Ann checked in on the fledglings

June 20, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

Ann Brokelman checked in on the chicks yesterday and found Marta and Jet on the Thales Building and saw Jet take a stoop and land on one of the ledges with food from Quest. Also saw one of the other boys on same building and heard another screaming for food further away.

Thanks for the update Ann

Photos to come so stay tuned.

All flying well now

June 14, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

Now that the danger of grounding is over and all fledglings are keeping high we are winding down the watch to spot checks. We will still post any pictures and news anyone sends in.

A few pics from tonight

June 13, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:

I dropped by Harlequin this morning but only saw two juvies flying by so I went back this evening and was very very happy to see all 4 hanging out at 240!  Achilles & Jet were together on the top ledge, with Geddy right below them and then our Marta one below that!!  Quest flew in and stirred them up.  She got Achilles & Jet off the ledge and the three of them did some great flying-esp. Quest-wow!  She was showing them a thing or two!!  Just amazing!

The first pic is Marta, then Achilles & Jet, then Geddy,and I had to show Marta snoozing(of course lol) then the boys again!

Marta Achilles & Jet Geddy Marta Achilles & Jet

All 4 high and safe

June 13, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

Cathy Ker reported this evening all 4 on east side of 240 waiting on dinner, all is good!

2 more shots of Marta

June 13, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

For the Duncan Mill Rd. site followers

!!! Marta Found High And Safe!

June 12, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

June 12th - 2016
Not to much flying today with the strong wind gusts but the good news is that we found Marta!!

When we first arrived we found only one fledgling on the back upper ledge at 240 and had only one quick fly through by Quest. We could not hear any squawking when Quest flew through but there was a huge event with relay racing going on at the back parking lot of the Harlequin building with hundreds of children and adults and lots of noise so we likely could not have heard them anyway. We focused again on a massive ground search for Marta in the direction and area that we last saw her fly off too, but no luck.

With all the noise from the event the sound was bouncing off the buildings and echoing all over and Quest and her boys seemed to be keeping some distance or perhaps it was just too windy so Mark and I decided to go and get some breakfast and come back.

While we were eating Kathy and Irma came to help out and parched themselves in a spot beside Harlequin out of the worst of the wind to keep an eye on the nest building and 240.

Mark and I arrived shortly after and just as we did we saw Quest fly in and land on an upper ledge of the east side of 240 and join one of her chicks who ran over to her wings flapping with excitement. As soon as we parked I went over to have a look at who was on the ledge with her while Mark went over to talk to Kathy and Irma to get and give updates. I was not there for long when I saw Quest on yet another ledge the fledgling I had seen with her was still in the same spot and another fledgling was on a lower elevation.

I pulled out my camera hoping to get some shots of the leg bands on the 2 fledglings to get a band tape colour and see how we had there but again with the wind they were back from the edge and I just could not get a view of their bands. As I looked at both of them I could see that the one on the top ledge was larger than the one lower down so I was quite sure in my mind that it was Marta, if only I could get a look at that band!!!

I radioed over to Mark and the girls to let them know what I was seeing and Irma and Kathy came over to have a look with me bringing with them the spotting scope. We were not long together when Quest flew off her ledge past and got Marta up and moving and we were able to get a good look, It’s red shouted Irma she’s home!

I managed despite the gusty winds and my excitement to snap a quick picture and was able to confirm that yes it was indeed her. We stayed watching her for a short time until Quest came in and fed her and like Marta had always done before she ate and plopped down for a nap.

With Marta found and no more flying from anyone Kathy and Irma headed home and Mark and I closed off the day. There were a few flights by at least 2 of the boys over to the Tridel building and 1 short flight from Marta out half way to Tridel and then back to the upper ledge of 240.

By darkness, we had all four fledglings in view, all high and out of danger!!!

Marta takes flight

June 11, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

June 11th - 2016
Bob was the first one on site this morning and found that Marta had finally left the nest building where she was dangerously low to the sidewalk and roadway. She had flown to the ledge 2 floors down from the rooftop of 240 next door so we were pleased to see she had gained some height. She spent the morning there alone until the early afternoon when her brother Jet decided to drop in to visit his sister and the 2 spent time together playing, snuggling and beak touching it was very sweat but when mom flew over with food it was every fledgeling for himself and he flew off in pursuit of lunch leaving Marta flapping and yelling on the ledge.

2 of the boys got fed on the roof above her and shortly after she took another awkward flight around to the front of the building and landed on the ledge about 1 floor lower but still ok. She had not been fed the day before as the adults refused to bring food to her so low, only 2 floors up from ground again, so she was very eager now, flapping and yelling and running the ledge and we could see she was going to go again so we had the net in hand ready to run to get her just in case. About 15 minutes later she took off across the street towards Harlequin and bumped a window and landed in the parking lot.

We slowly approached to try to catch her but she flew back across the street before we could get close enough to net her and again landed on the ground. We finally caught her in the net and checked her over to see if the window bump have caused any injury and found her to be just fine.

Shortly after we took her back up to the roof just above the nest to be realised just as we had for all 3 of her brothers but this time the bird bolted off the roof and across the street over my head wile I watched from below and Mark watched from the roof flew well out of our site behind 255 Duncan Mill and now the search was on to find her.

Mark and I went looking for her and were joined by her name sake Marta Kline and Cathy Kerr and we looked for her well into the evening and could not find where she had landed so we closed the evening watching the boys flying around like little F16’s hoping that from where ever she had gotten to she may see them and come to join her family but that was not to happen. If she is not back we will have to try to find her again tomorrow.

All three of the young fledgling males are flying like superstars with high altitude flying and soaring, playing tag and chasing both one another and their parents around like pros!

While they are still being spoon fed by Quest, and have allot of things to learn before they will be self sufficient, at least they are able to hold their altitude and stay out of trouble off the ground!!

Great shots from the Watch

June 08, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

Rob sent in some great photos of the fledglings. The fledgling in net is Geddy. All 3 boys have had to be rescued once so far,, and the young female Marta still to take her first flight.
So far, all of the young fledgling males are doing ok, and holding their altitude :-)

3 boys flying well Marta walks ends up on 2nd floor

June 10, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

All 3 bays are now flying very well and keeping altitude and are now chasing each other in air in fun games of tag fun for them but a little nerve racking for us when they dart by dart by together a little too close to the building windows. Marta did take a couple very small flights out off the ledge just a few feet and quickly hooked back towards the building like a child who just jumped into the deep end of the pool for the first time, she lost height each time by one floor. Marta decided it would be much easier to discover more of her world by walking the ledge all the way around the building a few times so like 2 lemmings Bob and I followed her for much of the afternoon hopping she would pluck up the courage try again even Quest tried just before dark to get her to go but not luck. We packed up just as it was getting dark with Marta comfortably sitting on her 2nd floor ledge at the front of the nest building.

Three boys flying like pros!

June 09, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Irma reports:

The day began with Achilles, Geddy, and Jet briefly together on the upper roof elevation of the nest building but then one of them (Achilles I suspect) took off east for some more flying fun. The only one who would show his band color was the ever-cooperative Jet no matter how Bob and I tried to get a glimpse. Marta remained on the ledge one level down from the nest box but she had made her way across to the east end to get closer to her brothers. She did lots of flapping and wingercising but her parents still are giving her some food so she is still to take her first flight. She sure has a lot of volume when she gets hungry!! I think Mac fed her once just to get some peace and quiet! Just before noon, Quest arrived on the roof with a large food parcel for the two boys and the third quickly flew in to get his share of lunch. This time, with the scope, I was able to get 2 out of 3 band colors, Jet with white,Geddy with blue and by default, the third had to be Achilles as Marta screamed below. Mac showed up with a morsel for her and Quest was still near her boys so I briefly had all 6 family members in sight! A rare sight I felt privileged to see at this time. Bob just missed it as he had left for a couple of hours, After an early afternoon snooze, the three boys put on a marvelous display of their flight skills, soaring high above obviously enjoying the brisk, cool wind. Jet returned to his favorite corner of the upper roof and the other two flew off to the west in a chase-the-brother game of flying prowess. We were very impressed! Cathy arrived after work and I left her and Bob about 4:30. What a great day!
Thanks Irma!  After you left, Bob & I had a quiet couple of hours-a lot of snoozing going on!  Mark joined us and he went on a walkabout to see if he could get a eye on the boys while we continued to watch Marta sit on the ledge–whining occasionally if she saw a parent.  Then I got a call from Mark-he found all 3 boys, lined up perfectly having some lovely brother time, on the roof on the east side of the nest building!!  I hurried over to get a couple of pics before they took off.  Which they did, doing some lovely flying.  Then Quest came in with food and proceeded to defeather and feed the boys.  Mac brought more food in so they were well fed.  Quest then teased Marta, who was taking, as Mark said, a peregrine hissy fit! Boy did she scream!  Quest finally relented and fed her, I think to keep her quiet for the night!  It was now 9pm and things quieted right down so we called it a night.  Maybe tomorrow Marta?