Banding is set for 11:00 Am

May 22, 2019 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

Banding date is fast approaching and we now have a time 11:00 AM June 4th 43 floor Pinnacle room. If you wish to attend please be there for 10:45.

Banding day is set

May 19, 2019 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

The Canadian Peregrine Foundation will be banding the baby falcons on June 4th please stay tuned for photos and names of the chicks.

First Hatch

May 14, 2019 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

Got an email from a camera watcher that we have had the first chick hatch!


!!! Toronto Sheraton web cam back up and running! 4 EGGS!!!

April 15, 2019 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

April 15th - 2019
A big thank you to the Toronto Sheraton IT department and Danial, our new web master for all of their support today in getting our Toronto Sheraton web camera up and running, as we now have the camera back on producing !! Surprise, surprise,,, 4 eggs!!!!

As it would seem to be the norm these days with our nest webcams issues,, the problem was again,, NOT the camera itself,, but the internet connections internally.

The not so good news, is that we have misplaced the camera’s login and password,, so sadly, we could not change the camera’s day and date stamp :-( and as such, we will have to live with the wrong date stamp on the updated images until we can get into the camera’s programming menu to make the changes there.

During the several hours that we were on site, I was able to take a few looks throughout the afternoon through our secret “peep-hole”,,, and much to my surprise,, it was the smaller adult male doing all of the incubation duties,, and he never moved all afternoon! The incubating male looked alot like Storman! But sorry, no bands were identified during this visit…… So only time will tell as to his true identity….

Once again,, at no point did we ever see the resident adult female, anywhere at anytime…. ???
So the mystery gal still remains an unknown……..

I was able to snap a quick photo this evening and got a decent shot of 4 eggs in the nest tray.


!!! Sheraton Toronto Incubation has started

April 10, 2019 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

A quick visit to the Sheraton this afternoon and found the male in the nest tray on the eggs. Can’t confirm number of eggs at this time, or confirm the ID of the birds. I am sure it is still Chaos and Stormin. When more information comes available it will be posted.

!!! Toronto Sheraton Centre hotel - some weird happenings - 1 egg in the nest tray!

April 06, 2019 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

April 6th - 2019

Well, just when you think you have them all figured out,,, you are reminded that you don’t!

Linda called today with some weird news, in that her visit to the Toronto downtown Sheraton hotel has yielded some interesting news indeed…. as there is a single peregrine egg in the nest tray!

Yes, it’s definitely a peregrine egg given its colour and size! That said,, during her lengthy visit, at no time did she see a single peregrine - anywhere! This is not the norm at all!

What makes this quite strange is that the mechanical area where the computer and camera hardware is, it offers an incredible view of Toronto to the south, southeast, and southwest of the hotel, as the hotel towers above everything with it 44 floors (with the exception of the CN tower). Everything and every rooftop is before you,, and below you!

All of the usual roosting spots, in addition to the not so usual roosting spots were checked with great detail, as well as spending a lengthy time in front of the glass viewing window,, which usually has had the peregrines VERY upset, (and very visible) given that this glass area is at the same elevation and only feet to the right from the nest nest ledge itself!

This is one of the reasons that we have historically papered-up and covered this large glass pane so that any human activity is hidden from the peregrines view.

In any case,, no peregrines were around, anywhere!

We have our suspensions as to what may be going on,, as it may have something to do with the odd peregrines activity at the 18 King Street nest site, which is only blocks away to the east of the Toronto Sheraton centre hotel nest site………

As some of you may recall, it wasn’t really all that long ago that we had the same adult male from the 18 King Street nest site (WindWhistler - a.k.a. Spike) when he was servicing both adult females from the Toronto Sheraton centre nest while at the same time, he was servicing the 18 King Street nest site! WindWhistler sired offspring from both sites and both successfully fledged offspring that year from each nest sites!

The last known resident adult male here at the Toronto Sheraton centre hotel was named Tiago, and he was produced at the 18 King Street nest site,, and yes, his father was Windwhistler! Tiago returned to the territory as an adult and kicked his father out of the Toronto Sheraton nest site and became the new resident male.

Short history,, Windwhistler - a.k.a Spike was produced at the Bloor & Islington nest site in Etobicoke.

Thank goodness for banding and the legs bands that has helped us easily identify the birds over the years!!!

Only time will tell…..
Stay tuned……

!!! Very sad news to report from the Toronto Sheraton Hotel nest site :-(

April 04, 2019 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

April 2nd-2019
After talking to Linda yesterday, and comparing our notes, it appears that we have both come up with the same conclusions based on our observations over the past weeks.

Sadly, it would appear that the Toronto Sheraton nest has in fact been void of any peregrine activity for some time,, (for several months now) and currently there is absolutely no evidence of any recent activity on the nest ledge :-(

My latest visit down to the Toronto Sheraton while in an effort to get the camera back on line, yielded some pretty dismal and disturbing results for any sightings of any birds themselves or any evidence of any activity on the nest ledge itself!

Very sad news indeed, as the Toronto Sheraton hotel nest has been an active producing peregrine nest site each and every year since 1997,, and is (or was up until now) one of southern Ontario’s oldest active producing peregrine nest sites!!

As for the city of Toronto,, and the Toronto Sheraton centre hotel,, the peregrines first arrived on their roof top and attempted to nest way back in 1994-1995 season!! Then they changed locations and moved to the 18 king Street location later that year,, only to return back to the Toronto Sheraton hotel on the nest ledge where they have been actively producing offspring ever since!!

We will continue to closely monitor the nest site and ledge, as you all know, things can change quite quickly in the peregrine world,, and although the nest cam is down,, we will continue our efforts to get it back up and running so we have a visual of the ledge itself on a daily basis!

Stay tuned……..

On a brighter note,,, see observation reports from the old Toronto King Street nest site at 18 King Street….. something is going on there again!!!

!!! Camera / internet is down at Toronto Sheraton nest site … we’re working on….. No peregrine observations on the nest ledge!!!

March 26, 2019 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

March 28th - 2019

Sadly, we have no updated information on the Toronto Sheraton peregrines,, as the time so far that we have spent there working on the camera and internet challenges, we have NOT seen any activity of the birds on the nest ledge! :-(( It has not been very encouraging news at all!!!! This is NOT to say that the birds are not there,, but we have not seen anything to report as yet………. Fingers crossed that they have been aloof and just not active on the nest ledge when have been there….

It’s been a very frustrating season opener for sure again this year with all of the camera’s and the internet challenges that we’ve been experiencing !! As you know,, with the usual limited resources and support, we are as per the norm, dealing with the typical hiccups and challenges with the technology that takes time to fix. Each site takes allot of man hours and time, especially with having do deal with the technology,, let alone dealing with the variety of logistics that each site presents.

The good news for the Toronto Sheraton nest camera, is that most everything is inside the building and very accessible (including the camera), so all of our work and activities does not involve nest ledge access , thus there is absolutely no disturbance to the birds. :-))

So it’s back to the basics, time in, feet and eyes on the street, allot of running around and hanging out once you get there to get some sound observations….

Time is always the issue with so many nest sites to visit and get update on,,,,,, getting the time to go, the travel time involved to and fro, parking and gas costs and with limited manpower to actually spend the time in the field doing the observations once you get there and staying long enough to get something useful,, it’s always a challenge. So please bear with us,, as its going to take us some time to get everything fixed and updated, especially to get all of the site visits in.

Stay tuned….. we’re getting there………

Nest site Summary of 2018

September 05, 2018 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

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

June 23 2017

June 25, 2017 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

First Fledge of the 2017.

First of the two hatchlings has fledged sometime on June 23rd.  Volunteers on the search and waiting for her to pop her head up.  Second bird still on the ledge. Adults are high in the area and keeping on the nest territory.

Problems with our website so please forgive. Postings will be far apart and will try to post the site opens up to access. Please try our FB page, but info is limited there.

Anyone seeing a strange bird, with  leg bands on the ground or a balcony, in the downtown core, pls contact our head office.