Quest is on eggs!!

April 09, 2019 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:

I stopped by today to check on Quest and Mystery Guy and found Quest down on eggs in the nest box!!  She was peeking out from the nest box–I could hardly see her. I got a few pictures but I was across the street, in the parking lot but she looked pretty cute!  We will have to wait for hatch to find out how many this year…Sure miss the camera and all our friends at Harlequin with their great observations!

TT, 2018 son of Quest & Mystery Guy, spotted in Michigan!!!!

April 08, 2019 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Some wonderful news from Peregrine Falcons Southeast Michigan website!  A watcher, Brian Doan, sent this excellent picture clearly showing his bands!!  Kathy Majich identified him for them, (black, X/84) as TT from 2018 hatch at Don Mills site!!  He was visiting the Pere Marquette Railroad Bridge in Port Huron, Michigan where Brian got this shot!!  So great to see him doing so well!!  So glad we still band them, for moments like this!!


!!! Some great news from the Duncan Mills nest site and Quest!! Egg(s)??? in the nest box!!

March 29, 2019 - Toronto - Don Mills

Mark Nash Reports:

Friday March 29th - 2019
Sadly, without a nest camera this season,, it’s back to our humble beginnings to get any detailed observations of the happenings going on, but my observations today yielded some very good news indeed. Just gotta do the time in the field (or streets as it applies to the urban nest sites).

As I look on, it still seems like yesterday that I held Quest in my hands as a while fluffy baby many years ago when I was down in Rochester New York while at the Kodak world headquarters nest site where Quest was produced, and painstakingly cut and trimmed her backpack harness and fitted her for the deployment of her PTT / satellite radio transmitter! I still have some of her baby pictures!

Both adults are on territory as we say and VERY ACTIVE indeed, on and off of the nest ledge and in the nest box itself! It would appear that while full time incubation has not yet started,,, I believe that is at least one egg in the nest box,,, as Quest,,, (YES, it’s still QUEST from Rochester NY) :-)) was fiddling with something in the nest box,, and holding pretty tight inside - (although standing, not laying down incubating).

Her mate,, (sadly no band confirmation / information as yet),, delivered food to Quest to another roof top to the west of the nest building,, and she left the nest box and joined him to eat there…… well, joined him is not exactly what happened,, as she flew over to him,, snached the food from him,,, ate it,, then returned back to the nest box :-))

Over the next 30 minutes or so during my observation, she remained standing upright in the nest box,, never actually laying down, BUT it was obvious that she had something in the nest box that she was “pussy-footing” around and fiddling with. The sun was really warm, with temps in the double digits of 10C and absolutely no wind,, it was a delightful warming observation period indeed.

Stay tuned….. more to come…..

Thor in Rochester

October 11, 2018 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

Thor was spotted in Rochester NY on his way south for the winter. You can see report and photos on The Canadian Peregrine Foundation Face Book page.

Nest site Summary of 2018

September 05, 2018 - Toronto - Don Mills

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

fledge watch to begin

June 17, 2017 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

We will likely start the fledge watch on June 20th or 21st hope to see our team there.

Banding at Harlequin

June 01, 2017 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

June 1st 2017

Once again thanks to the folks at Harlequin and Our Climber John Miller we were able to band 4 healthy chicks 3 boys and 1 girl.

Female named Aurora band Z 05 red tape
Male named Nemo band Y 39 blue tape
Male named Ndawendang (Hunter) named by Toronto First Nation School band Y 40 yellow tape
Male named Archimedes band Y 41 Green tape.

Fledge watch to start in about 2 weeks stay tuned. If interested in volunteering time on the watch please call 416-481-1233.

3 chicks for sure

May 26, 2017 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

May 26th 2017

Hi there. Just took a peak at the web cam after hearing vocalizing /
figuring whoever was in the nest box would hop out.

3 for sure? two with their backs to the camera, and the middle facing out?

Banding Day

May 01, 2017 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

May 1st 2017

Banding Day has been set for June 1st at 9:30 AM.

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