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.

BREAKING NEWS!! Hunter Has a Girlfriend at Mount Sinai!!!

April 07, 2014 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Tracy Simpson Reports:

Last weekend Linda, Bruce and I followed up on an observation made by Linda that something was different at the Mount Sinai nest site.  A male was hanging around being quite visible and a second bird had made a brief appearance.  On March 30th, the three of us gathered down at University and Gerrard for a day of observations and we weren’t to be disappointed.  It was then that we confirmed the presence of a second bird, not a passerby, staying within the territory and working things out with the male in the area who we had yet to confirm as Hunter.  As the light was fading that Sunday, we agreed that this warranted further investigation and yesterday we set up for a full day of watching.

We found the male on the east side of Mount Sinai in the second ledge from the north and the female in the third.  Not only is she easy to distinguish based on her size but also her constant vocalizations at the male.  There were several flights during the morning and early afternoon and each time the male took flight, she would follow along behind him wherever he went.  The male was prone to land and roost on places that Hunter had always used in the past leading us to believe that it may still be him, but who was she?

It wasn’t until midday that we really got a period of time with them both hanging around Mount Sinai for a good look at them.  The male flew into the north ledge of the hospital and that started quite a ruckus.  He had food.  He had retrieved a cache from that ledge and flew around to the east side of Mount Sinai to a nook just below their ledge of interest for potential nesting.  The female came bombing in screaming her head off and picked his pocket.  She now had herself a pigeon and was eating away while he flew up to the ledge above for a nap seeing as she was now occupied.  It was then that we were able to get a good look at her and she is absolutely banded…  …backwards.  Her USFW is on her left leg and her Canadian recovery band on her right.  We were then able to get a look at the recovery band briefly and saw that the top letter is an X and of the double digit on the bottom we could clearly see it started with a 9.  There is only one bird with this band configuration and combination making her ID fairly easy.  We can say with 99% certainty that this is Seven, hatched at the Niagara Gorge nest site in 2012 to Diamond and Onyx. Some of you will remember that last year in April she busied herself stirring up trouble at the ADM Mills nest site in Port Colbourne and was photographed intruding upon the local pair.  It seems that she is now settled at the Mount Sinai Hospital with a male.

After eating she sought him out again and started to vocalize and pester once more.  There were several flights by the pair and she finally settled herself in the second ledge on the east side where we witnessed him flying in and and mating with her.  This settled her down for a while and the two napped and preened on the east side for the rest of the afternoon.  Things became active again just after 5pm when the pair set out on a hunt.  Unlucky in their attempts, Seven flew up to the Hakim Optical building where she found a cache on the northwest corner and the male retrieved his own stash from the IA building.  He flew out and up to the top corner in the sun to eat and it was then that we clearly could see the Black over Green H/D recovery band confirming Hunter as the resident male hatched in 2000 at the Rhodes Office Tower in Ohio. Seven joined him on the building where they mated a second time after which he went off to the east ledges of Mount Sinai for a nap and she flew up to the Intact sign to preen.

This is excellent news for the Mount Sinai nest site!  We will have to wait and see what this means for the nesting season and whether they achieve success in hatching young.  Most certainly this territory will now be on our watch list and we will keep you updated on their progress.  I want to thank Bruce and Linda for a great day of discovery and look forward to the season to come with these two awesome birds.

Pictures will follow later today after a I have had a chance to tidy them up!

Single Peregrine Roosting Today on Mount Sinai

January 20, 2014 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Tracy Simpson Reports:

A report just in from Linda.  On the south side of Mount Sinai Hospital she has located a single peregrine sitting in the same position as Hunter and Ranger habitually used to sit on cold days for the morning warm up.  While we cannot confirm that this is in fact Hunter, a chance exists that it is based on the birds size, behavior and roost choices .  It looks like he may still be in the area and holding on to the Mount Sinai territory on his own.  When the frigid weather breaks, we will be down to the territory to see if we can locate the bird and confirm whether this is indeed Hunter.  Thank you so much Linda for this most important update on the Mount Sinai territory.

!!! Sad news to report to end 2013. Ranger from Rochester NY has been recovered dead!

January 02, 2014 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

CPF Postmaster Reports:

December 27th - 2013
It is with sad news that we must report about news received this afternoon - (Jan 2nd 2014) that a deceased adult female peregrine was recovered from the downtown city streets of Toronto. We have been able to identify the peregrine as being one of our long standing resident territorial adults,, named Ranger, a peregrine produced in 2001 at the Kodak nest site in Rochester New York, USA.

Both Ranger and her mate (named Hunter,,, a 2000 year produced peregrine from Ohio USA) has been nesting here in Toronto at several different nest locations for almost 12 years. Both peregrines have been closely monitored by the Canadian Peregrine Foundation staff and volunteers for a very long time indeed and have been part of Toronto’s landscape.

Sadly, Ranger and Hunter were never successful in hatching any of their eggs year after year despite all of their dedicated efforts. It certainly was not from the lack of trying, as the pair remained fateful to one another since their arrival almost 12 years ago! They produced several clutches of eggs every year, (some years, they produced three clutches of eggs),,, and underwent continuous prolonged incubation periods on every clutch of eggs!! The pair spent some 50 days of prolonged incubation on several of the clutches and refused to give up incubating until the eggs finally imploded.

Ranger and Hunter spent time at the old up-town Toronto nest site, - (the Canadian Tire building at Yonge & Eglinton),,, at the Four Seasons Hotel nest site at Bay Street & Yonge Street,,, and their final nest territorial nest site in downtown Toronto at the Mt Sinai Hospital nest site.

We received communication from Mark Heaton from Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources today - (Jan. 2nd - 2014) that a deceased peregrine was picked up from the streets on Dec. 27th 2013. Photos were forwarded along to us clearly showing the Black A over Red 0 leg band numbers.

One of the photos shows evidence of a wrist injury on her left wing, but as of this date, we have no details of the cause of her death. Despite the minor injury to her wrist, Ranger appears to be in very good condition and very good weight.
You are advised that some of the images may be disturbing to look at.
Stay tuned…..