!!! Little Atlas looking ready to go!!

July 01, 2015 - Oshawa - Lakeridge Hospital

CPF Postmaster Reports:

July 1st - 2015
Hello All,

Here’s my observations from today’s visit at the Oshawa LakeRidge hospital.

We arrived at the hospital around 4:30 and all was quiet. It wasn’t long before we spotted mom perched near the nest ledge. The gray concrete was her backdrop so she was hard to spot. We looked around for Atlas wondering if he was still there, but then he popped out of the nest box. Dad flew in and there was some activity with Atlas exercising his wings and looking like he wanted to take off. But then we saw feathers flying and realized there was food for him and he was busy chowing down (pic 1).

Both parents took off and went to perch on the south side of hospital. It wasn’t long before Simcoe flew southward. We got a good shot of him (pic 2). The yellow band is still on his leg and we could see the 63 over X on his black band.

Atlas was quite content (pic 3). Alfrieda joined him and together they just chilled out until we left at around 7:15 (pic 4).

I must say this nest site is quite lovely and I could only imagine the beautiful view with the golf course and park to look at. I’m sure they don’t appreciate that, but I wouldn’t mind putting my chair up there and enjoying the scenery. We had to leave at 7:15, but after the meal Atlas had, hopefully he didn’t feel like going anywhere.

Cheers,
Lucie


!!! Oshawa Adult falcons June 15th

June 15, 2015 - Oshawa - Lakeridge Hospital

Marion Nash Reports:

Some Photos from Ann Brokelman


!!! Banding Day At Oshawa Lakeridge Hospital - It’s a Boy

June 15, 2015 - Oshawa - Lakeridge Hospital

Marion Nash Reports:

Banding day was a great success! The Hospital staff and management really pulled together to make everything go smoothly. Their support and help to install a nest box for the female to lay her eggs was especially important this season as there have been many failed nest sites where no eggs hatched and production was low this year overall.

There were 4 eggs laid but only one has hatched likely because of the cold spring we had but the little chick is a very healthy boy.

The Hospital came up with a great name Atlas who weighed 750 grams big for a boy of 26 days old. His Canadian Band number is Y 18.

The fledge watch will start in about 10 days and we are looking for volunteers to help keep an eye on the little fellow during his first few flights so if you are interested in coming our to help support your baby falcon please contact us at head office at 416-481-1233.

We are working out details with the Hospital now to install a web cam and hope to do so in the fall so stay tuned for a real treat Oshawa.


!!! Banding confirmed for the Oshawa Lake Ridge Hospital for June 15th at 9:30am!

May 27, 2015 - Oshawa - Lakeridge Hospital

Mark Nash Reports:

May 27th - 2015
We are happy to report that we have been able to coordinate and confirm a banding date and time for the Oshawa Lake Ridge Hospital peregrines. The banding will take place on June 15th at 9:30 am sharp.

The plan will be to meet at 8:30am to set-up, with a meet and greet from 9am to 9:30am, and hopefully to commence the banding by 9:30am sharp!
Further details will follow in the next few days as arrangements are made.
Stay tuned…

!!! Oshawa Lake Ridge Hospital - First hatch! Hopefully more to come!!

May 22, 2015 - Oshawa - Lakeridge Hospital

Mark Nash Reports:

May 22nd - 2015
Some great news to report today from Oshawa. The results of my site visit today paid off big time, as we were rewarded with a visual confirmation of the Oshawa Lake Ridge Hospitals newest family member, as the first peregrine hatchling was observed!

A big thank you to Ken and Ernie at the Oshawa Lake Ridge health care centre who were able to accommodate my visit on some rather short notice, but the end of the day visit and distraction yielded some great news and was indeed well spent.

The pictures speak for themselves, as we were able to confirm the one of the four eggs has in fact hatched. While the resident adult male was not present during our short visit, the adult female was in the nest box brooding her new hatchlings while still incubating the other three remaining eggs.

We all have our fingers crossed that the remaining eggs hatch and looking forward to banding!

Congratulations Lake Ridge!!

Stay tuned for further updates and news on a banding date.

You can see the short video I was able to shoot with the wireless camera at:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCSHlNQ5LCbkTPps432yxEaQ


!!! Allot of new exciting events and happenings to report from Lake Ridge,, stay tuned,,, your gonna like it!!

April 24, 2015 - Oshawa - Lakeridge Hospital

Mark Nash Reports:

April - 2015
I apologize for the lack of recent news and happenings from the Oshawa Lake Ridge hospital nest site, but we have been incredibility busy trying to stay ahead of the peregrines with regards to all of the work that we’re been involved in while out in the field this spring. We have manufactured, delivered and installed three new nest boxes and two new nest trays all in time for the nesting season,, and as you might imagine, its been a very hectic time indeed!
The birds wait for no-one!

Remembering that while we are a Federally chartered Canadian Charity, (a non-profit organization), we are for the most parts, a volunteer run organization, one that receives absolutely no funding or financial support from any form of government, and as such, we are solely dependant on the support of the community through sponsorship support, contributions and tax deductible donations from the private sectors to do what we do.

That being said, in short,, here is a very short update on the Oshawa peregrines,,, - (until we can organize our field notes and get them chronologically posted).

There is renewed territorial activity of the peregrines at the Oshawa Lake Ridge Hospital site, - (although the pair remained territorial on and around the hospital all winter long, and never did migrate)! As such, the CPF manufactured a custom made nest box that was later installed by the hospital staff just in time to catch the peregrines involved in courtship. Copulation between the pair was observed and later, the resident adult male was successful in convincing his mate to use the new nest box! Given the recent observation reports, we believe that the pair have in fact now laid egg(s) and involved in full time incubation of same,,, (in the new nest box)!!! :-) :-) :-)

Stay tuned for more detailed notes and the full story to follow…..


Salveo Staying High with Alfrieda and Simcoe

July 27, 2014 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

Bruce Massey Reports:

On Sunday I travelled out to the Lakeridge Hospital site in Oshawa to check in on Salveo and her parents Alfrieda and Simcoe.  After checking in with security I headed out to the west side of the hospital to take a look for the family and found all three at home.  Salveo has made several flights since she fledged and today was sitting up on an elevation one step down from the nest ledge.  Alfrieda and Simcoe were both around the southwest corner area keeping an eye on their young daughter and preening the day away.  After about an hour or so Alfrieda took off on a hunt but did not return for a while so I called it a day with Salveo still on the ledge where I first located her and Simcoe on the southwest corner.

Daddy Simcoe defending his nest during the banding.

July 15, 2014 - Toronto - Canada Square Building - Yonge and Eglinton

Marion Nash Reports:

Simcoe was busy defending the nest as Tracy and Kathy from CPF collected the little hatchling at the Oshawa Lakeridge hospital nest site this past weekend. The hatchling was named “Salveo”, (which means in good health) in a name the chick contest by the Hospital staff later that day. You can see the yellow tape on Simcoe’s band that I placed overtop of his Silver USFW band at his banding. Many thanks to Tracy from the CPF for the being able to capture some great pictures of Simcoe.

Marion


!!! Simcoe from Canada Square nest 2012 hatch is now a dad nesting at the Oshawa Lakeridge Hospital!

July 12, 2014 - Toronto - Canada Square Building - Yonge and Eglinton

Marion Nash Reports:

July 12th - 2014

Tracy was able to confirm via photographs that she was able to take at the nest ledge during the extraction of the young hatchling that her two parents are in fact Simcoe who was produced at the Canada Square nest site at Yonge & Eglinton in 2012 and Alfrieda from Buffalo NY in 2012, confirmed via their leg band numbers.

What a great day and a successful banding! A huge thank you to all of the Lakeridge Hospital staff and their administration for hosting the banding event and making the day such a great success! A big thank you goes out to Mark Heaton from the Aurora District of the Ministry of Natural Resources who gave up yet another one of his days off to come out and band Oshawa Lakeridge Hospital’s newest resident, a young female peregrine hatchling that was produced by Oshawa’s first resident pair of peregrine falcons!

A huge thank you to the CPF team, Marion Nash, Tracy Simpson and Kathy Smith who also gave up yet another weekend of their time to pull this event together from our end to ensure that the young hatchling was extracted and returned back to her parents on the upper roof top.

Shortly after 10am, a huge crowd assembled down in the main lobby of the Lakeridge hospital, and by 10:20am, the star attraction had finally arrived from the roof. The entire outside rooftop nest ledge was viewed live from a colour GoPro camera worn by Tracy and Kathy that was displayed live-real-time on a large flat screen colour monitor that the hospital set up in the lobby beside the banding table to allow live viewing of the rooftop happenings.

Tracy and Kathy from the CPF were responsible this go-round to both safely extract the young peregrine hatchling from the upper roof elevation and to then remain on the upper oputside nest ledge elevation to distract both of the resident adult peregrine parents so that they wouldn’t realize that their young hatchling was missing during its absence for the banding. Marion from the CPF manned the banding table this banding to assist Mark Heaton from the MNR to do the banding.

Mark Nash from the CPF manned the mic and public address system to walk the audience through the banding procedure and to answer any questions throughout the banding event, and to take some of the photos to document the event.

A big thank you to Walter Raemisch who sent us some great photos of little SALVEO during her banding! Thank you Walter!

The particulars: The young hatchling was weighed, checked for its health, and successfully banded and named without incident and safely returned back it parents.

The little female hatchling, - now 28 days old,, (now identified clearly as a female, weighed 910 grams and was named “Salveo” by the hospital staff after a name the chick contest was completed). The name Salveo means “To be well, To be in good health”),, and that couldn’t have been any further from the truth, as she was a very healthy baby peregrine hatchling indeed!

She was banded with a Solid Black Canadian Recovery leg band number - Y over 90 and in typical fashion, a small piece of coloured Red tape was applied to her Silver USFW band so she can be easily identified at distance during her fledge period.

Tracy was able to confirm via photographs that she was able to take at the nest ledge level after the extraction that her two parents are in fact Simcoe and Alfrieda, confirmed via their leg band numbers.

Ernest (Earnie) Schouwerwou was on hand (the hospital staffer that first discovered the peregrines on the hospital less than a week ago) to help with the banding and was able to hold little Salveo during the banding process.

A great day indeed, with an incredible team of people that really scrambled in very short notice to make this all happen!!
The hospital has agreed to work with CPF and plans are now underway to have CPF manufacture and install a proper nest box on the hospital for their resident peregrines thus ensuring that they have more accommodating nesting conditions down the road.

As we have long since learned, with that of many of the urban nest sites, that a properly constructed nest box with the appropriate nesting sub-straight and drainage can make the difference from a total failure (or partial hatch) to a much better situation for the nesting adults, and increased production and success rate for the adults. There was also talk of a nest camera which would be a very welcomed addition to the nest, as it provides a great management tool to help with the logistics and management of the nest, in addition to being an incredible educational opportunity for all!

Stay tuned……………….


!!! Oshawa Lakeridge Hospital banding success! A very healthy young female hatchling named Salveo!

July 12, 2014 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

CPF Postmaster Reports:

July 12th - 2014
What a great day and a successful banding! A huge thank you to all of the Lakeridge Hospital staff and their administration for hosting the banding event and making the day such a great success! A big thank you goes out to Mark Heaton from the Aurora District of the Ministry of Natural Resources who gave up yet another one of his days off to come out and band Oshawa Lakeridge Hospital’s newest resident, a young female peregrine hatchling that was produced by Oshawa’s first resident pair of peregrine falcons!

A huge thank you to the CPF team, Marion Nash, Tracy Simpson and Kathy Smith who also gave up yet another weekend of their time to pull this event together from our end to ensure that the young hatchling was extracted and returned back to her parents on the upper roof top.

Shortly after 10am, a huge crowd assembled down in the main lobby of the Lakeridge hospital, and by 10:20am, the star attraction had finally arrived from the roof. The entire outside rooftop nest ledge was viewed live from a colour GoPro camera worn by Tracy and Kathy that was displayed live-real-time on a large flat screen colour monitor that the hospital set up in the lobby beside the banding table to allow live viewing of the rooftop happenings.

Tracy and Kathy from the CPF were responsible this go-round to both safely extract the young peregrine hatchling from the upper roof elevation and to then remain on the upper oputside nest ledge elevation to distract both of the resident adult peregrine parents so that they wouldn’t realize that their young hatchling was missing during its absence for the banding. Marion from the CPF manned the banding table this banding to assist Mark Heaton from the MNR to do the banding.

Mark Nash from the CPF manned the mic and public address system to walk the audience through the banding procedure and to answer any questions throughout the banding event, and to take some of the photos to document the event.

A big thank you to Walter Raemisch who sent us some great photos of little SALVEO during her banding! Thank you Walter!

The particulars: The young hatchling was weighed, checked for its health, and successfully banded and named without incident and safely returned back it parents.

The little female hatchling, - now 28 days old,, (now identified clearly as a female, weighed 910 grams and was named “Salveo” by the hospital staff after a name the chick contest was completed). The name Salveo means “To be well, To be in good health”),, and that couldn’t have been any further from the truth, as she was a very healthy baby peregrine hatchling indeed!

She was banded with a Solid Black Canadian Recovery leg band number - Y over 90 and in typical fashion, a small piece of coloured Red tape was applied to her Silver USFW band so she can be easily identified at distance during her fledge period.

Tracy was able to confirm via photographs that she was able to take at the nest ledge level after the extraction that her two parents are in fact Simcoe and Alfrieda, confirmed via their leg band numbers.

Ernest (Earnie) Schouwerwou was on hand (the hospital staffer that first discovered the peregrines on the hospital less than a week ago) to help with the banding and was able to hold little Salveo during the banding process.

A great day indeed, with an incredible team of people that really scrambled in very short notice to make this all happen!!
The hospital has agreed to work with CPF and plans are now underway to have CPF manufacture and install a proper nest box on the hospital for their resident peregrines thus ensuring that they have more accommodating nesting conditions down the road.

As we have long since learned, with that of many of the urban nest sites, that a properly constructed nest box with the appropriate nesting sub-straight and drainage can make the difference from a total failure (or partial hatch) to a much better situation for the nesting adults, and increased production and success rate for the adults. There was also talk of a nest camera which would be a very welcomed addition to the nest, as it provides a great management tool to help with the logistics and management of the nest, in addition to being an incredible educational opportunity for all!

Stay tuned……………….