Burlington Lift Bridge 2 chicks

July 06, 2022 - Burlington - Lift Bridge

Marion Nash Reports:

Lucie checked the Burlington nest site today May 25th after the Port Colborne banding and saw 2 chicks on the nest.


Fledge watch Scarborough Yellow Pages Nest

July 06, 2022 - Scarborough - Yellow Pages

Marion Nash Reports:

We plan to start the fledge watch on Thursday July 7th. There is only 1 chick this year and it was not banded but we hope to band it if it comes down to ground and needs to be rescued. Mark did a spot check on the site and Lyn is as aggressive as ever and the chick was lying down sleeping. Lyn’s screaming woke up the chick and Mark was able to get a quick photo before she drove him off the roof. The chicks looks like it my be a male I plan to call Piper after one of the new Kitchener fledge watchers, it is also the name of a small airplane.


Banding day St Mary’s Ontario May 30th 2022

May 30, 2022 - International, National and Local News

Marion Nash Reports:

St Mary’s Cement banding day.

2 males produced this year. Thanks to the wonderful staff of St. Mary’s Cement we were once again able to band the chicks.

612 grams band number 32 AW named Knocks with blue tape and 580 grams 33 AW with red tape named Socks. Both names provided by the staff.


What a night with the Fab Four!!

July 02, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:
Sally reports:
We spotted what we were sure to be four juvies, fairly close together. Sally noticed crows flying over Thales and watched them for a while, noticing similar behaviour (fledglings playing and chasing parents). Well, soon one of our fab four was flying fast, towards them! A lound CAW! CAW! CAW! could be heard. After watching the fledgling fly to the crows, pull up and fly away then back again, the other three were flying over to Thales to join in! There was quite a bit of aerial acrobatics before we lost sight of them all behind Bayview Glen school and the blue glass building along Valleybrook drive. The crows never did return that day! Perhaps Quest intervened?
After not seeing anyone come back over to Duncan Mill we drove to check the back of Thales (found a parent on a ledge, looking sort of south west). We decided to check out the back of the buildings on Valleybrook and heard one of the roof. Appeared to be eating. Quest was on a roof corner next door. Soon she was harassed and flew off, and as we followed her direction we noticed a fledgling on the leafless limb of a tree. Soon he was joined by a couple of his siblings. After a while, only Yeager remained and his brothers were off over to Thales (he eventually followed). Great flights after this! Wonderful to see..
Wow. Beautiful to see. Sally took some videos (she’s younger with steadier hands lol). Then they headed back to the copper and 240 buildings… But not for long. Bedtime was on the Thales building… We had 3 there for sure but it was too dark to know. But we had all four so know they were there… What a great night!!
Pictures and videos thanks to Sally!

Food exchanges, letters, hovering…Sam’s alright!!

July 02, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:

SPOT CHECK DON MILLS/AMEXON : I went over yesterday to make sure that the fireworks didn’t bother Sam . He flew in from the east, did some amazing hovering!! Then he was off… I was going to leave but saw a parent off by the condos across the DVP (highway).. Saw Sam fly out for a transfer.. Couldn’t tell if he got it.. Both disappeared then saw parent on lower roof of the condos looking down. Looked with bins, found him! He was on the outside of the glass balcony. At first couldn’t understand why he didn’t leave and then realized that he had his meal!! And wasn’t giving it up either. Stayed there and ate… Until the owner of the condo came out chased him off with a towel!!! Watched him fly off… And lost him. I stayed as long as I could but had to go….. I called Sally and we went back last evening. As we were driving up we stopped at a parking lot across from the condos and as we just got out of my car… We saw Sam chasing a parent! Yay.  We drove  over to the site and just arrived to see him chase a parent off the letter lol. Good job Sam! He tried for another transfer but I’m afraid the daycare below is going to find a yucky package on Monday!! We left him high on a ledge and headed over to see how the fab four was doing….


Tuesday spot check on the fab four!

June 28, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:

SPOT CHECK DON MILLS:  TUESDAY JUNE 28TH:  After watching Sam for a short while,since he wasn’t doing much, we decided to head over to check on the boys!  As we were driving past the old Thales building, we saw a juvie fly in from the east, miss a landing, turned back out and back–nailed it!!  And it was Nitro!!  We continued only a short bit when we heard more juvie cries and yep there on the other side of the building were his brothers!!  And Nitro joined them and the fab four were all together!  We watched until it was dark and the boys stayed there for the night. Sure great to see them.

Thanks Sally for the pictures!

Sam is progressing!!

June 29, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills and Eglinton - Amexon

Cathy Kerr Reports:
SPOT CHECK DON MILLS/AMEXON:  Sally and I wrapped up the watch with a quick visit on Tuesday(I went in the morning…he was still on the rooftop ) and since Tuesday night was more of the same..done! He was keeping his height so all good. Sally was driving by on Wednesday so they stopped in late…here is her report:

SPOT CHECK: Wednesday June 29th, approx 8:30pm.
Don asked if I’d like to stop in and check for Sam on our way home. Didn’t have my bins or camera sadly so couldn’t identify who was parent or Sam.
One parent on the roof above the nest ledge.
One on the intel “i” letter and was sort of pancaked so wondered if the parents were settling down, and maybe Sam was on a ledge. But then a parent flew over me to the intel letters, flew by the one on the “i” and by the screaming chase that followed, I figured that had been Sam. The parent had come by with food. A fabulous chase around to the west side of Sony building, where the parent attempted a food exchange, but Sam missed it. Parent swooped down to catch and I lost sight of them briefly around the Sony building, but by this time the other parent had joined, as Sam looked like he might be getting a little ahead of himself. Then all three were above us in between the two buildings, over the Goodlife parking arcade and around Sony building, reappearing over the parking lot and then split, with one heading to the intel “t”, another out of sight, and a parent on one of the ICICI letters. Not sure who was who at the end, but thought maybe Sam was on a ledge for the night, with his bedtime snack.
So our Sam is doing great!!
Thanks Sally for the report and the pictures(from Tuesday)

Latest report from Hamilton Nest and a picture of one of the chicks snoozing on the nest ledge

June 28, 2022 - Hamilton - Sheraton Hotel

Marion Nash Reports:

for more observations log into http://falcons.hamiltonnature.org/?wide

COOLER DAY, MORE FLIGHTS
Monday, June 27, 2022 - Falconwatch Coordinator Marzuk Gazi reports: For most of the morning, the chicks were seen on the roof of the BDC building, as well as Fairclough, Stelco tower and Standard Life, spending very little time on the Sheraton. An adult landed on the nest ledge at 6:54, and a chick landed on the next ledge over. Within seconds, they both took off again (photo). The chicks were seen flying impressively during the morning and afternoon, two of them often practicing their talon touching and playing tag with each other in the sky, while a third lagged behind. By 1:55, all of the chicks had been spotted, three on the north facing edge of the BDC roof and the last one still on Homewood. There were a couple of feedings, with one at 3:10 on the east side of the roof of Standard Life in which Mckeever was seen helping her chick eat and then finishing the scraps herself.

The impressive flights from the chicks did not stop. They were seen spending a long time in the air, sometimes circling above downtown, and other times chasing each other closely and continuing to practice their talon touching. A chick, thought to be Auchmar, spent most of the evening on the Northeast corner of the Standard Life building, not joining in with most of the flights. By 7:00 the chicks had all moved over to Standard Life. At 8:30, two chicks took off, and landed atop the crane being used on the construction site to the southwest of Standard Life. They then flew off to BDC. At the end of our watch for the day, all four chicks were on BDC, with a parent watching over them from the Southwest corner of the Fairclough roof


SPOT CHECK AT ERIN MILLS TOWN CENTRE - Saturday afternoon, June 25

June 25, 2022 - International, National and Local News

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Lucie Kirchknopf reports:

On June 10, I posted about a new nest site at a private condo in Mississauga. This is home to AINSLIE (Y/51), a 2018 hatch from Hamilton Sheraton Centre. He and his unbanded mate have two kids and I’m happy to report that both kids look great and are flying well. I managed to find them at a retirement residence just up the street .. not a surprise since both parents like to hang out there.

All good!

Cheers, Lucie


!!! New nest location at Erin Mills Town Centre - Mississauga

June 08, 2022 - International, National and Local News

Cathy Kerr Reports:

Lucie Kirchknopf reports:

Wonderful news for HAMILTON SHERATON CENTRE!! 2018 hatch, AINSLIE (Y/51), has popped up in Mississauga and set up house at a condo with his unbanded mate .. and they have two kids!

AINSLIE, along with his brothers, was named after parks in Hamilton. Sadly, we lost GAGE and LAWRENCE. After losing mom, LILY in January, it’s heartwarming to see her legacy continue.

As the nest location is a private residence, I’m not sharing that info at this time.

Cheers, Lucie