Someone came to visit and it’s a Canadian boy!!

August 16, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:
So this update is for both CANADA SQUARE and DON MILLS:

Sally and I did our weekly spot check on Tuesday–noone home at Don Mills/Amexon and there was an accident on the 401 so no going to check on Piper.  So we headed towards Don Mills site.  I saw a bird on the blue glass building across York Mills so we pulled in and up to their garage roof.  Yup peregrine, adult.  Sally said banded!  Quest?  I didn’t think so, just didn’t look or act like her.  It had its back to us but stood up, I got a partial– 0/A!!  We have an intruder–and those numbers are ours so….we weren’t going anywhere until we ID’d this bird!  Next I thought I saw a W…after quite a bit he finally got up and stretched his other leg–blue tape!!  Oh boy, definitely ours!  Finally Sally got a clear 7/W–07/AW!!  Groucho, a 2020 hatch from Canada Square!!  Love It when they come home!!  Not so happy he’s so close to Quest & Mystery…So we had our id so time to head over to nest site.  Saw Quest immediately on the rooftop of Thales, watching Groucho.  No Mystery in sight.  Then in came a juvie-landed over on the copper building.  After a bit we decided to go id the juvie before it got too dark–Nitro!!  As we were doing that we turned and both Quest and Groucho were gone! Then Nitro was off too..but we saw him fly over the woods, up and around the hotel and over to Thales.  And there he stayed for the night!  Will Groucho return?  Or turn up somewhere else?  Time will tell…
AND I just had to go back over tonight–found Quest on the building across from the nest building.  After a while a juvie flew in and landed first on the nest box!  Then flew over beside Mom, did a little groveling and Mom said no way, get your own snack lol.  Off he went.  So I followed.  Found him over on Thales but not for long!  He went hunting-missed and ended up in the trees right beside me!!  Had to take pics into the sun but he’s a cutie–I never got a band number but the band colour looked green to me–I sent my pics to Sally and she agreed it looks green!  So hello Ace!!  He did some whining and after he flew off-hunting in the school parking lot!-I saw a sleeping racoon in the tree beside where he had been-he didn’t like that.  He was unsuccessful in the parking lot-he came over and down in front of the Kraft building where I lost him.  I didn’t see him again–he either had his prize and was chowing down somewhere or he went to hunt somewhere else!  Quest was still on the rooftop and there I left her for the night, guarding her queendom!
Sally and I are going to go tomorrow night to see who might show up!!  Great to see them!

Nitro’s back! No place like home :)

August 09, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:

And he’s home! Hello Nitro! Sally and I first went to check on Piper, but there was no one home. Then we got a text from Carolyn that there was a juvie on the rooftop at Don Mills! So we headed over to find Nitro hanging out, first on the old Harlequin building tippy top lol. He flew off to let us get a good look at his big crop. He only went to the back of the building, then flew after a parent who landed on 240, only to be chased off by Nitro. Didn’t see parent again. But Nitro showed us his bling to confirm it was him… Mississauga isn’t that far away, a nice place to visit but there’s no place like home lol. He ended up on Thales and there we left him for the night! Great to see him. Thanks again to Carolyn for letting me know he was home.

Report from Winston Poon Sunday Aug 7th

August 08, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

Nitro from Duncan Mil Rd. nest is on the move and doing well. See report and picture below.

Here’s a photo of a Peregrine, seen this morning at Rattray Marsh, Mississauga.
C32- Black band on left leg
Winston Poon

Last check for the night–only one home

July 15, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:

SPOT CHECK DON MILLS : Sally and I made a last spot check on Friday night to see if we could catch the fab four. Unfortunately, we only saw one. Ace or Nitro… Next year white tape instead of green lol. A parent flew by to check on him quickly but otherwise it was quiet. He popped up to say hi, flew south then looped around and off to Thales. And there we left him for the night. Has Quest taken them off site now? Time will tell

One of the boys

July 13, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills

Marion Nash Reports:

Shot of one of the fledglings from 220 Duncan Mill Rd sent to us from Michelle Carter who got the shot of this visitor at 225 Duncan Mill Rd. So nice to see thanks Michelle.

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!

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!

Boys are alright!

June 22, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:

SPOT CHECK DON MILLS :  The fab four are doing great! Made it through all the windy weather and the extreme heat just fine. I try and check whenever I can.. I stopped last night and immediately saw 3 on upper ledge of 240, with Quest 3 sections over. ID’d Nitro, Yeager and Ace but had a feeling Zigzag was back in. After Yeager and Ace did some cute beaking and nipping, Ace went for a few flights. Looked back at the ledge - 3! Hello Zigzag. It was fun watching them interact. Then Ace flew back into the middle of the boys and they were back together. Nice to see them still hanging out. I’m starting fledge watch at Don Mills/Amexon so I might not see them for a while. Hopefully Mom keeps them around a bit longer!

Spot checks June 17/18

June 18, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:

POT CHECK DON MILLS : I checked on the fab four last night after all the winds and all 4 were accounted for!  I could only positively ID Nitro but definitely saw all four. The wind was unreal, I could hardly get a picture lol. Glad they were all good. I did a very quick check this afternoon and only saw 2 juvies and Quest and Mystery.  I went this evening hoping to enjoy some flying but there was a bunch of kids partying there so I just stayed in my car and checked. I only positively ID’d Zigzag. First he was on roof of the nest building but the noise from the party sent him off.  I next saw him being chased by one of his brothers to the back of 225, he safely landed on a ledge. But not for long,  off he went. Both parents were on the nest ledge. Dad took off with a juvie chasing. Then I saw another flying low past the copper building going north. Next Zigzag was back around and chose to land on the top ledge back of 225. Next I saw 2 juvies over the parking lot next to the nest building, and one was doing a dive, and then Quest was off like a shot(to intercept?) and next thing I saw was the 2 juvies chasing mom out of sight. Wish I could have seen more but I wasn’t comfortable staying there by myself. Still quite windy but they seem to be handling it well. Hope to see all 4 tomorrow!

Great night with the fab four!!

June 14, 2022 - Toronto - Don Mills

Cathy Kerr Reports:
Sally and I went to watch the fab four June 14th in the evening….and boy did we have fun! We drove up and spotted 3 immediately and when I went to park the car found #4!!  Great. They all were facing in so it took a bit to ID.  As #4 was the lowest, though still on top ledge of the nest building, we guessed that it was Nitro(yep).  Zigzag was on the copper building on an outside ledge.  Ace was on top of 225 and Yeager was on the upper roof of the nest building. Dad was on his covered corner even!  Only mom was missing so we were waiting for her to bring were the juvies lol! All was quiet for a bit-Sally’s friend joined us and enjoyed seeing everyone and she got a great show.  Then Ace was off flying west, Yeager a minute later then Zigzag and Dad lol. Yep Nitro stayed behind. In a short time we heard the cries and here came Mom with a big bird, Ace on her tail and Yeager behind him.  Ace did a flip and an exchange was done!!  It was right over our heads–so cool-well done Ace!  Now it was a pigeon so Ace lost altitude fast, as Sally said he discovered that flying with a pigeon is like joining a high level gym class lol.  They were out of our sight but we ran-by the time we cleared the nest building, they were out of sight but Dad flew by and around. so we kept going and found Mom on the light standard on the west side of the nest building.  Now either Ace dropped it or he was on the ground…yep I walked a little further and there he was in the parking lot, with Mom looking down on him.  Dad was watching from across the street.  He went at that prize I’m telling you lol.  Now I have seen this before so I wasn’t worried. Nitro ledge hopped all the way around until he was right above Mom and Ace.  Zigzag  flew to 220 and was just below Nitro.  Yeager was beside himself, he tried to fly to the light standard above Ace but missed, flew to the top of a tree, on a tiny branch, that didn’t work so then tried to land on the hydro pole one of the juvies from last year used.  He just touched off that and then flew around and ended up on the hydro pole right at the cross walk near Sally!! Whew.  There he stayed and watched. I stayed watching and taking pictures, watching him from the west and Sally took up a little ways to the east.  She stopped a very nice man with his 2 dogs(Dad was alarm calling, getting louder as they got closer), advised him of what was going on and he wisely crossed the street and headed back the way he came.  Mom finally came down and very carefully walked up to Ace-he wasn’t giving it up yet.  She took some and they both ate, right on the ground!! Then Mom finally took it from him and beak fed him.  The brothers really ramped it up.  Nitro flew off and around 225 and ended up on the first level of 240, where he stayed for the night. Mom finally took the food, Ace jumped onto the railing and Mom took off with it, low over the parking lot, out over the street and the parking lot across the street, gaining altitude and then flew up down past 225 and then around 220 out of sight and had Yeager on her tail in hot pursuit!  Ace took off low, right straight below the first level of 220 gaining altitude as he rounded the corner.  We found him on the 1st level of 240. When Mom finished feeding Yeager, she went to the roof of 220 and Ace joined her there and got some more food.  In the meantime, Zigzag flew off around and ended up high on the window ledge of 225(where he spent his first night of flying!) and  remained there for the night.  Yeager popped up on 240 and flew to join Zigzag for a short bit..landed pretty good beside him lol.  But he didn’t stay long, flying over to say hi to Ace but ended up on another ledge of 225, where he stayed for the night.  And Ace remained on the roof of 220.

As Sally said.  Wow Ace!  We hope we get some lovely flights for a little while, before Quest takes them away to wherever summer school is for her offspring!  Thanks to Sally for her cliff notes!!
I know this is long but it just was so amazing to watch and so much fun!!
I stopped by tonight and found all four together on 225…Ace and Yeager on the tiptop and Zigzag with Nitro, who was lying down at first, on the lower roof. Watched a few flights and then headed home.  All are doing Sally said, hoping to see some more great flights before they head off!