!!! 4 Eggs confirmed!!! Full time incubation!!

April 30, 2015 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

Mark Nash Reports:

April 30th - 2015

Some great news indeed! With a huge thank you to Ken and Ernie out at the Oshawa Lake Ridge Hospital for spending the time with me today, getting me safely to and from the roof elevation where the nest box was installed for the grins to complete a site visit and nest box inspection in an effort to confirm what’s been going on with the peregrines.

I am delighted to report that we can confirm that the pair are in fact involved in full time incubation with 4 eggs in the nest box!! In addition, one of the other two important questions was also answered, (who are the resident adults)??.

Well, we can positively confirm after reviewing the photos taken during my visit today that the resident adult female is in fact still Alfrieda, (a peregrine that was produced in Buffalo NY in 2012), banded with a Black over Green 73 over AW .

Sadly although, we were not able to confirm the identity of the resident adult male,, (but highly suspect that it is still Simcoe, Banded Black 63 over X), a peregrine that was produced at the Canada Square nest site in Toronto at Yonge & Eglinton. While the resident adult male was observed today as dawning a solid Black coloured band, we were NOT able to get a positive ID on him and we can not positively confirm that it is Simcoe.

Over the past two weeks, there has been a territorial dispute and fighting between two males,, so it will be interesting to see who the “victor” is!

Over the past weeks, Ernie has been monitoring the peregrines as close as he can and provided some really important observation reports that helped us plan the nest box install, and with the support of Ken and all of the engineering staff for physically getting the nest box installed at its current elevation without the need of a crane that was originally proposed to be able to get the nest box to its final resting place.

In short, a lot of brute force and back breaking manpower indeed, as you know, the new CPF nest boxes are now being made from the newer marine composite materials, (with the composite boards that are twice as heavy as the equivalent sized wood products)! Then there is the typical 50 pound bags of pea-gravel, with each nest box requiring 5 plus bags!

The next step is the nest box camera. Because of the rather hasty install of the net box,,, (remembering that the birds wait for no one),, and we were just in time to get the new nest box installed, there simply was not enough time to get the camera in along with all of the power lines and internet feeds installed.

Also remembering, that we made the decision to install the nest box at a different elevation that was originally planned, (due to the fact that the peregrines decided to go to another location and different elevation on the hospital that they nested on last season)!!! Talk about having to scramble AGAIN and change your plans! As you know, working with peregrines, you gotta be flexible and be able to act / react quickly!!

Over the next few weeks while the pair are involved in their incubation, (and thank goodness things will be much more stable), we will be working on the new nest box camera. It is our plan to have it programmed and ready to be installed during the time that the young hatchlings are out of the nest box while they are being banded. We will install the new colour nest box cam when we have to go to the nest box for the extraction, as this is a time that we have to wait at the nest box until the banded hatchlings are returned.

The hospital is planning to make ready a temporary power supply and the internet connection so we can power up the camera and get its live signal to the internet.

Stay tuned……………….

!!! Oshawa Lake Ridge Hospital peregrines are on site and getting ready to lay eggs!

March 26, 2015 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

Mark Nash Reports:

March 26th - 2015

A quickly update on the Oshawa Lake Ridge Hospital peregrines. I was able to spend several hours today out in Oshawa after having delivered the new nest box that the CPF has built for them to provide a more hospitable nesting habitat for their resident peregrines. I was delighted to catch both peregrines in view, and I was lucky enough to have arrived on site with camera in hand when the “love-birds” were involved in courtship and mating activities with one another.

It would appear that the peregrines have decided to focus their attention on a lower roof top elevation as a possible location to lay their eggs this season, in comparison to the higher roof top elevation that they used last season. All of their attention during the three plus hours that I was on site, was focused entirely on this lower elevation.

Actually, after taking a close detailed look at this lower elevation, it appears to be a much better choice to nest, given that it has protection from both sides as well as a back wall that will protect them from any driving winds and rain. This particular spot emulates the typical “ledge” type nesting environment that peregrines look for when selecting a nest site. As we know only too well, peregrines typically don’t nest on the “top” of cliffs and prefer the safety and protection of a ledge on the side of the cliff. In this case, (and with most of the urban nesting peregrines), this particular elevation surrounded by walls on three sides is just that, a “big ledge” on the side of a man made cliff.

The other good news, is that I don’t see that this elevation is any more challenging to install the nest box on, although, it does remain to be seen when the time comes, as our initial plans was to install the new nest box on the other higher elevation roof top where they had nested and laid their egg last season.

While we have no visual confirmation of any eggs having been laid this season here at the Oshawa Health nest site, (and given the both birds were visible at the same time for over an hour, and copulation was observed during my visit), it is not likely that any eggs have been laid as yet given these events. (Also, in consideration of the cold unseasonal temps that we are still experiencing), if there were egg(s), the female would not have been off her incubation duties for this length of time if there was in fact any eggs,,,,,,

The colder temps usually have the females down in full time incubation regardless almost from the get-go regardless of the amount of eggs that they have produced.

It was obvious that neither of the resident peregrines were involved in any sort of incubation during the three hours of my observation period.

That being said, copulation has obviously begun, and egg(s) are very soon to follow!!!

I have attached some photos, (although not very good ones) as it was still spitting rain, somewhat misty and still quite breezy and cold! So there lies my excuse for such crappy photos! Hmmm, maybe I Just can’t admit to being a crappy photographer.

Stay tuned,,,, as there are more updates to follow………….

!!! And now let the games begin!

July 29, 2014 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

CPF Postmaster Reports:

July 29th - 2014
Hi All,
I just saw all 3 of our peregrines in flight, Salveo was chasing one parent and the second parent was dive bombing her as they all flew around the hospital area. Salveo was doing a lot of screeching and also was very capable at landing on the roof ledge and taking off a number of times. What a thrill! Saw one of the parent do a very close fly by of a louvered area to try to flush out some pigeons.

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.

!!! Some good photos of Salveo

July 28, 2014 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

CPF Postmaster Reports:

July 27th - 2014Hi All
I went yesterday afternoon, from 2:30 to 4pm
Alfrieda (Mother) was around the corner for the first 15 minutes. She left and I never saw either parents again.

Two ravens flew buy at 3:30pm and Salveo hollered at them and then puffed out her wings. The parents were not in view at the time.
Salveo did not fly, spent most of the time on the ledge grooming.


!!! Salveo Flying, so far staying off the ground!

July 28, 2014 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

CPF Postmaster Reports:

Friday July 25th - 2014
Bruce reports from Oshawa today that Salveo is so far staying out of trouble and still high on one of the Hospital roof elevations.
He was able to hook up with Kevin and they watch Salveo for a time who seemed quite comfortable and relaxed about her situation.
Bruce reports:
Confirmed sighting of Salveo, she on W side of Hospital on the ledge the 2 Ladders coming down from N/L.
BE Massey

!!! Salveo takes her first flights! So far, staying off the ground level!

July 21, 2014 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

Mark Nash Reports:

July 21st -2014
One of the parents just brought her a meal, (Swiss Chalet) :-) and is sitting beside her on the same ledge, the other parent is 2 stories above watching.

Hi to all,
Salveo has taken her first flight, she is now sitting on a parapet ledge 2 stories below the roof where we captured her for banding.
The parents are both flying on the other side of the hospital, again they could be hunting.
Very cool.

Some Photos of the Resident Adults at Lakeridge Hospital in Oshawa

July 14, 2014 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

Tracy Simpson Reports:

On Saturday the CPF pulled together quickly to band the single young female chick hatched at the Lakeridge Hospital.  The resident adults, Alfrieda from the Central Terminal nest site in Buffalo and Simoce from Canada Square here in Toronto, were in fine form giving Kathy Smith and I a good talking to.  They came in several times but not too close as they are new to this and have some confidence building to do as productive parents.  Still they were very active and did a great job.

Salveo, the single female chick, was banded downstairs and represents a new generation in the Windwhistler and Erin family tree.  She is the great great granddaughter  of this famous Toronto pair still nesting to this day at 18 King Street East, both now at the age of 16.  Congratulations Lakeridge on your successful hatch and we look very forward to the future with Alfrieda and Simcoe.

!!! 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……………….

Oshawa Lakeridge Hospital banding confirmed!

July 11, 2014 - Oshawa - Oshawa Activity

Mark Nash Reports:

July 11th - 2014
We have been able to pull together the banding event for Saturday July 12th at 10am in the main lobby of the Lakeridge Hospital!
You are all invited to attend!

Please come out and support your peregrines.
Stay tuned for banding photos and details…………..