August 12, 2014 - Toronto - King Street
Marion Nash Reports:
Got a close shot from the web cam of WW at home today.
Got a close shot from the web cam of WW at home today.
Not sure but looks like one of the adults at home today at the far end of the ledge.
I believe Thea has taken up resting and soaking up the sun. I haven’t seen her in a few days.
The few times I checked the King St area, Thea was not in view. She must be venturing out of the area during the day, as I have not seen her since Sunday morning. One adult was seen this evening on the roof top of 18 King St. but I did not see Thea in the area. Adults must have her in their view.
The best is yet to come!!! Photographers get your camera’s!!!
Remember that the family rearing process is far from being over, as its now dads turn. Over the next 30 plus days, the adult males will be doing most of the flight and hunt training with the fledglings, leaving the resident adult females some time to themselves to catch up on some most needed sleep and de-stress time. WE often see the adult females on the nest ledges doing some est box or nest tray rearranging and sleeping.
The fledglings will still be completely dependant on the adults for food, protection and support for the next 30 to 60 days as they will be staying very close to home around the nest buildings.
We often forget that the fledglings (I guess we can call them juveniles now, as they are the equivalent of teenagers in their mind set), still have no idea that they have actually been eating birds, as their food has been prepared by their parents. Many of the food packages have already had their heads removed, and with many of the feathers already having been removed, and as such, the juveniles have had no idea what they have actually been eating!
Of course its birds and only birds, but the young peregrines must be taught this!
They must be taught how to chase, stoop and dive for things and encouraged to chase their parents for the food. They must be shown what to hunt, how to hunt, how to catch it and how to kill it and then how to prepare it. The fledglings still have a long way to go before they are actually able to catch food themselves!
For the next few weeks, its all fun and games (at least for the fledglings),, but they are actually be taught important life skills that will prepare them for survival on their own this fall.
The fledglings, (juveniles) will succumb to a couple of thousand years to migrate in the fall and they will be on their own.
Most all of the resident territorial nesting adults at our southern Ontario urban nest sites will NOT migrate, and they will stay on territory all year. The adults have learned that you they can survive in the city all year long, (urban adaptation), and have figured out that there is an abundance of food around all year long, ideal habitat, no predation and lots of warmth from the buildings, especially from that of the illuminated signs that they roost on.
But the young of the year will go! Being creatures of habit (almost to a fault), what they know, they deal with,,, what they don’t know, they avoid! So its up to the parents to teach them as much as they can over next two months so the fledglings have the necessary life skills to be able to survive on their own. The fledgling juveniles typically migrate south to central and southern America for the winter months and have a very long trip south with many dangers.
Also remember, that the peregrine has more than an 80% mortality rate until it reaches breeding age (typically between two and three years of age), with the higher percentage of this mortality happening in the first year of their lives.
For all of the photographers out there, this is the best opportunity for some incredible photos of the adults training the fledglings over the next 30 plus days!! This is the time to really enjoy your peregrines,, so get out there with your cameras and spend some time with them!
As our oldest couple in southern Ontario, when I was down on the watch I wanted to take a moment during the lull to take a few pictures of them. I was fortunate enough to have the pair together in the St. James spire and I was able to really see the enormity of Erin. Her size is so impressive and with Windwhistler there to compare her to, she really stands out as an impressive female.
While the shot isn’t the best given the height of the spire but I wanted to share now that I have a moment to go through some of my photos.
Thea continues to do well and even returns home for the night. Big flights are not seen as yet, as the buildings do block our view. Erin and Windwhistler continue to pay lots of attention to her , keeping track of where she goes. Wonderful to see.
Thea is doing well and keeping height. She has been flying from roof to to roof top without problems. She even made it back to the nest ledge again this evening. Very odd sighting this evening. Windwhistler was sitting on the Press building on King St which is only 8 Stories high. He sat there until dark and flew off to the east side of 1 Toronto St. I’ve never seen an adult sit so low, while a juvenile is sitting on the nest ledge. Paul and I watched him, thinking we may have an incursion again. But nothing happened and no further activity was seen.
Thea is at home for the night.
Many Thanks to Bruce on Friday, as he held down the King St watch by himself . Thea was discovered on a low roof top this morning. She made a few more flights before disappearing giving Bruce a chance to walk the entire St. Lawrence Market area, three times over. Bruce finally found her again, and I suspect that she probably never left the direct area after all. Bruce was triumphant finding her on a roof top just east of the nest building. Just as she was spotted she was off again and setting down on the roof of King Edward Hotel. She didn’t stay there very long and another flight had her back to nest ledge level on the nest building. This is where we left her for the night. Erin and Windwhistler had in view at nightfall
Update. Thea has made two more short flights, flying from roof top to roof top. She lost a lot of height from this morning but hopefully tomorrow she’ll have some nicer breezes and regain some altitude. Watch continues.
Many thanks to Bruce, Paul and Nancy for helping out today.