April 02, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages
Mark Nash Reports:
Saturday April 2nd - 2016
Its looks like winter is back for another week, along with freezing artic temps and three separate clippers to come, all with snow about to hit us over the next 48 to 72 hours!
In an effort to get back out to do an update before the snow hits the fan and it gets really cold again, I was able to get back to the Scarborough Yellow Pages nest site to do get an update on what’s been happening.
Both resident adult Pefa’s were visible and in my view upon my arrival (on the upper rooftop of the building), but obviously no incubation was happening! Very odd indeed, given the blustery cold winds, snow flurries and wind chills!! I spent a good 30 minutes watching and observing the pair from the south eastern parking lot prior to going up to the roof. Both birds were roosting quietly on separate ledges on the east upper side of the building.
So it was back inside and up to the roof area with security to check the ledges. After checking all of the upper 8 ledges with no success (and no interest from either of the two resident adults), we decided to do a second-go-round, this time in the opposite direction to get a look at each of the 8 ledges from the left hand side. Remembering that there is a overhang that surrounds each ledge and its easy to miss something without taking a detailed look from both sides of each of the 8 ledges.
As we moved around to the south east corner ledges, we finally got a some attention by the resident adult female, (Linn who was easily identified by her Black 91 over Green V coloured leg band). Moments later, she was joined by her mate, George, (clearly identified as being George by his Black 54 over Green W coloured leg band). *See attached photos
Both birds spent some time scolding us, (along with the usual areal dive bombing) as they seems to be focusing their attention to us as we approached one of the upper eastern facing ledges. *See attached photos
A quick peek over top of the retaining wall to view down onto the ledge and the story (at least in part) unfolded. A sad story indeed!
*See attached photos
While I could speculate all day as to the potential causes, I just haven’t had the opportunity to watch the site over the past few months and without any recent history of events, it is impossible to say what has taken place and caused this net result at this point.
What I can report, is the obvious, while three eggs were clearly observed, two of the eggs were fractured with gaping holes in them, and all three eggs were dried out looking and almost pure white. There was no shine to the eggs, and they appeared to be sun bleached white. While Linn and George were quite territorial and protectant of the ledge itself,, neither birds ever attended to the ledge even after my visit.
I did spend 30 plus minutes down in the parking lot observing the birds behavior after my visit and both birds took up roosting positions on other ledge corners and did just that,, roosted. Again, neither birds showed any interests in the ledge with the eggs.
I can only hope that the eggs were from last season, and the pair have yet to lay eggs this year!
I will be back in a couple of weeks to do another site visit and hopefully will have some better news about the pair to report.
Posted on April 2, 2016 8:30 pm
March 27, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages
CPF Postmaster Reports:
Sunday March 27th - 2016
Doing it the old fashion way, (and much more rewarding I must admit), I spent some time out at the Yellow Pages nest site today. Although quite nice, sun shine and blue skies, the constant wind gusts did present challenges holding both the binoculars and digital camera steady for any length of time.
Again, faced with another high fever day and nagging flu symptoms, I could only stay a short time and made the best of my time as I could.
Moments after my arrival, a peregrine was observed flying in from the west and both landed and disappeared down into one of the upper northern western ledges. While it happened too quickly for me to identify its gender, (combined with the fact that I was alone and around the south west side of the building), it was obvious to me that the adult was on a mission to quickly get back to the building and down into the ledge!
As I was re-positioning to get a better look at the upper north west elevations of the building, a second falcon popped up from yet another one of the upper ledges on the north side of the building and flew around to the south east side of the building,, this time out of my view. By the time I get repositioned AGAIN,, it became quite obvious that playing this “cat & mouse / shell game” (given the 16 available nest ledges that surround the entire building) by myself was not going to be a productive afternoon, especially given the closeness to dark fall. With one nest site still to check, I decided to move on.
Conclusion,, Oh yes, two territorial Pefa’s on site,, and given the time of year with hormones running high, and most of the other nest nearby pairs are already on eggs (its breeding and egg production time don’t you know),, there is a high probability that the Yellow Pages pair are on egg(s), or very very close to laying.
Sadly, I can’t confirm who the two peregrines are that is on site,, but two adults are present!!!
We will have to return next week to do an upper ledge survey to confirm.
Posted on March 27, 2016 6:24 pm
July 17, 2015 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages
Bruce Massey Reports:
Over the past week I have made several trips out to the Yellow Pages nest site to try and confirm the resident adults band numbers. Prompted by Marion’s observations of no appearance or serious defense by Rueben during her site visits and the lack of young this year, I was determined to confirm that both Rueben and Linn were still here and running the territory. I was able to get Linn’s band number earlier in the week, black 91 over green V with a silver USFW band. The male was much more challenging.
On Monday, I was able to get a partial read of the black over green band and knew right away that this was probably NOT Rueben. The adults were also behaving like they were in courtship. I finally got a perfect look at the band and the male is black 54 over green W with a silver USFW band. Tracy contacted a few people in search of his identity and it turns out that he is George, hatched at the North Grand Island bridge in 2013. If he continues to hold this territory then he will be Linn’s new mate for the 2016 season.
We have not seen Rueben at all and have no idea of his current status. We do know that he was from Wisconsin, hatched in 2003 and at 12 he was getting on in years. Many of our older males this year have lost their territories to younger newcomers and it looks like that is the case here. If this occurred at some point during the nesting season (we were all busy at fledge watches and so unable to be on site to witness any changes) that might explain the clutch of eggs that were lost.
Posted on July 17, 2015 6:54 am
July 14, 2015 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages
Bruce Massey Reports:
This past Sunday I went out to Yellow Pages in the morning for a quick check in on the adults before the heat of the day moved in. I found both adults on the nest building and both were very active. After about 10 minutes, the two went on a hunt to the south and shortly thereafter the female returned to the Yellow Pages building and the male flew over to the floodlight over Wynne Fitness. The female then flew over and landed on the top of the Investors Group building so I re-positioned for a better look. By the time I was set up the male had already taken off on another hunt attempt but the female remained in place. I was able to get the scope on her and read her band number. I can confirm that the female is still Linn donning a black 91 over green V band from Rochester, New York. The male did not return for some time and the heat was coming on so I packed it up with plans to come back and confirm the ID on the male.
Posted on July 14, 2015 10:28 am
June 19, 2015 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages
Marion Nash Reports:
Checked Yellow Pages. Doesn’t look promising. Checked all the ledges. Lynn was on the NW ledge on north side but no signs of nest. Found 1 egg on NE ledge East side but not attended.
Posted on June 21, 2015 12:06 pm
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.
Posted on May 17, 2015 12:16 pm
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.
Posted on May 8, 2015 12:37 pm
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.
Posted on April 14, 2015 7:40 pm
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.
Posted on April 4, 2015 9:00 am
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.
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
Posted on March 5, 2015 6:50 pm