!!! Eggs gone

May 15, 2015 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

Looks like the first set of eggs were not fertile. only 2 of the 3 eggs could be seen on May 7th and on May 15 all 3 were gone. I checked all ledges to see if there had been any more laid but there was nothing yet. Will have to give Lyn time to lay another clutch and then hatch so will not be going up to check for a while.

No Hatch Yet!

May 07, 2015 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

Still no hatch. Lyn was up off eggs fast to voice her opinion about us being there so I snapped a shot and left. will have to back again next week or so to have another look. Could only see 2 of the eggs.


!!! Markham and Milner update

April 14, 2015 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

Kathy and I went out to take a look at the Yellow Pages nest today to see 3 eggs now for the Petra/Yellow Pages Falcons. The male was not in site but the female was closely guarding her eggs and would not fly off so I was not able to confirm her band numbers.


Lots of Activity at Yellow Pages

April 04, 2015 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Tracy Simpson Reports:

Yesterday Bruce Massey was out at the Yellow Pages nest site and found both of the adults at home…   …with company. A third bird, identified as a female, briefly entered the territory and was fully escorted out by the pair. The resident adults quickly returned and copulated on the nest building cementing their bond and intent. Although Bruce was unable to confirm band numbers yesterday he was able to see that the female was wearing a black over green recovery band with a silver USFW which is consistent with Linn. He will continue to work on confirming identities this week.

!!! Scarborough resident peregrines are very active indeed!!

March 05, 2015 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

CPF Postmaster Reports:

March 5th - 2015
A huge thank you to Alex and Kurt for sending in these photos of the Yellow Pages peregrines.

Alex writes:
Despite the frigid weather seems life continues as normal. Beefing up for this year’s Spring Fling; new eggs and long incubation. These photos were taken by my co-worker Kurt, at about 8.30am this morning in the parking lot, south west of the Yellow pages building. Unlucky seagull
Alex Mitchell


All Three Kids Spotted at Yellow Pages

July 27, 2014 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Bruce Massey Reports:

On Sunday I checked in at the Yellow Pages nest site in the hopes of finding some of the family members at home.  I parked over by the Wynne Fitness and proceeded to head over towards the nest building when I could make out two birds on the upper ledges.  I took a look with my scope and was able to see that two of the juveniles were up napping away together and the third juvenile was actually down in the ledge and all that I could see was its head confirming that this was not an adult.  I quickly scanned for the parents but was unable to see them from my position.  Still, a great site check with all three of the youngsters in view.

!!! Beachville territorial female has been identified! Its Rihannon from the Yellow Pages nest site!

July 27, 2014 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Mark Nash Reports:

Sunday July 27th - 2014
The Beachville territorial female has been identified! Its Rihannon from the Yellow Pages nest site!
Wow, Lucie and Richard are determined!!! Great works guys as all of your efforts have paid off!!

Lucie texted me Sunday with some great news, in that she and Richard attended the Beachville Quarry site again this weekend determined to get the identity of the territorial female that has hooked up with Joe - Black banded 48 over Y, the little 2010 Hamilton produced male who they earlier identified a week ago on one of their earlier visits. Well, their efforts have paid off, as they were able to identify the territorial female via its leg bands, - (Black 53 over X).

After checking the banding database, Black 53 over X turns up to be a peregrine named Rihannon, a female peregrine produced at the Scarborough Yellow Pages nest site in 2011. Her parents are Linn hatched 2007 from Rochester NY USA and Rueben, hatched in 2003 from Wisconsin USA.

During their visits over the past month since the peregrines were reported, we have found no evidence of them having actually produced offspring this season as we would have seen fledgling juveniles still hanging around at this time in the season. As we know, the fledglings are solely dependant on their adults for food, training and support for 2 to 3 months after they fledge,, and there is no evidence of any fledglings.

That being said, our fingers are crossed that the pair will stay (or return if they migrate) and produce offspring next season………..

!!! Just when you thought it was safe to go out of the house! False alarm, thank goodness!

July 09, 2014 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Mark Nash Reports:

July 9th - 2014
At 11:45pm last night my cell phone range out and had my scrambling to locate my phone. I must admit, I hesitated to actually answer the phone once I found it as calls that come in at this hour of the night are not usually attached with good news. This is the time of year when the fledge watches are over and we’ve already had to deal with the fledge mortality that is typical of the fledge watch period.

While the young fledglings are now able to hold their own altitude and no longer in need of our direct assistance rescuing them from the sidewalks and other ground dangers, it is the time when the we see the mortality increase again as the young fledgling peregrines are now way toooo over confident and get careless with the incredible speed that they have built up. If they haven’t already learned about windows early on in their first flights, making contact with windows at this stage of their flight development usually spells disaster and the mortality numbers increases yet again.

Well, the call came from the security desk across the street from the Yellow pages nest site, with security telling me that one of the young peregrine falcons was lying on its side on the ground out in the corner of their parking lot at 305 Milner and asked if someone was available to attend and could help the bird. They had one of their other security officers out in parking lot guarding the bird concerned that the bird wold be at risk as there were a number of wild cats and raccoons in the area.

So, it was back in the car out and on the road at midnight rushing to the Scarborough Milner business court location. I was met in the darkened parking lot by one of the Milner business court security officers who lead me out to where the bird was laying. As I approached , I prepared myself for the worst and remembering taking a deep breath in an effort to deal with what I was expecting to see.

Well, much to my surprise, the bird turned out to be a young fledgling pigeon, one that had obviously hit one of the office buildings and had sustained server injuries as a result of the impact. I was able to retrieve the bird and placed it into the rescue carrier wrapped in one of the towels for safe transport. Sadly, the bird died prior to arriving back home.

!!! The best is yet to come!! Photographers, get your camera’s!

July 09, 2014 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

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!

!!! A spot check yields some great stuff!!

July 07, 2014 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Mark Nash Reports:

Monday July 7th - 2014
A quickly spot check this evening of the three fledglings couldn’t have been better timed!! Just as I arrived and drove around from the south side to the north side of the building, I could see at least one fledgling roosting way up on the upper most part of the Yellow Pages illuminated sign on the south elevation, and what appeared to be another juvenile in the centre portion of the very top of the triangular roof where Ruben usually sits to over see his territory. As I drove around to the west side, then to the north side and parked my vehicle, one of the fledglings took flight from the upper most portion of the YP roof where I had earlier spotted it. It was vocalizing as it took flight, and seconds later, Ruben - (dad) flew past this upper roof elevation with food in his clutches.

The airborne juvenile flew underneath dad and turned and rolled sideways,,, and proceeded to grab the food package from dad while they were both in flight!!

It was a spectacular and truly an amazing thing to see given that the fledglings were having difficulty just holding their altitude only a few days ago!!! The juvenile, now with food in hand - (must have Lorne - Blue tape), flew around upper portion of the entire building, (directly over my head and was illuminated by the setting sun),, gaining altitude, and eventually landed (after its second revolution around the upper portion of the building), on the very top of the peak of the YP most upper rooftop where it had taken off from.

Suddenly, a second juvenile appeared in my view, standing on the very same spot where its sibling had taken off from - (from the same upper peak rooftop, obviously hidden from my view by the white pipes that run up the slopped roof edges). Seconds after the fledgling landed with the food, I watched in amazement the two fledglings share the food in quite a tender family moment. MURPHY’s LAW,,,, NO CAMERA!!!!!! Yes, I didn’t bring my camera this time,, one of the only days throughout the bandings and fledge watches over the past 4 weeks that I didn’t bring my camera :-( !!!!!!!!

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you which juvenile it was, as without the zoom lens and the digital enhancement to blow up the photos or a scope, the height is way tooo high to identify who is who other than being able to identify them as juveniles or adults.

Oh well, I did get to see this with my own eyes, first hand never-the-less, and couldn’t wait to get home to tell Marion that all three are doing just fine!!!

I have attached some CPF stock photos of the Scarborough Yellow Pages building so you have an idea of the height of the building and the actual rooftop peak.
I will NEVER again leave my camera at home when doing site visits!!!!!!!!!!!!