April 07, 2017 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre
Marion Nash Reports:
We now have 2 eggs at Sheraton. Photo to come.
We now have 2 eggs at Sheraton. Photo to come.
Let sleeping birds lie. Singleton is still at home and taking a nap in the incredible heat. It is almost 3pm.
Just before noon today, both Rhea Mae and Singleton appeared on the Sheraton nest ledge.
Before 8am, I spotted who I thought was Singleton, just south of the
Sheraton Centre. I still couldn’t confirm it was him. A bit later, he was
seen on an adjacent building with Tiago. Rhea-Mae was on the Sheraton nest
ledge. He spent nearly an hour in that location before taking off. He
looks good. I would still like to see how his landings are.
Singleton, the single hatch of Rhea Mae and Tiago, has not been positively seen for a day now. Yesterday he was doing well, staying high with both Rhea Mae and Tiago in attendance. Evening of July 11th, he was last seen high on a near by roof top and disappeared out of view.
Rhea Mae and Tiago, aren’t showing any indication that they don’t know where he is and are staying close to the Sheraton. He’s out there somewhere. Just have to wait till he pops his head up.
We’ll continue to watch for him.
July 9th - 2016
While we always hope that the young peregrine never come to the ground and need to be rescued,, we have long since learned that this is not the case. With the larger percentage of the fledglings (at least here in southern Ontario) that have to deal with the tall hi-rises, its impossible for most of them to get back to their nest ledges on the first couple of tries.
As in this case with the little fledgling down at the Toronto Sheraton Hotel nest site. Only this time, it has worked out for everyones benefit! The little fledgling now named “Singleton” was banded this morning courtesy of Mark Heaton from the OMNRF. Mark and I met this morning at 10am at the TWC where Singleton spent the night.
Singleton was banded Y over 30 without a fuss although I must admit, little singleton is in fact quite little, weighing in just 410 grams at intake. You would think that with two attending adults and only one hatchling to care for that this little guy would be much heavier with all of the attention from two experienced parents.
in any case, despite his low weight, he is never the less, quite healthy and with a very feisty attitude! His x-rays and physical examination proved that he is uninjured. Singleton was both fed and rehydrated last night and again this morning and leaves us today recharged and at home with both parents in view and quite aware of his location.
I returned him back to the Toronto Sheraton nest ledge and his parents this afternoon without incident. Meeting with Linda, Bruce and Tracy, Singleton was released back onto the nest ledge at the perfect time, while both of his parents were present on the ledge.
Singleton was released on the nest ledge at the far end of the nest ledge (in behind the old web camera) so as not to disturb or scare the adults off the ledge. As soon as Singleton appeared in their view, the chatting begun between his mom and him. Moments later, Singleton charges his mom screaming for food and attention (despite having a semi-full crop), and had Rea fly off the ledge.
Tiago on the other hand, hunkered down at the opposite end of the nest ledge on the back end of the nest tray directly under the live web cam. I guess that he couldn’t deal with all of Singletons screaming and Tiago eventually left the ledge himself leaving the fledgling on the nest alone.
See attached photos.
Singleton took off from his light post roost and came to ground south of the Sheraton. He was picked up by the good folks of First Canadian Place Security. FCP security protocol is to call FLAP for any downed birds. Kudos to both FLAP and First Canadian Place for their quick response in aiding the young falcon.
FLAP called us and it was determined to transfer Singleton to Toronto Wildlife for a quick assessment and the results are…. he is good to go.
CPF is taking the opportunity to have Singleton banded and officially named and will be returning to the Sheraton tomorrow, July 9th.
Currently, Rhea Mae is on the nest ledge.
Will update tomorrow after Singleton is released back to the ledge.
Peregrine Follies will continue.
Thank you FCP Security, Paloma of Fatal Light Awareness Program, and Toronto Wildlife Centre, and of course Harry from CPF Sheraton Peregrine Watch
Sheraton’s only hatch this year , Singleton, took his first flight earlier today.
He was located on a nearby rooftop with Rhea Mae and Tiago watching over him. Not much activity today, very hot and humid. Singleton had a good feed by Rhea Mae around 8pm this evening, Tiago was watching and decided he wanted to be part of this feast, but Singleton wasn’t going to share his food that Rhea Mae was spoon feeding and like a bull, lowered his head and went after Tiago and chased him off the dinner table. Very funny and surprising to see. Singleton was in the same spot at dark.
Lots more activity this evening from our Sheraton Singleton. Rhea Mae paid a brief visit to the ledge, and then took off again towards 130 Adelaide and out of my view.
A lot of flapping this evening more so then previous evenings, which is a good indication that the time is close to fly.
The Sheraton Watch has begun.
June 4th - 2016
A quick look at the Toronto Sheraton nest ledge via the CPF web cam and the little hatchling is not so little any more!! While there is some fluffy down still very visible,, it appears that the fledge time is almost upon us.
We watched the resident adult female come into the nest ledge and eat a food package that she brought in, with everyone (including the hatchlings) believing that she would have shared the food package. But that was not the case,, as the resident adult female prepped and ate the entire food package on the nest ledge in front of her hatchling!
Its another hot one again today, especially in the direct sun, and the young hatchling has been avoiding the hot sum by staying around the pillar in the shade. The resident adult was also captured in the serious of photos that we snapped laying down on the nest ledge spread-winged in an effort to cool herself down.
It is likely that we will be starting the fledge watch in the next 24 to 48 hours. Given the size of the young hatchling in comparison to the resident adult,, it might appear that the hatchlings is a female.
Sadly, several nest sites this season did not get banded and the Toronto Sheraton Hotel nest site was one of them. The Ministry of Natural resources has only allotted a limited number of days this season again that the OMNRF bander has available to band,,, and as such, they have told us that they will not be banding any nest sites again this season that has less then two hatchlings. Very sadly, this season has had a low production with many nest sites only having one hatchling and many eggs that failed to hatch!