Toronto Sheraton/ Mt. Sinai/ King St

July 08, 2019 - Toronto - King Street

Linda Woods Reports:

July 8th early evening.
Did a spot check on the Sheraton and only saw one peregrine. Can’t be sure if it was a juvie, sitting on the north/west corner of a building at Queen and Bay St.
I took a quick look around Mt.Sinai area and didn’t see any activity. They all must be out flying around with the Adults.

King St.
One adult on the south service area of 18 King St, cleaning prey. Later it was seen on the north east corner of the Dynamic building. I still think it’s Stormin and Chaos coming to this area. I was hoping to see perhaps Quinn or Bonvoy follow Stormin over to King St., have to wait and see if that happens.

!!! Confirmed… Storman has a new regular lady friend!!! Love is in the air!!!

April 11, 2019 - Toronto - King Street

Marion Nash Reports:

April 11th-2019
A big thank you to Michelle for sending her observations of the peregrine happenings (and some peregrine hanky-panky) that she observed today,,, and some great shots of two peregrines that she photographed back in January …
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Michelle writes:

My name is Michelle, I work on the 27th floor of the Dynamic Funds tower at 1 Adelaide. We get frequent visits from Storman, at least we think its Storman based on our proximity to the 18 King Street nest.

On Monday I saw two peregrine falcons mating on a nearby building and a colleague of mine mentioned that she saw them mating outside our window on Tuesday. Love is in the air!

I have attached two photos that I took. I was able to grab a picture of them together back in January. We think that the other photo is of the ‘lady friend’. We came to this conclusion because she was on one ledge and he was on the other and Storman looked a little smaller than she did, but this is just a guess.
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Great shots Michelle!!! While we can’t positively confirm that the male peregrine in one if your photos is in fact Storman (without a band identification),, we can confirm that one of the grins is absolutely a male and the other a female.

But is shure looks like Storman! We know him quite well! Remember that we have a long history with Stormin, as he was also the resident adult male for a number of years at the Yonge & Eglinton nest site - (the Canada Square nest site) with his previous mate named “Haven”. Haven is still nesting at the Yonge & Eglinton nest site with another mate.

As of date, while we are now only seeing one peregrine at a time down at the King Street site, (but still seeing both sexes off and on, just not at the same time), we’re pretty sure that they are down on eggs somewhere!!

The search is on in an effort to locate which ledge that they have decided to nest on??


!!! The 18 King Street Toronto nest may be active again!!

April 04, 2019 - Toronto - King Street

Mark Nash Reports:

April 3rd - 2019
We may have some great news to report from the 18 King Street nest building at King and Victoria in downtown Toronto!
Once again after talking to Linda Woods, it might appear that they peregrines just might be nesting on the old 18 King Street nest building again!!

After compiling and reviewing her observation notes from the past few months, and applying them to what she is now seeing, it might appear that the peregrine activity she has been watching over the last few months just might indicate that they are nesting on the west side of the old 18 King Street nest building!

Storman,, the long standing male resident adult peregrine that was Erin’s long time mate at this site, has never left the territory, and has been active on the 18 King Street building over the past seasons despite Erin’s disappearance (and likely death due to very senior age of more than 19 years old)…..

Over the past weeks, Linda’s has been monitoring both Storman and a new “lady friend” that has been a mainstay there with him for weeks now. Most recently, Linda has been seeing only one peregrine at a time, (but seeing both throughout off and on),, and that usually spells some good news!!

As you know, at breeding time,, when you have a committed / bonded adult pair on territory, and in particular, hanging around on a potential nest site,, it usually spells good news when you just start seeing only one bird at a time,, (but still seeing both birds)…… as this usually spells eggs and incubation activities are underway!!! :-)

At breeding time, when the adult birds hormones are raging,,, mother nature tells them do find a mate!! We have long since known that the boys don’t hang around long (nor do the girls for all that matter) without the opposite sex being there!
Its breeding season don’t you know,,, and their hormones and mother nature dictates and rules!!

While the east ledges at the 18 King Street nest site are showing only minimal peregrine activity, the west side of the building has a carbon copy series of ledges,, and we already know, that Pounce-Kingsley and the Victoria (the very first peregrines to nest on the 18 King Street nest building) did go to the west site of the building one year and produced offspring on one of those ledges.

That year (for Kingsley and Victoria), there was increased human activity with ongoing rooftop repairs on the east elevations of the nest building, and as such the birds obviously felt threatened, and simply moved to the west side ledges where they were away from the human rooftop activities. Once the roof was completed,, they moved back into the original nest ledge on the east side the following year, and again produce offspring that season.

The difficulty for us now, is trying to get a good look at the west side upper elevations and these west facing ledges of the 18 King Street building, as the office buildings are so close together, its very difficult to get a look “up” from the ground level to see these upper ledges,, let alone see into them!

Storman has been constantly observed roosting on leading edge of a rooftop across the street that puts him in a direct line-of sight to the west upper ledges of the King Street building! Hmmmm…… and there is an adult female peregrine being constantly observed with him……….

We will investigate much further in the next days to follow…….
Stay tuned……

Nest site Summary of 2018

September 05, 2018 - Toronto - King Street

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 www.peregrine-foundation.ca 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

Female-GIGI
band Z21

William Osler Hospital

Male-Indy
band X14

May 23rd 2018
Windsor Ambassador Bridge

Male-Hermes
band Y59

May 24th 2018
Hamilton Sheraton Hotel

Male-Lawrence
band
Y50

Male-Ainslie
band Y51

Male-Gage
band Y52

Male-Lisgar
band Y60

May 25th 2018
Oshawa Lakeridge Hospital

Female-Ripley
band Z22

Burlington Lift Bridge

Male-Cooper
band Y61

Male-Jackson
band X13

May 29th 2018
220 Duncan Mill Rd.

Male- Thor
band X83

Male-TT
band X84

Male- Loki
band X85

Male- Velcro
band X87

June 5th 2018
Canada Square

Male-Petrus
band X95

Male-Bart
band X97

Male-Ricklin
band R14

June 5th 2018
Rogers Centre

Female-Diamond
band Z23

Male-Grand Slam
Band Z24

Male-Homer
Band X94

June 5th 2018
Toronto Downtown Sheraton Hotel

Male- Geoff
Band X15

Male-Sheraton
Band X92

Male-Sun
Band X93

June 6th

OPG Pickering

Female- Millidarry
Band Z25

Female-Candu
Band Z26

Male- Chadwick
Band R15

Male-Cobalt
Band Z27

June 6th 2018
Scarborough Yellow Pages

Male-Alfa
Band R16

Female-Sierra
Band Z67

June 8th 2018
ADM Mills Port Colborne

Female- Mongolia
Band Z59

Male-Brandon
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

Female-Eos
Band Z39

Female- Sadie
Band Z40

Male-Monarch
Band X12

Male-Mercury
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

One on ledge

April 01, 2017 - Toronto - King Street

Marion Nash Reports:

Quick snap shot from today. One bird on the ledge. Will they nest there this year? Keep watching!


!!! Both at Home

December 23, 2016 - Toronto - King Street

Linda Woods Reports:

Stormin and Erin on the ledge Dec 23 2017. Window washers on the Dynamic Building, so they are spending some time in view of the camera.


Stormin?

June 07, 2016 - Toronto - King Street

Linda Woods Reports:

Caught this camera image June 7, 10:50am.

Can’t read the bands, but I think it’s Stormin


!!! Despite the fact that there are still no eggs again this year, the Toronto 18 King Street pair are still very active on the nest ledge!

June 04, 2016 - Toronto - King Street

Mark Nash Reports:

June 3rd - 2016
An opportunity to review some of the nest cams,, the 18 King Street love birds are still very active on the nest ledge!
Sadly, none of the photos are clear enough to identify the leg band numbers, but once again, the female has a Black over Red leg band consistent with that of the long standing resident adult female - Erin, and the newer adult male has a solid Black coloured leg band which is consistent with that of Stormin.

Last week, the pair aggressively defended the upper east ledge elevations when Solar window washing tried to wash the east side windows. The guys were almost ignored as they washed the south, west, and north sides, (including that of their roof top set-up).

While we have no idea why Erin and Stormin have not produced these past two seasons, it is obvious that they are still very much defending and holding on to each other and the nest ledge. It is also interesting to remember, that the 18 King Street nest site is Toronto’s first, having been established back in 1995, and has been occupied by a pair of peregrines every each since 1995!

Pounce-Kingsley - (from Akron Ohio and Victoria from Pennsylvania) were the first pair to nest and produce at this site and were active from 1995 to 2002 - (and produced every year),,, then they were replaced as the site when it was taken over by Erin and Windwhistler - (a.k.a. - Spike who was produced at the Etobicoke Bloor and Islington nest site). Erin and Windwhistler have been producing each and every year up until two seasons ago.

Now its Erin and her new mate Stormin.

Given that the site has been both active and producing offspring each and every year since 1995, (and still occupied today), it is one of Canada’s longest standing occupied territories, and one of if not the most productive peregrine nest sites in Ontario and all of Canada!

It is also important to remember that Windwhistler was also double timing Erin for many years, as he was also the sire and resident adult at another nest site here in Toronto, (at the Toronto Sheraton Hotel), where each year he produced offspring at both the Sheraton and 18 King street nest site simultaneously. He flew back and forth from the 18 King Street nest site to the Toronto Sheraton Hotel on a daily basis dealing with two mates and two clutches of hatchlings at both nest sites!

He was a very busy, and a very productive peregrine!!!

During this period of time, there was a noticeable lack of adult males, and as such, we documented two adult males here in southern Ontario at two urban nest sites that were servicing two different nest sites and their resident adult females each season. Both of these males were successful in producing at both nest sites each season. We watched and documented each of these two males fly back and forth to each of their mates on a daily basis to provide food for their two mates and two sets of hatchlings!


!!! Both resident adults still very much on site, on and off the various ledges, and still very protective of their home,, but no eggs anywhere to be found!

June 02, 2016 - Toronto - King Street

Mark Nash Reports:

Tuesday May 31st - 2016
A big thank you to the Dream management group and their engineering staff for allow me access to several of their buildings that allowed me a opportunity to get a 360 degree view of the entire upper elevation of the 18 King street nest building. After receiving a flurry of phone calls from our good friends at the Solar Group, the organization that has been supporting the CPF for almost 20 years with their equipment and staff that allows the CPF to access the upper ledges of 18 King Street to do the extraction of the young hatchlings for banding,, (and the same group that does all of the window washing on many of the other buildings that host active peregrine nest sites).

Last week, the Solar window washers were aggressively stooped and dive-bombed by the King Street pair as they attempted to wash the windows on the east side of the 18 King Street nest building. The green light was given to go ahead with the buildings window washing as there has been no indication of any incubation activity on the CPF web camera this season.

For the most parts, during their window washing activities on the South, West, and North parts of the building, the resident peregrines although still very much on site and quite visible, paid little to no attention to the window washers. It wasn’t until they got to the upper east side that the peregrines let loose with an on-slot of attacks and forced them away from the east elevation. Solar had to abandoned their efforts to continue and departed the site.

So, I spent the better part of the afternoon scanning the entire upper elevations of the nest building and ALL of the ledges in an effort to find the eggs that was reported by Solar, but no eggs were observed. The resident adult female was although once again laying down on north end of the nest ledge in camera view,, but again, no eggs were present.

I can only surmise that the resident pair (which we have confirmed to be the Erin and Stormin), are simply territorial and still protecting their home as we would expect. Remembering that hormones still control most every action and its still breeding season!

I took allot of photos of ALL of the ledges on both sides of the building so I could review in detail once on the computer, and sadly, there were no eggs to be found.


!!! Eggs seen on another ledge at 18 King.

May 19, 2016 - Toronto - King Street

Marion Nash Reports:

Phil from Solar Window Washing has reported that his washers saw peregrine eggs on a new ledge on 18 king St. they have moved to a ledge further north out of site of the web camera. We hope they will be successful in hatching their eggs this year and will keep you posted so look for further updates.