!!! 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 O’Connor the adult female has been replaced by a new female who although did lay eggs they did failed to hatch.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

band Z21

William Osler Hospital

band X14

May 23rd 2018
Windsor Ambassador Bridge

band Y59

May 24th 2018
Hamilton Sheraton Hotel


band Y51

band Y52

band Y60

May 25th 2018
Oshawa Lakeridge Hospital

band Z22

Burlington Lift Bridge

band Y61

band X13

May 29th 2018
220 Duncan Mill Rd.

Male- Thor
band X83

band X84

Male- Loki
band X85

Male- Velcro
band X87

June 5th 2018
Canada Square

band X95

band X97

band R14

June 5th 2018
Rogers Centre

band Z23

Male-Grand Slam
Band Z24

Band X94

June 5th 2018
Toronto Downtown Sheraton Hotel

Male- Geoff
Band X15

Band X92

Band X93

June 6th

OPG Pickering

Female- Millidarry
Band Z25

Band Z26

Male- Chadwick
Band R15

Band Z27

June 6th 2018
Scarborough Yellow Pages

Band R16

Band Z67

June 8th 2018
ADM Mills Port Colborne

Female- Mongolia
Band Z59

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

Band Z39

Female- Sadie
Band Z40

Band X12

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

!!! We need your help!

May 06, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

CPF Postmaster Reports:

May 2016
We are in desperate need of your assistance!

We are looking for someone that has in-depth hands-on experience with WordPress.
There are several major changes needed to both update some portions of the CPF web site, in addition to some design changes and in need of an experienced WordPress person that has some spare time to donate to the CPF.

This individual should also have in-depth hands-on experience with the technical side of web site management.

Please if you can help, and some spare time, we would love to talk to you!

You can contact us at the Canadian Peregrine Foundation via our telephone number at: 416-937-7226 or by e-mail to marion@peregrine-foundation.ca

!!! Not Looking Good

May 17, 2015 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

I arrived on site shortly after 9am and found Seven on the west side of a building south of the Hospital. Hunter was on the curtain rod of the north Bay St condo. At around 10:00am, Seven flew towards the east ledges and entered the seventh ledge and disappeared into the back. Hunter was still in his hiding spot on the Bay st condo. It is common for the adults to leave eggs unattended during the warm weather, but usually one adult has the nest in view or they return directly to the nest. With the sun directly on the ledge, if there were a hatch at this time, one of the adults would be shading the new nestling from the sun. This wasn’t seen.

Observations will continue, but this change in behaviour is very similar to what I have seen in previous years when the eggs have failed. Let’s hope for the best.

Mt.Sinai Saturday

May 16, 2015 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

Both Hunter and Seven were seen outside the nest area today for about 25 minutes. He initially flew prey past her and landed on another area. He echupped and she flew out to get the food. He took off with it and hid in one of the “cubby holes” on the east side. She couldn’t get to it. She returned to the nest and disappeared out of view.  He flew to his little hiding spots underneath the overhang of a Bay St condo. He was there till about 3p.m. when he finally flew into the nest area. She came out and flew towards the structure across the street.

Incubation continues.

Food for Seven

May 14, 2015 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

In all the years I’ve been watching Toronto Peregrines, I’ve never seen them make a direct and successful hunt for prey, until today.

Stopped by Mt.Sinai to check on Hunter and Seven. All was quiet until around 11:30a.m. Hunter flew east along Gerrard Street towards Bay St. He made contact with a small bird, probably a sparrow. Snatched it out of the air and carried it back towards Mt. Sinai.  Seven then appeared on the 6th ledge and flew towards the area where Hunter had the prey. She grabbed the food and headed to the south area Mt. Sinai. Hunter then flew into the 6th ledge and disappeared out of my view.

Incubation continues for the single egg.

!!! Mt. Sinai One Egg

May 13, 2015 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

As reported to me from Mark Nash;

Mark Nash visited Mt. Sinai today to confirm the presence of at least one egg. Seven was seen incubating at least one egg on the 6th ledge . She got up off the egg briefly to investigate but did not come off the ledge. She returned moments later to continue incubation.  Hunter was on hand to keep watch, but didn’t get too excited as Mark lowered to camera to the ledge. Everything went well.

Many thanks to staff at Mt. Sinai for their continued support.

With success there will be a link to video for everyone to view.


!!! Mt. Sinai, Behaviour change from Hunter

May 12, 2015 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

Again today spent some time at Mt. Sinai Hospital peregrine site, as I have done so every day for the past few weeks. Today, a change in behaviour from Hunter. Usually I see a hand off of the 6th ledge and the adult finds a place to rest before heading out and out of view. Today, Hunter was unsettled. He would visit the 6th ledge and take off and sit on a nearby roof.  Minutes later he would return to the 6th ledge, walk to the back and come out again and take off. He would then sit for a few minutes and return to the 6th ledge. This is very encouraging and it would fit a time line of nesting behaviour. Perhaps a hatch is close if not already. Just have to wait for food to go in and stay in. As the weeks progress it is very encouraging to see that behaviour from both Seven and Hunter has been maintained. Unlike years past, they would get to a certain point of ‘incubation” and then both adults would be seen flying in the area and not returning to the chosen ledge.  Here’s hoping for a successful year for Hunter and his new mate Seven.

!!! Nesting Activity Continues

May 09, 2015 - Toronto - Mount Sinai Hospital

Linda Woods Reports:

Saturday May 9  Noon.

Arrived just in time to look up and see Hunter enter the 6th ledge. I waited for a minute and it wasn’t long before Seven came into view, and flew off towards to east side University Ave.  They are very fast and quiet about it. This is very positive for continued nesting activity.

!!! 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.