It was Kojis that flew on Sunday

June 27, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

Tracy is on site this morning and confirmed the band tape color on the chick that fledged yesterday, it’s Kojis. He is still on the same ledge on the north side of the building. Lyn is teasing him and trying to get him to take another flight. The 2 girls have not popped up out of the nest yet this morning so we expect they get fed earlier and are napping. Stay tuned for more reports tonight.

!!! 1 Has flown

June 27, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

June 26th 2016
Dave started the watch on Sunday morning and although it was very hot it was also very windy so it helped. He could only see 2 chicks in the nest and was concerned that we may have had one go already but could not see one anywhere else.
When Mark and I arrived in the early afternoon it was still very windy and we could see the adults fighting the wind just to land on the top of the building. We also only saw 2 chicks at a t time but I know they do play whack a mole up there on the ledge and pop up and down so we may only be seeing 1 or 2 at a time.

Lyn fed the chicks a tidbit of food in the late afternoon and soon after one of them started flapping it wings in the edge of the nest ledge and the wind blew it off. It flapped like mad and Lyn took to the air to assist. It hooked around to the front of the building and landed on the stone ledge safely.

The other 2 chicks got fed again just after 6:00 PM and stayed put until Mark and I called it quits at dusk.


!!! Banding day and a surprise

June 13, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

It turns out that there are 3 chicks not 2. There was 1 boy and 2 girls all healthy and good weights

Mark Heaton from the OMNRF banded the chicks with assistance from colleagues Scott and Craig and CPF volunteer Kathy Smith. This years chick extractor was CPF volunteer climber John Miler.

Canadian Wildlife Services did blood sampling on all 3 chicks as part of a toxicology study of fire retardants in our environment.

Male named Kojis 650 grams band Y over 29 with blue tape
Female named Lorraine 890 grams band S over 63 with red tape
Female named Velcro 845 grams band S over 64 with white tape

Thanks to Paul and Louis from Petra for putting this together for us and getting us access to the roof to collect the chicks.

Fledge watch should start in about 10 days stay tuned to follow the progress of the little ones.

Photos courtesy Ann Brokelman and Mark Nash


!!! Scarborough Yellow Pages Banding booked for June 13th - 2016

June 06, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Mark Nash Reports:

June 6th - 2016
We have good news on several fronts! With the discovery of the two hatchlings at the Scarborough Yellow pages nest sites, we have been able to schedule and book the banding with OMNRF and John Millar!
Banding day will be Monday June 13th, in the afternoon at 2-2:30pm.

We will be banding the 4 OPG Pickering hatchlings in the morning around 11 am, and should be finished and able to get back to the Yellow pages nest site by 2pm for set up,, with banding to take place in the lobby as in the past years,, (hopefully by 2:30 - 3:00 pm).

Hope to see you all there!

!!! Surprise, Surprise, Surprise,,,, Two very healthy hatchlings!!!

June 04, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Mark Nash Reports:

June 4th - 2016
With a short brake from the bandings, I was finally able to get back to finishing our site visits in an effort to get an update on what’s been happening at several of the other nest sites,, as we’re looking for second clutches and new hatches. Today, I was able to complete and visit three sites, including the Scarborough Yellow Pages nest site at Progress and Milner in Scarborough.

With Paul’s support, I attended the upper roof top walkway and checked the new nest location of Linn and her new mate. While the resident adult male was no where to be seen during my visit,, Linn was on site, and in fine form!! Linn’s Black over Green leg band 91 over V was very visible during my visit. Linn, the long standing resident adult female greeted us moments after exiting the door to the upper roof walkway.

We were quickly reminded that “she” is the lord and master and that the upper elevations are hers and hers only! It was quite obvious that we were not welcomed guests!! With Paul defending, I was able to briefly get my camera up and over the top of the retaining wall ledge and snapped a couple of photos of the nest ledge below.

Just at that moment, I felt the sting on the top of my head as Linn made yet another full contact hit! Paul and I quickly headed for the cover behind the retaining wall, eventually making our way around the south side of the building, and finally to safety and under cover behind the exit door. The entire event was something out of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror movie “The Birds”,, but this time we were the victim’s !!!! Oh my goodness, this girl is a no-nonsense peregrine!!

During the brief encounter, (yes we were being aggressively pursued, dive-bombed and stooped on with full contact hits), I was able to snap a few photos of Linn as she kited above us during her set ups for additional stoops and dive-bombing runs.

Lets just say, it would be understatement to say that we were both pleased to be off the roof and under cover!

Much to my delight, I was able to confirm that there was at least two very healthy hatchlings on the nest ledge! While there may have been a third hatchling under the overhang, there was no way I was going to hang around with my back exposed to Linn any longer with this bird. The photos should tell the story.


!!! We need your help!

May 06, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

CPF Postmaster Reports:

May 2016
We are in desperate need of your assistance!

We are looking for someone that has in-depth hands-on experience with WordPress.
There are several major changes needed to both update some portions of the CPF web site, in addition to some design changes and in need of an experienced WordPress person that has some spare time to donate to the CPF.

This individual should also have in-depth hands-on experience with the technical side of web site management.

Please if you can help, and some spare time, we would love to talk to you!

You can contact us at the Canadian Peregrine Foundation via our telephone number at: 416-937-7226 or by e-mail to marion@peregrine-foundation.ca

!!! Both Linn and George still the residents,, but a disturbing update!

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.
Stay tuned…………..


!!! It might appear that incubation may be underway! Two resident / territorial adults on site!

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.
Stay tuned……………

New Resident Male at Yellow Pages

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.

Sunday Spot Check at Yellow Pages

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.