!!! Nesting Activity Continues

May 01, 2015 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

Nesting activity continues for “Hunter” the male and “Seven” the female.

This morning the male delivered food to the ledge. Not sure if this was just a bite to eat for the incubating female, or if it was meant for a feed, but positive behaviour either way, indicating that incubation is continuing.

This evening another hand off of the ledge occurred around 6:30, giving the female time to stretch her wings and hunt for herself.  Hunter was quick to take his turn at incubation and disappeared into the back of the ledge and out of sight.

Hunter and Seven appear to be involved in full time incubation activities! Fingers crossed, as this just maybe the year that Mt. Sinai Hospital has their first peregrine hachlings!

April 22, 2015 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Mark Nash Reports:

April 20th - 2015

After being able to confirm that the resident pair are in fact Ranger - (the long standing adult male at the Mt. Sinai hospital nest site), and his new female mate - Lucky “Seven” as she was named, who was produced at the old Ontario Power Generation plant nest site on the Canadian side in Niagara Falls Ontario, it has become quite obvious that the pair are involved in full time incubation activities on the upper east elevation, in the centre (middle) ledge.

Sadly although,,, this is NOT the ledge that we installed the nest tray on several years ago for Ranger and Hunter! WE know that there is not allot (if any) suitable nesting sub-straight on these ledges,, (thus the reason for installing the nest tray years ago),,, but you just never know,, peregrine have managed to successfully incubate and hatch eggs in some really inhospitable nest ledges.

We have alerted our old friends at the Mt. Sinai hospital and arranged a site visit next week that will allow us to lower down a portable “wireless” camera down to the lower ledge from the upper roof area that we use to peek into these types of ledges where we can’t get visible sightlines from other elevations to see what’s going on.

Stay tuned for more news updates on the pair………

!!! Seven and Hunter at Mt.Sinai

April 04, 2015 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

It appears the Hunter and Seven are setting up house keeping on the east ledge of the hospital. Very consistent courtship behaviour observed, with copulation and a ‘hand- off” of the “nest’ area. They could be in the early stages of egg production, as they are paying  attention to one particular ledge. Unable to confirm the presence of eggs, as this is a difficult area to get a sight line into the ledge itself. Observations will continue for behavioural changes in the adults to indicate full time incubation of eggs. Exciting, as this would be the first nest for the female Seven.

Turkey Vulture coming through

June 04, 2014 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

Both adults were not in view when I dropped by for a quick visit. As I waited a very large Turkey Vulture floated through the area. I thought for sure this would bring some activity to the area. One adult came to the east side of the Hospital from the east. They did not give chase or pursue the low flying Vulture as it floated westward. Soon after both adult peregrines were in view on the east side of both Mount Sinai and PMH.

Two in view

May 23, 2014 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

A quick visit to Mount Sinai today just before noon. I found the adult peregrines sitting on the south facing ledges of the hospital. This is disappointing as it points to the very real possibility that there are no eggs this year.

No Eggs?

May 17, 2014 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

Saturday May 17th - 2014
I spent some time at Mount Sinai. I arrived just before 10:00am.

On my arrival I had the female flying south on University Ave heading towards the Zurich building, she then turned east and out of sight. The male appeared and landed on the cubby holes on the south side of Mount Sinai.

I waited, thinking they were in the hunting mode. The female reappeared and landed on the south east corner of the hospital, the male then fly up to her and copulation was seen. He flew off, and she joined him in flight. They flew circles over University Ave at Gerrard St. gaining height and drifting eastward towards Yonge St. They were so high I needed binoculars to track them as they drifted to the southeast, and out of my sight.

At no time did either of the adults pay any attention to the 2nd ledge, (or any of the ledges for all that matter). I left the area an hour later, with only the male in view. He had returned and was on the 6th ledge.

This may be an indication that either there were never any eggs, or the eggs have failed. We will never know, since we are not able to visibly see that particular area of the east side.

Observations will continue.

Both Adults in view

May 11, 2014 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

CPF Volunteer Reports:

I arrived around 10:00am and found a peregrine in the ledges between the upper span of window, plucking at prey. Feathers were flying all over the place. It then took the food and flew to the south side of the hospital. Finally I got to see the peregrines.

Incubation continues

May 10, 2014 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

After not seeing any activity on the east ledges for the past week, I finally was able to see a hand off of the nest ledge. “Seven” quietly appeared on the edge of the ledge around 2:15 p.m. and flew to south west area of the hospital and out of sight. Hunter came around and entered the nest area. This is a good indication that they are still in full incubation. It is not possible to see how many eggs there are from any angle, which is unfortunate, but we will have to wait until little white heads appear.

Activity has been abscent

May 08, 2014 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

I have been making regular visits to Mount Sinai and I have not seen any activity on the east ledges for a few days now.  It could be they are either in full incubation, or have moved the courtship behaviour to the west side of the hospital. Frequent observations will continue to confirm if either they are actually nesting or have moved to a different area.

Turkey Vulture pushed out

April 28, 2014 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

A quick visit to Mount Sinai today and I found “Seven” having a meal on the 2nd ledge east side. I did not see Hunter, although he may have been out of my view. One large T.V passed over the area and no reaction from the peregrines. A few minutes later, a smaller T.V floated over the area and much lower. We waited and out came “Seven” on the chase to push out the low flying T.V. She made contact with the vulture over the area of College and Bay streets, and continued the chase. Can’t tell you what happened to the T.V, it was very low. I suspect Seven grounded the T.V.  and then flew back to Mount Sinai.  All was quiet after that. It doesn’t appear at this time they are paying much attention to one particular ledge of the hospital. More observations will be required to confirm if they do indeed have eggs.