Nest site Summary of 2018

September 05, 2018 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

I know you have all missed keeping track of your local peregrine families but there is good news.

We now have someone to help with the web site and can post all the latest news.

Here is a quick summery of the 2018 nesting season, banding events and fledge watch. If you notice that I have not posted any information about the Bloor and Islington nest site it is because the nest failed this year. O’Connor the adult female has been replaced by a new female who although did lay eggs they did failed to hatch. We are not sure if O’Connor was killed by the new female in a territorial battle or if she has moved to an as of yet unknown location, hopefully the later is true.

Fledge Watch
although the fledge watchers were kept very busy by the fledglings and preformed many rescues we are happy to say that of the 41 chicks banded this season there were only 4 lost and 1 injured.

1 of the chicks lost produced at the Burlington Bridge nest was very sick with Trichominiasis a protozoan infection too advanced to save and who passed during extraction from nest.

The Second loss was Gigi from the Mississauga MEC nest site who unfortunately hit a window and died on impact.

The 3rd was Sun from the Toronto Downtown Sheraton Hotel nest who had gone missing for over a week and although our watchers made a tremendous effort to find him they began to expect by the end of the week that he passed. Unfortunately he was later found dehydrated and starving he was taken into rehab but passed same day.

I also got a report yesterday that one of the fledglings from 220 Duncan Mill Rd. Was found over the September long weekend in Hamilton with an injured wing. It turns out it is Loki identified by his band number X over 85. x-rays have been taken and shows a broken wrist so we are waiting on a report from the vet to see if this break is operable.

One other injury happened this year to the Adult male Lucifer in Kitchener at the CTV nest site and has been in rehab. Lucifer had a broken with that was operated on and he is now in flight pen to work the wing, His mate Mystery managed to keep her 4 chicks fed and protected but this is where the 4th loss comes in one of the chicks hopped off the nest box onto the tower where he spent a day or 2 and disappeared he was never found on the ground so we assume he was grabbed by and owl during the night. Hopefully all goes well for Lucifer and he will be released back to his mate soon.

Banding Events 2018

We are looking for funding to buy bands for next year as the Federal government is not longer supplying them to the Provinces and the Province of Ontario did not budget for them. If you are interested in supporting the banding program and help protect our Ontario produced falcon chicks please kindy make a donation to The Canadian Peregrine Foundation. You can send a cheque to the foundation at 25 Crouse Rd. Suite 20 Toronto, Ontario M1R 5P8 or go on line and click our donation button on the front page of the web site at Canada Helps.

This year there were several unhatched eggs and most of the chicks hatched were male. The weights at banding age for most of the chicks was also low compared to pervious years.

May 22nd 2018
Mississauga MEC

band Z21

William Osler Hospital

band X14

May 23rd 2018
Windsor Ambassador Bridge

band Y59

May 24th 2018
Hamilton Sheraton Hotel


band Y51

band Y52

band Y60

May 25th 2018
Oshawa Lakeridge Hospital

band Z22

Burlington Lift Bridge

band Y61

band X13

May 29th 2018
220 Duncan Mill Rd.

Male- Thor
band X83

band X84

Male- Loki
band X85

Male- Velcro
band X87

June 5th 2018
Canada Square

band X95

band X97

band R14

June 5th 2018
Rogers Centre

band Z23

Male-Grand Slam
Band Z24

Band X94

June 5th 2018
Toronto Downtown Sheraton Hotel

Male- Geoff
Band X15

Band X92

Band X93

June 6th

OPG Pickering

Female- Millidarry
Band Z25

Band Z26

Male- Chadwick
Band R15

Band Z27

June 6th 2018
Scarborough Yellow Pages

Band R16

Band Z67

June 8th 2018
ADM Mills Port Colborne

Female- Mongolia
Band Z59

Band X03

Male- Macaroon
Band X07

female-Red Velvet
Band Z63

June 20th
Mount Sinai Hospital

Male-Chase ( banded when rescued during fledge)
Band X05

2 other chicks not banded ( believed to be male)

June 27th 2018
Don Mills Amazon

Male-Professor X
Band X04

Female- Chalaza
Band- Z38

June 28th 2018
Kitchener CATV Tower

Band Z39

Female- Sadie
Band Z40

Band X12

Band W92

There were also 2 Quarry sites that produced chicks as did the Mississauga CRH Cement plant but due to bad logistics this year we were unable to get the age of the chicks in time to band. Hopefully we will get the information a bit quicker next year and if we are able to raise the funds needed to continue to band your chicks.

I will post some photos soon

Yellow Pages Fledge watch

June 17, 2017 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

Should begin the fledge watch on Monday June 19th looking fro volunteer help. Please contact Marion at 416-481-1233 or

!!! Another successful banding day

June 02, 2017 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

June 2nd 2017

3 boys and a girl for Scarborough.

Female- Named Wonder Woman band Z 13 red tape
Male-named Zisman band Y 45 Blue tape
Male- named Cezar band Y 46 Yellow tape
Male- named Luis band Y 47 White tape

All chicks are very healthy. Like most sites this year we have more boys than girls. the chicks are 19 to 21 days old today so the oldest chick should take flight in about 2 weeks fledge watch should start about June 14th.

1 hatch on or about May 13th

May 14, 2017 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

got a quick snap shoot of 1 chick hatch so far.

!!! 4 Eggs at Yellow Pages

May 01, 2017 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

April 29th 2017

There 4 eggs now at Yellow Pages and I will be checking for hatch later this week stay tuned.

!!! Kojes seen

December 14, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

Sighted Wednesday 14th December 2016 at 10.10 am — opposite #4286 the 4th Line, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario.

Longitude and Latitude 44.053606 -79.663067

Metal band on left leg with a ‘Y’ over ‘29′ no apparent white separator between them — blue band on right leg — photos are attached.

Weather: Temperature -9C - light wind from SW - mainly cloudy with occasional sun - no precipitation.

The bird had made a kill which is shown in the attached photos. It was observed to eat the entire kill over a period of some 20 minutes. No idea what species the kill was.

Gary Lane

All 3 fledglings observed and at home base!

July 09, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

July 6th-2016

Dave has been out to spot check the fledglings at the Yellow Pages nest site this week and reports that he seen all three fledglings high and safe on one visit and 2 on another. It seems that the little male “Kojis” has started to go on regular hunting trips now with dad and is not always home, with the two young females hanging around the nest with Lin.

All flying well and keeping altitude now

July 03, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

After the days watch we decided with all the fledglings flying well now including Lorraine and keeping altitude we would wind down the all day watch and move to spot checks.

Now the hunt training begins and there should be some very spectacular views of the kids and adults soaring, stooping and chasing each other in the skies so if you are a camera buff this will be your time.

Three Kids Doing Well and Linn Has a Fit on a Turkey Vulture Again and Again and Again

July 03, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Tracy Simpson Reports:

When I arrived this morning I at first found no one in sight.  I started a walkabout and after my first round of the building I found Lorraine up on the corner of the nest ledge looking the proud girl back home.  It took me a few minutes to find baby number two over at the Investors Group on the far west side.  I could just barely see a wee head poking out over the edge of the roof line.  I watched Lorraine for about a half an hour and realized I had yet to see the adults.  It wasn’t long after that thought that I could hear Linn before I heard her.  Alarm calls were echoing off of the building as a Turkey vulture floated across the large parking lot to the west towards the south end of the nest building.  The poor vulture had no idea that the wrath of Linn would be such a ripper of a time, literally.  Linn intercepted the vulture as it was moving east across the Yellow Pages south parking lot.  It made an unfortunate mistake and banked back towards the building.  Strike one.  Linn was riding like a bronco.  It was coming down low and tried to make it back west towards Investors Group where at least one juvenile sat watching.  Strike two.  Linn smacked it pretty hard.  The vulture then circled back east again and by this time Linn had had enough.  She drove the vulture down to about 3 feet off of the ground and they were both headed straight at the tent where I sat.  I ducked.  They missed and the vulture went down in the Mastermind parking lot just east of my location.  Um…  …wow.

After this incredible display of protective motherhood I took a walk over to the Investors Group to find out who I had over there.  As I got closer I could see a head and a tail.  Yup, both ends at the same time!?!  It took until I was almost right there to realize that I had not one but two juveniles sitting cheek to cheek!  Velcro and Kojis were having a wonderful time together roosting, preening and sleeping.  I left them to their moment and went back over to watch Lorraine as she is our weakest link.  At about 11am she finally decided to take flight but it was just a short exploratory one.  She flew from the nest ledge to the north side retaining wall at the top of the building.  No big feat but still a good coordinated flight.  I moved around to watch her on the north side when suddenly I heard juvenile howling.  I looked up to find George flying past Investors Group with Kojis in hot pursuit.  Much to my surprise, George pushed Kojis down onto the roof of the building as if to say, “You stay there now kid!”.  George then flew back towards the nest building and that’s when Lorraine decided it was time for her grand entrance.  She was intending to head over to the IG building as I could now see that Velcro had a chunk of food.  Off came Lorraine and she headed west.  George intercepted her in the air and turned her back.  She flew back around to the south side of the nest building and disappeared from my sight for a second.  Back around she came and she headed out north.  George intercepted her once again and turned her back to the nest building where she landed on top of the retaining wall.  Phew.  It was a good minute and a half or more of air time for her and she handled it perfectly.  She settled in and it was at that time that I headed out for the day leaving Mark and Marion to take over.

The first set of pictures are of Linn and her vulture followed by photos of the kids.

!!! Lorraine released again

July 02, 2016 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

July 2nd 2016

We had to hold Lorraine over in the carrier for the night as no one was in the building that could give access to the roof so we released Lorraine at 3:45 PM today and all went well. Mom saw her on the roof from her perch on the top peak of the fingers. Lorraine hopped up from the roof onto the retaining wall and was joined by Velcro and soon after mom. Velcro jumped down into the nest ledge followed by Lorraine and there the 2 stayed until we called it quits. Kojis traded places a couple times with mom on the very top peak above the fingers and finally flew off to the Investors Group building.

There were a couple invaders chased off by mom today far to the south one was a Red Tail Hawk the other was too far to see what she was after. Dad flew off in the early afternoon and we had not seen him until the chicks went to bed.