July 15, 2015 - Toronto - King Street
CPF Postmaster Reports:
July 15th - 2015
While we can not positively confirm that this is Erin and Stormin, it is never the less nice to see that the King street nest site is still very much active despite the fact that there was no production this season. The resident adults are spending just as much time on the west side upper ledges, but still being seen on the east nest ledge, thus this recent photo image capture sent in from Campbell.
Thanks MUCH Campbell!
We’re all not quite sure what has happened this season with Erin and Stormin, but we’re all glad never the less to see that there is still a pair very active on the nest ledge.
Posted on July 16, 2015 9:22 pm
June 08, 2015 - Toronto - King Street
CPF Postmaster Reports:
June 8th - 2015
Thanks to Olga who sent in some camera shots of Erin and Stormin that she was able to capture who we personally haven’t seen for a while. We have all been so busy dealing with all of the ongoing bandings and with overlapping fledge watches, we’re not getting much computer time to check in on some of the other nest sites.
Thank you MUCH Olga for sending these into us!
Both birds are a little wet due to the rain, but other than looking a little water logged, they both appear to be looking good!
Again we apologize for not being able to get these shots posted earlier, but we all have really have been stretched to max with regards to manpower and other available resources,, (including that of just not having enough hours in the day or evenings) to keep up with all of the activity.
As many of you know, the 18 King Street nest site was Toronto’s first nesting / producing peregrines (in Toronto History) that was established in 1995,, and has always held a very special place in all of our hearts. Who could have ever forgotten Pounce-Kingsley and his mate Victoria that started this all in motion!
Erin and Windwhistler replaced Pounce-Kingsley and Victoria, and have been on the King Street nest site now for over 14 years. Windwhistler was obviously replaced sometime this spring by Stormin.
Sadly, this is the very first time in 20 years that we have not had hatchlings to band and attend to at the Toronto Downtown nest site.
Fingers crossed that the nest site rebounds next season and they are successful in producing offspring again!
Posted on June 17, 2015 11:57 am
May 14, 2015 - Toronto - King Street
Linda Woods Reports:
I walked by earlier and did not see Stormin or Erin. At 7p.m. an adult flew out of the west facing ledges and over to the roof of 100 Yonge St and out of view. Could not get a sight line on this roof top. Back to the corner of Adelaide and Yonge and found Stormin on the east side of a near by roof top . Erin is not in view. I guess she’s sitting somewhere near by, but just out of our view.
Posted on May 14, 2015 7:42 pm
May 12, 2015 - Toronto - King Street
Linda Woods Reports:
Taken today around 1:20p.m. Erin! Alive and well. One can clearly see her bands. She and Stormin have been spending a lot of their time on the west ledges of 18 King St. nest building. I have another image of both Erin and Stormin together. Great news. I couldn’t believe that Erin had passed away. It just wasn’t fitting the behaviour I was seeing from Stormin. He was hanging out and close to nest building. This is why, Erin was still with him.
Now to find out if there is actually an active nest on the west ledges. More observations are being done, when time allows
Posted on May 12, 2015 5:16 pm
May 10, 2015 - Toronto - King Street
Tracy Simpson Reports:
Thank you so much to Barb Baldinger and Chris Becher from Michigan for this update. Majesty, daughter of Kingsley and Victoria, was hatched in 2002 at 18 King Street and along with her 4 siblings was rescued by the CPF when both resident adults were recovered deceased. The famous 5 were then taken to our avian vet for re-hydration and health check before coming to the CPF Raptor Centre and being cared for until they were ready for hack release in Richmond Hill. Of the 5 chicks, Majesty went on to nest in Flint, Michigan with Barry starting in 2006. She has hatched several chicks over the years but has struggled due to her nest site choices and weather events causing the loss of clutches. I am pleased to share this new update from the amazing Southeast Michigan team and thank Barb Baldinger for her photo of the new tray and Majesty.
Durant Building, Flint, MI - Today, Chris Becher and I observed Majesty (black 7/5) incubating 4 eggs on the new nest tray that the MNDR installed last June. Majesty and her mate, Barry (not yet confirmed this year) have nested at the Durant Building and across the street at the UM Northbank Center since 2006. Early in 2014, employees of the UM Northbank Center installed a traditional roofed nest box that the falcons did not like. Majesty laid her eggs on the ledge of the Durant Building and they fell to the street below. It’s nice to see the new nest tray is working!
Posted on May 10, 2015 9:56 am
May 07, 2015 - Toronto - King Street
Mark Nash Reports:
May 7th - 2015
I have some very sad news to report after my site visit today in downtown Toronto today. A huge thank you to the Dream management group and security for allowing me access to the 8 King Street facilities. This viewing perspective from this building gives us an opportunity to get a detailed look of the upper west ledge elevations of the 18 King street nest building, one that is virtually impossible to see from the west from any other location, (other than the # 8 King street building) given that the entire west view is blocked by the close proximity of the other buildings to the west.
While there are still just as many questions that remain, we do although have answers to several of the most important questions that everyone has been asking.
Today, I spent close to an hour watching Stormin (the resident adult male at the Toronto Downtown King street nest site) guarding, protecting and watching over Erin’s partial remains on one of the upper west ledge elevations of the 18 King Street nest building. A very sad event to watch, one that actually brought tears to my eyes. I must admit, that I couldn’t help feel the lose myself. A truly heartbreaking observation.
At my arrival, I quickly spotted an adult peregrine on one of the upper west elevation ledges of the nest building in what appeared to be involved in brooding activities, as the adult peregrine was incredibly unsettled, standing, laying down, standing, turning, laying down, wings partially opened, then closed, then open again, turning around and laying back down. This carried on for close to 15 minutes,, (and the peregrine did an excellent job concealing what ever it was protecting / covering) as we didn’t get a decent view of what it was concealing until much later.
The sun was high in the sky, slightly to the west, and shining directly on the upper ledges where the peregrine was observed. The bird was panting heavily and was obviously very very hot as a result of the sunlight that was flooding the west elevations and ledges.
Bingo! I thought I had finally been able to answer at one of the most often asked questions these days with regards to Erin’s whereabouts. We highly suspected that she maybe have moved to the west side upper elevations of the nest building and either incubating egg(s), or at this late stage of the breeding season, brooding recent young hatchlings!
The longer that I watched, it became more obvious that the peregrine I was watching was much smaller than a female peregrine, and looked like a male!! After closer examination with the binoculars, it became quite apparent that the peregrine I was watching was in fact a male, (not a female), and non-other than the resident adult male- Stormin,, (now clearly identified by his Solid Black band number 30 over Y),, as it became visible during one of the many twists and turns.
It had also become quite obvious that this peregrine was brooding something with a real determined effort to conceal it from both our view, and protect it from the hot blazing sun that was flooding the upper ledges. For more than 20 minutes we watched Stormin attempt to cover-up a sizable gray object that lay underneath it.
I was fortunate in that we were able to utilize a vacant office suite and simply look out through the suite windows just slightly above the ledge level over on the King street nest building. (This as opposed to having to go to the upper roof elevation to make my observations).
It wasn’t long after my arrival, and after witnessing the above events, that I realized that not only was the peregrine that we were watching not a female, but actually Stormin (the resident adult male), and too my horror, that Stormin was actually protecting the partial remains of another adult coloured peregrine,, (likely the remains of his female mate - Erin) given his overall determination throughout my hour long visit.
It was also quite apparent that the deceased peregrine he was protecting and attempting to shield from the hot sun had been plundered and partially eaten as there was a large percentage of its body missing, with hundreds of smaller feathers spread out all over the ledge - (end to end).
For close to an hour, I watched and photographed Stormin move around and overtop the deceased peregrines body, with his back to us and his wings spread open in an effort to cover it from both us and the scorching hot sun.
On two different occasions, he laid down beside the body, with his beak resting on its back while he remained motionless for several minutes at a time.
On several other occasions we watched Stormin gingerly stumbled and move around the body with closed fists so as to not to cause any damage to the carcass with his sharp talons,, (very similar to the way that incubating and brooding adults move around when they are on eggs and / or have young hatchlings). On several occasions, while he was laying down beside the carcass, he vocalized at its lifeless body.
Again, I must admit, the entire event was truly heartbreaking to watch and I couldn’t help feel Stormin’s distress and really couldn’t watch any more. It was during the third time as I watched Stormin laid down beside the carcass and rested his beak on the head of the remains that I had enough and I packed up and left for the day.
I have refrained from posting the more graphic photos and photo-shopped out some of the more gory part of the images and hoping that my observation report will suffice to explain (in-part) what has taken place.
It is worth noting that the “bright red flesh” that we observed on the carcass - (as opposed to a dark red or black coloured flesh that is consistent to long exposures to the sun and air), tells yet another part of the story and some evidence of the timelines, in that the peregrine carcass was very fresh.
After speaking with Linda later this evening, it would appear that she saw both Erin and Stormin this past weekend. While the cause of her demise will likely forever remain a mystery, there is some comfort knowing that she was obviously still with Stormin on site at a familiar place, one that she has called her home for the past 14 plus years.
Posted on May 8, 2015 3:13 am
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.
Posted on April 22, 2015 11:36 pm