A Different Male With Quest

May 17, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Bruce Massey Reports:

Off and on for the past few weeks there have been observations of a third bird in the territory harassing Skye and Quest.  Following up on observations of our watchers there I decided to spend some time checking in and reconfirming the adults identity.  There seems to have been a change.

Monday May 16

I arrived at about 10:40 and saw a bird I believed to be the male on the nest box landing platform. When I came back from parking the car it was not there and had disappeared for 20 minutes or so. The male returned to the same position after about 30 minutes of being absent however I was quite surprised when I saw it its had red tape on its USFW band. With the weather and strong wind that was causing my scope to shake and my eyes to water I struggled for a band read yet I did manage to get a partial band number. The solid black recovery band was W over 7 something.  Those two alpha numerics along with the red tape that was clearly visible were enough to conclude that this was most likely McKinney, the bird I had seen on this territory in December. Even though I was at the rear of the building, it was quite evident that when the female showed up the males behavior changed quite dramatically. His body language was much more tense and he began to bow and vocalize at the female sitting on top of the Harlequin building.  As I walked up to the front the female flew off the northeast corner of the Harlequin building with the male following shortly.  I was able to get a partial read of the female’s black over green band and am confident that this is Quest. The other thing I observed were that the chicks were very well fed. One of them was so cropped up that it looked like it would burst.  Some further observation will be required to see how Quest is taking to this new mate and how the family dynamics are.  Unfortunately there was no sign or indication that Skye was in the area.

Tuesday May 17

I spent around 3 hrs. at the Duncan Mill nest site today watching the dynamics between the adults and confirming that the chicks were being well fed. When I arrived Quest was at the nest ledge and the chicks were all sleeping in the rear of the nest box. Saying that , one of the chicks walked up to the edge of the nest box much to the surprise of Quest as they are now getting much more mobile. Around half an hour later a male brought in some food.   It was the male I identified yesterday as McKinney with the red tape over his USFW band.  The food was accepted by Quest, taken in and fed to the chicks. He then approached the nest box but didn’t go in or on the landing platform.  In fact in the 2 days I’ve watched him he has been everywhere on the nest ledge with the exception of actually going inside the nest box.  He is also closely watched by Quest.  At times I couldn’t see her up on the Harlequin building but I could readily hear her vocalizing nearby. After she left the ledge, there was about an hour or so where the chicks were alone.  McKinney dropped in a couple of times and also went over to the Thales building and was seen hunting the valley. I found Quest nearby on the roof of 240 keeping a watchful eye over all his movements.  As I left, Quest was on the nest ledge and McKinney was hunting off the Thales Building.

Despite all of these changes Quest is taking incredible care of the chicks.  They are well fed and looked after as witnessed during my two visits there.  Again there was no sign of Skye in the area but we have put out the word and are keeping an eye out for him.

!!! We need your help!

May 06, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

CPF Postmaster Reports:

May 2016
We are in desperate need of your assistance!

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There are several major changes needed to both update some portions of the CPF web site, in addition to some design changes and in need of an experienced WordPress person that has some spare time to donate to the CPF.

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Please if you can help, and some spare time, we would love to talk to you!

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!!! Banding date is set

May 04, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

Banding day will be on May 26 at 3:00 PM
Log onto the web cam that day for images - http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/Web_Cams/Harlequin_Don_Mills/index.htm
Please remember, until we are able to identify and fix the web camera upload challenges, you must manually refresh the web camera image page on your browser to get the new updated image.
The Camera uploads a new image every 30 seconds,, BUT you must refresh via your browser to get it.

!!! The Live Web Cam is back!!! :-)

May 04, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

Thanks to Don and Scott from Harlequin and volunteers and supporters Dan Gill and Donna Hayes, we now have the webcam back live!!

Although it is no longer streaming video as the band width is simply too expensive for us to afford, it does give new updated snapshots every 30 seconds.
You can find all of the live nest web camera links at: www.peregrine-foundation web cams menu page at: http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/webcams.html

The physical camera page can be found at:
http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/Web_Cams/Harlequin_Don_Mills/index.htm

Please remember, that we are still experiencing some challenges, and until they are fixed, you will have to MANUALLY refresh your browser to get the new updated camera image. The camera uploads a new image every 30 seconds,, but you must manually refresh your browser while on the camera image page to get the new image.
We’re working on the problem and hope to have it fixed soon.

!!! We Have A Hatch!

May 02, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

I managed to quickly run into an office when I noticed Quest and Skye out on the ledge. Sure enough, eggs have hatched. I am pretty sure I can see two babies. Wasn’t able to see if there are any unhatched eggs behind the white fluffy bundle, they were huddled together like they usually are. Quest was just outside of the box, no doubt waiting for Skye to bring food :)

Sally Williams

!!! Incubation confirmed! Eggs in time for easter!!

March 27, 2016 - Toronto - Don Mills

CPF Postmaster Reports:

Sunday March 27th - 2016

With no web camera to utilize this season at the Duncan Mills nest site, it’s back to our humble beginnings in the way that we used to get logistics and updates on the nest sites,, it’s back to basics,, - “time-in”, “get out and observe, take lots of field notes”. analyze later,, observe now :-)

So today, while I was not able to tolerate staying out nearly as long as I wanted too with the server flu symptoms and high fever I’ve been dealing with over the past week, I was easily able get a decent view one of the resident adults in the nest box laying down presumably involved in incubation activities. At one point during my observation period, the adult did standup and appear to be turning and readjusting egg(s) and then laid back down to resume its incubation duties.

With no scope in hand, (I did although have a small digital point and shoot camera) and was able to snap a couple of quick photos to document the observation.

While I highly suspect that the incubating female is Quest, unfortunately, I was NOT able to get a positive identification or ID as the bird never showed me any leg bands.

I did spend some time searching the immediate neighborhood and all of the usual spots where the adults usually roost, but was unable to see a second peregrine throughout my observation period.


Quest at the Nest with a Winter Visitor

December 27, 2015 - Toronto - Don Mills

Bruce Massey Reports:

I attended the Duncan Mill Road site on Saturday to check in on Quest and Skye.  I found Quest in the nest box doing some house cleaning, moving several pebbles around as I watched.  She stepped out into view on the porch and I was able to confirm her band number at that time in my scope.  A male was perched on 240 Duncan Mill Road and I turned the scope on him for a view.  My initial look caught red tape on the USFW that he bears on his right leg.  Knowing that this is not consistent with Skye, I called Tracy for a consultation.  I continued to focus my attention on the male and was finally able to get a read on his band number.  This male is donning a solid black recovery band marked W over 78.  This is McKenney from the Amexon nest site hatched in 2014.

Last year, Skye migrated in late fall and Quest spent the winter with a visitor then as well.  Lucky, at the time a one year old and also from the Amexon site, spent time around the territory with Quest until spring when Skye returned.  Lucky then moved on to take over the Etobicoke Sun Life nest site territory where he is currently the resident male.

It is quite possible that this is the same scenario as last year.  Skye has migrated for the winter and Quest has chosen to remain.  A young male finds his way into the territory and spends the winter until the man of the house returns.  We do believe that this is the case and we will look for Skye’s return in the spring.  This is the exact same situation that we see at the William Osler site every winter now so it is not extremely out of the ordinary.  The best news that comes out of these observations is that McKenney has come a long way from the young fledgling watched over a year ago by the Amexon team and is looking very much a dapper little man.

Went by Harlequin today

July 04, 2015 - Toronto - Don Mills

Ann Brokelman Reports:

Saw quest and a juv flying high up in the sky.
Plus one juv on 240 having a snack.

Harder to find all at one time.
Loved watching quest soar and soar from the 401 yo the nest building yo the Don Mills road and back.
She is so smooth and relaxed in her flight.

A true honor to watch her.
Ann

Ann Brokelman Photography

Sunday

June 28, 2015 - Toronto - Don Mills

Ann Brokelman Reports:

Harlequin today June 28
Arrived at 3pm in the pooring rain.
Could not see any Falcons until I went behind 240. There was quest sitting in the rain. I drove to the other side and saw skye on his normal spot on 240.
Figured kids were nearby.
Went back to watch quest. Love the feathers wet when she started to preen.
Didn’t last long as Kline came flying in screaming. On Kline arrival on ledge away flew quest to the pink building. Kline complained then flew off.

Went back to parking lot at 220. Sat with Windows down watching skye preen and then take off. I heard another scream. Found Harper on the 3rd floor of 240. Skye came in to where Harper was. Did not see any food.

At this time another juv landed on 220 on the ne corner. He was there 30 seconds He Took off over the 401 with quest on his heals.

Now I decided to leave to find out my car was dead. Battery problems. Had to wait an hour for CAA so wandered looking for more Falcons.

As I walked down stairs in flew Harper on the hydro line. Not a good combination rain and hydro. Luckily he flew off very low to ground across road and landed back on 3rd floor.

Time to go home. Harper was on the 3 Rd floor facing wall.


Dinner

June 28, 2015 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

A few more photos from Rob for your enjoyment