MEC UPDATE

June 15, 2019 - Mississauga - Executive Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

Your well wishes were well worth it! That’s a lot of W’s. It would seem that Amanda heard all of your positive thoughts and comments today as Bruce has now officially scaled back the MEC watch to spot checks and it was seconded by Winston tonight. This morning Amanda made a flight from MEC 3 that landed her back on the nest ledge and she was on top of the nest box screaming to the world about her success. The parents were down at Burnhamthorpe and Hwy 10 with Drago so were not a part of the party at the time of her flight home. Not to be left out of a good time chowing down on breakfast, Amanda took another flight that took her out past MEC 2 and Bruce found her on a roof top with the rest of her family down at the bottom of Robert Speck Parkway and Burnhamthorpe!! The rest of the day she spent cheek to cheek with her brother Drago, enjoying lunch with her mother Midnight and flights accompanied by Renegade to other rooftops. Her flights were excellent and landings…well, we shall work on that! Bruce left the family down at the Robert Speck apartments in the late afternoon for a well deserved night at home and a reset for the next adventure to come. Winston headed down this evening to check out the family as both he and I were amazed to hear this news from Bruce. A bird that has been in a carrier three times, released three times and in between was underwhelming in her activity was now a flying ace. He wanted to see it for himself and see it he did. Winston was blown away by the increased level of confidence and skill in Amanda. Even though she still has lots to learn and many skills to master, Winston agrees that the first flight dangers for these fledglings has passed. Thank you to everyone that helped out with this watch, most of all Bruce and Winston. A huge thank you to Jacob and the crew at Paragon Security for the help in gaining access to release Amanda and to the amazing hosts that are MEC. The owners, tenants, staff and management have been so supportive and we can’t thank you enough, Congrats to Midnight, Renegade, Amanda and Drago on a great nesting season this year.

Tracy Reports

June 13, 2019 - Mississauga - Executive Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

MEC STUCK LIKE GLUE AND DRAGO TOO. - Was kind of hoping for Drago to make his way home today but that was wishful thinking on my part. When Bruce arrived Drago had left the building that we had last seen him on at Robert Speck and Burnhamthorpe but was not “home” yet. The adults when they flew out would head southeast towards his last known location but Bruce couldn’t get eyes on him. Not to worry though as he is doing amazing and being fed like he hadn’t eaten for a year. Amanda was back up on MEC 3 and I’m sure was just elated to be there…again. She would watch the parents fly out to the south and I’m sure she could see her sibling but was not motivated to do anything about it. From Bruce’s report, she spent the day doing more napping than flapping. She was fed in the morning and then nothing for hours which had us hoping she would take her next flight but the parents were either off attending to Drago or back home without food and so Amanda had a slug day. She was fed again later in the afternoon and what a feed it was. A huge pigeon that filled her up quite nicely and then back down on her belly for some z’s. Another huge meal came in not that long after the last big chow down and it was clear she was not destined to fly today. Winston came down and relieved Bruce while I was out counting heads (see Osler post) and Winston reported much of the same. Amanda was chillin’ but that was about it. Hopefully tomorrow brings on some action from Amanda and a homecoming for Drago. Thank you to Bruce and Winston for handling the day today. Much appreciated.

Mississauga Fledge watch Saga so far.

June 12, 2019 - Mississauga - Executive Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

We have been posting MEC fledge watch info on facebook so I thought I would copy paste the postings up to June 11th.

MEC update - if you’re wondering why you aren’t seeing either of the juveniles on the camera that’s because they fledged! Bruce Massey started the watch this morning and it’s been a very eventful day!! Here is the Coles Notes on the day. Young female is in a carrier awaiting release after being rescued by Bruce and the young male has flown and we are working to locate him. More to come. Check back soon.

MEC update - I am posting this for Bruce as he was at the site for the day and had the pleasure of dealing with Amanda and Drago for the most part. Drago was apparently a jumping bean, all over the ledge and on the pre flight phase of jumping the gap as we call it. More like flying the gap!! Back and forth and up onto the nest box. Amanda thought this looked like great fun and decided to give it a go. She was running back and forth across the ledge stopping just short of the edge until on one of her rampages…oops, I’ve gone to far. She lost her balance on the corner and out into the air she went. She did a short flight out, headed back for home and came up short. She fluttered down to the front of MEC one and after giving Bruce a bit of a hard time he scooped her up and into the carrier she went. Drago in the meantime was all over the place. On one of his little gap flights he missed his landing and off he went as well. He went north and then came back towards home, flew in tandem with a parent and out of Bruce’s sight. He came back in low and is believed to be somewhere in a thick (and I mean thick!) treetop near the nest building. He didn’t resurface tonight and the parents are not panicking at all. They know where he is and is confident he’s safe for the night. After much walking by Bruce, myself and Winston we can say for sure he is not on the ground. I released Amanda on the roof of MEC 3 and she didn’t make it easy. She absolutely refused to come out of the box and attacked if I tried to help. After almost 5 minutes she came out pounding her feet and hissing up a storm. She’s a wild one this one. All was quiet when I left and we’ll be on Drago’s tail in the morning.

MEC UPDATE - The fledge watch continues. After Amanda‘s release on MEC three last night she has remained on that building during Bruce’s watch. She was fed this afternoon by the parents and they did make attempts to encourage her to fly but no go from this little girl. Drago still remains elusive. We have been unable to locate him and Renegade has spent a good portion of the day away from the site. It is our hope that he is with Drago and is keeping a watchful eye over him. If anyone in the local area of Mississauga has some time and would like to pop in to the MEC fledge watch you would be gratefully and graciously welcomed. It would certainly help give watchers eyes a break and also facilitate the continued search for Drago. With Amanda on the loose the main watch crew must unfortunately stay close to the nest site as she is a priority at this time. Check back soon for more updates.

Lost and found and misplaced at MEC. It is absolutely freezing out here. What makes it so cold is that it’s so wet. The rain stopped and the winds are howling and after clearing the base of building one and three I went back to my car to warm up and check on Amanda. I sat down in my car I shut the door and then I looked up at the overhang over the driveway out front of MEC one. What is that? It can’t be! She’s on the building! DRAGO!!!! I jumped out of my car and was at the ready. All he had to do was come down. Oh he had other plans! He decided to take off. And where did he go you might ask? He flew away from the nest building complex, across six lanes of traffic and over to the Morguard building. He landed pretty decently on the roof! What? I was both elated and annoyed at him. Little punk! Where on earth have you been!? He wouldn’t settle on the roof of the building. Oh no he wanted to come home and that was quite clear. He took a flight again across six lanes of traffic and flew to a spot that I had suspected he’s been for the last few days. He flew across the street to the new tall condos down at Burnhamthorpe and Hurontario. He made for a balcony and in part hovered in front of it but missed. He started to lose elevation and tried for another balcony but missed that one too. He dropped and tried to grab and dropped and tried to grab and continued to lose altitude attempting to grab at balcony railings as he went until he dipped below my site line behind the treetops. I don’t know when the last time was that I ever ran that fast. Now he’s a good city block away. Still I ran like I was on fire! My concern was that because he came down the side of the condo facing six lanes of traffic I was worried that when he got down low enough he might try and fly across the road and get himself into deep trouble. When I got down to the condos I scanned the balconies but couldn’t see him anywhere. Scanning balconies in near darkness is never an easy task and this one was impossible. At the base of this building there is a three-story flat elevation that looks like a rooftop patio above a storefront. There is a very good chance he may of ended up on that or landed eventually on a balcony. I did however circle both condo towers and cleared the ground.making sure that he was nowhere down low and required scooping up. I couldn’t find him anywhere. I texted Bruce and told him what I just experienced. The first question he had to ask was where did this little guy come from and where did he get the jet pack all of a sudden. It’s now almost completely dark and I can’t find him anywhere. My hope is that he’s come down somewhere safe and he’s decided to stay put for the night and will try again in the morning. Bruce knows where he is and today had dropped off his telephone number to the security that runs those two condos. If he’s found on the ground at anytime they certainly will call. I can say for sure he’s not on the ground as of tonight. Bruce is going to go down and look for him tomorrow but he will be challenged as Amanda’s ready to go. So he has one on site ready to fly and one offsite just slightly misplaced. The only thing I can say without a shadow of a doubt is I am utterly relieved to have seen his little goofy face again.

MEC WATCH UPDATE - it’s absolutely pouring rain out here right now and the winds are just howling. Drago still remains elusive as we have been unable to locate him. Ground searches for him are happening daily and several times throughout the day and each evening the base of all four buildings are cleared before we go home. Bruce has also informed security at all four buildings at the MEC complex, condos to the south and businesses to the west. He’s left his phone number with each contact so that if Drago should show up we can go over and assist. It is our hope that wherever he has gotten himself stuck that he is able to extricate himself and come home on his own where we can offer him assistance if he’s down low. For now our focus is on Amanda. Today she remained on the roof of MEC three. Sitting up on the catwalk that rings the roof Amanda was treated to her first full on rain shower. Midnight sat with her and the two girls got completely soaked. Renegade stayed beneath one of the building signs and kept himself dry so that he would be capable of hunting later and defending the site if need be. Amanda has not had to go without today at all. At last count, Bruce said she’d been fed a total of five times throughout the day. Even so, as the rains died down for a moment she began to wind up. With the wind is howling she would be unable to control her flight should she slip or take off into the air. I sat here holding my breath hoping she would just settle down and it suddenly began to rain again. That was enough to stop her flapping and silliness and calm her right down. Midnight is sitting on the nest building monitoring her and Renegade is off hunting and hopefully will bring home a dinner meal that will tuck her into bed for the night. Tomorrow the weather promises to be better and we hope to see a flight from Amanda. We also hope to see Drago show up and will continue to look for him tomorrow. Thank you to all of those who have popped in to offer their support and for all of you whose comments of support help to keep us going through the long days, the wet weather and the late nights. Thank you to all for your great support.

Amanda and Drago at it again. Today Bruce started off the watch hearing Drago in the area where I found him last night. He could hear him vocalizing but he couldn’t see him. Amanda was still on the roof of MEC3 and the parents had come in with breakfast. She spent the better part of the day as a lazy lump up on top of the building. Bruce made her his priority as her first rescue was due to a slip and not a flight. There was nothing deliberate about her leaving the nest. Because she had not truly flown yet and Drago obviously had given his antics the night before Bruce wanted to make sure that she was always in his sights. He let the parents deal with Drago as they had clearly discovered his location at some point this morning. At some time in the afternoon, while Amanda was napping, Bruce made his way down to the new condo buildings to take a quick peek for Drago. While he was gone Amanda woke up and decided it was time for a flight. This always happens to all of us on every watch. You leave for so much as a second, even though their sound asleep and haven’t moved for hours and suddenly there in the air and taking flight. I swear they watch and wait for us to move. Her flight took her out behind MEC 2 where she landed on the retaining wall. Bruce received a call from security alerting him to the fact that Amanda was down low and he went over and scooped the little girl up for a second time. She was not amused with being back in the carrier. I came down to relieve Bruce and Winston joined me for the evening watch. When I arrived Bruce and I both witnessed Midnight going into a stoop and snatch up a pigeon and then fly south east on a mission. We knew she was most likely taking that meal to Drago. Where was he? Bruce headed home and Winston and I pursued the lead given to us by Midnight. We walked down Highway 10 to Burnhamthorpe and then east along Burnhamthorpe towards Central Parkway. When we reached Burnhamthorpe and Robert Speck Parkway I looked east at the low apartment buildings near Central Parkway and sure enough found a peregrine on the roof line. We headed down to check it out and who did we find? Well none other than our little prodigal son Drago. On closer inspection we found Midnight also on the roof keeping a close eye on her young fledgling. After about 10 to 15 minutes Midnight became rather agitated and started alarm calling. She took to the air and was stooping something very low on the south side of the apartment building we could not see. We crossed the street to take a better look and from what we could see she was quite upset about a local cat roaming around in the grass. We left her and Drago and started to make our way back to MEC one. We were quite confident that Drago was going to try and make a flight home before dusk. When we got back to the MEC complex we found a spot at Robert Speck Parkway and Shipp Road where we could see the building that we found them on. On closer inspection it was clear the Drago had taken flight. Midnight flew from MEC2 and headed back down towards the south east. I tracked her as did Winston and we were able to see her land on another building closer to Robert Speck Parkway. As soon as she landed little Drago made his presence quite know. He ran towards her flapping his wings like crazy excited to see his parent had arrived. Midnight had taken the last of the food that she had stashed over at MEC 2, what was left of the meal she had earlier fed to Drago. She gave him the rest of the food in the hopes that he would stay put for the night but he was a little Jack rabbit today. Full of confidence and looking to go home he kept running around the ledges of the building. By dusk Midnight settled in with Drago and Renegade was somewhere in the MEC complex for the night. It was time to release Miss Amanda. We took her up to the roof in MEC3 and like the release before it, she was an absolute spaz. The whole walk over to MEC three from the nest building she attacked the towel destroying it with all she could give. She vanquished that evil towel and was quite pleased with herself at how she’d done. Getting her out of the carrier and onto the roof was just as challenging as the first time I tried this. Every time I put my hand near to the front door of the carrier she lashed out with her talons and then quickly retreated into the back of the carrier. I’m tired. I’m not having any of this. You are getting out of this box and onto this roof and back to your parents and that’s just the end of it! I wiggled my fingers in front of the opening of the carrier and she came charging out and then raced back in again. After about 10 attempts to grab me she finally came out and grabbed 2 feet full of concrete. Pleased with herself that she now had her mortal enemy, the concrete ledge, firmly in her grasp I made my retreat and came down the stairs into the mechanical room. Tomorrow we fully expect that Drago is going to attempt to come home. Bruce will be watching for him even though he is not to be the priority. We also expect that Amanda will be making a similar effort her self. We look forward to seeing great flights tomorrow from the both of them.

May 27th 1 Boy and 1 Girl

May 27, 2019 - Mississauga - Executive Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

Banding day went very well. Many of the tenants, building management and security came out to see their new falcon family members.

Thanks to Kathy Smith a long time CPF volunteer who extracted the chicks and Sky Reach Window Washing who provided the lift up to the nest 2 chicks arrived in the lobby safe and sound. We have 1 male and 1 female this year and were a very healthy pair.

The female was 910 grams banded 82 over X and named Amanda with red tape on her silver band and the male was 695 grams and banded S over 49 and named Drago with blue tape on his silver band.

The adult female never left the nest ledge and Kathy had to give her a little push to move her out of the way to get the chicks and gave her the cold peregrine stare until her babies were returned.

more photos to come and announcement about the start date for the fledge watch so please keep watching.

Once again a big thanks to Colliers property management and MEC security for all their help and continued support of the MEC falcons!


Banding day set.

May 19, 2019 - Mississauga - Executive Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

Banding day is set for May 27th at 10:30 Am in the lobby. Come meet Mississauga’s newest addition the the MEC Falcon Family.

First Hatch

May 02, 2019 - Mississauga - Executive Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

As Usual Mississauga MEC is the First to have a hatch. Snapped this image from the web cam this morning.


!!! MEC eggs and full time incubation has started, nest cam is live!

March 26, 2019 - Mississauga - Executive Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

March 25-2019

As usual,, we’re always playing catch-up trying to get a handle on the southern Ontario peregrines nesting activities, but we’re getting there slowly but surely. The good news is of course, despite our schedules,, the peregrines are on track, and never wait for us to do what they do at this time of year.
Its still pretty chilly, especially during the evening hours with the negative temps still evident, and as such, the MEC pair have been down hard in full time incubation with egg(s)!

While the camera is on, we have yet to get a peek to see the number of eggs in the nest box,, but we’re pretty excited that they are down hard incubating!
Stay tuned…

Nest site Summary of 2018

September 05, 2018 - Mississauga - Executive Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

I know you have all missed keeping track of your local peregrine families but there is good news.

We now have someone to help with the web site and can post all the latest news.

Here is a quick summery of the 2018 nesting season, banding events and fledge watch. If you notice that I have not posted any information about the Bloor and Islington nest site it is because the nest failed this year. O’Connor the adult female has been replaced by a new female who although did lay eggs they did failed to hatch. We are not sure if O’Connor was killed by the new female in a territorial battle or if she has moved to an as of yet unknown location, hopefully the later is true.

Fledge Watch
although the fledge watchers were kept very busy by the fledglings and preformed many rescues we are happy to say that of the 41 chicks banded this season there were only 4 lost and 1 injured.

1 of the chicks lost produced at the Burlington Bridge nest was very sick with Trichominiasis a protozoan infection too advanced to save and who passed during extraction from nest.

The Second loss was Gigi from the Mississauga MEC nest site who unfortunately hit a window and died on impact.

The 3rd was Sun from the Toronto Downtown Sheraton Hotel nest who had gone missing for over a week and although our watchers made a tremendous effort to find him they began to expect by the end of the week that he passed. Unfortunately he was later found dehydrated and starving he was taken into rehab but passed same day.

I also got a report yesterday that one of the fledglings from 220 Duncan Mill Rd. Was found over the September long weekend in Hamilton with an injured wing. It turns out it is Loki identified by his band number X over 85. x-rays have been taken and shows a broken wrist so we are waiting on a report from the vet to see if this break is operable.

One other injury happened this year to the Adult male Lucifer in Kitchener at the CTV nest site and has been in rehab. Lucifer had a broken with that was operated on and he is now in flight pen to work the wing, His mate Mystery managed to keep her 4 chicks fed and protected but this is where the 4th loss comes in one of the chicks hopped off the nest box onto the tower where he spent a day or 2 and disappeared he was never found on the ground so we assume he was grabbed by and owl during the night. Hopefully all goes well for Lucifer and he will be released back to his mate soon.

Banding Events 2018

We are looking for funding to buy bands for next year as the Federal government is not longer supplying them to the Provinces and the Province of Ontario did not budget for them. If you are interested in supporting the banding program and help protect our Ontario produced falcon chicks please kindy make a donation to The Canadian Peregrine Foundation. You can send a cheque to the foundation at 25 Crouse Rd. Suite 20 Toronto, Ontario M1R 5P8 or go on line and click our donation button on the front page of the web site at www.peregrine-foundation.ca Canada Helps.

This year there were several unhatched eggs and most of the chicks hatched were male. The weights at banding age for most of the chicks was also low compared to pervious years.

May 22nd 2018
Mississauga MEC

Female-GIGI
band Z21

William Osler Hospital

Male-Indy
band X14

May 23rd 2018
Windsor Ambassador Bridge

Male-Hermes
band Y59

May 24th 2018
Hamilton Sheraton Hotel

Male-Lawrence
band
Y50

Male-Ainslie
band Y51

Male-Gage
band Y52

Male-Lisgar
band Y60

May 25th 2018
Oshawa Lakeridge Hospital

Female-Ripley
band Z22

Burlington Lift Bridge

Male-Cooper
band Y61

Male-Jackson
band X13

May 29th 2018
220 Duncan Mill Rd.

Male- Thor
band X83

Male-TT
band X84

Male- Loki
band X85

Male- Velcro
band X87

June 5th 2018
Canada Square

Male-Petrus
band X95

Male-Bart
band X97

Male-Ricklin
band R14

June 5th 2018
Rogers Centre

Female-Diamond
band Z23

Male-Grand Slam
Band Z24

Male-Homer
Band X94

June 5th 2018
Toronto Downtown Sheraton Hotel

Male- Geoff
Band X15

Male-Sheraton
Band X92

Male-Sun
Band X93

June 6th

OPG Pickering

Female- Millidarry
Band Z25

Female-Candu
Band Z26

Male- Chadwick
Band R15

Male-Cobalt
Band Z27

June 6th 2018
Scarborough Yellow Pages

Male-Alfa
Band R16

Female-Sierra
Band Z67

June 8th 2018
ADM Mills Port Colborne

Female- Mongolia
Band Z59

Male-Brandon
Band X03

Male- Macaroon
Band X07

female-Red Velvet
Band Z63

June 20th
Mount Sinai Hospital

Male-Chase ( banded when rescued during fledge)
Band X05

2 other chicks not banded ( believed to be male)

June 27th 2018
Don Mills Amazon

Male-Professor X
Band X04

Female- Chalaza
Band- Z38

June 28th 2018
Kitchener CATV Tower

Female-Eos
Band Z39

Female- Sadie
Band Z40

Male-Monarch
Band X12

Male-Mercury
Band W92

There were also 2 Quarry sites that produced chicks as did the Mississauga CRH Cement plant but due to bad logistics this year we were unable to get the age of the chicks in time to band. Hopefully we will get the information a bit quicker next year and if we are able to raise the funds needed to continue to band your chicks.

I will post some photos soon

June 09, 2017 - Mississauga - Executive Centre

Tracy Simpson Reports:

June 9th 2017
am happy to report that the MEC fledge watch is now over. We are scaling the watch back to site checks only has Mary is doing very well and staying high. Bruce was on site today to check in on her and she was on building two napping the day away in the mid afternoon heat. We have left a single rescue carrier on site and will continue to stop in periodically and have volunteers check up on her and her progress. I would especially like to thank Bruce, Margaret, Lucie, Mark and Winston for their vigilance on behalf of the Mississauga Executive Centre peregrine falcons this season. I would also like to thank Colliers building management for being incredible hosts and Garda Security for all their endless support. An excellent job done by all.

June 11, 2017 - Mississauga - Executive Centre

Tracy Simpson Reports:

The watch for the MEC site is nearing an end now. I have much to post and will follow up this evening with details but for now the short notes are this.

On Sunday Mary flew out of the tree and bounced off of building 3 which turned her back to the MEC 1 nursery. Angelina stayed up on MEC 3 for the time being. Mary flew again from the nursery and faceplanted into MEC 4 before flying out of view.

On Monday, Mary was found by Lucie up at the BDC building a half a kilometre to the north. Angelina had made a few flights one of which was back to the nest box. Mary then made an epic flight home to MEC 3 and made it. Angelina flew back to MEC 3 and Mary made one more flight to MEC 1 nest box.

Tuesday morning at dawn, tragedy struck when Angelina and Mary both took flight. Mary ended up in a tree near MEC 4 and Angelina struck the back of MEC 1. Angelina’s strike was fatal. Mary made another epic flight around the complex and came down out of energy back near the BDC where Lucie rescued her. She was released last night and flew in the dark over to MEC 1 safely.

I will post detailed accounts of these days this evening as the notes are always important when we look back to reference a season. Mary looks well on her way… …again. Angelina, sweet girl, RIP. Glad we were there for you as much as we could have been.

More to come.