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Canadian Peregrine Foundation » Toronto - Don Mills

Easter Weekend No Bunny visit But Turkey Vulture stops by.

April 16, 2017 - Toronto - Don Mills

Ann Brokelman Reports:

Sunday April 16th

I arrived at 145
Quest was on eggs
Mystery was sitting outside the nest box
I took a few shots from parking lot

Went to the front of building and mystery started to scream at me.
Suddenly quest took off
Mystery continued to scream
At this time I was across the road at front of harlequin
Mystery went crazy screaming
Finally I looked behind me to see a slow moving turkey vulture taking its time across the sky. By the time I turned around mystery was on that TV so fast my head spun.
Mystery Quickly escorted him away and quest went back on nest box.
This was only 5 min
High winds
Rain falling

I was speechless

Mystery is staying very close to quest
Even now just above harlequin


3 perhaps even 4 eggs

April 13, 2017 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

April 13th
snap shot of eggs today.


2 eegs now.

April 09, 2017 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

there are 2 eggs now.

Mistery Man

April 08, 2017 - Toronto - Don Mills

Ann Brokelman Reports:

April 8th

I arrived to see quest tucked in to her nesting box. No sign of Mystery Man. Texted Marion when Quest went flying fast out of box and MM arrived on roof of Harlequin.
I moved my car to the east side in time to see MM and Quest Mating. MM went directly to the nesting box while Quest preened and relaxed on roof.
Went back to the front of building and had a great look at MM and was able to get some lovely facial shots. Quest came back on nest and MM was bowing to her.
Quest when into box and MM took off like a bat out of hell.
I was able to confirm that MM has no bands. As he flew directly to me.
MM then went on the nesting building and preened. A poop shot showed the one leg completely with no band.

Mystery Man is stunning. Fast and so far very quiet. Quest on the other hand is screaming at him non stop.

A few photos.

Ann


Both in nest

April 08, 2017 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

April 8th

Quest and her mate in box. The male is confirmed by Ann who is on site to have no bands so is likely the same male that showed up last year at fledge.


!!! Quest has first egg

April 07, 2017 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

April 7th
Quest laid her first egg April 7th.


Quest in the nest

March 30, 2017 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

Snap shot of Quest today. No eggs yet keep watching.


!!! 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:

10/07/2016

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).

Sally