Nest site Summary of 2018

September 05, 2018 - Toronto - Rogers 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 O’Connor the adult female has been replaced by a new female who although did lay eggs they did failed to hatch.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

Rogers fledgling rescued and safely back home

June 01, 2017 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Marion Nash Reports:

June 1st 2017

One of the fledglings a female was rescued at the Rogers Centre and taken to Toronto Wildlife Centre to be checked for injuries and spent 4 days there for observation. Once cleared Mark Nash of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation picked her up and with OMNRF banded her. We had to wait until midnight that to release her back to her parents as the Dome was open and there had been a Blue Jays game that evening. After everyone had left the dome and all was quite security took Mark up to elevation and with some kicking and hissing from the feisty girl she was released with no issues.

She was named Vita and was banded at 37 days old weighing about 900 grams her band number Z 07 with Red and White tape on the USA band to help us track her from ground.

Pictures to come.

!!! 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

!!! Nesting Activity Confirmed

April 17, 2016 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

It appears that the Rogers’ Peregrines are in full incubation on the south east ledge again this season.  A hand off of the nest was witnessed today around 1pm., with very little activity to indicate what was about to happen. The male appears to be banded and the female unbanded  which is consistent with last years’ nesting pair.  No clue as to an expected hatch date.  Residents in the area will certainly help in keeping watch on the nest and report any news.

Rogers Centre Update

April 17, 2016 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Bruce Massey Reports:

I went down to Rogers Centre yesterday to try and identify the resident adults and determine if nesting is on track.  I found one adult, the female, on the low RBC sign on the north side and was able to get a clear scope view of her legs.  She is still the unbanded female we nicknamed Renny (for the Renaissance Hotel). As I was only seeing one bird at this time and saw no sign of the male for the first hour I was there, I believed that they were incubating eggs somewhere.  I walked around Rogers Centre focusing my attention on the female and her activities when I heard ee-chupping high up on the condos to the west.  There I found the male and Renny joined him up there for a conversation.  She took off around to the southeast and he remained on the north side of the condo.  I didn’t see where the female went but I believe that she is on the east side incubating eggs in a yet to be determined location.  The male made several flights and at one point engaged a third bird.  This was a female and it got quite intense.  Renny joined the male in dealing with this intruder as she was too much for the resident male alone.  The intruding female was eventually escorted out by Renny and the resident male took up position on the crane at the south side of Rogers Centre.  I was able to get a partial band read of his solid black Ontario recovery band and it looks as though this is still Luke from the 2011 nest at Canada Square.  I will be back to determine exactly where they are nesting and fully confirm the identity of Luke.

!!! Rogers centre juvenile spotted - Little “Pop-Fly”, banded Black X over 02 with Blue tape - is on the move south!

August 28, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

Aug. 28th - 2015
A big thank you to Brandon who sent in this observation report on a juvenile peregrine falcon that spent some time in his view.

Brandon writes:
Just enjoyed the presence of a young male peregrine - X over 02, black over black, from our condo on Frances Ave. in Stoney Creek, Ontario (Lake Ontario shoreline). Had blue tape over the other band. First observed trying to catch an unknown bird over the lake, then flew up and spent 15-20 minutes perched on our neighbouring condo building. Eventually took flight in pursuit of a Short-billed Dowitcher out over the lake (missed) and continued on his way!
Would love to know where this little one was raised! Hope all is well

Brandon


!!! Rogers Centre - Sadly, Little “Chopper” is now been added to the list of those that didn’t make it.

July 10, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

July 9th - 2015
It is with great sadness that I must report that yet another one of this years fledglings has not made it :-( .

At this time of year, there are not many of us that like to answer the phone, as it rarely ever brings us good news. Thus was the case again this morning, when we received a call, this time from Lisa at the TWC. This call, like many others that we receive at this time of year, was delivered with some sad news with regards to yet another one of this years young fledglings.

Little Chopper, one of the four fledglings that was produced at the Toronto Rogers centre this season was admitted with severe internal injuries, in addition to a badly broken wing. It was decided after x-rays and a detailed examination, due to the extent and severalty of her injuries, the only humane thing to do was to put her down. It was obvious that her broken wing had partially healed and had happened some days earlier, but her inability to regain flight obviously had her hiding somewhere where her parents couldn’t find and care for her. She was severely under weight and dehydrated.

It was only a week ago that we got a report of both Chopper and her sister “Striker” atop of the CN Tower visiting one of the human “Edge-walkers”.

Sadly, as many of you already know, the second and third week of the fledge can be the worst time. While the surviving fledglings are now able to hold their altitude and stay off the ground and out of that trouble, like kids, they get way too over-confidant with their new found flight skills, they are unable to handle the incredible speed that they are able to obtain. Braking, judgment and coordination is always a challenge for these new inexperienced-flyers, and we all know,,, speed kills!

And I have to tell you, it has caused the death of allot of young fledglings over the past 20 years..

!!! Striker and Chopper visit the CN Tower edge walkers!

July 04, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

July 4th - 2015
Just a quickly update on 2 of the Rogers centre fledglings, as we have received a report from Mitch, who visited the CN Tower today while on his “Edge-Walk” adventure, as he reports that he had two brown hawk-like birds of prey visit the upper edge of the CN Tower today during his edge walk. Mitch describes the two brown raptors as having coloured leg bands, one being Yellow and the other one being Red, along with two other black leg bands on their other legs.

We can only assume by the coloured band description that the two feathered (non-paying visitors) were likely non other than Striker and Chopper, two of the four young peregrines that were produced at the Rogers Centre this season.

As you might have guessed, Mitch wasn’t able to get a photo (as he and the other walkers in the group had other things on their mind, and their hands full) :-) ,, It just goes to show you just what an incredible view that our peregrines have of their surrounding territory!! What an incredible view indeed!!

You can see the Rogers Centre far below in the file copy photo attached.


!!! The Toronto Rogers Centre steps up to the plate and hits a big home-run in support of Canada’s Species at Risk!

June 30, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

June 30th - 2015
While it was never directly confessed to us that the roof may have kept closed on the day that we released the three young fledgling baby peregrines back to their parents at the Rogers Centre, it does appear that the Rogers centre does in fact have a soft spot in their heart for Toronto’s other very special birds!
Actually, “their resident birds”!

One of Toronto’s best kept little secrets slipped out of the “dug-out” officially today as the Toronto Globe & Mail published its article on a recent event and happening that took place at the Toronto Rogers Centre.

Read the Globe and Mail article at:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/blue-jays-share-rogers-centre-with-family-of-falcons/article25192972

A CBC radio interview about the event on CBC Radio - “As It Happens” at approx. 9:56 minutes into the show
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.3133344

Truly a home-run for both the Rogers Centre and their nesting peregrines,, including that of the four peregrine babies that was produced this season at the Rogers centre nest site.

Actually, the Rogers centre staff have been very supportive of their nesting peregrines and have been hugely supportive behind the scenes as they have been working with the Canadian Peregrine Foundation over the past two seasons to ensure that birds needs have been addressed. Up to and including rescuing one of this years grounded baby peregrine falcons! With towel in hand, Dave McCormick, Director of Engineering at the Rogers Centre successfully rescued the first young baby peregrine as it came to ground, bewildered and confused. (Both Dave and the young peregrine falcons) :-)

After a quick telephone call to Mark Nash at the CPF, and some simply instructions as to how to do a fledgling peregrine rescue with just a towel, Dave sprung into action and successfully rescued the young fledgling from the street and put it in the rescue carrier that CPF had left at the Rogers Centre for this purpose.

Back to some history,, with some extensive roofing repairs and waterproofing that has been ongoing over the past two years, the Rogers centre has been most accommodating, working with the CPF and birds to ensure that the birds nesting and family rearing events haven’t been disrupted while working out the roof repair schedules to best accommodate both parties.

It just goes to show you, when you put your minds to it, and with a little consideration and proper management, things can work out just fine! Roof repairs successfully completed, peregrines nesting and family rearing successfully completed,,, and a win - win for everyone!! Canada’s species at risk numbers goes up by another three!
Three home-runs!!!

This despite the fact that peregrines do sometimes eat Blue Jays! ;-)


!!! Rogers Centre fledglings

June 21, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Sunday June 21st - 2015
I had two in view this afternoon. I left at 2:30 and returned at 5pm.
What an air show with at least 2 juvies in the air.

It wasn’t until 6:30 that I spotted another on the south side of the Centre close to where the release was. It stayed there for the longest time, and the adult weren’t in view. I wasn’t sure if the adults were ignoring it or didn’t know it was there. At 7:30 the adult female came in and it had a good feed. It stayed there and made no attempt to fly.

When I left at 8:15 and it was lying down on the south side of the Centre next to one of the light boxes. It could have been a third juvie not sure with two of them flying very well. Little Pop Fly likes to land on the window frames of the up structure of the CN Tower.

Linda