!!! Trout - W over 79 photographed in December 2014 on Honeymoon Island - Florida USA

January 08, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

Jan 8th - 2014
A big thanks to Connie Adams from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation for sending in some of the photos of Trout that were sent into her from Will Steele. The little male peregrine that was produced at the Toronto downtown Sheraton Centre hotel this past season. This update is a follow-up to our earlier posting of him being spotted in Florida this past December.

We’ve often commented, that peregrines, (specifically that of the juveniles) are not too smart. Hmmmm, Trout’s lounging around on in sunny Florida soaking up the warm mild weather on a sun drenched white sandy beach while most of us here in Ontario are freezing to death in -21 degrees Celsius or -30 Celsius considering the wind-chill factor, expecting another dump of 10cm of snow. Who’s the real dummy here? :-(
Please Trout,,,,, take us with you!!!!

Here Trout was photographed by Kim Begay last month at the beginning of December 2014 on Honeymoon Island. Nice shots Kim!
Kim writes: I have seen it for the last 6 weeks on and off and was finally able to photograph it on 12/31/14


!!! Toronto Sheraton juvenile - (named Trout) - Solid Black band W over 79 with Yellow Tape has been sighted in Florida USA on December 12th - 2014

January 05, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

Jan. 5th - 2015

Just received some interesting news from Mark Heaton from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests, in that one of the Toronto Sheraton Centre yearling peregrines has been spotted in Dunedin Florida USA on December 12th of 2014. The report was forwarded to us from Matt Rogosky, from the Bird Banding Laboratory, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center . The young yearling peregrine was identified via its leg bands as being a Toronto Sheraton produced male peregrine named “Trout”. As you may recall, Trout was rescued from the city streets back on June 18th as he obviously was pushed or blown off the nest ledge prematurely and fluttered to the ground. Trout was rescued by CPF fledge watch volunteers and returned safely back to his parents and the nest ledge the next day. I have attached some of Trout’s banding photos along with his rescue photos while he was in the rescue carrier.

Hi, we went to Dunedin causeway in Dunedin Florida today Dec -12th -2014

The young peregrine was easily identified after checking the banding database as:
112604792 - Solid Black band - W over 79, Yellow marker tape, Named Trout, Banded as a Male, at 21 days old at banding - (30th May 2014 ), hatched at the Sheraton Centre nest site - Toronto Ontario Canada
weight - 605 grams at 21 days of age

Matt Rogosky
Bird Banding Laboratory
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center


got a shot of Oliver at home today.

August 02, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

Saw Oliver at home today and got these web cam shots. It took a while to get his band tape color but it is red for sure.


!!! Olivia is on the ledge

August 02, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a juvenile on the nest ledge. Olivia has dropped by for a visit.


Three in view

July 16, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Wednesday evening, three of the four juveniles were in view south of the Sheraton. Lots of tag playing and lots of very long flights. At one point the three were so high in the sky, you would not spot them unless you had tracked them skyward. Amazing, and flying effortlessly on the wind. They all returned to the area of the Sheraton and continued to chase each other.

!!! All Four in View

July 09, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

This evening, I had all four Juveniles in view. Wonderful aerobatics, chasing each other, flipping upside down to tag another mid air. Sheraton Staff mentioned to me that they are putting on a wonderful display for the hotel guests. It’s nice to see all four together and staying in the direct area of the Sheraton Hotel.

!!! The best is yet to come!!! Photographers get your camera’s!!!

July 05, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

The best is yet to come!!! Photographers get your camera’s!!!
Remember that the family rearing process is far from being over, as its now dads turn. Over the next 30 plus days, the adult males will be doing most of the flight and hunt training with the fledglings, leaving the resident adult females some time to themselves to catch up on some most needed sleep and de-stress time. WE often see the adult females on the nest ledges doing some est box or nest tray rearranging and sleeping.

The fledglings will still be completely dependant on the adults for food, protection and support for the next 30 to 60 days as they will be staying very close to home around the nest buildings.

We often forget that the fledglings (I guess we can call them juveniles now, as they are the equivalent of teenagers in their mind set), still have no idea that they have actually been eating birds, as their food has been prepared by their parents. Many of the food packages have already had their heads removed, and with many of the feathers already having been removed, and as such, the juveniles have had no idea what they have actually been eating!
Of course its birds and only birds, but the young peregrines must be taught this!

They must be taught how to chase, stoop and dive for things and encouraged to chase their parents for the food. They must be shown what to hunt, how to hunt, how to catch it and how to kill it and then how to prepare it. The fledglings still have a long way to go before they are actually able to catch food themselves!

For the next few weeks, its all fun and games (at least for the fledglings),, but they are actually be taught important life skills that will prepare them for survival on their own this fall.

The fledglings, (juveniles) will succumb to a couple of thousand years to migrate in the fall and they will be on their own.
Most all of the resident territorial nesting adults at our southern Ontario urban nest sites will NOT migrate, and they will stay on territory all year. The adults have learned that you they can survive in the city all year long, (urban adaptation), and have figured out that there is an abundance of food around all year long, ideal habitat, no predation and lots of warmth from the buildings, especially from that of the illuminated signs that they roost on.

But the young of the year will go! Being creatures of habit (almost to a fault), what they know, they deal with,,, what they don’t know, they avoid! So its up to the parents to teach them as much as they can over next two months so the fledglings have the necessary life skills to be able to survive on their own. The fledgling juveniles typically migrate south to central and southern America for the winter months and have a very long trip south with many dangers.

Also remember, that the peregrine has more than an 80% mortality rate until it reaches breeding age (typically between two and three years of age), with the higher percentage of this mortality happening in the first year of their lives.

For all of the photographers out there, this is the best opportunity for some incredible photos of the adults training the fledglings over the next 30 plus days!! This is the time to really enjoy your peregrines,, so get out there with your cameras and spend some time with them!

!!! Some well deserved rest and maybe a little house cleaning!

July 04, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

July 3rd - 2014
Thanks to Doreen for sending in some good web cam shots of the Toronto Sheraton that has RM spending some quiet time back at home on nest ledge. The fledglings are all out terrorizing their new world and the both adults are now able to take a few moments throughout the day catching up on some well deserved sleep and relax time!!

Although the family rearing process is far from being over, its now dads turn. Over the next 30 plus days, the adult male (Tiago in this case) will be doing most of the flight and hunt training with the fledglings, leaving RM some time to her self to catch up on some most needed sleep and de-stress time.

Remember that the fledglings will still be completely dependant on the adults for food, protection and support for the next 30 to 60 days. We often forget that the fledglings (I guess I can call them juveniles, as they are the equivalent of teenagers now), still have no idea that they have actually been eating birds as their food sources have been prepared by their parents. Many of the avian food packages have not even had heads, and with many of the feathers already removed, and the juveniles have had no idea what they have actually been eating! Of course its birds and only birds, but the young peregrines have no idea that’s what they have been eating up until this point. They must be taught.

They must be taught how to stoop and dive, catch food packages, and encouraged to chase their parents for the food, shown what to hunt, how to hunt, how to catch it and how to kill it and prepare it. The fledglings still have a long way to go yet before they are actually able to catch food themselves!

For all of the photographers out there, this is the best opportunity for some incredible photos of the adults training the fledglings over the next 30 plus days!! This is the time to really enjoy your peregrines,, so get out there with your cameras and spend some time with them!

While the Toronto Sheraton is a difficult nest site given all of the traffic and hi-rises to get the great shots, there are many other urban nest sites that offer unobstructed air space around the nest sites that offer incredible opportunities to get some really great photos of the adults training the fledglings. Its all going to happen around the nest sites themselves. Remember, for the nest 30 to 60 days, this is still the safe place and HOME for the juveniles and although they may stray from the nest site during the day while they are investigating their new found world, they will be back each morning and evening to get food.

Hmmmm, (for those of you that have teenagers, does this ring a bell)??

Teenagers are always back home for food, laundry, extra money, keys to the family car,,, and the list goes on and on). Thank goodness the resident adults don’t have to do their laundry :-) !!
Stay tuned…………..


Olivia Back In View

July 02, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

After reading Harry’s report from this morning, I was a little more optimistic this afternoon. It wasn’t long after arriving that I spotted Olivia on a building south of the Hotel. She turned and I was able to see her coloured band. The other three enjoy their air games, chasing the adults. I hope we still see them sitting all together again, but for now they like their individual hiding places.

!!! Olivia not seen

July 01, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

This evening,  I had three juveniles making flying around the south side of the hotel making stops on various roof tops. At one time I had three clearly in view and could I.D them through the colour tape.  Buzz, Ralphie and Trout were all together. How nice. Unfortunately, Olivia has not been seen since midday.  She could be on a lower roof level, but both Bruce and I looked and could not spot her.

When I was looking north along York St at King St. Two individuals were walking along the south roof line of the Sheraton Hotel. They approached the area just above the nest area and west facing logo. They are not connected with any Wildlife Association or Ministry of Natural Resources and they are certainly not with CPF.

. The individuals were, male and female both wearing black clothing, the male carrying a camera with long lens.  I have seen this couple illegally on the roof of the King Edward Hotel as well.. Security at both locations have been notified.

This activity stirred up a lot  agitation from Rhea Mae and Tiago. Lots of vocalization from the adults in turned agitated the juvies into flight.  That is not what I wanted to see at that time of the evening, just as the young ones are settling down and finding a safe place to rest for the night.  Who knows where Olivia is now after all that.  I am not pleased.  I hope both individuals got the” what for ” from Rhea Mae.

Mark Nash has been informed and will be in communication regarding this activity.