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.

MOUNT SINAI Tracy reports

July 05, 2019 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Marion Nash Reports:

A brief update on our injured juvenile rescued at the Sick Kids Foundation off of their balcony. X-rays show no fractures and he is responding well to pain management and inflammation treatment. Looks like this little man might be going home soon if all goes well. Thank you to everyone involved in his rescue. Looks like he may get a second chance thanks to all of you. Fingers crossed!! We’ll know more later today.

MOUNT SINAI

July 03, 2019 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Marion Nash Reports:

Yesterday I got a call that there was a report of a peregrine on a balcony on University Avenue in need of a rescue with a possible injury. After coordinating with Bruce I headed down to see what I could find at the location. The site was just a few buildings away on the east side of University and after heading up to the suite, absolutely there was a juvenile falcon on the balcony. As I approached the windows, the tinting hiding my approach, I was able to get a good look at the bird without alerting it and it did shows signs of trouble with its left wing. I decided a rescue was in order. This is an inaccessible balcony that presented a challenge for a rescue. The security guard unlocked the door for me to get out to the bird. That was the easy part. I then had a one foot opening between a cubicle wall and an almost 4 foot high filing cabinet that would get me into the one and a half foot wide space between the back of the cubicle and the door to the balcony. Working on a farm I scramble up lots of things and into lots of weird places and so with the blessing of the tenants, up onto the filing cabinet I hopped and then lowered myself down into the gap. I didn’t want to spook the bird into the air and into trouble as it really needed to get looked at by a vet to be sure of its wing condition. I took a breath and put my hastily made plan into action. I walked out the door just plain as day and the bird was on edge. I quickly strode between him and escape to the air and he did exactly what I’d hoped. He flew over towards the corner and the rest is history. Into the carrier he went. It took a few minutes to extract myself from the gap and then off to the CPF Raptor Centre for a night of rest before a visit to TWC for a health check. I took him in this morning and I am awaiting results that I will share once I get them in. It is a little male and he is one of the Mount Sinai birds. Our goal is to assess him quickly, make a well organized plan for care and get him back to his family as quickly as possible. The longer he is gone the further behind he gets in his training. One excellent thing of note is that he is an absolute tiger. His attitude is not typical of the boys where once caught they tend to surrender. Not this one!! He bit out and lashed out all the live long day. He attacked the towel, the carrier and me and that is exactly how he needs to be in the peregrine world. More to come tomorrow, let’s all wish him well.

MOUNT SINAI Tracy reports

June 27, 2019 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Tracy Simpson Reports:

For the past two evenings I have gone down to Mount Sinai to check in on the family of four and their progress. I can tell you that all four are flying exceptionally well.The most recent to fledge is still working out the details of flight. The landings are OK, the flights are still butterfly like and the best part is that the fledgling is maintaining altitude whilst learning. The other three have been out for a while. The first to fledge is very apparent when you’re down on site watching. This little one is quite the daredevil. He has given me a heart attack at least twice over the past two days by flying through the gap between Mount Sinai Hospital and Princess Margaret. That little alleyway isn’t that big and there are obstacles in the alleyway that you can’t see until you’re in it. But seeing as it has navigated this well at least four times it is now become a game for this young one. I don’t find it funny or amusing at all. The most interesting thing is that every night the resident female, her identity is still yet to be confirmed, rounds all of the kids up and brings them to the east facing side of the hospital for bed. Last night I had three juveniles on the ledges and the fourth was somewhere on the west side. The female took off and headed around behind the hospital and came out on the northside chasing a juvenile. She chased it, steered it and harassed it until it flew back to the hospital for bed. This is obviously the most experienced of the four based on its flight. Not only was it doing a good job of giving the female a hard time it also came around the south side of the hospital, did a short stoop and then did what we call a J up into one of the cubbyholes on the east face. Now that’s flying! Given all that I’ve seen at this site we have scaled it back to spot checks now and feel very confident that the family is doing well. I’m not sure who the individual was, I saw the posted comment today but can’t remember who posted it, but this fan of the birds was downtown today and was lucky enough to witness a game of tag being loudly played among the three most experienced flyers. Awesome observation and please do keep them coming! Congratulations Mount Sinai!!

MOUNT SINAI UPDATE

June 20, 2019 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Marion Nash Reports:

Bruce continues to have ledge huggers. None of his four chicks have fledged yet and they are so ready. Hopefully when they do they do it one at a time and in a sane and orderly fashion. History tells us though that Bruce will be cross eyed by the end of it all. If anyone is passing through the downtown core please stop by Mount Sinai and give Bruce a break or some help or a snack or something. He’s gonna need it. Don’t worry Bruce, we’ve got your back!!

Tracy Reports on Mt Sinai

June 17, 2019 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Marion Nash Reports:

MOUNT SINAI UPDATE - It would seem that sleep deprivation has gotten the better of me. I thought that I had a juvenile fledged at Mount Sinai last night but it turns out that it was echo. What we have discovered though is that there are not 2 chicks at Mount Sinai but 4 and they are ready to go!! Bruce is down there now and has all 4 up and to the edge. Looks like auditory illusion on my part but worth the trip as we now have proper head count and a check on age. Bruce is sure that the next day or two the first will go.

2 chicks reported by Bruce

June 16, 2019 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Marion Nash Reports:

Bruch was able to confirm 2 chicks on ledge at Mt. Sinai Hospital today. Not fledged yet but soon.

!!! Hand Off of the ledge

April 02, 2019 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

Midday today the male came to the ledge and the female appeared from the back of the nest ledge. I think we have eggs! The female flew off and the male took up his position and disappeared into the nest ledge. A clear hand off of the nest, and a good indication the presence of eggs.

!!! Mt. Sinai Hospital peregrines are down involved in full time incubation activities!

March 29, 2019 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Mark Nash Reports:

March 29th - 2019

Full time incubation has begun!
While on site in midtown Toronto this morning during my visit at another rooftop east of the Mt. Sinai hospital, I was able to utilize the birds eye view of the Toronto’s west views to get a good (although distant) clear view of the east side upper ledges of the Mt. Sinai Hospital and have some good news to report.

It was quite evident that a peregrine was down hard in incubation duties on the nest tray that we installed several years on the east lupper edge of the hospital. The adult peregrine never moved of her incubation duties throughout my hour long observation. While I was on the much higher Bay Street street rooftop, an adult male peregrine flew in from the Mt. Sinai hospital rooftop and flew over our heads in an very deliberate effort to “check us out” and see what we were doing. :-)

Sadly, I did not have the equipment to get any detailed information as to being able to identify any band numbers of the pair,, I can certainly confirm that the Mt. Sinai pair are incubating egg(s)!
Stay tuned….

Nest site Summary of 2018

September 05, 2018 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

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