!!! Sorry, no egg yet at King

April 22, 2015 - Toronto - King Street

Linda Woods Reports:

On further examination of the image taken from the web cam early this evening, it was determined that I was not looking at an egg, but looking at the malar stripe of Erin herself.

Play of light and hopeful wishing can play tricks.

It’s still early in the nesting season and still time to put down eggs.

Keep watching and please send in observations as we do expect an egg any day.

!!! Waiting for Confirmation

April 22, 2015 - Toronto - King Street

Linda Woods Reports:

I’ve enlarged the image and it sure looks like a first egg for Erin and her new mate Stormin.  Lets’ hope for more. Now with the first egg, perhaps they’ll stay at home for a change .  They really had us wondering if she was going to have a nest this year.

!!! Could this possibly be an EGG!

April 22, 2015 - Toronto - King Street

Linda Woods Reports:

Here’s hoping an egg at King St

Cross your fingers. Confirm in a few minutes

!!! Confusing to say the least!!!!! What on earth is going on????

April 22, 2015 - Toronto - King Street

Mark Nash Reports:

Wednesday April 22nd - 2015
I had an opportunity this morning to make the rounds to take a look at all of the web cams before running back out into the field, and once again, for over an hour, observed a peregrine was lying down on the nest ledge behind the pillar at the Toronto 18 King Street nest site - (see attached photo taken today at 11am via the nest cam).

We highly suspect that the King Street pair (confirmed to be Erin, - the long standing resident adult female and her new mate Stormin) have nested and produced eggs somewhere else either on the same building,,, (or very close by on another building),, but the observations again today has us all very confused indeed, as Erin is still vary active on the original long standing nest ledge! Clearly, there is no evidence of any eggs on this ledge, BUT,,, the one-hundred thousand dollar question remains, - what is she doing and what is going on here??

That being said, I have an appointment booked with the building management and security of 8 and 10 King Street to take a detailed look at the west side ledges of the 18 King street nest building, in addition to being able to investigate other elevations of these two buildings for any evidence of nesting activity.

Will report back to you after my visit.
Stay tuned………..

King Street Activity is Amazing!

April 10, 2015 - Toronto - King Street

Tracy Simpson Reports:

This past week has been odd for the pair down at 18 King Street East as the level of activity that we have been watching had slowly been reduced to nothing.  At the beginning of the week, we would see Erin or Stormin briefly on the ledge but they stayed off camera more than on.  Linda Woods was keeping an eye out for them and activity was quite rare.  By mid week, they had dropped off camera altogether and Linda was not seeing them at all in the territory on any of the usual perches and buildings.  Even local residents were wondering where the falcons had gone and why they suddenly became so quiet.  Late in the day Thursday the pair finally made their first on camera appearance in days and with that I decided to go down yesterday and spend some time at the site trying to determine what was going on and confirm identities of the adults.

Well… …wow!!  I was treated to some rather amazing activity.  It started off in the morning with camera image captures of the pair all over the ledge.  I can’t overstate that.  They were in and out of the ledge, down by the camera, back in the scrape and then over at the far end.  At one point the camera caught an image of the pair copulating but we were not quick enough to save it before the next refresh.

I arrived around 10am and found the female on the northern most nest ledge opening looking out and watching the bird activity.  The male was in the air and patrolling back and forth up Yonge Street over by 1 King and the Scotia Tower.  He went back and forth, back and forth and then…   …gone, but not for long.  The male came flying in over Toronto St. where I was watching from and he had food.  The female came off of the nest ledge and met him in the air over Toronto and Court.  He dropped the prey, she inverted and went to grab it but the prey was still very much alive.  Much to her surprise the prey took off up Court Street and in an effort to evade it grabbed a window frame about 7 stories up on the Mercato building.  She pursued, banked and tried to grab it off the building but it took off again this time towards St. James Cathedral.  She gave up and flew back over my head about 30 feet above me and headed for home.  Just spectacular.  It was then that I was able to get her on the ledge and in the scope confirming her identity as Erin with a black B over red D band.  She turned to face out and I could also now clearly see her black dot on the lower right side of her chest clinching the ID.  The male now took off to find something else for her to eat that was more appropriate to catch in an exchange.  He was back and forth again around 1 King, the Scotia Tower, behind the King Edward and over towards the Esplanade.  He stayed airborne for a good 30 minutes and seemed to be just loving the day.  I stayed watching Erin and at one point I watched her turn facing north, she bowed, waited and in zipped the male for copulation number 2.  What was nice to see is that it was her invitation rather than seeing her allowing mating reluctantly.  She may be 17 years old but she figures she’s not done nesting yet.  Off he went again flying, zipping through and soaring.  He came back to the ledge and landed briefly down near the camera and I was able to get him in the scope and confirm that this is Stormin with a solid black 30 over Y band.  Now both adults took off and were in the territory hunting.  They returned to the nest ledge for yet another mating after which Erin remained and Stormin continued to course through the territory.

While they may be behind schedule, it looks like Erin and Stormin are on track for possible eggs in the coming weeks.  They are both looking amazing and are working very hard towards having a family in 2015.  We look forward to more from this pair throughout spring and the possibility of young.

!!! Erin still appears to be on site, laying down again,,, but no indication of any copulation or the presence of any eggs!

April 10, 2015 - Toronto - King Street

Marion Nash Reports:

April 10th - 2015
A quick check in at 12 noon today at the Toronto King Street nest site and I found Erin again laying down behind the pillar on the nest ledge. Again, there is no indication of any copulation activity observed and sadly, there was no eggs present.
This situation is not looking very good.

For reference, the Toronto 18 King Street nest site has for the most parts been occupied by peregrines since 1995, and has for the most parts of the last 20 years, produced offspring each and every year since 1995! The Toronto 18 King street nest was Toronto’s first established, producing peregrine nest site in Toronto’s history!!

!!! Both peregrines back on the nest ledge! Some unusual behaviour observed over the past months with regards to the resident adult female!

March 23, 2015 - Toronto - King Street

CPF Postmaster Reports:

March 23rd - 2015
Some great cam shots sent in from Laura of the peregrine interacting on the nest ledge. That being said, we are all quite concerned with regards to the overall health of the resident adult female here at the Toronto King Street nest site.

As many of you are aware, she has been observed laying down on the nest ledge off and on for several months now. While this may not seem to many as being anything more than a peregrine just snoozing or relaxing,, this type of activity and behaviour for an adult peregrine that is not producing, incubating or brooding eggs and offspring is not normal in a healthy adult peregrine.

While it is absolutely true that adult peregrines “periodically” lay down for a number of reasons - (some of which are mentioned above), a healthy adult peregrine for the most parts, remains standing upright for their entire lives, even when they sleep.

Older / advanced aged, (which is the case for Erin, the resident adult female at this nest site) can take its toll along with the many factors that cause them discomfort, and they start laying down. Sickness also could be the cause, with a weakened immune system.

Lastly, one that has never been investigated or proven, is depression. Remembering that both Windwhistler and Erin have been mates at the King Street nest site for well over 12 years now, and also remembering that both of these birds never migrated and left this nest site (or left each others side in all of this time). They have never been apart or left the territory in over plus 12 years.

Hmmmm, could Erin actually be pining for her old mate Windwhistler?

I guess we’ll never know that answer to that question,, but time will soon tell more of the story if she refuses to accept or mate with her new suitor,, or worse?

These most recent photos taken today may be (in part) telling the story!

Stay tuned………

Increased nest ledge activity with both peregrines in view!

March 09, 2015 - Toronto - King Street

CPF Postmaster Reports:

March 9th - 2015
Some additional shots from Olga that captured both resident adults on the nest ledge again!

!!! King St. Toronto

March 10, 2015 - Toronto - King Street

Linda Woods Reports:

Windwhistler has been replaced by Stormin.  Windwhistler has not been seen in his King St Territory since January. Courtship activity including flights has not been seen. Erin tends to sit away from Stormin , appearing that she is not interested in him.  Also, Erin has been lying down behind the pillar since September. Could be a number of possibilities given the harsh cold temperatures this past winter and her age.   It is certainly not incubation as there are no eggs as yet.  Her age is a good indicator and the fact that only one egg hatched last year at this site. We’ll keep watching for courtship activity but at this time it’s not happening. I think Stormin is more concentrated on patrolling the area, and sometimes wandering over to the Sheraton nest site, which is very close.

!!! Finally, two adults caught via the camera on the ledge! So, the question remains,, who are they? Secondly, do we have incubation happening???

March 09, 2015 - Toronto - King Street

CPF Postmaster Reports:

March 9th - 2015
Again, thank you to Laura who was able to capture this photo at 4pm this afternoon of both resident adults on the nest ledge at the 18 King Street nest site.
With much speculation of Windwhistler having been displaced (and replaced) earlier on in January of this year by one of his grandsons - (who was clearly identified as being a peregrine named Stormin via his leg band identification), we have yet to be able to identify re-identify the adult male that we’ve been seeing at the Toronto King Street nest site these past two weeks.

Windwhistler (the long standing resident adult male at this site) would be 17 years old this year. He was produced at the Etobicoke nest site at Bloor & Islington in Etobicoke.

Erin, the long standing resident adult female at the 18 King Street nest site (who we suspect is still the adult female being seen on the nest ledge) will also be 17 years old this year!!

The photo taken today by Laura shows an adult laying in the nest bowl behind the pillar in the dark shadow, and an adult male on the ledge just coming in.
Sadly, no leg bands are readable.

Remember that both Windwhistler and Stormin have solid Black coloured leg bands on their left leg,, and Erin has a two coloured leg band (Black over Red) on her left leg.

So the question remains, who is currently residing at the 18 King Street nest site now??????
Please don’t hesitate to send us any and all photos that you are able to capture that have show any legible band numbers!

Also, it certainly looks like we have incubation happing????? Are there any eggs yet?????