!!! Banding Day! A very successful day indeed! 3 healthy hatchlings!

June 10, 2011 - Toronto - Canada Square Building - Yonge and Eglinton

Mark Nash Reports:

A huge success banding the three young hatchlings today and lots of excitement!!
With both resident adults defending the hatchlings and ledge, it was a huge success! A big thank you to the property management for hosting the banding and to Solar Window washing for their support in getting the three young hatchlings for us and staying on the nest ledge to be the villains to distract the adults while we were banding the chicks. It was a very good day indeed!

The best news came half way through the banding process, with the new resident adult male “Stormin” who also made a strong appearance while assisting his female mate in defence of the 3 young hatchlings and the nest ledge. Both resident adults were on hand to strongly show their dissatisfaction with the entire situation and were aggressively defending ,, which is exactly what we all wanted to see!

Stormin, - (who was produced in 2009 at the Toronto Sheraton nest site - Banded Black 30 over Black Y) not being the sire of the these chicks (and replaced the original resident male “Irving” -after he was killed two weeks ago after a colliding with a hydro line) has finally, and clearly demonstrated that he has accepted parental responsibility for the hatchlings. The resident adult female is not banded and her origin is not known. Irvine, the original resident male - (and sire of the chicks) was produced in Chicago Ill USA in 2009, banded with a Black B over a Green 44. He was killed on May 21st at Eglinton and Mt. Pleasant here in Toronto.

Three healthy hatchlings named Luke, Chester and Buzz - (all male chicks) were successfully banded and returned to the nest ledge and their parents without incident.