!!! Make That 4!

May 18, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

Paul observed 4 chicks receiving a hearty meal from Voltaire this evening in the Ambassador Bridge nest box. All were reported to be looking healthy and very ready for dinner.

The Windsor Watch Team gathered last evening to begin planning for this year’s watch. Looks like there will be lots of activity in the skies soon!

!!! Confirmation of Chicks in Windsor

May 12, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

I stopped by the Bridge this evening and was able to see Voltaire fly in and out of the nest several times. She came in with food and I was then able to see movement around her followed by a clear view of 3 little heads!

The Windsor Falcon Watch team will hold an organizational meeting in order to begin our plans for this year’s watch next Tuesday evening at 6 pm. We will gather at the Dominion House Pub on Sandwich Street just a few blocks from the Bridge. Anyone who would like to join in the Windsor Watch is welcome to come and join us.

Soon we will begin watching the skies for another season of Peregrine Flight School!


!!! 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

!!! Ambassador Bridge Nest Sightings

May 01, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

I spent a couple hours at the bridge this morning with the spotting scope. One adult in the nest the entire time except for a very brief flight out to a girder and then the return within a couple minutes. Given the size, I believe it was Voltaire. Victor was perched on the steeple for the first half hour of my viewing but then flew off and didn’t return while I was there.

I did see a very small patch of white just above the top of the nest tray so I think we may have at least one hatchling now. Voltaire moved around a fair bit while attending to her nest. The heavy humidity and foggy conditions made the viewing challenging today.

Mark stopped by and joined me in watching for a while. He reported that he saw the white tuft a day or two ago using his binoculars.

We’ll report more as we have new sightings here.

Ambassador Bridge Nest Update

April 28, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

So far, we seem to have eggs in the nest but no sign of little heads. A number of our volunteers have reported seeing nest-duty exchanges between Voltaire and Victor so it appears that there is incubation under way. We will advise when we begin to see signs of feedings and of course, hungry baby mouths poking out from the nest.

!!! Sad News of Gwennis from the 2013 Hatch

January 11, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

Greetings Friends,
There was a posting on Facebook out of Ohio, about a female Peregrine from Windsor that perished from injuries sustained from what may have been an encounter with power lines. I am sad to report that Gwennis has died from her injuries which included multiple fractures and burns. The Facebook group is for “Back to the Wild” from Castallia, Ohio and they have posted a couple photos on their group site. The link to their Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/Back-To-The-Wild-Castalia-Ohio-119099281488306/

She had a great start and a couple of great years in the sky. Sure wish she had longer to enjoy the skies though.

Gwennis was a hatchling from the nest of Voltaire and Freddie in 2013. At the time of her banding, she was estimated to be 29 to 30 days old and weighed 1016 gms. She was always a big female and we here in Windsor, certainly enjoyed hours of watching her learn to fly with her hatch mates, Hercules and Tecumseh.

She was named in honour of Windsor Watch Coordinators Gwen and Dennis Patrick. We are very sad to learn this news and wanted to pass this on to you all.

Gwennis Band

!!! Windsor Nest Tray Re-Installed

November 05, 2015 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marion Nash Reports:

With thanks to TCI Titan Contracting Inc for a lift to the nest ledge the Windsor nest tray was placed back on the nest ledge. One of CPF’s Windsor fledge watch team members Cathy Greenwell cleaned the nest tray, replaced the screen in the bottom and provided new pea gravel for the tray before it was returned to the ledge.

Thank you Cathy and Titan!

We are looking forward to a successful nesting season this spring.

link to story on CBC


Viper Hatches Two in Michigan

May 10, 2015 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Tracy Simpson Reports:

Thank you to our friends in Michigan for this amazing update!  Viper, hatched at the Windsor Ambassador Bridge in 2012 to Freddie and Voltaire, has had two of her four eggs hatch so far at the Lansing Board of Water and Light Otto E. Eckert Power Station.  What makes this such a phenomenal event is the story leading up to it.

Viper arrived last spring at the power station along with several other females.  The resident female was displaced in a territorial battle, the victor was then fighting yet another new female and at the end of it all Viper came in and claimed the nest box for her own.  She nested last year with Eckert, the resident male, producing three eggs that after 45 days were candled and shown to be infertile.

Fast forward to January of this year.  Viper was reported missing and a new unbanded female had taken over the box.  The new girl and Eckert were getting on with courtship when Viper returned and a vicious nest box battle was video taped by their in box camera that ended with Viper and her rival talon locked and tumbling out of the box and down the face of the plant.  The monitors for the site were able to later confirm that Viper remained and was once again resident female of the plant.

Viper and Eckert laid four eggs this spring and folks have been watching with fingers crossed for fertile eggs this year.  Well Viper, you did it!  Two young ones have now hatched and we are so pleased to hear of her success.  Thank you to the Windsor Fledge Watch team who watched over her as a young one in 2012 and to our friends in Michigan that watch over her today!  Great news for Viper!!

!!! General Brock in Warren, Michigan

May 07, 2015 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

Taken from a FB post:

BREAKING NEWS! Chris Becher and Barb Baldinger have identified the new male at the new GM/former Lowe Campbell Ewald Building in Warren, MI! He is General Brock with an all black band of 22/V. He hatched at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario and was banded on May 18, 2012. He was named by elementary students from Windsor’s General Brock Public School who witnessed the banding.
He made several stops before showing up in Warren. Local birder, Tom Heatley saw General… Brock on October 21, 2012 at the North Marsh of Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township, Michigan. Last year, Chris and Barb saw him at both the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe and the “Nine Mile Tower” (Shore Club Apartments & Marina) in St. Clair Shores. At both of those locations, he was with a female named Theresa (black/red, 20/W), from St. Mary’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
It is interesting to note that this is not the same “new male” who out competed Magellan at this site last September. That male had a black/red band and was never identified. So, sometime over the winter, General Brock took over. He and Isabella (b/r, 74/X) are currently nesting on the roof of the new GM building.

More Photos of Voltaire Post Rehab

May 01, 2015 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

Here are some additional photos by Denis Dupuis, taken Friday at the bridge.

Thank you to Denis for sharing with us!