!!! King St. Banding a Hit

June 03, 2011 - Toronto - King Street

Linda Woods Reports:

Today was the big day for our two peregrine hatchlings at 18 King St. East.

Here is a brief outline of today’s event with much more detailed information and photos to follow as soon as it is made available.

Mark Nash of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation emceed the event with many tenants, dedicated volunteers and The Toronto Council Fire of the Native Cultural Centre, were in attendance to see these wonderful birds.

The weather could not have been better. Clear skies, warm temps  and light winds made for the perfect day.

 As the swing stage made it way to the nest ledge, both peregrine adults made sure of their territory with swoops and stoops and vocalizations.

Two young ones were temporarily removed from the  nesting area to be banded by Mark Heaton, Senior Biologist of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. 

One female and one male both received identification bands placed on the left leg.While a silver US wildlife band was placed on the right leg of both birds.

Full of white downy fluff, the two tolerated the painless banding very well with little vocalization. They were given names provided by a school children in Japan in memory of the devastating earthquake and Tsunami that occured a few months ago.

Many thanks to Sandra Celli of Avison and Young, along with Slate Properties for being long time guardians of the historical 18 King St. nest  site. Special thanks to John Mederios  for his unending support for the volunteers.

Photos to follow. Keep Tuned