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.

All four chicks accounted for.

July 01, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Harry Crawford Reports:

Morning Spot Check:  By 11:30 Alex and I had the three boys on the
top of one of the taller buildings.  Two were then seen playing tag
and touching talons.  Olivia was on the roof of a four story
building staying put.

!!! Great Flying

June 30, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Olivia appears to have found her wings, as we did not see her camped out on a lower roof top this evening. The kids enjoy chasing Rhea Mae and Tiago and each other. Earlier this evening I had two on a high roof top adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel, close enough that I could see the band colour of one of them. I think it was Trout. He wasn’t there long before he was off chasing one of his siblings over towards the Trump Tower and back west towards the Hilton. Wonderful to see and I hope others are enjoying the air show that the young Falcons provide.

Spot checks will continue for the next few days.

All four kids doing well.

June 30, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Harry Crawford Reports:

Morning Shift:  A couple of flights were seen in the early morning
along with some calling.  Around 10:30, I saw and heard Olivia on
the north east corner of one of the lower buildings about twelve
floors up.  When Alex arrived, we saw mom feeding all four chicks on
the stage roof of the opera house.  Shortly after, three flew north
and circled the area around Canada Life, the fourth flew south and
ended up on one of the taller buildings.  All appear to be doing
well.

Olivia is still taking her time

June 29, 2014 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Olivia is still hanging tight to her comfortable spot just south of the Sheraton Hotel. Although high, it is low compared to the surrounding buildings.  Buzz, Trout and Ralphie are having a great time chasing Rhea Mae and Tiago with short games of tag, screaming all the way. What great flying and so nice to see for a change.  Most times all the activity is blocked from our view because of the office towers.

Hopefully tomorrow, Olivia will regain her confidence and put those wings to work.