiting a resolution from their technicians before the cams are back online.
The falcons are well and CPF is keeping an eye on events out there. Stay tuned, we hope to have the camera back and up and running soon!
Posted on December 5, 2014 11:16 am
August 02, 2014 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Marion Nash Reports:
Got some shots of the adult resident male in the box today.
Posted on August 2, 2014 4:42 pm
July 31, 2014 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Tracy Simpson Reports:
A big thank you to Lucie that yesterday was able to confirm what we suspected in that the female seen on camera at MEC is Midnght from the downtown Brampton nest site.
A few days ago we were watching vigorous activity in the nest box with the adults in and out regularly and doing more than simple fall bonding. The nest scrapes were being seriously excavated along with lots of bowing that looked more like courtship than housecleaning. Over the past few days we were able to confirm that there is indeed a new bird at the MEC site and that bonding of this new pairing was in high swing. Thanks to our web camera watchers we were able to confirm band colors as black over red on the left leg and purple USFW on the right of this new female. During Lucie’s visit to the site yesterday she was able to 100% clearly see through her scope the 9 on top with a 90% certainty of an 8 beside it and 100% confirm an E on the bottom. This is consistent with Midnight, hatched in 2011 in Ohio, whose band is black 98 over red E.
Midnight was identified in Ontario as a subadult in 2012 when I found her hanging around in downtown Brampton with Milton, then resident male at the Brampton Courthouse. Nothing came of that nesting season but by 2013 she was ready to give nesting a try. The spring started late for her in downtown Brampton as her mate Milton was ousted by a younger Canadian male named Striker from the Yellow Pages nest site, also hatched in 2011. The eggs laid were Milton’s but the new male attending to her had changed. Her attempt to nest on the George St. condo failed to hatch any young. By August, Midnight had come south down Hwy. 10 to the Brittania Road area chasing out a subadult female named Alfrieda (now nesting at Lakeridge Hospital in Oshawa) and spent over a month courting Ossie, a subadult male hatched at the William Osler Hospital in 2012. By the winter of 2013, Midnight was back further north and Ossie was no longer around the Revenue Canada building.
This spring, Midnight was once again in downtown Brampton with Striker and they were working on hatching young on the top of the George St condo. Territorial battles with other females, intense rainfall events, lack of substrate and drainage and lingering cold most likely all played a role in her second nest failure in two years. When we heard that a black over red banded female was now in the MEC box and on camera, we immediately thought of her.
Up to this point, this territory has been held by Rogue who successfully hatched and raised one male chick this year. Where Rogue is at this time no one really knows but we will certainly be watching for her. Only time will tell who will be the breeding adult female next year at MEC as there is still a long way to go before we get there. We will be out over the long weekend to check in on Midnight and Renegade as well as head north to look for Striker and Rogue. We will keep you up to date on all the latest news regarding this site so keep checking back.
Photos / web cam captures to follow.
Posted on July 31, 2014 11:07 am
July 29, 2014 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Tracy Simpson Reports:
Over the past two days there has been renewed activity in the MEC nest box that has been quite evident by the craters that the adults are now digging. This intensity of activity is not usual for this time of year; house cleaning and rebonding for sure but this is something more serious. Watchers of the camera at MEC were able to capture today several images of a banded female in the box currently bonding with the resident unbanded male. The female on camera is donning a purple USFW band on her right leg and a black over red recovery band on her left. She is definitely of American origins and we will be out at the site over the next few days working to try and get a positive identification from her bands.
While this news is somewhat sad after Rogue’s triumphant return to the wild from rehab, it is not unusual for the MEC nest site. Over the past 6 years there has been so many FEMALE turnovers that it is hard to keep track. Here’s what we know;
2009 breeding season begins with resident female Tessie who hatched three but at banding found dead next to the nest box. Chicks are removed for their safety and fostered at the William Osler Hospital nest site. New female banded black over red with a silver USFW maintains the territory.
2010 nesting season begins with new resident female banded black rotated 8 over red rotated 8 named Infinity hatched at Statler Towers in Buffalo. She hatches four young.
2011 nesting season begins with the same resident female Infinity but failed to hatch eggs. Territorial battles between Infinity and an unbanded female witnessed. Infinity holds the site into the late fall to early winter.
2012 nesting season begins with new resident female now unbanded and named Rogue who hatches three young. She is injured in a territorial battle during fledge period with another female banded black over green and is sent to rehab. The new female maintains the territory for the rest of the year.
2013 nesting season begins with same resident female as the fall identified as Cass from Michigan who hatches two chicks successfully. She is found dead in July. Rogue is released from rehab in August and reclaims her territory.
2014 nesting season begins with resident female as Rogue after her release from rehab and identified by her silver USFW on her left leg. She successfully hatches a single male chick this year. She has just recently been displaced by a black over red banded female and her disposition is unknown.
The CPF has been monitoring the MEC site for over a decade now and from 2009 onward the control of the MEC airspace by resident females has been in dispute and the resident adult female changes regularly. During the past 6 nesting seasons there has been 4 different females ruling the box and as of now there is a fifth. This is probably the most hotly contested site in all of southern Ontario as this is such an incredible nesting site with all of the best aspects laying right in the path of an important north/south corridor in the west end of the GTA. We will be out over the next few days to the MEC site as often as we can to identify the new female and look for signs of Rogue still in the area. Given that Mason, this year’s offspring, was so early and has long since reached a good level of flight skill, it is likely that he was well out of the way during this recent exchange. Check back regularly for updates on the status of the MEC territory and the identity of this new female on camera. Camera captures will be posted shortly.
Posted on July 29, 2014 6:16 pm
July 05, 2014 - Mississauga - Executive Centre
Mark Nash Reports:
The best is yet to come!!! Photographers get your camera’s!!!
Remember that the family rearing process is far from being over, as its now dads turn. Over the next 30 plus days, the adult males will be doing most of the flight and hunt training with the fledglings, leaving the resident adult females some time to themselves to catch up on some most needed sleep and de-stress time. WE often see the adult females on the nest ledges doing some est box or nest tray rearranging and sleeping.
The fledglings will still be completely dependant on the adults for food, protection and support for the next 30 to 60 days as they will be staying very close to home around the nest buildings.
We often forget that the fledglings (I guess we can call them juveniles now, as they are the equivalent of teenagers in their mind set), still have no idea that they have actually been eating birds, as their food has been prepared by their parents. Many of the food packages have already had their heads removed, and with many of the feathers already having been removed, and as such, the juveniles have had no idea what they have actually been eating!
Of course its birds and only birds, but the young peregrines must be taught this!
They must be taught how to chase, stoop and dive for things and encouraged to chase their parents for the food. They must be shown what to hunt, how to hunt, how to catch it and how to kill it and then how to prepare it. The fledglings still have a long way to go before they are actually able to catch food themselves!
For the next few weeks, its all fun and games (at least for the fledglings),, but they are actually be taught important life skills that will prepare them for survival on their own this fall.
The fledglings, (juveniles) will succumb to a couple of thousand years to migrate in the fall and they will be on their own.
Most all of the resident territorial nesting adults at our southern Ontario urban nest sites will NOT migrate, and they will stay on territory all year. The adults have learned that you they can survive in the city all year long, (urban adaptation), and have figured out that there is an abundance of food around all year long, ideal habitat, no predation and lots of warmth from the buildings, especially from that of the illuminated signs that they roost on.
But the young of the year will go! Being creatures of habit (almost to a fault), what they know, they deal with,,, what they don’t know, they avoid! So its up to the parents to teach them as much as they can over next two months so the fledglings have the necessary life skills to be able to survive on their own. The fledgling juveniles typically migrate south to central and southern America for the winter months and have a very long trip south with many dangers.
Also remember, that the peregrine has more than an 80% mortality rate until it reaches breeding age (typically between two and three years of age), with the higher percentage of this mortality happening in the first year of their lives.
For all of the photographers out there, this is the best opportunity for some incredible photos of the adults training the fledglings over the next 30 plus days!! This is the time to really enjoy your peregrines,, so get out there with your cameras and spend some time with them!
Posted on July 5, 2014 12:00 pm