Rey, Eleven & Hopper hanging out, looking good!

July 20, 2020 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Spot check : Toronto /Don Mills /Amexon : I was delighted to see all three juvies,  first I saw all three having their afternoon siesta, from my office, on the sign at 250. Then I dropped by after work and found all three on the nest ledge! Rey had food and plucked and ate it while the other two watched. They all look great, nice to see all three hanging out together ❤️

Hopper, Eleven & Rey are doing well!

July 06, 2020 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:

SPOT CHECK: Toronto/Don Mills/Amexon: Everyone is doing great here! I have been seeing them whenever I am in to work, usually during their afternoon siesta-and Monday I was lucky enough to see them before and after work. All three were in sight and I was able to ID all. Once it cools off a bit(hopefully soon!) I would like to go after dinner and see some flying but for now, just knowing they are all ok is fine with me! Stay cool, stay safe everyone…Cathy

Welcome home Hopper, Rey & Eleven!!

June 16, 2020 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Update: Toronto/Don Mills/Amexon: June 15 & 16: Sally & I met up to check on this family Monday night to see if they had come home–all were over on the condos still! Two( we think they were different juvies, only ID’d one) flew home but then headed back. One was definitely Rey, guessing the other was Hopper. We called it a night as they did not look like they were coming. Last night, I headed over around 7pm and was delighted to see one juvie on a letter! And it was Eleven!!! Way to go! I saw the other two over on the condo so moved the car and settled in. And in came a second juvie, landed right beside Eleven–Rey!! They found a stash of Dad’s lol and nibbled on that and preened. I caught a flash going around the building–could this finally be the elusive Hopper??!! Yep. In he flew, around and around, chasing Dad. Landing and then off again, way over the DVP southwest to the apartments there-chasing dad off the roof—and a bunch of pidgeons. Then back again-a very hungry juvie. He finally landed above the girls. And there I left them..I am sure food would be coming soon so they could settle for the night 

And then there were 3!!!

June 14, 2020 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Well,I didn’t feel like staying at home, so I headed back over to close the night out. And was I ever glad I did! I got my bins on those dots over at the condos-and, two..THREE!! Do I really see THREE!! Camera out, got the pic, blew it up and yep, all three juvies on the condo roof!! Whoohoo. Back together again. I called Sally and she was there in a flash. We happily watched them flying around over there and then got to see a juvie fly all the way home and land on the Intel building!!! It ended up that it was Rey!!! Great flight . Would the other two joing her? Nope. And back she flew lol. We closed the night out watching those dots–tho we did try going over for a closer look(the condos are private and gated so no go). We had seen one juvie fly and land on a balcony(high up) on the outside of the glass. Now it looked like outside a party room, so thankfully no one to disturb him/her for the night(of course this happened at close to dark). So that is where he was for the night. A very sad start to our day but a joyful end to the day, to see these 3 together again. And since all are flying very high and well, we close this watch already with spot checks ahead(I was determined to see if they would come home). Looking forward to seeing some great flying from these 3 in the days, weeks to come!!

Part 1 June 14

June 14, 2020 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Sunday June 14, 2020 Part 1:
We arrived to find the two juvies still over on the condos off in the distance. We were just discussing how we were truly missing one juvie, ugh, we got the news of poor Hope’s fate. That really hit us. Bruce came was sad. After Bruce headed off to Canada Square to check on the kids there, we sat and talked. Finally, I said we are literally watching dots playing…let’s go to Don Mills/old Harlequin, check on the remaining kids. Needed to be there I guess. So off we went and saw them both doing well. We decided to call it quits and go home for a bit of a rest. So here are some of the pics that Sally & I got that day….

And now Eleven-kids are moving to the condos!!

June 13, 2020 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Saturday June 13,2020: This morning started off with nobody in view.

Not surprisingly, Rey was not where we left her the night before. She’s moved on from her overnighter on the solar power panel scaffolding. We scanned rooftops for the parents as they often reveal a lot of information…

I met up with Cathy, and while my partner Don kept an eye on the nest ledge, we drove out to get a better view of the surrounding buildings. Cathy found two birds on the condo buildings across the DVP!!!. She soon confirmed a parent and a juvie. Fantastic, but who were we watching?

While focusing on the condo buildings, Cathy saw an adult fly overhead and heard the familiar affectionate e-chupping. Hmmm was there a juvie nearby? I walked back to Cathy and we made plans to walk around the area. I spotted two birds on the low garage roof wall. OK. Two juvies now accounted for. Mum was eating in front of Eleven, who didn’t seem too motivated to hassle Mum for food so she’d clearly had a good breakfast before we had arrived. This also meant that we were probably looking at Rey way over on the condo buildings. What a flight. As Cathy said “the force really is with Rey!”.

Most of our day was spent waiting for Eleven to fly off from the parking structure, and not doze off in the sunshine.

We also kept an eye on the nest ledge, seeing food being brought in and parents coming and going, wondering if Hopper would pop up but no such luck.

And then there came Rey back home!! Way to go Rey! But she didn’t stay long, she headed back to the condo building-better digs?

Finally, Eleven flew, off to the east where she’d seen her sister fly to, but missed the condos. Damn. Don Valley Parkway highway, lots of apartment buildings, trees, Eglinton Avenue and part of the Don Valley…where did Eleven end up? Uh oh. So much visual clutter! We waited a while, then after not being able to even spot a parent, curiosity got the better of us and we drove over to the area we thought she was in. No luck. Drove back to the nest building, and waited. Fledge watch teaches you to watch and wait. Eventually we saw peregrine silhouettes flying their way to the condo buildings again. Sure enough we ended our day watching Eleven and Rey having a wonderful reunion on an upper curved roof. Lots of beaking and catching up.

As we lost decent sunlight, we closed the watch with the two female juvies over on the condo roof, and the parents over by the nest building.

Hopefully tomorrow we will get to see some lovely flying, and we continue to hope to see Hopper up on the nest ledge, eager to finally fledge.
Cathy & Sally

Rey fledges–maybe Hopper too?

June 17, 2020 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:

FLEDGE WATCH: TORONTO/DON MILLS/AMEXON: Sorry, I am late with this one! Doing two fledge watch sites is busy-I decide to finish Toronto/Don Mills first, then didn’t get home til 11:30pm Friday night and it just got away from me lol. So, with help from Sally and her notes(bless her), who was there every day all day with me–here goes(I am doing separate posts for each day with pics)

JUNE 11/12: Thursday I was running back and forth so only spent a couple of hours here. I saw all three FINALLY on the nest ledge and was thrilled to see them all. I got a few pics off then back to Quest & her brood.
Friday, Sally & I were there all day. We arrived to find only 2 on the ledge, parents on the buildings. Hmmm, please don’t tell me we missed a fledge! Parents weren’t looking or seemed concerned. Tons of food going into the nest-was there just a shy Hopper(we saw the other 2) at the back of the nest? He was old to be fledging(42 days already)-hope he was ok. We watch who we can see…all we can do.A late lunch contributed to nothing much happening until after 3pm–And we finally saw a fledge! A strong flight, southbound and losing altitude.Parents had the juvie in sight though and Cathy found the juvie…solar panels scaffolding. Juvie attempted to return but strong winds redirected the juvie to the solar panels. Jenna flew over and spent over an hour showing her girl how to get herself out of this-hopping onto rails and back and then flying out and back. It really was something to watch! Then she headed back to the buildings to watch. Seagulls buzzed and dived. Eventually our juvie flapped over onto the scaffolding, got clipped by a seagull and ended up looking rather defeated and unsure on lower solar panel railing.
I think the ultimate was realizing we hadn’t stopped to check WHO had fledged and who we were watching until near the end of the watch when Cathy looked up to check the juvie on the ledge and realized it was a red band (after we were convinced red may have fledged, because of her eagerness running back and forth and lots of wingersizing)
We’re pretty sure it’s Rey who fledged. NOTE: After looking at our pics, we knew it was Rey who fledged lol
Cathy & Sally

Hopper finally emerges!!

June 06, 2020 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Well, finally!  I have been watching and waiting to see this little face and this morning I finally got a glimpse-for about 3 minutes lol.  I snapped a few pictures from quite a distance , not the best but it was sure good to see him(and I am assuming that it is Hopper, as I saw no legs at all but the boys are typically first out so….).  Should be seeing more of him every day now…

Banding May 20th Donmills and Eglinton

May 20, 2020 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Marion Nash Reports:

A few Outside shots of the banding extraction

Banding Day! It’s 2 girls and a boy for Jenna & Chester!

May 20, 2020 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Another 2 bandings today! First up-Don Mills/Amexon/ICICI-It’s 2 girls and a boy for Jenna & Chester! Welcome: Eleven(female, 720g, banded Z/34, Red tape), Hopper(male, 545g, banded 08/AW, Blue tape) and Rey(female, 630g, banded Z/33, Green tape). The girls were very loud and fiesty, Hopper was a tad quiet but he was also the youngest so…Jenna & Chester were very on full alert and attack-Jenna knocked Marks helmet off and then grabbed his hat on the way back!! She took it-Mark watched as she tried to tear it and then drop it in the parking lot! There! You take my kids, I take your hat lol! Mark was fine and even found his hat after! Mom & Dad were very happy to have the kids back, safe and sound Looking forward to a busy fledge watch