!!! Sad News To Report

August 04, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

A report came in to the OMNRF office to Mark Heaton that a Peregrine Falcon was found dead on Crossbow Cres. Toronto in the Victoria Park and Sheppard area August 1st. Unfortunately the bands reported was Y over 27 who we all know as Jet. He was found at the curb so he may have been hit by a car. He was to be picked up by animal services that day.

So far no other reports on any of the other fledglings since the new unbanded male showed up on site.

Quest update

July 24, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:

On the way home from my spot checks at ICICI, I have been dropping by Harlequin to see if I could find anyone home. Yesterday, not a bird in sight.  So quiet :( .  This morning I found an adult peregrine on the Thales building(the only one around).  I didn’t think it was Quest, but I took some pics(he didn’t cooperate and show me his legs lol) and sent them off to Mark for confirmation.  Mark agreed.  A few hours later, Mark contacted me-Quest was on the cam, in the nestbox preening!  I hopped in the car and headed over.  And there she was!  And the unbanded male was still on the Thales building.  Unfortuanately, no juvies were seen :(

I snapped a few pics of Quest(she is so photogenic lol) and observed for a bit.  She started squeeing softly at first.  Then got a bit louder.  This went on for a bit-was she calling the kids?  The New Guy(NG)?  Finally she flew over to 240, first to Kendal’s corner, then to the SE corner of the building where a meal was waiting for her.  She called and NG answered, then she ate.  When she finished, she flew back to the nestbox and NG flew over and sat across from her on the Harlequin building.  Quest then started echuping, and NG called softly back.  So, I guess the courting has started!

The first 3 pics are of NG, the rest are Quest!

Quest may have the kids hidden

July 11, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:


In a nutshell, eearily quiet. Since coming back to work I’ve so wanted to enjoy the usual aerial antics of juvies chasing and playing, but this year, nada. I read about poor Mac, and a new male in the vicinity (Bruce’s update), and of course wondered about the overall silence and lack of activity around the nest so far this summer. Last week I only really saw Quest from time to time at the nest. One day she spent most of the day there (surely that is unusual when she’d be guiding her four juvies in flight lessons etc? Or they’d be harassing her?) Thinking of previous years, it’s usually an awesome time not long after fledge, when you work so close to a nest site!

I heard affectionate chip chip sounds a couple of times. Last Monday, July 4th, I saw two falcons, one chasing the other between 225 and 220 buildings, and figured it was a juvie doing what they do (the only time I heard that screaming sound). Then I read Bruce’s update re Quest and a new male on the Westin Building, and wondered if it was Quest and her visitor (maybe she was chasing him away???)

Once, later in the week, the chip chip sounds alerted me to look over and I briefly saw two falcons at the nest, then one tucked inside as the other flew off. I wonder now if the new male was bringing Quest food, or trying to land got chased off…or if it was a juvie… Not sure it happened so fast. Have seen an occasional fast fly by and some aerial soaring above 240, and figure it’s probably Quest.

I decided to come in on Saturday to take advantage of the quiet, and walked all over the vicinity around 3pm. Came up to the 7th floor, and did a quick walk to look over to Thales and spotted a falcon right away, on the top north east corner ledge. Saw Quest in the nest box and on the nest ledge. My binocs couldn’t really make out the falcon clearly on the Thales building but I could swear the light picked up a pale enough chest that it had to be an adult. Quest was at the nest ledge for a very long time. Couldn’t see any other falcon (or hear them, again thinking how silent it was).

I decided to wait a bit and check again at around 5-5:30 as the late afternoons on these hot days are often quiet. Quest off somewhere. A peregrine once again on the east side of Thales so walked down Moatfield to get a closer look. Figured it was Quest from the markings. Watched her for a bit, then she took off suddenly, towards the nest building (over Bayview school and out of sight). Very soon after (as I thought I will walk around a bit) I heard the whiny keening sound, and another came in overhead to the very ledge that had just been occupied. Whoever it was looked like an adult (pale chest and heavily barred belly). The distance in from the ledge didn’t allow me to catch any sign of coloured leg tape, but it vocalized on the ledge for quite some time, then took off suddenly towards the ravine. I walked up Moatfield and all around the nest building again, and buildings next to it and couldn’t find anyone. So called it a day.

Re the male spotted at the Westin. Other than a possible visit last week, I haven’t seen another falcon at the nest at all (if he is still trying to move in). Perhaps Quest has the gang off somewhere safe. Fingers crossed. As I type on Monday morning, she’s on the nest ledge (alone).


Possible New Male at Duncan Mill Road

July 04, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Tracy Simpson Reports:

Bruce Massey is at Duncan Mill Road right now with Quest on the Westin Hotel and she is not alone. An adult male has joined her and is perched on the opposite side. Quest is on the E of the Westin sign looking north while he sits and admires her. He is confirmed unbanded by scope view.

!!! Some terrible news,, Mac has had to be put-down as a result of his injuries! Quest is a single parent with four fledglings to raise,, again!!

June 28, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Mark Nash Reports:

June 28th - 2016
We have some terrible news to report about Mac,, the new resident adult male with Quest at the Duncan Mills nest site.

Sadly, we have just received a call from Lisa at the TWC that an adult peregrine with Red tape, banded with a Black Canadian Recovery band W over 78 was just received from the Toronto Animal Services moments ago after being picked up from the streets on Bayview Ave., with multiple bone breaks and fractures along with severe internal trauma. Black W over 78 turns out to be McKinney,, Quests mate!!

Unfortunately Mac, (McKinney) had to be put down, as there was absolutely no way of saving him given the extent of his injuries and internal trauma.

McKinney,, (or Mac as he was nick-named), was produced at the Don Mills and Eglinton nest site at the Amexon building in 2014. Mac re-appeared out of the blue late this season where he replaced the existing resident adult male (Sky) at the Duncan Mills nest site where Quest and Sky were already involved in full time incubation of four fertile eggs.

Incredibly, Mac, assisted Quest with both with her incubation duties of the four eggs, and then adopted the hatchlings and assisted with feeding and raising them as if they were his own!

We were all waiting and closely watching with baited breath to see if Mac would continue on with the role as a father. He proved himself and proceeded to both assist with the feeding of the four hatchlings and then carry on with the other parental duties throughout. He has in fact been flight training the four fledglings as we documented during the fledge watch several weeks ago!!

Sadly, it looks like Quest is now on her own once again to finish the flight training of her four fledglings and to teach them to hunt, (a role that is usually undertaken by the adult male).

We will be watching closely again to see if Quest will be able to keep up with the demands of her four fledglings again this season!

As you may recall, the same thing happened to poor Quest several seasons ago when her long standing mate “Kendal” was found injured and Quest was left to raise her four fledglings on her own for the balance of the season. Kendal was not able to be returned back to the wild given the severity of his injuries.

Quest was successful as a single parent that year, (although two years younger),, but there is no reason to believe that she should have any problems this time, so long as she herself stays out of the traffic and clear of the buildings!!!!

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:

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