!!! 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

!!! Toronto Rogers Centre - Little “Pop-Fly” as he was named, checks both into and out of the Renaissance hotel!

June 22, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

CPF Postmaster Reports:

June 16th - 2015
Ok, this is getting a little much,, with three of the four Toronto Rogers Centre fledglings having been rescued in the past 48 hours.
Someone said, its actually raining peregrines, and they were right!

This short little clip shows the CPF’s Mark and Marion deep within the mechanical room of the Renaissance Toronto Hotel at the Toronto Rogers Centre successfully rescuing the little fledgling that was names “Pop-Fly”. See the CPF YouTube video at: https://youtu.be/MWmOR5b3hPE

Having been caught in the air duck on the upper roof, then falling down two floors within the hotel into a closed off mechanical room, it was lucky that he was actually spotted at all by one of the hotels engineers who just happened to hear an odd noise from behind one of the locked doors, and luckily he investigated! The engineer alerted Dave McCormick at the Rogers centre and he called CPF after investigating himself to confirm that it was a peregrine falcon.

So you can see by the video, there was simply no way out for this little guy to escape on his own and rescue came just in time!
It is worth noting that this is the exact same area of the hotel that we rescued another one of the Rogers centre’s fledglings last year!

!!! All Three Rogers Centre Fledglings were successfully released back to their parents!

June 20, 2015 - Toronto - Rogers Centre

Mark Nash Reports:

June 18th - 2015

All Three Rogers Centre Fledglings were successfully released back to their parents today with both resident adult parents in attendance!

With the added bonus,, we were also able re-confirmed that the forth fledgling is still very much alive, on site, quite visible and doing very well indeed!! It looks like another female by it size after looking at the photos, and is the only one of the four that has not come down that needed to be rescued. As such, the forth juvenile is NOT banded like it other three siblings.

So, their particulars are: 3 females and 1 male
1st- Female - 865 grams, banded K over 40, named “Striker” with Red Marker Tape
2nd- Female - 855 grams, banded K over 41, named “Chopper” with Yellow Marker Tape
3rd- Male - 682 grams, banded X over 02, named “Pop-fly” with Blue Marker Tape
*4th - Female - *Unbanded

The triple release went very well indeed despite my anxiety of having to put three fledglings back on the same roof and not causing them to panic-fly and bolt off a ledge or upper roof elevation by my presence, before I could get off of the roof area and out of their sight.

With Linda Woods in position on the ground with a radio and binoculars in hand, Lee, (one of the Rogers centre engineering staff) we made our way to one of the upper roof elevations on the south end of the Rogers centre where we found an ideal release spot, one that was protected with a 8 plus feet tall retaining walls on both sides and away from the tracks that allow the Rogers centre roof to open.

With the Blue Jays and Mets game only moments away from starting, (and while the Rogers dome/roof still closed), the large rescue carrier that containing the three fledglings in was put in position, the door was removed and finally the towel removed, I was able to escape their view to the man door where Lee was waiting and get out of their sight before any of the fledglings left the carrier!

A huge thank you to the Rogers centre staff for all of their assistance with both the rescues and releases, and for their consideration of keeping the Rogers centre roof closed for this go-round of these releases. It is nice to see that Rogers has consideration for Canada’s species at risk with both the birds and the public’s safety and health in consideration.

A big thank also you to Linda Woods for coming down and spending so much time on the Rogers centre nest, as this location is a very challenging location to deal with,, , with no affordable parking, a very congested part of the city and no local support to count on!

The Blue Jays and Mets game of course went on as scheduled, with a packed stadium of baseball fans completely unaware of all of the outside rooftop activity going on with their resident peregrines and their four babies! :-)

Before I could get back to the ground and hook up with Linda, the little male “Pop-Fly” with the Blue tape, was already air borne and chasing his parents around for food!!! We watched Pop-Fly and his unbanded sister squabble on the Rogers centre roof for the food that their dad brought in, (hastily taken by the resident adult female) that was initially delivered to Pop-Fly.

We watched allot of flights and interaction with the two fledglings and the resident adult parents, and it was quite obvious that both resident adults were a little overwhelmed with the return of three of their offspring all at once. We did not although see either of the two banded fledglings leave the release site, and of darkness, they had not become visible to our view.

We departed at dusk.