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NEST SITE:
South side of the Sheraton Hotel, on the 43rd floor ledge (visible from York and Richmond).

 

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We would like to acknowledge and thank the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto for their incredible support and aid of the peregrine falcons and the Canadian Peregrine Foundation. The efforts of all management, maintenance and security staff have been outstanding, and we hope that we will continue to receive such remarkable charity and generosity in the future. In particular, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for Cynthia Bond, Regional Director of Public Relations from Starwood Hotels and Resorts.


Sheraton Centre Nest Site Reports:


Thursday, February 7, 2008
Jan Chudy reports:
11:45
Both adults just appeared on the ledge - one on the edge and one in the box!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Jan Chudy reports:
3:25
Both adults on SE corner of 120 Adelaide. Rhea Mae with kill.

Thursday December 20, 2007
Jan Chudy reports:

Rhea Mae and Tiago inspect the nest box.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Sunday December 16, 2007
Linda Woods reports:

I attended the Toronto Sheraton today despite one of Torontoís largest snow falls of the year, (and one that broke all previous records for the most snow fall in a single 24 hour period), and much to my surprise, one of the Sheratonís peregrines was taking shelter and roosting quietly on the nest ledge waiting for the storm to blow over. A great opportunity to snap a quick photo of what I believe is the adult female - Rhea Mae. As you can see by the photo, ďno oneĒ escaped the huge volume of snow fall that accumulated here in southern Ontario. While it appears that Rhea Mae was not so bothered by the happening, Toronto certainly struggled in the snow storms wake!!
Ahhh, to be a peregrine. See photo attached to the Toronto Sheraton photo gallery 2007

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Wednesday October 10, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
3:30

It was a pleasant surprise to find both Rhea Mae and Tiago sitting next to each other on the nest ledge when I arrived on the 43rd floor. They were clearly seen on the nest tray camera. I sat and watched them preen and then Rhea began chirping and looking up. I went to the window to discover a kettle of approx. 20 Turkey Vultures were floating over the Sheraton Hotel heading north west. Rhea and Tiago were still on the ledge when I left the area.

Friday October 5, 2007
Linda Woods reports:


Both Tiago and his new mate Rhea Mae are still seen on a daily basis on the Sheraton Ledge. With this unusual heat, they are still hanging out in the shade of the Hilton Letters across the street. Last sighting of one of the peregrines was around 6:15p.m. when it flew into the nest ledge from the Hilton.

Monday September 17, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
11:30

When I arrived on the 43 to restart the camera, I found both Tiago ( Tee - ah - go ) and Rhea Mae on the ledge. Sounds like they are discussing renovations and Rhea wants her budget increased. Tiago just held fast to the nest tray. Rhea Mae continued chattering away, while Tiago listened. You can hear Rhea Mae "chirping" on the video.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Thursday September 13, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
While walking west along Richmond St. I found one adult sitting on the letters of the Hilton, and a second Adult ( who I think is Rhea Mae) sitting on the west facing logo of the Sheraton Hotel. I think Rhea Mae has found her watch tower. I think this is where she sits most of the time. Up high in the shade and has a clear view of University Avenue.

Monday September 03, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
We were delighted to have to have our good friends up from Rochester New York this weekend, as they were able to visit us in Toronto for the long weekend. This time, with an added bonus for all, as they were also able to spend some time with Rhea Mae and her new mate Tiago who have established a nest at the Toronto Sheraton Hotel nest site. While Iím saddened to say that I was not able to be with them this past weekend due to a previous commitment, the reports that Iím getting back from Linda and the girls concludes that they all had a great time indeed. Rhea Mae and Tiago were on hand for the most parts of their stay, and Iím told that the watching was very good! With a huge thank you to Linda who was able to spend some time with some of our good friends from the south, and we hope to see them again soon!!!! There are no boarders for peregrines or peregrine enthusiasts, just a great family of friends.

(Webmaster's note:) A photo has been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Thursday August 30, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
The past few days, I have found both Tiago and his "current" mate, Rhea Mae making changes to the homestead. On the hot days, both can both be seen sitting in the shade on the north side of the Hilton Letters and Logo, and when the shade finally appears on the nest ledge, they take some time out and continue with the "renovations."
I have attached video that I took this afternoon, with Rhea Mae near the nesting tray.

(Webmaster's note:) A video has been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Tuesday August 28, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Attached are the photos taken today of Rhea Mae on the Sheraton nest ledge. It would seem that Tiago is most accepting of his new found mate, as they have been very active on the nest ledge for over a week now.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Wednesday August 22, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Well, what can I say. For the past week or more, Jan and I have been observing two peregrines at the Sheraton and vicinity. I first we both thought it was the two juveniles hanging tight together. The larger peregrine (female) being Dina and the smaller,( male) being Kevin, or so we thought.

Even during our observations we were questioning ourselves, because of lack a clear viewing through scopes and binoculars.

On August 16th, I was able to finally be at the right place at the right time and see the leg bands on this female that has been fraternizing with Tiago. Perhaps, Tiago is just following in his father's footsteps ( Windwhistler) and she has followed. With the assistance of fellow peregrine lover across the border together we were able to ID this female peregrine. Her name is RHEA MAE and she is a 2006 Hatch from Rochester, New York, from the Kodak nest site.

It is clear now that Tiago is pursuing her. Today I witnessed Tiago digging a very deep scrape near the Osler camera, as she stood by and watched. Oh, she pretended to not to notice, but she certainly did check it out, after he gave her to OK to do so. A lot head bowing and cherups, and a couple times they appeared to be frozen in the stances, staring each other in the eye. She even raised her right talon up towards him. I couldn't see if he was mirroring her and doing the same thing. Perhaps the males are enchanted by the size of the females' feet and she was just showing him her shoe size. After the "dance" Tiago broke off and went off to sit on the lip of the ledge, while she thoroughly checked out the area in behind the Osler camera. She sat on the camera for a short bit and then took off herself.

Either way, this is a change of events. Wind has not been clearly seen for some time now. Kevin has not been seen in the area for weeks, and Dina was last seen in this area on August 13, 2007. Not sure if this activity will be permanent. Wind may be off somewhere tending to Dina and Kevin. Anything is possible and this being the fall things could change again. In the meantime, we'll keep our eyes to the sky and watch for the juvies and Wind and watch over the new resident and protect her as we do all our other peregrine charges.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Monday August 20, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
With thanks to the CPF web cam, both adults were photographed on the nest ledges at 08:15 this morning.
I'll be dropping by the Sheraton Site in person today.

(Webmaster's note:) A photo has been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Monday August 13, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
While walking south on University Ave at Richmond St. I took a quick look up to the south side of the Sheraton Hotel. I found one peregrine on the nest ledge and a second peregrine on the "e" of "Centre" Another look at the peregrine on the ledge and I was not sure if it was an adult or juvie. Up to the 43rd floor and to my surprise, YES it' a juvie and it is DINA!!!

I have not had a sighting of her since we place her back on the nest ledge.

She is no longer looking disheveled, soppy, dirty, or dusty, but rather, very healthy. Her eyes are bright, her feathers are neatly preened and have a rich dark chocolate colour. It is just a treat to see she is still around and not in trouble. Sorry no picture but a wonderful sight anyway.

Saturday August 11, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Update, I haven't seen any of the juveniles since we put "Dina" back out on the ledge.
I occasionally see an adult in various locations in the area of the Sheraton Hotel. I hope they're around, just out of sight ( sitting in the shade, would be the best place for Dina)

Sunday August 05, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Another check on the Sheraton nest, only to find a adult sitting on the north side letters of the Hilton Hotel. Unfortunately, the last positive sighting of Dina or Kevin, was on the morning following her release. I am sure she is around, just a matter of being at the right place at the right time. We will keep are eyes open, preferably, early in the morning or early evening.

Wednesday August 01, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Released back to the wild at last!!
21:30
Held overnight for a short observation period to ensure that she had not sustained any injuries as a result of this ordeal, Dina spent last night at the CPF Raptor where she could be closely monitored and observed . With little room service of fresh quail Ė (that was completely consumed by Dina), and after being re-hydrated, she was placed back out onto the nest ledge of the Sheraton Hotel.

Although quite dirty as a result of her exploits in the mechanical room over the past several days, she is no worse for wear, given how long she spent given us the runaround. For a second time just prior to her being released back to the nest ledge at the Sheraton Hotel, Mark did another quick visual examination to ensure that she was ready to go.

After a sound drenching of water to aid and assist her with the removal of the dirt & dust on her feathers, she was place back onto the ledge under the cover of darkness at night fall.

Once again, with the aid of the inferred camera on the nest ledge and the live TV monitor, we were able to observe her in the darkness as Mark released her through the access hatch onto the nest ledge. Marion and I watched intently as she rushed down the length of the nest ledge to a familiar spot on the nest tray just inches away from the inferred cameraís position. Her body posture and actions clearly told us that she knew where she was, and was comfortable being back home!!

I'll check on her tomorrow morning.

Tuesday July 31, 2007
(The Webmaster reports:)
Big News!
The events of the past couple of days were so eventful and exciting that they have been posted as their own news item. Click here to read a great story about all the excitement a Downtown Toronto - Sheraton Centre peregrine evoked!

Wednesday July 25, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Received a call from Mark Nash with a report of a large raptor flying back and forth between two buildings in the downtown core. The person who made the initial call was concerned that there was a problem and asked if we could please check it out. Upon my arrival at Adelaide and University, I didn't see any birds in the area and all looked fine. Up to the Sheraton to take a "bird's eye" look at the area, and found one peregrine on the north west corner of the building directly south of Adelaide and University. It appears that it was eating. No other activity from peregrines was seen at this time.

The peregrine in the area at this time looked to be a juvenile. I managed to get a "higher" look onto the roof top of the second building in question, with the assistance of the building Operations Manager from a near by building. After a quick visual sweep, I was content that there wasn't anything to be concerned about at this time, at this location.

Tuesday July 24, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Jan reported seeing a juvenile at the nest box around 3:00p.m. today. It didn't stay long and flew off towards the south east. Jan questioned whether or not it was a King St. bird.
I was at the site today to reset the other camera and did not see any activity.

Tuesday July 17, 2007
Jan Chudy reports:
Loren and I were on our way to dinner last night at 7:30. We got out the car on Chestnut Street (behind City Hall) (we were eating at the Chinese restaurant in the Metropolitan Hotel). As I got out the car I heard a very familiar kak kak kak. I said to Loren "That sounds like one of my birdies" and as I looked up a peregrine appeared over the roof of the hotel flying west. Only had sight of it for a few seconds so could not identify whether juvie or adult but my guess is adult. So, just confirming the Sheraton two seem to like that area to hang about. I have noted hop scotch on the Zurich lettering a couple of times.

Friday July 13, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
11:00
One peregrine is seen on the "U" of the south side Zurich sign, I'm sure it's a juvenile and one adult on the nest ledge facing towards the south east.

Jan Chudy reports: Today I had one juvenile on the "C" at 8:45 and have seen nothing since. Based on the size, I believe it was Dina. It is now 3:20.

Thursday July 12, 2007
Jan Chudy reports:
Just wanted to let you know as soon as possible I had both juveniles in sight at 8 am. It as rather amusing. Both were on the "I" of the south facing Zurich sign on University Avenue. As I watched, they both hopped over to the "H" and each stood on one of the uprights. Then both were on the same upright, then they hop-scotched along the letters and finally flew off at 8:07. At 8:30 I had one juvenile in sight on the NE corner of the building to the west of Canada Life, which I believe is a CL annex. As I checked at 9:30 I spotted one juvenile back on the "H" of Zurich but it took off as I watched.

Wednesday July 11, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
1:15 p.m.
Finally spotted both Juveniles at once. Dina was on the North-East side of Canada Life. She blended right in with all the decorative iron-work near the top, just at the base of the weather tower. Kevin was seen at the same time on the south side of the Zurich building on University Ave. He was sitting on " U" I was attending a meeting at Metro Hall and had a wonderful view of the downtown buildings. From here, I saw one juvie attempted to land on the west facing logo of the Sheraton Hotel. It missed the landing and glided off towards the west.
Around 4:30, one adult was on the nest ledge.and the juvies were out of view.

Monday July 09, 2007
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 12:40 when I spotted an adult on the west wall of the Hilton. As I watched it took of WSW. At 12:55 I spotted an adult flying low around the west and north side of the Hilton and then at 1:20 spotted the adult on the Sheraton ledge. It was gone for a long time after that but at 3:30 I saw it back on the Sheraton ledge and then it went off to the south west. It appeared and disappeared several times for the balance of the afternoon and then at 5:15 I finally spotted a juvenile. It was on the east wall of the building at the south west corner of University and Richmond. I subsequently saw it on the east side of the Hilton roof. It made a short flight across the roof and based on its flying style (lots of flapping) I took it to be Dina.

Sunday July 08, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
10:00
No sightings of either the juveniles or the adults. Severe weather moving into the area and perhaps after the rain they may show up. After the rain stopped, I could see over to the 18 King St. sight and found one juvenile playing in the puddles on the roof of # 18 King St.

Saturday July 07, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
No sightings of either the juveniles or adults today. I didn't stay long, but I did scan the roof tops of the surrounding buildings.

Wednesday July 04, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
A cloudy, gray, misty day, the first rain the Sheraton juveniles will experience. I am surprised that it didn't take me long to find both Dina and her brother Kevin. The two are on the Hilton, Kevin is sitting on the north facing letters, and Dina?... she's taking a bath in a puddle on the roof of the Hilton!

Very entertaining to watch her explore. When I first caught sight of her, she was wading in the water, and then she would dip her head and take a drink, fluffing her feathers, and then lowering her body and shake herself. She was certainly enjoying this. She was there for at least 5 minutes and when she was done, she hopped up onto the roof edge and sat just above Kevin.

Tuesday July 03, 2007
Jan Chudy reports:
Now back in the office from my travels and am able to help out. At 8:50 a scan of the roofs produced a juvenile on the NW corner of the Hilton. Based on its size, I guessed it to be Dina. This proved to be correct since when I checked at 9:35, Kevin had arrived and the two were sitting together on the NW corner. At 9:40, Dina had dropped down to the roof and was tossing around a whole pigeon!! Kevin was watching but making no attempt to join her. At 10:05, both juveniles had vanished. My scan found one on the Sheraton roof, 1 adult on a small interior metal strut on the east side of 120 Adelaide, a second adult on the nest ledge. I feared that the second juvenile had got caught between the railing and the superstructure (as has happened in the past). When I looked up, the juvenile was no longer on the Sheraton roof, but I spotted one on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. I watched it for a few minutes and clearly identified it as Dina since her band colours were clear to me. As I watched she took off and flew south. I am sorry to say she is not yet an elegant flier - constant flapping but the good news is there was little loss of height. Rushing to the west side of my floor, I found her and Kevin together again on the NW corner of the Exchange Tower (SE corner of York and King). Both adults remained in their positions. Checking again on the juveniles at 10:20, Dina appeared to be eating so there must have been remains of a drop.
Checking shortly after 11 am all birds had vanished and so far (1 pm) I have not been able to spot any.

Monday July 02, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
09:00
An early morning check on the nest ledge to find, no one home. Dina had flown off and a quick look over to where she was yesterday, and Yes! there she was with her brother. Kevin and Dina were on the south facing roof top of the former "ING" building at University and Adelaide. The same place where we pulled her out of the air shaft.

1:30p.m.
Dina was still there, this time she was walking around underneath all the "girders". There is lots of shade in this area, but I don' t know why she would be 'wandering around on the gravel roof?

4:00p.m.
I presume it is still Dina, who is sitting up against the marble frame work, in the north west area of the same building. She is in the shade and is hard to see, but since Paul and I have seen her in the same position previously, we now know where to find her. Tiago was standing in the nesting tray at this time.

Sunday July 01, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Dina Pulled From an Airshaft

To start, I would like to give a deep, heart felt thanks to Oxford Property Security Officers, Angela Green and James Kettle, for their quick thinking and rapid response to an animal in need. Volunteers and Staff at the Canadian Peregrine Foundation are very grateful for your actions above and beyond the call of duty. Without your initial call to CPF, a young peregrine falcon surely would have perished.
and now the story.....

9:00a.m.
Another early start to the day to check on Dina who was last seen on the west side roof top of a building at University Ave and Adelaide St. A quick scan of the roof line and I could not see her. I made my way up to a higher elevation and she was no where to be found. I couldn't even locate her brother, Kevin. Back down to street level and from all vantage points she was not seen. I did however locate the adults. One adult was further south on University Ave. and the other adult was on the nest ledge. This told me that she still had to be in the direct area.

12:00
I decided to take a break and return later in the afternoon and perhaps she would have popped up by then.

2:00p.m.
A short time later, a call to me from Mark Nash, stating Security at a property at Adelaide and York Sts. have reported an "animal" trapped in a ventilation shaft on their roof. They stated they could not Identify the animal as they could not see it but certainly could hear it "scratching". I was immediately dispatched to the property which is very close to the Sheraton Centre Hotel.

Security officer, Angela Green escorted me to the roof level and showed me the air shaft in which the "animal" was heard scratching. I was shocked, and I knew it wasn't a raccoon or squirrel, but it had to be our missing juvenile peregrine , Dina. A quick evaluation of the situation told me that this wasn't going to be easy. Calls went into Mark Nash and Oxford Property Operations Manager, Nigel D'cruz. Dina, had apparently fallen through a small opening at the top of the exhaust shaft. The shaft runs vertical for approximately 10 feet, then curves to a right angle. The shaft continues to run horizontally for approx. 20 feet and then drops off again down past the roof line and into the building, with a drop off of approx. 4 feet. Beyond the 4 feet, is unknown. Nigel D'cruz and Mark Nash began dismantling the air shaft. It was not was not an easy task. After about 2 hours, they had finally reached the point in which the section could be removed. It would come off and the bird had moved further along. More screws were removed and with a lot of jiggling of the metal and the section was lifted off.

I COULD SEE DINA!

and as they placed the section of metal air shaft, down, Dina moved back and dropped out of view! My heart sank. as I remembered another time we had attempted to pull another peregrine out of a similar situation. This situation was not looking good for our little girl. But we did have Four very determined people to get the job done and save the peregrine from certain death. As we approached the final section of air shaft, all that was left to do was to crawl into the shaft and see how far she had dropped. That's where everyone looked at me. Hmmm,, I knew I would come in handy today. I made my way into the somewhat funky smelling vent, with a flash light and net, I crawled to the end and peered over the edge. My heart skipped a beat in reaction to what I was seeing as the young juvenile peregrine was in a very precarious situation.She was sitting on open louvers, not wider than 1/4 inch, and probably 6 inches on either side of her, was open abyss, that had an endless drop, probably 25 stories.

Mark Nash, not seeing the situation, had instructed me on how to net the bird. I couldn't do it knowing the outcome would not be good. The position of the bird was not what others had imagined. A quick digital picture and we had to put our efforts on hold. This was going to be very tricky, in our efforts to extract Dina from the vent, we might just startle her and she would drop. We needed more equipment. We needed another net!

A call the TORONTO HUMANE SOCIETY!
I informed them of our situation and what we needed. They came to our assistance immediately.

Toronto Humane Society Officers,
Brandy Hill and William Robinson
arrived on site around 6:30p.m. A quick briefing and they too were shocked to see where this bird had fallen. They were also amazed that someone had heard her scratching inside the air duct and grateful that someone called to help this animal. While introductions, a short education on peregrine falcons were taking place, the adult and Kevin the male juvenile could be seen flying in the area of the Sheraton.

Mark Nash and Brandy Hill coordinated their efforts, crawled into the air shaft and together with the extra net, they were successful in extracting Dina from her impending doom. With Dina finally in Mark Nash's hands, the rescuers could finally see what they worked so hard to save. These birds certainly make an impression. After an initial examination and a lesson on what injuries are common to peregrines, Dina was safe to go into the pet carrier and transported to a quiet area. She sustained no injuries, thank God.

I can't explain the feeling that came over all of us on the roof top. Jubilation, excitement, and relief. For Mark and I, it was all of those feelings plus overwhelming gratitude to the people involved.

Many, many thanks to:

Oxford Property Security Officers:
Angela Green
James Kettle

Oxford Property Operations Manager
150 York St
Nigel D'cruz

Toronto Humane Society Animal Control Officers:
Brandy Hill
William Robinson

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Saturday June 30, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Day Three of the 'Dina Watch'
At 08:00 today, our girl "Dina" had moved over one building to the west. This building is a little higher, but we still have not seen her do any long flights. Kevin on the other hand is flying well and he is usually seen with his sister once or twice through the day. He has been seen first thing in the morning with his sister, but this may be, because Wind delivers food to Dina. This is the third day that Dina has been out of the nest area. I would have expected her to be flying circles around her brother by now. I left the site at 6:00p.m. with Dina in the exact same area as she was hours earlier.

Friday June 29, 2007
Linda Woods reports:

At 6:30a.m. I found Dina on the same roof as I left her last night and I see Kevin had come to keep her company, or so one would think.
I suspect that food had been served and he had to come where Dina was, to get his share of the meal.
Viewing from a higher level, there was evidence of a "food prep" on a nearby roof level.
Thinking back to yesterday and what I had witnessed, I do think that Kevin has come to assist Dina in her flight "training", or maybe the adults are paying him to lure Dina off her perch. Either way, Kevin was seen three different times near or beside Dina yesterday, so I think that they are "buddies" and no so independent of each other.
Today, Kevin finally made an appearance just around 4:00.pm. and sat on an adjoining building.
Dina did show some interest, but there was very little flapping from either juvie to convince me she was going to lift off. After waiting for what seemed an eternity for her to fly, Wind was circling in the area with prey in her talons.
"FINALLY, Dina is going to get airborne", I thought .
Wind made a few circuits, Kevin started to flap. Dina flapped and ran to the corner of the roof top as Wind set down with the meal. Kevin flew over to Wind , Dina skipped over to Wind, and dinner was served.
Wind began feeding Kevin, and every time a new morsel was pulled from the carcass, Dina would crane her neck towards the handout, and not one bit was coming her way.
It was all going to Kevin. Dina did not like this, so she attempted to sneak a bite for herself. You could see Wind making sure she was in control of the handouts.
Eventually, Dina took charge and went for the meal at the same time Wind was pulling off another tidbit for Kevin.
Dina yanked at the carcass as Wind was pulling from the other side. It was clearly a tug- of -war. The two of them pulled and tried to yank it out from the other until the two of them dropped down to the roof level and out of my sight. Kevin remained at the roof edge looking down. Eventually, the two came back to the roof edge and Dina was finally getting her share of the meal.
At 8:15p.m., Dina was still on the same building as she was at 4:30 yesterday afternoon., and I called it a day. All four peregrines were in sight at 7:00p.m in the direct area. By the time I left, one adult was on the nest ledge, in clear view of Dina. Kevin is flying very well and is able to fly from one local to the next without any concern.

Thursday June 28, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
A very early start to the day, knowing Dina was low for the night. Rain, and possible thunderstorms overnight had me a little concerned. She was still on Starbucks! She didn't move until 09:40 a.m ( or so I thought, and didn't think about again until later this afternoon) 09:40 "Dina" takes off again, heading west and not very high. She brushes the window of the building on the north side. This lowers her altitude she continues heading west towards University Ave. and then turns south and out of my sight. She wasn't very high and my fear was she had come to ground. I search in circles checking and double checking. Chelsey arrived on site to assist in the search, but no luck. Past experience, told me to go back to the original place of departure and.....guess what?, there is a fledgling on Starbucks! Nah, can't be, how does a newly fledged chick bump a building and then know to circle the block and come back. Not likely. "Dina" took off "again" from Starbucks around 1:30p.m. Thank heavens Zoe was on hand to assist in the chase. Dina eventual landed on a building on the south east corner of Adelaide and University ( on the chimney) This spot is only viewable from the west side of University at Richmond, or the soon to be Shangri-La parking lot. She stayed there for the remainder of the afternoon until 4:30 In the meantime, I haven't seen Kevin all day while I was keeping my eye on Dina. A juvenile came into view and it brushed the north side of the old "ING" building and headed south out my view. Shocked I checked again. Dina was still on her chimney. I did a search expecting to find a bird on the ground, but instead there was a second bird on the same building as Dina, this one was on the roof. KEVIN! He had dropped in to check on his sister.. That's when it dawned on my, that Kevin was the one to fly off the Starbucks early in the day. Dina made little flights eventually ending up on the east side of 141 Adelaide St. west, ( south west corner of Adelaide and York Sts.) and that is where I left her. Kevin was seen during the afternoon chasing mom with food and a mid air food exchange attempt was witnessed. Most of the afternoon I was walking circles trying to locate both juvies , until 6:30p.m. Kevin was on the letters of the Sheraton, while he could see his sister on 141 Adelaide St.

Wednesday June 27, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Dina Takes Her First Flight!

Arriving early to find Kevin on the Thompson building at Queen and Bay Sts. That is a good flight to the other side of the Sheraton Hotel. Dina is discovered on the top of the Hilton. She must have taken her first flight before 7:00a.m. Yeah for her! Wind fed Dina on the Hilton, while Kevin was trying to find shade. At one point, Kevin continuously moved about on the little outjut and finally he settled down, by laying his head in a little slip of shade, while the rest of his body was in the full sun. He eventually got the nerve to move out of the sun and flew to the north side of the Sheraton and out of my sight. Dina's turn to try her flight skills again and she headed to a building south of the Hilton . Many heart stopping moments watching her flap her wings trying to gain height. But with the heat and humidity, she ended up low above Starbucks at Adelaide and York Sts. ( approx. 2 stories high) and that is where she would spend the night. Kevin eventually returned the Hilton sign and tonight, he chose to be on the body of the " i" instead of dotting it.

Tuesday June 26, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Kevin took flight again around 4:30p.m and headed west and out of sight. I did a search of the area where he went missing the first time and turned up nothing again. I finally found him on the roof top of the building with the very large overhang on the north west corner of Queen and University. He remained there, practicing his surfing techniques, with his wings spread and catching the wind, until approx 6:30, when he was once again, airborne and made an attempt to reach the roof top of the Hilton and missed. He fluttered a bit and regained his height and made a second attempt and landed on the "i" of the Hilton letters. And that is where I left him at 9:00p.m. He seemed very relaxed, with his wings all tucked in and didn't appear that he was anxious to get going again. His sister, Dina remains unflighted and kept a close eye on what Kevin was doing. She did some flapping this evening, but not a lot. Most of the down is gone from her, with only a little remaining under her wing pits.

Monday June 25, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
A bright and early start for me on Monday June 25, and I found the young male peregrine, Kevin, sitting on the wall of the Richmond Tower. At approximately 10:20, Chelsey caught sight him flying to the south west towards York St. By the time we got around the building the bird was once again no where to be found. A search from a higher elevation did not find him either. Because to the time of day and the heat, I decided to wait till he popped up in view. Meanwhile, Dina was very content to stay where she was, in the cool comfort of the nest ledge.
At 2:00p.m. Jan called to inform me that someone had reported a strange bird that had just dropped onto the seating area outside of Starbucks on York St.
Harry and I went to meet Jan at the corner and there he was sitting on the ground, just slightly under the wooden seats. I tried to toss the towel on him, but he eluded me and scooted across the walkway and under a sitting UPS truck.
Jan used her experience and her brand new towel to nudge him towards me and the two us had him in our hands. Harry quickly had the carrier ready to receive the captured fledgling and it was all over. Many, many thanks for the fast reaction from Lisa Hagglund to put in the call to us. Kevin was not injured from his mishap. After a few hours rest and a second examination from Mark Nash, he was fit to be placed back on the ledge.

Sunday June 24, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Kevin Takes His First Flight!

Kevin took his first flight this morning and made it to the roof top of the building east of the Sheraton, maintaining his height. YEAH for him! He remained there until approx. 11:00 when off he went for a second time. He attempted to reach the nest ledge but lost a little height, and tried to land on the window ledges of the hotel, losing more altitude, and going out of sight of the volunteers. A search of the area was initiated, and he was eventually found on the building across the street from the hotel. At this time he had lost more than 1/2 the height of the hotel. Kevin stayed there most of the afternoon and one adult kept him company for a while.( or maybe the adult was keeping it's eye on me) Off again for a third attempt, this time a short jaunt to the building to the east. (south-east corner of Richmond and York Sts.) At 6:00p.m. he took off again towards the south east, across York St. he disappeared between the south side of the Mediterranean Restaurant and north side of 150 Adelaide St.( directly beside the Hilton) On take off , he had all his feathers flared as if he was attempting to reach a short elevation. I didn't think he was going to go very far.and thought he was going to come to the ground. By the time I got to the area he was no where in sight. A intense search was on, and lasted until dark with no sign of him. The adults weren't circling over any area, so I guess they know where he is. We'll just have to wait until morning. Dina, the sibling, spent the day watching all of this from the nest ledge. Wind did take food to her, but when I checked on the nest ledge, Wind was munching away, while Dina looked on.

Saturday June 23, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Still on the Ledge

Bruce and I arrived to the site early this morning and Harry met up with us shortly thereafter. It was very much a quiet day. The last feeding that was witnessed was around 3:30 p.m. I went up to check on the kids a few different times throughout the afternoon. A little concerned that I hadn't seen them for a while and was wondering what they were doing. I found the little guy ( Kevin) fast asleep on top of the Osler camera housing, while his sister, Dina, was chowing down on the last bit of food that had been delivered. She was also at the Osler camera, but had stepped inside the frame of the camera mount. I wish I had my camera with me today. Another time, Dina had a firm hold of a feather in her talons. She danced around the nest ledge with it, while Kevin was watching her from his roost upon the sandpipe. Dina would do hopple circles, and Kevin would flip his head backwards and forwards and upside down. Lots of vigorous flapping today. Dina was using the Osler camera frame as a launching pad while flapping her wings. They both were doing lots of preening and head bobbing. Both Adults, Wind and Tiago, were in view on the south letters of the Sheraton Hotel when I closed the site for the evening.

Saturday June 23, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Fledge Watch - Day One

First day of the fledge watch was particularly uneventful. Both juveniles ( Kevin and Dina) were very happy to eat, look out over the lake, and nap. Wind, the adult female, was seen doing some flight demonstrations, but they were not long lived and she returned to sitting on the "Sheraton" letters above the nest ledge. She was also seen circling the area, many times. This morning, I was walking along Richmond St. towards University, I heard the distinct vocalization from the adult female, that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up, and the instant recall of being "hunted" my eyes immediately went skyward searching for the adult. I didn't see her but I did move quickly and made sure I had cover, just in case.
Flapping and running of the ledge was seen by both juveniles and with the spreading of their wings, I could see that most of the down has gone with perhaps a few puffs remaining. Kevin being 36 days of age today, should be taking flight anytime now. I just hope he's waiting for his sister, Dina who should be ready to go in a couple of days, she also has very little white down remaining. For the fledge watch volunteers, the last position of the juveniles? on the ledge.

Wednesday June 20, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Still on the Ledge

Today was a repeat of yesterday activities, with the exception that I finally have seen the adult male ( Tiago) in attendance. He was seen sitting on one of the illuminated letters of the " Sheraton" sign, while the adult female ( Wind ) sat on tail of the "S" of Sheraton.

Not a lot of vigorous flapping has been seen, nor running of the ledge by the juveniles. Just short bouts of flapping and little jaunts.
I was able to see the area under the wings today, and while the outer feathers are free of down, underneath the wings, there is still a few fluffs of white.
They are eating well, especially the juvenile female, seems to enjoy her food.
The adults are doing some flight training, but I have not seen them fly food in front of the ledge to try and lure the kids into flight.

Monday June 18, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
"Kevin and Dina' are growing quickly and should show signs of taking their first flights by this week-end.
Watching them this morning, I noticed that they are changing in their appearance daily and quickly loosing all the baby fluff.
"Dina" the larger female took great interest in a group of feathers that had collected at the other end of the nesting ledge.( closer to the Osler camera) She would pounce on them, drag them around and then finally peck at them, as if she had a great trophy. "Kevin" on the other hand took great pleasure at staying right where he was, to enjoy the view.
Eventually "Dina" hobbled down the ledge toward her brother and took to the nest box.
Very cute!

Linda Woods reports: Fledge Watch Start Thursday June21st/2007

The Sheraton chicks ( Kevin and Dina) are growing up quickly and by Jan's estimates the chicks will be 36 days of age on Thursday. Which means, the male ( Kevin) should be just about ready to take his first flight.

Hopefully, he'll stay a few days longer, but that will be up to "Kevin". The female chick, "Dina" should be ready 4 - 5 days later to take her first flight.
The Sheraton watch will begin this Thursday, with moderate monitoring and the full monitoring to begin on Friday.
Anyone interested in assisting us with monitoring the flights of the young ones, can contact me through the CPF head office.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Friday June 15, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Kevin and Dina were named on June 12th, 2007, after local Television personalities. They are doing well and Wind keeps them well fed and well supervised.

Thursday June 14, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
here are shots from Thursday June 14, 2007
notice the tape has come off the band. Also notice, one is that both chicks are staring in the direction of the viewing port.
I don't know which bird is which, I thought I had the band numbers of both birds. I am hoping that I managed to get a pic of both Kevin and Dina

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Wednesday June 6, 2007
Wendy Rickey reports:
Well I just saw something pretty exciting out my window! One of those very large birds (turkey vulture?) was drifting around near Scotia Plaza - I just caught the action out of the edge of my vision and then I paid attention, so I'm not sure what led to this "attack" - but the large bird was all of a sudden being chased by a peregrine - the peregrine took off after it in full swoop mode!!! The large bird took off to the north with the peregrine right behind it! Lots of swooping and swirling going on! I donít think the peregrine could take that big bird down, but the big bird was obviously irritating the peregrine or in its territory and he/she wanted the large bird out of the way. What a display! My mouth was actually open while I was watching this! Just happened at 12:45 if you are noting this for a log. How exciting!!

Tuesday June 5, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
It hasn't been an exciting day for the two little ones. First day out of the box and the weather has been cool today. Jan witnessed the adult drop an unprepared food packet to the youngsters and began showing them how to do it. Jan will tell you all about it in her report.

Monday June 4, 2007
Jan Chudy reports:
These photos are the first ones this season to capture the two Sheraton chicks out of the nest box. Captyured via the web cam onSunday, June 3 at 4:55 p.m.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Wednesday May 30, 2007
(The Webmaster reports:)
The date of the banding ceremony has been set for June 12th, 2007. For more information, click here.

Monday May 28, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
2:30 p.m.
Arrived just in time for lunch. Hungry twosome.
After lunch, time to snuggle in for the afternoon nap. It's amazing the two can sit fit underneath Mom.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos (and a movie!) have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Saturday May 26, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
5:00p.m.
Dinner time on ledge.

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Thursday May 24, 2007
Jan Chudy reports:
1:20pm
Appears to be feeding time although when the adult arrived on the ledge 5 minutes ago I did not see it with food.

(Webmaster's note:) A photo has been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Sunday May 20, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Dropped in to see Wind and her two chicks. Everyone was sleeping.

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Thursday May 17, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
08:30
Arriving at the Sheraton just in time to witness a hand off of nest. The adult male ( Tiago) had just arrived to take his shift of watching the two new hatchlings. I also arrived a few minutes late to see a first feeding. The adult female ( Wind) stayed on the ledge to observe the new father. Around 09:00 Wind moved in and took over the nest , while Tiago quickly departed. This time frame is suspect, because King St. usually has a change over around 09:15. Could it be Tiago at both nests?? I have included pics. Enjoy!

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Wednesday May 16, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Checking in on Wind, she is still incubating. She did get up off the two eggs very briefly in which time I had a chance to see the "pipping line" on the first egg. Wind is restless this morning, and I expect that hopefully by this evening, Wind will have her first hatch of 2007

Monday May 14, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
I was to the Sheraton this morning, I waited until she got up off the eggs to take a peek. One egg has cracks in it , so I expect it to hatch later today or this evening.

Wednesday May 9, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
08:30
Wind continues to incubate.

Tuesday May 1, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Wind continues to incubate her two eggs at the Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto

Thursday April 26, 2007
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:15 today as I looked out my window a male went by from west to east and made a couple of loops before I lost sight of him. He had a slight wobble and I therefore determined it was Tiago since he has inherited this mannerism from his father. Wind's tail was visible in the nest box.

At 9:35 as I again looked out my window, a male once again went past me from west to east. Slight wobble so I took it to be Tiago. A few seconds later a second male came up very fast from west to east and flew along side the other - could this be Windwhistler? Wind's tail was still visible in the nest box. As I was contemplating this, my friend whose office is on the east wall facing Scotia Plaza came by to tell me that yesterday afternoon around 3:30, Windwhistler was soaring and swooping outside her window for about half an hour. She said she knew it was Spike because he wobbled a lot.

Hooray!!! Surely this means we have Taigo and Windwhistler?

Wednesday April 11, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Here are the colour pics that I was able to take through the peep hole of a rare moment when Tiago was allowed to fulfill his fatherly duties at and Sheraton nest site shortly after Wind laid the first egg.

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Tuesday April 10, 2007
Jan Chudy reports:
Second Egg!

Must have been laid between 2:30 and 3:05 pm today!!

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Sunday April 8, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
First Egg!

Arrived at the Sheraton Centre around 11:00 am. Wind was in the nest tray, and wasn't giving either Tiago or myself a view of her egg. Tiago arrived and Wind wouldnít even let him near the nest tray. She did a lot of vocalizing and giving him the ďevil eye" ! He eventually left and Wind remained in the nest tray.
Wind was not letting either of us get the smallest peek.
Photo of Tiago attached.

Jan Chudy reports: Here is a photo of Wind's first egg of 2007 taken at 2pm on Sunday. I can confirm that the egg was laid between 8:40 and 9:00 am Sunday morning.

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Tuesday April 3, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
09:30
I spent a little time up at the nest ledge area this morning. Not too much happening. Two very deep depressions ( scrapes) are visible, one in the nesting tray and the other in the dirt at the far end of the ledge.
This morning the female was seen across the street from the Sheraton Hotel, on the corner of 130 Adelaide St. She preened for a bit and she was facing the south west, perhaps to "grab a bite to eat"
The male flew into the ledge while I was distracted watching the female( hoping to witness a kill)

The male had just eaten as his beak was full of feathers. Although I didn't see the leg bands, it did not look like Windwhistler. The male sat for a short bit and then took off towards the south. He circled and climbed in elevation until he was so high, I could not distinct him from "floaters" in my eye. He was well above the height of First Canadian Place. He then tucked his wings in and flew fast out of sight to the north. The female had been watching him climb in elevation and made no reaction when the male departed.

 

Picture Taken 8:00p.m. Tuesday night
Pretty sure it's Wind sitting on the nest tray edge.
The night hawk camera gives her this "glow"
At first I thought it was a dark spot on the lens of the camera, but if one looks closely you can see Wind in the nest tray.

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Wednesday March 28, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
3:45p.m
Courtship caught on camera. A lot of head bowing.

3:50p.m.
Scraping the nest bowl. "Kicking up a lot of dirtĒ. Its getting very close to egg production!!!

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Monday March 26, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
3:45p.m.
Perfect timing for me. I just arrived on the 43rd floor to take a quick peek at the nest ledge, ( the cameras have been showing a lot of disturbance in the dirt on the ledge) when the male appeared. The band numbers confirm that it is still Tiago. I didn't see Wind in the area at the time, but Tiago was doing his best to be charmingly vocal.

Friday March 16, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
Positive identification was made at the Sheraton today. Yes it is still Wind!
She and her mate were seen by Jan, spending some time on the nest ledge. Jan suggested that this might be the opportune time to try and ID the birds. Wind began to preen, which was perfect timing as she stuck her leg out and revealed the black and red bands. The male stayed at the other end of the ledge and did not reveal it's bands at this time.

Friday February 23, 2007
Linda Woods reports:
A routine visit to the Toronto Sheraton Hotel nest site today turned out to be quite a bonus as Tiago, (Winds new mate) was observed on the nest ledge roosting quietly enjoying the sun. It appears that he spending allot of time on the nest ledge these days.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery.

Wednesday February 7, 2007
Jon Wilder reports:
I was able to capture this picture of one of the adults from downtown Toronto on February 7, 2007 at 120 Adelaide St. West in Toronto.

(Webmaster's note:) The 2007 Sheraton Photo Gallery has been created using the photo from this report.

Thursday November 9, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
11:30
Back to the Sheraton to follow up on Jan's earlier report of the day. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get there fast enough to witness her sightings. I did however, see a peregrine on the logo of the "other" hotel located across the street.

1:00p.m. Peregrine on the north-east corner of the Exchange Tower.

2:00 - 4:00p.m.
While sitting in on a meeting at Metro Hall, myself and another committee member were very distracted observing two peregrines soaring in the air space near and around Metro Town Hall. Clearly a male and a female circling the area. At one time the female flew directly south along Simcoe St. past Front and out of my view.

Later circled back and headed for what seemed to be the Metro Hall Logo, directly above where our meeting was being held. It certainly made an impression on the attendees of ( Bird Friendly Building Development Guidelines Committee)

Eventually the male came into view, the pair circled and then disappeared to the area south-west, in the direction of CNE. 20 minutes later the pair returned and it was very obvious the female was in the lead. The pair flew towards the north-east in what appeared to be the Sheraton Hotel, but kept flying past and over the Hotel. That was the last I observed of the pair for the day. Very impressive watching the pair. The conference room has a wonderful view of these buildings.

Wednesday, November 8 2006
Linda Woods reports:
11:30am
I was up to the Sheraton today to reboot the computer. While I was waiting for the computer to restart, I took a peek out on the ledge. I wasn't expecting to see anything due to the mist and fog. I got a surprise visit from a male peregrine. The male jump around on the ledge, he hopped from the ledge to the sill of each ledge opening eventually making his way closer to me. I looked away momentarily to see the progress of the computer and when I looked back , the male was standing in the nest box. But then I thought it was a little different looking bird. I checked the band number and it wasn't Windwhistler. I called Mark Nash to confirm the band number and it is Tiago from 2005 King St. nest!
Closer observation of the site will be required. Where Tiago came from? who knows.
Paul and I both have been seeing two birds at the King St. site on a regular basis recently. Not sure if it is Windwhistler though.

Friday September 1, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
10:30am
While doing a quick check of the nest ledge, I wasn't there long and in flew Windwhistler and Wind. The two stood at either end of the ledge, echupping. Wind finally made the first move and approached Windwhistler, who was standing near the nest tray at this point. Both adults, had their heads bowed, almost touching "foreheads" all the while the echupping continued. Eventually Windwhistler flew off and Wind jumped onto the edge of the nest tray.

Friday August 18, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:15 Wind was on the ledge and then she moved to the standpipe. She was still there at 9:45 but that was my last sighting of the morning. Walking back along King Street after lunch a bird was soaring beautifully over Metro Hall. Could have been Wind or it could have been Micah. At 4:30 Wind was on the nest ledge with her wings open to cool herself. My last check at 5:10 and she was still there. No sign of Micah.

Wednesday August 16, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
5:30p.m.
A report from someone walking in the Adelaide and University Ave stated that they had seen a bird of prey that appeared to be dead, lying on the roof of the tent in that area.
I spoke with the persons on site and he stated that the bird, a Red Tailed Hawk, did in fact come down onto the roof of the tent and he had thought it was dead. But after a few minutes it came around and was upright. Animal services were called and the bird appeared to have an injured wing.
Animal services confirmed that in fact it was a Red Tailed Hawk, and gave immediate medical attention to the bird. This incident spot is directly opposite the Sheraton Hotel and direct sightline of Wind. ( I can tell you, I kept my ears tuned and my eyes looking over my shoulders, in fear the Wind would spot me)
While I was telling the staff about the peregrines in Toronto and the downtown nest sites, I didn't feel I was very convincing until Micah and Windwhistler made an appearance.
Both adult and juvenile were soaring over the north-west area of University and Queen Sts. It was wonderful to see! And certainly made an impression on the tent staff.
What a flyer she is and Micha was holding her own as Windwhistler was diving at her. Micah could be heard protesting, but She just waved Windwhistler off and the two flew together towards the south-west.
So happy to see she is still in the area.
Many thanks to Dave and the other staff at the exhibit tent for making the calls to assist the Red Tail that was in distress and in need of medical attention.

Jan Chudy reports: At 5p.m I spotted an adult on the ledge. It took off and was soaring around over Nathan Phillips Square. At 5:45, an adult was on the east side of the Sheraton roof. Linda was able to confirm to me, when I met her on the street, the Micah and Windwhistler had been flying together.

Tuesday August 15, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
My only sighting for the whole day was at 5:25, watching a bird flying beautiful circles over Nathan Phillips Square, the Sheraton hotel and University. Could not identify whether it was an adult or Micah.

Monday August 14, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:10 am Wind was on the NW ocrner of 130 Adelaide. At 8:30 she was still there and a scond bird was on the NW corner of the Sheraton roof. Various sightings throughout the day of one adult or another but none of Micah. From 4:15 until my last check at 5:15 an adult was standing in the next box.

Friday August 11, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Between 9:10 and 10:15 Micah was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. Initially she was preening herself then she lay down for a while. From 9:10 until 9:30 Wind was on the Sheraton east antenna. At 11:30 Micah was standing on the nest box preening. No more sightings of her for the day. Checking at 4:55 I thought I saw an adult on the ledge. Before I could get the binoculars on it it took off and flew straight east along Richmond where I lost it somewhere past Yonge. Could only have been Windwhistler.

Sunday August 6, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 11:15 as I write Friday's report I check the ledge and there is Micah - on the east end of the nest ledge!

Friday August 4, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
A very exciting day!! Micah had spent most of the morning in the shade on the south side of the Thompson building (just east and north of the Sheraton) and Wind had made a few appearances. As I checked the Thompson building at 11:30 I noted that Micah had gone. Some activity out the corner of my left eye caught my attention. I got my telescope of the ledge and there was Micah - with a kill!! This is the first time I have seen her on the ledge since she fledged and here she was (apparently) with her own kill. A few second after I focussed the 'scope, Wind appeared and flared at the ledge then took off. Clearly just checking things were well. A few minutes later, she returned to the ledge. Micah left the kill and went to the nest box. Wind went over to the kill, picked it up and took it to Micah in the box. Shortly after that, Micah took off and made some lovely soaring circles east along Richmond then around the lower part of the Sheraton where she was joined by Wind and they flew off in formation to the south west. Shortly after that, Micah was straight out in front of my window in a chase with a kestrel!! I lost them as they vanished to the south west. As I checked the usual perches at 12:20, an adult was on the ledge. As I watched it took off east to Yonge then back, then north on Bay and I lost it as it went west along Dundas. I could not confirm that it was Wind - it could have been Windwhistler. Clearly, they were looking for Micah. This was my last opportunity to check on the birds for the day.

Thursday August 3, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
9 a.m.
Wind was on the standpipe and Micah was on the SW corner of the Sheraton roof. At 9:45 Wind had gone and Micah was in the same location. At 10:45 Wind had a kill on the SW corner of the Sheraton roof and was feeding Micah who was lying down on the gravel. Within 10 minutes both birds had gone. I spotted Wind on the grill at the back end of the Bell building so assumed Micah was around somewhere but I could not see her. At 11:20 Linda confirmed that Wind was on the SW corner of the building on the SW corner of Bay and Richmond and Micah was on the north ledge of the Bell building. Between 12:20 and 4:05 Wind was not seen and Micah spent the time standing or lying down on the east end of the north wall of the Sheraton - even in the pouring rain. At 4:05 Wind as on the nest ledge and as I watched I saw two birds flying very fast down Sheppard, across Adelaide and down York. I have to assume it was Windwhistler with Micah since I am sure Wind would have tolerated no other bird. I subsequently scanned the TD Centre to the south of me and found what looked like Windwhistler on the north wall. At 4:25 Wind took off from the ledge and I spotted Micah back on the SW corner of the Sheraton roof. Checking at 4:45 she took off and flew to the west wall then hopped northwards, calling out. At 5:15 the rain as pouting down and Micah remains on the west wall of the roofof the Sheaton - waiting for dinner, I think. A final check at 5:30 and Micah is still waiting in the rain for Wind to return.

Tuesday August 1, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
09:45
Up to the 43rd floor to reset the camera. Guess who was there.? Both Wind was in the Nest tray and Windwhistler was at the side pulling out of the charm he could muster up. Echupping, was heard from both of them. Wind, while in the nest tray with her head bowed, was pulling the "hard to get" attitude towards Windwhistler. He eventually departed. I did not see Micah during this, it is VERY HOT today and the boiler room is usually about 10 degrees Celsius even warmer. Much too warm to be standing in the direct sunlight, in the heat. Micah is probably in the shade, napping.

Jan Chudy reports: Very little to report today since we have had very oppressive weather (over 100 with the humidex). At 9:15 I spotted Wind on the top of the "3" on the west side of 390 Bay Street. At 9:30 I spotted her in the scrape - which is substantiated by Linda's report. At 4:20 I saw her on the nest box. Micah has been keeping out of sight - in the shade I hope. No-one visible during my last scan at 5:20.

Monday July 31, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 8:20 a.m. Wind was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. Micah was not in sight. No further sighting until 1:15 when I found Windon the east side of the Sheraton roof with a kill. When I looked back after making my note, she was gone. But seconds later I found her and Micah flying beautiful large circles south of the Sheraton and around Nathan Phillips Square. Sometimes they fl;ew close and otehr times they flew in opposite directions. Then they lined up together and flew up to the middle of the south wall of the Sheraton roof. Wind then began eating so she must have had the kill in her talons the whole time, although her flight did not reflect this. Must have been a lesson for Micah. Micah showed no interst in the food and Wind ate heartily with Micah "chatting" to her all the time. At 1:30, Wind hopped up to the window washing track and proceeded to clean her beak on a piece opf wire which was sticking up. She then hopped down and proceeded to rest in the gravel. As I checked at 1:45 I caught her raising her head to peer over the track to check on Micah who was still in the same position. Then Wind took off and I lost her as I kept an eye on Micah who finally took off and performed many lazy circles clockwise and counter-clockwise around the Sheraotn. It seemed to me she was trying to find Wind who remained invisible to me. At 2:20 I spotted Wind on the nest box and she spent from then until 4:35 on the ledge in various spots. Micah was not seen since her flight at 1:45 but based on Wind, my guess is that she is resting in the shade on the north side of a building out of my view (possible 120 Adelaide or 110 Richmond). At 4:55 I find Wind soaring beautifully above me and between First Canadian Place and Scotia Plaza. A scan of the rooftops turns up Micah on the SW corner of the Sheraton roof. A final check at 5:10 and Micah is in the same position and there is no sign of Wind.

Saturday July 29, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
12:30
Micah is found on the north west corner of 120 Adelaide, having a snak, in the shade. Did not see Wind, and hopefully she did not see me. While I was up on the 43rd floor I also restarted the camera.

Friday July 28, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 10:25 when I spotted Micah preening on the north end of the east wall of the "other" hotel. At 10:55 Wind was on the nest ledge and Micah had moved to the north wall of 140 Adelaide. At 11:00 Wind was not in sight and I spotted Micah flying west. At 11:35 I spotted Micah describing beautiful lazy circles around the lower part of the Sheraton and over Nathan Phillips Square. Her flying was wonderful, no flapping until she decided to fly up to the top of the railing around the fan on the very top of 120 Adelaide! She took a very long time preening herself. At 1:15 I spotted Wind on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 3:30 heavy rain started and I could not see if Micah was in the same spot. At 3:40 when the rain had lightened a little I checked again and noticed Wind was now on the NE corner of the superstructure. That scared me because I thought perhaps Micah had slipped down in the space between (where a juvenile got stuck for several days two years ago). However, all that had happened was that Micah had walked all the way along the top and was facing her mother about one foot from her. Checking just before 4 p.m. Wind had gone and Micah remained in the same spot. Just before I lost all visibility I spotted a bird shape on the NE corner of the "other" hotel roof but could not verify whether it was an adult or a juvenile. At 4:30 the rain let up enough for me to check and it was Micah - who must by now be VERY VERY clean! At 4:40 the rain stopped and the sky seemed to be clearing - perhaps she will go back to the fan for a fluff dry? At 5 p.m she was still on the NE corner and was tidying her tail feathers. Last check at 5:10 and she had gone. A scan of the usual spots turned up nothing.


Just wanted to let you all know that as I left the office after sending the last report [at 5:15] I did a quick scan and found Micah on the NW corner of the former ING building.

Thursday July 27, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9 a.m. Wind was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. She then took off and flew east over the Bell building where two workmen had appeared on the roof at the north end of the complex. She circled them a couple of times and then landed on the north side of one of the superstructures out of my line of sight. I believe Micah must have been there and she wanted to keep an eye on the intruders. Various sightings of Wind and none of Micah throughout the day until 4:15 when I spotted an adult on the NW corner of the "other" hotel and one on the SE corner (Wind). As I watched, Wind suddenly dropped straight down out of my line of site. I moved to the west side of the floor and found Wind with Micah on the north side of 140 Adelaide. Windwhistler was still on the NW corner of the hotel. Wind had food but Micah did not approach her and Wind basically ate the whole thing over the next 45 minutes. At 4:40 Windwhistler flew over causing Micah to flap her wings briefly. At one point, Wind offered a morsel to Micah who refused, then Wind moved further away. About 4:50 the rain started and Micah had a bout of flapping but did not rise. She and Wind held out during the rain and the sun tried to come out again. It appeared that the two of them were settled for some time.

Wednesday July 26, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:15 I spotted Wind on the NE corner of the "other" hotel. Micah was not in sight. At 10:15 I spotted Micah on the east wall of the "other" hotel and Wind was not in sight. No further sighting of Micah until 4:35 at which time I found her on the east side of the former ING building. Wind flew over from the "other" hotel to the north side of 120 Adelaide. This was my last sighting of the day.

Tuesday July 25, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
2:40 p.m.
Back to reset the camera and a quick look see. Wind was seen on the north east side of the "Bell" building, while Micah was on the north side of the same building. Micah certainly likes that building. As I was watching, Wind was in her "alert" stance. Two maintenance workers from that building were on catwalk on the west side of the same building. I was waiting for Wind to discover the men taking a break, just feet away from Micah, but out of view. After about 10 minutes, the men went inside, with out being discovered by Wind. No air shows today.

Monday July 24, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Very sporadic sightings today. At 8 a.m. Wind was on the ledge and there was no sign of Micah. At 9:35 there was no sign of Wind but Micah was on the south side of 390 Bay. At 9:40 she took off and soared very strongly with little flapping. She ended up on the top of the tubular structure on the top of the former ING building. When I looked back after writing my note she had gone. At noon Wind was on the ledge preening and there was no sign of Micah. At 3:20 I spotted Micah flying west - I lost her as she went behind (north) of 130 Adelaide then Wind appeared and flew to the middle level of the Bell building with a kill. She then took off and I lost her behind 120 Adelaide. I then spotted Wind on the NE corner of the Sheraton roof. She took off to the south west and then flew east along Richmond and south on Bay. At 4:45 Wind had returned to the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and I had no sighting of Micah.

Sunday July 23, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
10:15 a.m.
After about 20 minutes, sneaking around tall buildings, forever looking skyward and keeping my ears tuned to the skies I went up to the 43rd floor to take a look out a window to find Micah and Wind. I found Wind on the east side of the "ING" building, which is directly south of the Hilton hotel. Micah was on the same level only on the south side.

Wind ran the edge of the roof and hopped down to roof level and I presume she had prey stashed. Micah took off flew east and then circled back and landed on the penthouse rooftop of the same building. Wind flew off , but I did not see where she went. Micah took off again flew around the building gaining height and landed on the "cross hatched" signage , that covers the west side of the same building. Wind is definitely keeping her flying and playing "training" games with her. Her landings are good, but not perfect but at the level they should be for this stage of fledge. I left shortly after seeing this and will return later for another check. Micah is doing well.

Friday July 21, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 8:35 Wind was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and Micah was at the east end of the ledge. At 8:45, Micah made a few flaps and moved to the west end of the ledge and then in to the box out of my line of sight and also Wind's. At 8:50 Wind hopped/ran along the north side of 130 Adelaide to get to the NE corner and checked the ledge out intently looking for Micah. I was out of my office from 9:30 to 10:30 and when I returned neither bird was visible. I called Linda on the radio and learned that Micah had fledged. Linda subsequently found her on the west side of 120 Adelaide. A decent first flight. Workmen were on the south and west sides of the buildings so I spoke to the building manager and asked if the workmen could stay off the roof. He was very accommodating and said he would make sure - and was quite aware of the Sheraton birds. I went over during my lunch break to join Linda on the 43rd floor of the Sheraton. At approximately 12:20 both adults came flying around in front of the Sheraton. Wind clearly had a kill in her talons. It appeared that they were trying to draw Micah off her perch. She moved back and forth a bit but did not go. The adults then disappeared more west and out of our line of sight. This was enough to motivate Micah at at 12:30 she took off from 120 Adelaide and flew west. She lost a little height and was aiming for the Hilton hotel. Linda and I held our breaths as we expected her to flare against the side of the hotel but with a few stronger flaps she managed to lift herself and land on the SE corner of the roof!! At 1:20 (back in my office) I watched as Wind flew to the south side of the Hilton roof and then the east side. Micah was now sitting down on the roof. Wind had some food in her mouth and I think she was trying to get Micah to come to her. Micah rushed over to the east side but would not go up on the ledge. Wind ate the food herself. At approximately 1:55 Wind left and Micah remained on the SE part of Hilton roof during the balance of the afternoon. Bruce was on hand when I sigbned off at 5 p.m. with Micah still in the same position.

Linda Woods reports: She's Off Again!
5:30 - 8:30p.m.
Follow - up report from Jan's early entry. After Bruce arrived on site. I took a break and returned when Jan finished for the day. Micah was still on the south east corner of the "other" hotel across the street. Both Windwhistler and Wind have been in attendance throughout the day. Food was delivered and spoon fed to Micah around 6:30p.m.

7:00p.m. Micah took off again, headed east along Richmond St. She maintained her height. I thought she might be heading back to 120 Adelaide , but she turned and gained more height. Now she was heading towards the Sheraton Hotel! Gaining height the whole time. I was thinking she's heading back to the nest ledge! I lost view of her as she approached the Hotel. I quickly checked the webcam and discovered she did not set down on the nest ledge. I radioed Bruce, he did have a sight line on her as she disappeared above the Sheraton.

He stated that she had height and could possibly be on the roof of the Hotel. Wow! what a flight. I left the 43rd floor Club Lounge, and headed for the street. I walked north on University Ave, to the north side of Canada Life building and checked the roof of the Sheraton Hotel. I still was not far enough north to get a sight line on the roof.

But , just then I caught sight of an anomaly on the roof of "390" Bay St. Two birds figures were seen. One definitely and adult, the second unsure at quick glance, but knowing the adults would not sit together at this time of year it was a very good possibility it was our little girl.

Back up to the 43rd floor Club Lounge and a quick look through the far east windows, and THERE SHE WAS! exhausted, spent and flat out tired, Micah! she had already made herself comfortable, by lying down. Wind was watching over her on the pillar nearby.
What a great flight she had! controlled no panic flapping. very enjoyable to see. As it was getting late and she appeared to be settled down for the night and not in a precarious position. Bruce and I called it a night. What a great day for Micah!

Many , Many Thanks to Riad and the staff of the Club Lounge. Allowing me to sit and observe from that area is a tremendous help. and makes a world of difference in tracking the juvenile's movement. Hope tomorrow is even a better day.

Thursday July 20, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 8:40 Micah was on the ledge. At 8:45 Wind had arived a ndn was eating next to her at the east edge of the ledge. At 9 I spotted Wind on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and Micah was on the west edge of the ledge. At 10:45 I noticed Wind arriving with food but as Micah ran towards her she took off. Various sightings of Micah and Wind throughout the day. I spent my lunch break with Linda on the 43rd floor of the Sheraton at which time we observed Wind move from 130 Adelaide to the top of the "3" on the west side of 390 Bay, where she remained for some time. At 2:40, an adult was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and Windwhistler arrived with a kill for Micah. He then took off and shortly thereafter I spotted an adult on the upturn of the last " e " in Centre. Micah ate heatily for about 30 minutes. All three birds remained in their places until 4 p.m. when I noticed that the adult had gone from 130 Adelaide. The bad weather approached and the rain began. Micah appears to be resting by the edge of the ledge and one bird is on the "e". Last check at 5:30 through the rain shows the adult on the "e" eating and Micah still lying down in the same location as before. When the adult finishes eating it takes off for the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and starts to call to the ledge. Micah responds. The adult is clearly Wind.
A much calmer day all round!

Linda Woods reports: Fledge watch Ė day 2
Just typing in the date, I can't believe that it is this far into the month of July already. Well after Micah's unintended flight yesterday afternoon, I think she was most satisfied to stay put today. Exhaustion from all that excited. I bet Jan was tired as well. Besides the fact she only turn 40 days of age today, I wasn't surprised she didn't go off again today. She spent the day, giving Jan palpitations. While Jan covered the north side of the street, I covered the south side, each of us on high perches. After Jan departed for the day, it started to rain. I returned to the site after the rain stopped to restart the camera and to check on Micah. She looked like she was content to stay put for the night.

Wednesday July 19, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
early afternoon
"The Gig is up, I've been caught"


Additional report for photo;
Early in the season, I'd noticed the "night hawk" camera had moved. I didn't think the camera was "loose' on the connection bolts. Just could figure out how it could have moved. Well, I found out this afternoon. While resetting the camera again, I could see Micah entering the nest tray. I wanted to get a final picture of her before she took flight. It was then, that Micah saw movement in the electrical cable opening in the access panel.

I stood perfectly still, but Micah came closer to investigate. I then look through the viewing port, only to have a juvenile peregrine peering directly into the viewing port. I tried everything to contain myself from laughing...."I've been caught" (photo sent in)
What a cutie! She then tried to sit on the camera and thus I have my answer as to "how the camera had moved" Lots of activity for the past few days.
Every indication that she is readying herself to take flight.
More than a few false alarms of her taking off, but at this time she is still on the ledge awaiting departure. Wind is certainly enticing her with food, and Windwhistler is in attendance with food supplies.

Jan Chudy reports: Checking the ledge at 9 a.m. Wind has a kill at the centre of the ledge. Micah is quite un-interested and peers out of the ledge. A few minutes later Wind takes off in front of Micah with the kill, but our girl stays put. No further sighting of Wind until 12:05 when I spot her on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. During the morning there were many sightings of Micah - mostly lying down by the edge of the ledge. At 12:13 Wind had gone and Micah was flapping along the ledge. At 12:30 Wind arrived with a morself of f ood and when Micah rushed over, Wind took off. At 1:23 Linda was working on the camera and Micah moved to the west end of the ledge. Linda has a wonderful picture to post. At 2:35 Micah was on the ledge screaming and running back and forth. Little did she know her mother was standing above her on the upturn of the "S". Suddenly Wind took off fast and dropped in front of Micah. Micah got very agitated and began running along the ledge between the section - there was much flapping and screaming. Then the dreaded happens - I see her fall of the ledge!! She does not maintain altitude and I lose sight of her as she sinks below the level of 120 Adelaide. I do see Wind streak in from the west. I radio Linda to pass on the news and head out the door with my rescue box and towel, radio and binoculars. I reach the south west corner of the Sheraton at street level and scan the roofs. I find a bird on the NE corner of the Hilton but I am facing the blazing sun and cannot identify it. I radio Linda to advise and she tells me she is almost at the hotel and will go straight there. Shortly thereafter I get a radio from Linda telling me to come immediately to the west side hotel entrance - about 40 yards from where I am. I arrive at the area by the bell captain's outside desk and there is Linda with Micah wrapped in the suit jacket of the hotel's head of security. I get the box open and get the big towel ready. We wrap Micah in the towel and she fights the both of us the whole time. We get her in the box and again, after much fighting, we convince her to release the jacket. Dry cleaning will be necessary!! The head of security is VERY gracious. Linda and I take Wind to the 43rd floor of the hotel to settle and cool down. She kicks and thumps her way all the way up to the 43rd floor. Once she settles down, Linda calls Mark to pass along the news. She then goes home to pick up the larger rescue box. When she arrives back, it again takes the two of us to transfer Micah to the box. She is one feistly girl!! Linda completes a visual inspection and determines that all is well. Micah is now in a safe spot awaiting release on the ledge after dark. Linda went off to take pictures of the rescue site and I returned to the office with my heart rate in the more normal range.
It transpired that Micah had come floating down and turned west, then north along the west entrance of the hotel where the limos arrive and decided the bell capitain's outdoor desk was a good place to land. The hotel staff called the Foundation and Marion called Linda, who was already on the way in response to my radio! All's well that ends well. In expect Linda will add her report also.

Linda Woods reports: 2:45 p.m.
Just as I hit the "send" button to send out my previous report, Jan radioed me to tell me. Micah Has taken off. Out of Jan's line of sight. I was dispatched to the area by Jan. On my way, to the Sheraton, we reviewed a call from the Sheraton Hotel , to tell us that the bird is sitting on the Bell Man's desk in the auto port of the Hotel. The hotel staff had secured the area, so not frightened Micah.

I was offered the jacket of John Bond, Security Manager of the Hotel to assist in the "pick-up" of their little peregrine Micah.
I threw the jacket over Micah, picked her up and with Jan's assistance, placed her into a Humane Society carry box. She was quickly examined for injuries which at this time, non were evident. She was then transferred to regular pet carrier. She was place into a cool, dark area of the Hotel and be released later this evening, after dark. She will be examined once more before she is placed back out onto the ledge later this evening.


9:30p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Paul and I arrived at the Sheraton Hotel to do the final examination on Micah and then place her back onto the nest ledge. The news of the Sheraton's little feathered charge had already spread throughout the hotel. Everyone wanted to know what had happened and if everything was OK. Everyone very concerned for Micah and quite pleased that she was not injured. Also very happy that the incident cause a bit of a stir amongst the guests in the hotel lobby area. Final visual examination of Micah showed she was no worse for wear and looked like she was enjoying her new "in house" accommodations at the Sheraton Hotel.

She did put up a fuss when trying to retrieve her from the rescue box, no different from earlier in the day. Once I had the Micah in hand with Paul's assistance, the door to the ledge was opened and Micah was placed in the area behind the Osler camera. Little did we know , Wind was on hand to greet Micah.

Moments later, Paul and I watched through the viewing port, that Micah came out from behind the camera and approached Wind, who was near the nest try at the other end of the ledge. Micah was so happy to be home and quickly settled down for the night. I took this opportunity to reset the night hawk camera, so we would be able to do a few checks through the night, and first thing come daylight. A few minor challenges this evening, but all and all it went well and our little one is back with her Mom.

Many many Thanks to:

John Bond, Security Manager Sheraton Hotel
Bell Captain Staff.
Security Staff who ensured that Micah was not disturb during her brief assignment at Bell Captain's Desk in the motor court.
The guests, who were very patient and understanding while Micah was "at the desk"
The support staff that constantly show concern for their treasured feathered guests of honour.
and last but not least, the dedicated volunteers who dedicate endless hours to ensure the safe flights of the juvenile Peregrine Falcons.

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Tuesday July 18, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking the ledge from my office at 7 a.m. Micah was on the edge of the ledge and there was no sign of Wind. At 8:50, Micah was eating at the east side of the ledge and Wind was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 9, Wind crossed over to the ledge near Micah. At 9:15, Micah was standing close to the standpipe when Wind dragged over a piece of the kill and presented it to her. Micah did not accept! At 9:25 Wind was soaring around in front of the ledge and then went back to Micah on the ledge. Again at 9:50 I spotted Wind flying circles aorund in front of the ledge. It appears to me that she has clearly decided that it is time for Micah to take her first flight, but our girl stays put. Various sightings throughout the day. At 2:15 I spotted Wind coming off the ledge - Micah then started flapping and running about. At 2:35, with Linda in my office, we spotted Windwhister with a kill on the south side of the lower portion fo the Sheraton. He remained there eating for some time. Going down to street level (at approx. 3 p.m.) we found Bruce on watch. An adult was now on the last "e" of Centre and one flew over us going east. From 3:40 until 5:45, Micah remained at the western edge of the ledge and the adult remained on the "e". I believe that means it was Windwhistler who flew over us and that Wind remained on the "e" in case Micah took her maiden flight. The days become more tense!!

Monday July 17, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in from my office at 8:50 Micah was on the west side of the ledge peering out. Wind was not in sight. Many sightings of Micah throughout the day as she moved from the west side of the ledge to the east. Much running and flapping, especially nerve-wracking when she did it at the edge of the ledge. No sighting of Wind throughout the day and at 3:15 Micah was clearly calling. More scarey flapping at the edge of the ledge but to no avail - Wind remained absent. At 3:40 Wind arrived on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. She had her back to the nest ledge. At 3:55 Wind had moved to the SE corner of the Sheatn roof and Micah had mvoed to the east end of the ledge. At 4:10 Wind was soaring around outside my window. She flew over to the nest ledge and "flared" right in front of Micah then took off and made many passes around in front of the ledge. She went down the east side of First Canadian Place a couple of times and then back around to the north side of FCP then at 4:17 she flew south out of sight. At 4:30 Micah was still waiting by the west side of the ledge. Checking in at 5:30, Wind is on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and Micah is not in sight.

Saturday July 15, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
Today Micha is 35 days old, she'll be ready to fly in about 5 days, the watch will begin on Thursday. July 20, 2006. or unless Micha departs without us, then we'll start then.

I was to the Sheraton twice again today to reset the camera. The monitor has been cutting out on me, so it makes it more difficult, since I can't see what I am doing. I have put a request into the Sheraton, in hopes they have an old monitor gathering dust somewhere, that we might be able to have for this purpose. The Osler camera ( which is viewed on the left hand side of the website page) continues to be working flawlessly.

Micha is growing quickly and she is no longer our " fat little round girl" She is becoming very streamlined and loosing all of her white down. She has a few puffs remaining on the "top side" and all lot more when she spreads her wings. She's still a very cute bird.
I saw Wind only briefly today, but I was concentrating on the camera, and to work as quickly as possible , as it is very HOT in that room.

Friday July 14, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
1:30p.m.
Returning a second time to the Sheraton Centre Hotel to, get the camera restarted. This time I saw Wind standing in the nest tray and our little girl way at the other end at the Osler camera. It looks like she may have been eating something,not sure.
Micha has a lot of curiosity in the camera cables and spent some time"testing' them. She eventually climbed through the opening and explored the area behind the camera.
A few minutes later she climbed out and headed towards the nest box. Wind had already departed. Wind is seen on the north-west corner of 130 Adelaide St.

Jan Chudy reports: Checking in at 6 a.m. via the webcam, Micah was standing at the edge of the east side of the ledge peering out. Checking in at 9 a.m from my office, Micah was in the same place and no sign of Wind. Micah moved around the ledge at various times. At 10:25 she was on the east edge of the ledge screaming. Wind arrived with no food and when Micah rushed over to her she took off. At 10:45 the exact same thing happened again but when she left, Wind went over to the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. Micah sat at the edge of the ledge looking over to her mother. At 10:50, Wind again went to the ledge and moved over to the standpipe and Micah was near the nest box. Wind took off and flew many lazy circles in front of the nest ledge. At opne point Micah was running furiously up and down the ledge. When Wind went back to the ledge, Micah rushed over to her and she took off again and made a few circles in front of the nest ledge then landed on the east antenna on the Sheraton roof. Shortly after that, Wind arrived and presented a "twig" to Micah and flew off. This arriving and departing continued several more times. Finally, at 11:10, Wind arrived with food. She fed Micah and when she was too slow getting to food to Micah, Micah helped herself to pieces off the carcass!! The feeding continued until 11:35 when Wind left. Various sightings of Micah during the afternoon. At 3:20 Wind again made a few passes around the front of the nest ledge. At 4:15 Micah was lying beside the nest box and at 4:30 she was standing on the eastern edge of the ledge. At 4:50 Micah is still peering out from the west side of the ledge and Wind is not in sight.
Micah has matured greatly since her banding on Monday and I am sure fledging will be soon.

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Thursday July 13, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Various sightings of Micah throughout the day either preening, lying down or walking around. Many visits to the edge of the ledge to scan the skies. Today's observations concerned me because I did not spot Wind once during the whole day and am therefore concerned about Micah being fed.

Wednesday July 12, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Becuse of the bad weather there was no visibility to the nest ledge until 4:50 when the skies cleared, at which time Micah was standing in the nest box preening. At 5:30 she appeared to be sleeping by the edge of the ledge next to the nest box. No sightings of Wind.

Monday July 10, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Banding day!! The report and pictures will be posted by others I am sure. At 1 p.m. Micah was barely visible through the storm. At 1:30 Wind was on the standpipe and Micah was peering out of the ledge. At 2:35 Wind was on the nest box and Micah was peering out of the eastside of the ledge. Between 3 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. various sightings of Wind on 130 Adelaide and Micah, mostly sleeping by the nest box. At 5, Wind was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and Micah was standing by the nest box.

Sunday July 9, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
While I was resetting the computer, I took some time to observe what was happening on the ledge.
My heart stopped when I couldn't find the little one. I looked very long and then... way in the back, behind the Osler camera a puff of white moved. She had climbed in behind the camera and was lying up against the far wall, asleep in the shade. A few minutes later, Wind arrived to check on things. She to couldn't find her little one, and then Wind spotted her. Wind climbed through the cinder block, under the Osler Camera and gave the little one a quick little peck. Once the little one stirred from her sleep, Wind climbed back out into sunlight and looked around and took off. The little one got up and clumsily squeezed herself between the camera frame and the wall and that is when I took the picture.
She certainly is looking healthy, and quite large. Her last evening on the ledge before she is banded tomorrow.

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Thursday July 6, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 7 a.m. the chick was moving and stretching her wings. No sign of Wind. Finally, at 10:30 I spotted Wind on the upturn of the "S". The chick was not visible in the ledge at this time. At 1:50 the chick was on the east side of the ledge stretching her wings again and apparently looking for mom. At 12:30 Wind was again spotted on the "S". At 12:55 I just happened to spot an adult as it landed on the "a" but it did not stay and took off and flew directly east. I lost it over Church. I believe it must have been Windwhistler. Various sightings of the chick throughout the afternoon but none of Wind. Checking in for the last time at 5:30 the chick is still alone and has mvoed to the east end of the ledge.

I witnessed a feeding this evening around 6:15 p.m. so our little one is not starving or being neglected, she is being fed by Wind

Tuesday July 4, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 6:08 checking in on the web cam the chick was on the ledge flapping her (large) wings. At 6:20 Wind arrived and moved to the standpipe.
Checking in at 9:10 with my scope, Wind was at the ewst side of the ledge and the chick was not visible. Two minutes later Wind took off to the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 9:25 Wind was still on the NE corner and the chick was visible by the side of the nest box. At 10:15 Wind had moved to the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and the chick was moving about. At 10:50 Wind was back on the NE corner and the chick appeared to be sleeping by the side of the box. At 11:55 Wind was hopping along from the west side of the ledge to behind the nest box to where I believe the chick was since I think Wind had something in her talons. Shortly thereafter Wind crossed to the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and the chick was visible behind the box. Various sightings of the chick throughout the day and a feeding took place at 4:45. At 4:50 Wind had gone and the chick was peering out of the ledge. Checking at 5:30, the chick is standing in the next box!

Monday July 3, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:30 the chick was visible at the western end of the ledge. At 10:50 the chick was peering out at the world near the camera. Three minutes later, Wind arrived and a feeding began. However, at 11:01 Wind had gone and the chick had moved out of sight. She must have been out of sight of Wind also because at 11:04 Wind arrived back on the ledge and stood facing the camera. I am sure the chick was there under camera level. After checking on her for a few moments, Wind again took off. Various sightings of chick throughout the day but only one more sighting of Wind at 5:14 as she moved to the ledge then took off. I last checked in at 5:42 and the chick was peering out near the middle of the ledge. The chicks black pin feathers are very clearly visible.

Sunday July 2, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 6:54 a.m. there appeared to be no-one in sight but then I spotted Wind at the very far corner of the ledge behind the box. She then moved to the edge of the ledge and took off. At 8:50 Wind was on the standpipe and the chick was peering out of the ledge. At 9:03 the chick moved over to Wind, who then left. At 2:45 Wind was on the standpipe and the chick was not visible. At 5:30 and 7:30 the chick was visible but there was no sign of Wind.

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Saturday July 1, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 5:12 a.m. the chick was asleep near the standpipe. At 5:14, Wind arrived, checked on the chick and promptly left. At 7:52 a feeding was in progress near the nest box. Between 8:22 and 10:20 various sightings of the chick and none of Wind. At 10:36 Wind was beside the chick then she moved to one of the slots to the west of the chick. No further viewings until 5 p.m. when the chick was asleep by the standpipe and Wind was in one of the openings. She then took off. At 5:45 the chick was standing behind the standpipe. That was my last check for the day.

Friday June 30, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 9:45 when I finally saw the chick who was waddling by the box. At 10:26 I spotted Wind putting on a beautiful aerial display with long lazy circles between the Sheraton and 130 Adelaide. She then made a few passes over Nathan Phillips Square then landed on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. Checking again at 10:45 there was no sign of Wind and the chick was peering out of the ledge. The chick was visible for the balance of the morning and Wind was a no show. At 11:55 Wind arrived, ignored the chick and went to the standpipe. Ten minutes later she was gone. Finally, at 1:35 Wind arrived with a kill and promptly took it over to the box where the chick was sleeping. She appeared to gently waken the chick then began to feed it. Checking at 2:05 the chick was resting and Wind was on the upturn of the "S" on the hotel sign. I saw a lovely sight at 3:15 - Wind was on the standpipe with her back facing me and the chick was at her feet. At 3:30 when I checked again, Wind was facing front and the chick had also moved around and was in full view, apparently trying to preen herself. As I checked at 4:30, Wind was looking out of the east side of the ledge. The chick waddled over to join her but as soon as she reached her mother, Wind took off. The little one kept going and I managed to capture a "still" from the video feed. The webmaster will post it in due course. At 4:50, the chick was barely visible at the eastern side of the ledge and Wind was nowhere in sight. At 5:05 the chick was level with the standpipe and looking out of the ledge.

Thursday June 29, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 9:10 a.m. Wind was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and the chick's head was visible behind the nest box. At 9:35 Wind was on the edge of the ledge checking out the chick. She then moved over to the standpipe. Various sightings throughout the day but no feeding observed. At 11:55 Wind was on the standpipe and the chick was sitting at her feet. We had a short, powerful thunderstorm and once that passed at 3:05 I checked the ledge and Wind was feeding the chick but this lasted only a few moments and then Wind went over to the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. The chick remained beside the box for the balance of the afternoon. Wind spent her time going between the ledge, 130 Adelaide and the standpipe.

Wednesday June 28, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 9 a.m. Wind was on the standpipe and the chick was visible behind the nest box. At 9:30 I spotted the chick waddling around behind the box. There was a feeding at 10:15. At 11:25 I spotted the chick at the back of the ledge stretching and flapping her (large) wings. Various sightings throughout the day, with Wind spending a substantial amount of time on the standpipe. At 5:35 Wind was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and the chick was not visible.

Tuesday June 27, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 7:05 a.m. Wind was on the standpipe and the chick was in the open towards the west side of the ledge. As I watched, Wind stepped off the standpipe, went behind the nest box and then fed the chick. Various sightings of both throughout the day. Wind leaves the chick for longer and longer periods - I see her on the standpipe or 130 Adelaide frequently. I noted another feeding at 1:35 p.m. Between 4:05 and 5:10, Wind was on the standpipe and the chick was lying sleeping, then moving around, then back over to nestle against the nest box.

Linda Woods reports: Was able to capture this cute picture. Both Mom and little one are doing well.

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Monday June 26, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
Well, not much to report from this site as yet. Little one continues to do well, and I reset the computer again. Hopefully this will stick.
Picture taken today around 5:00p.m.

Jan Chudy reports: Many sightings of the chick today. Wind was on the standpipe when I checked in at 9 but she promptly took off. She returned at 9:15, went behind the nest box and then came out and proceeded to feed the chick. Feeding appeared to last a good 15 minutes. By 9:55 the chick was asleep by the side of the box and Wind had gone over to NW 130 Adelaide. At 11 a.m. I just happened to spot Wind with a fresh kill feeding the chick. She then took off and flew around a few lazy loops before setting on the upturn of the "S" in the hotel sign. She then returned to the standpipe and the chick waddled over to join her. The chick is still a little clumsy on her feet - and what large feet it has (I am certain it is a female). The chick spent a substantial part of the afternoon in the shade of the edge of the ledge and Wind came and went throughout this time. Last check was at 5:05 when Wind was on the standpipe and the chick was sleeping against the box.

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Saturday June 24, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
Back to the Sheraton to reset the camera. Took a peek into the ledge. Wind was not in my view, and the little one looked a little bored, waddling back and forth. Finally settling down under the camera.

(Webmaster's note:) A video clip of this sighting has been added to the Photo Gallery.

Friday June 23, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 9 a.m. the chick was in view and there was no sign of Wind. At 9:25 Wind arrived and there was a feeding. Various sightings of chick and Wid throughout the day. Wind left the chick for long periods and as I checked in at 1p.m.(after a very exciting viewing at the King Street site) I was astonished to find the chick had left the nest box and was half way along the ledge having a look out. At 2:40 the chick was 2/3rds of the way along the ledge as Wind arrived, then took off, then returned. Linda (who was in teh adjacent machine room at the time) confirmed that there had been a feeding just prior to that. Between 3:55 and 4:45 Wind has been with the chick behind the standpipe. At 4:50 the chick is in the middle of the ledge with Wind's left wing slightly draped over it.

Linda Woods reports: 2:30
Up to the 43rd to reboot the computer I looked through the viewing port and found the little one out of the nest box and sitting next to the sandpipe, and Wind feeding her.

Thursday June 22, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 9:05 the chick was clearly visible and there was no sign of Wind. At 9:15 she arrived with a kill and moved straight to the nest box to start to feed the chick. Within two minutes Windwhistler arrived, observed the feeding and promptly took off. Various sightings of chick and Wind throughout the day, including long periods where Wind was on the standpipe and the chick was visible in the nest box. At 3:30 Wind had moved off the standpipe and in to the nest box where she was trying to force the little one under her chest. She finally managed it but moved off the chick about ten minutes later. At 4:15 Wind was back on the standpipe and the chick was visible in the nest box. This was my last sighting of the day.

Wednesday June 21, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 8:50 Wind was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and the chick was clearly visible moving around in the box. Wind then crossed over to the ledge and began feeding the chick, then settled down on it. At 9:25, Wind was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and the chick appeared to be sleeping. Various sightings throughout the day of both Wind and chick. Between 11:20 and 3:40 Wind was on the standpipe. The chick was in and out of my sight during this time. At 4:55 Wind was in the nest box but the chick was not visible. At 5:25 Wind was back on the standpipe and the chick was visible in the box.

Tuesday June 20, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 9:30 Wind was feeding the chick. Various sightings of Wind and chick throughout the day, including a period where Wind was on the standpipe and I had a clear view of the chick in the box. At 5:10 Wind was on the edge of the ledge scanning the skies and the chick was not visible.

Monday June 19, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:10, Wind was sitting tight in the nest box. At 9:35 I spotted her on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 9:40 she was back in the box and the chick was visible. She then took off flying south. At 10:30 the chick was clearly visible and Wind was feeding it. At 1:25 I spotted another feeding. At 2:30, Wind was sitting tight again. At 3 p.m. Wind was not in sight and the chick was clearly visible. At 3:40 Wind was on the standpipe and the chick was again visible. At 3:55 Wind was tidying the stones on the ledge then she moved back to the nest box to cover the chick. Between 4:55 and 5:05, Wind was not in sight and the chick was clearly visible moving around in the next box.

Friday June 16, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Various sightings of Wind and chick throughout the day. Wind continues to sit tight when she is on the nest box. At 11:30 Windwhistler arrived and Wind immediately took off to the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. Windwhistler spent a few moments admiring his offspring then he hopped in the box at which point the little one stumbled over and nestled under his chest. At 1:40 Wind was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and no adult in sight. Suddenly Windwhistler arrived with a fresh kill and Wind crossed to the ledge and started to clean the kill then took off with it. Windwhistler then flew to the upturn of the last "e" in Centre and when I check back at the nest box Wind was there feeding the chick. Checking at 2 p.m. Wind had gone and no-one was in sight. Wind frequently moves herself and the chick to the far western corner of the box which I cannot see from my office.

Thursday June 15, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checked on the nest ledge frequently throughout the day. No sign yet of the second hatch. The little one was visible several times as Wind either fed it or was preening herself. I noted one feeding at 11:15 and one at 3:25. At 3:33 Wind had gone but returned a few second later with more food for the little one. I then spotted Windwhister on the upturn of the last "e" in "Centre" and noted fresh kill on the cross bar. He must have brought it over for Wind and the little one. At 4 p.m. Windwhistler had gone and Wind was back in her incubating position.

Wednesday June 14, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:15 Wind and one chick were clearly visible. Various sightings of the little one throughout the day as well as both eggs. At 3p.m. Wind was not i isght and I had a clear view of the litle one staggering around in the box. Wind returned and gently pulled him underneath her. At 4:35 Wind took of and Windwhisgtler arrived. He fed the little one and one egg was clearly visible at this time. At 5p.m. the adult had its back to me and there was much tearing of food but two minutes later it had gone. Within a few minutes Wind was back and had assumed the incubating position.

Tuesday June 13, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
09:00
Arriving on the 43rd floor for a quick "look see" and was greeted with the most touching scene. Wind was in the midst of feeding the first hatch. I was able to take video of this special time, but much too large to send to anyone (23 MB and 12 MB ) I guess stills will have to do. I watched for approx 20 minutes before Wind took off with the "leftovers"
Still awaiting the hatch of the 2nd egg. Hopefully tomorrow.

Jan Chudy reports: First sighting at 9 am had the adult in incubating mode. I could not confirm which adult it was. My watch on this nest was interrupted by my work with Linda to rescue Sir Adam at the King Street site. At 1:25 Windwhistler arrived on the Sheraton ledge and Wind departed. At 4:45 I noted a feeding.

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Monday June 12, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
1:30
Jan and I waited patiently for the change over at the Sheraton nest. Finally, Windwhistler came into view after Wind's vocalization. He came to the far end of the nest ledge, while Wind continued to vocalize, probably asking him, "what took you so long?" Wind got up and there beneath her was the first hatch of 2006 at the Sheraton hotel.
Jan had the privilege of being the first to view, and after continuous pulling on Jan's sleeve, by me, I finally got a peek as well. I can see now, why Jan didn't not want to look away.What a sight to see, Windwhistler with his new offspring, along side the two unhatched eggs.
What a cutie! I expect the other eggs to hatch with in the next few days, and will send pictures when this event happens.
Yippee!

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Sunday June 11, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
3:15 - 4:00
Attempted a second "look see" and was greeted by Windwhistler. He was on the eggs when arrived and was still there when I left. He didn't budge one bit, and was not able to see a second hatch. No additional egg shell was seen, and the shell from the first hatch has already disappeared.

Wind did drop by to check up on Windwhistler, and as soon as she was satisfied that he wasn't going anywhere, she promptly took off.
I will try again tomorrow for pictures.

Saturday June 10, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
FIRST HATCH !
Wind has had her first hatch at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto. Two more eggs to go.

Thursday June 8, 2006
The Webmaster reports:
The Sheraton webcamera is now live and online. We will be refocusing the camera at a later date to attempt to get a sharper image. See the Sheraton links at the top of this page for access to the webcam. The webcamera is also available on our Webcams page.

Wednesday June 7, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
5:00p.m.
On arrival on the 43rd floor, to my surprise, Windwhistler was on the eggs and Wind was on the north-east corner of 130 Adelaide St.
I didn't stay long, Windwhistler is very alert when he is on shift. Didn't want to disturb "this moment" I expecting a hatch around Mid June ish. We are closer to getting the Sheraton camera up live.

Jan Chudy reports: First sighting was at 8:50 when the tail and back of the incubating adult were visible. As I checked again at 9:10 the adult was on the ledge and it was Windwhistler. After a few minutes he returned to his incubating duties. However, when I checked in at 9:45, he appeared to be gone. At 10:20 as I checked, Wind arrived on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. After five minutes she went to the ledge and then settled in the nest box. Various tail sightings during the day and at 4 p.m. there appeared to be egg turning. At 5:10, a beak and head were visible.

Tuesday June 6, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:15 a beak and head were visible in the box. At 11:35 as I checked, I found an adult on the edge of the ledge scanning the skies. At one point it dipped its head - it was Windwhister!! Next sighting was at 1:25 when the back and tail of an adult was visible. Same sighting for the balance of the afternoon until 5:15 when I found an adult on the ledge. Again, a bow of the head proved it to be Windwhistler. As I checked again at 5:25 he was still on the edge of the ledge and as I watched Wind flew up and fluttered past him and then flew over to the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. They both began preening and Wind was stretching frequently. Finally, at 5:41 Windwhistler took off and Wind flew over to the ledge and then settled in the nest box.

Monday June 5, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Various sightings of a tail and/or back in the nest box throughout the day. At 10 a.m. while visiting someone on the east side of the building I watched an adult flying between Scotia Plaza and First Canadian Place. At 5:10 as I checked the ledge I spotted the tail of the adult in the nest box. As I watched a second bird arrived at the ledge but did not settle - just kept its wings flared then took off again. In the brief sight I had I could see no white dot on the back of its head so I thought it must be Wind and that it was Windwhistler incubating. An initial scan of the usual haunts produced no sighting. However, at 5:25 I found an adult on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. When I got the scope on it it was clearly Wind. So, Windwhistler was incubating and Wind must have just flown by to check him out.

Friday June 2, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Various sightings of the tail in the nest box throughout the day.

Thursday June 1, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Wind's tail visible throughout the course of the day. As I checked at 3 p.m, it looked as though the eggs were being turned based on the movements. As I checked again at 4:50 (and saw the tail) a colleague on the east wall telephoned to say two peregrines were flying around Scotia Plaza. Could only have been Mandy and Windwhistler.

Wednesday May 31, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Various sightings throughout the day, including what may have been an egg-turning at 12:30. At 2 p.m. Wind was on the edge of the ledge having a good scratch!

Tuesday May 30, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Various sightings throughout the morning. At 11:55 an adult was on the ledge and I assumed it was Wind. Howver, it bent it's head and there was the tell-tale white spot - it was Windwhistler! He was being very vocal and jumping up and down. I think he must have been calling for Wind to return. After a few moments he gave up and returned to the eggs. Various tail "sightings" in the nest box through the afternoon. Never saw the hand-off.

Monday May 29, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Only sighting in the box was at 10:10.

Friday May 26, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Various sightings throughout the day of Wind's tail as she sat in the nest box.

Linda Woods reports: 5:00 - 10:00p.m.
Spent a lot of time this evening observing Wind. Windwhistler arrives twice during this time period to relieve Wind. She doesn't waste anytime getting off the eggs and flying off to the south west. So far all is well at the nest, and Windwhistler is still making his regular visits.

Mark Nash reports: Windwhistler drops in for a visit!

An interesting afternoon and evening for sure! With the new web camera finally installed and producing a wonderful colour image, we observed Wind whistlers brief visit this evening to relieve Wind from her incubation duties. Yes, I witnessed it for myself. Windwhistler dropped in and took over the incubation duties for about 20 minutes while Wind took the opportunity to stretch her wings and get some much needed exercise time and a quick bite to eat. The short brake lasted all of 20 minutes, while vocalizing to Wind for the last 10 minutes of his stay. Wind returned, and Windwhistler was observed in a rather hasty retreat south east directly back to the 18 King Street nest site, - where Mandy Iím sure was eager to see his return. This is indeed one of the most unusual situations that we have EVER SEEN in the ten years of closely monitoring the urban nests!!

Through the windows on the 43rd floor of the Toronto Sheraton Hotel at our monitoring station, the 18 King Street nest building can be seen quite clearly. It is still a mystery to us all why these two territorial nesting females are tolerating each other.

Two active peregrine nest territories, (less than Ĺ mile apart), two resident adult NESTING females, being both serviced Ė (in part) by a single adult resident male!!

Now for her forth year at the Toronto Downtown Sheraton Hotel, Wind continues to operate as single parent family Ė (sort of)?

Thursday May 25, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sighting of Wind's tail in the morning then at 2:15 I found her sitting on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. No further sightings until 3:20 when I found Windwhistler on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. Spotted Wind's tail a few times after that.

Wednesday May 24, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Beginning at 8:35 I spotted Wind's tail in the nest box at various times in the morning and then as I went to check at 10:25 I spotted her flying over to 390 Bay. When I got the scope on her I saw she had a small kill in her talons. I do not know if she caught it and took it there or if Windwhistler had left it there for her. As I watched, she took off and flew to the south west, apparently still with the kill since her flight was somewhat wobbly and there were no remains on the ledge. At 2:40 I again spotted her tail in the nest box.

Tuesday May 23, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At various times throughout the day, I could see Wind's tail as she sat in the nest box. At noon I believe she may have been turning the eggs since there was lots of motion.

Monday May 22, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking the nest ledge from my office window, Wind's tail was visible as she sat in the nest box.

Friday May 19, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
I spotted Wind's tail on several occasions: 8:35, 10:35 - at which point she may have been turning the eggs since there was a little of action with the tail and wings; 11:00 and 2:45.

Thursday May 18, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Very bad weather in the morning so no visibility to the nest ledge until 1p.m However, my only view of the tail feathers was at 2:30. The kill I noted yesterday on the NE corner of 390 Bay had gone.

Wednesday May 17, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Tail visible at 10:15, 12:30, 12:55; 1:10; 3:30; 3:50.

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Tuesday May 16, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
09:30

Wind continues to incubate her eggs. Windwhistler not in view at this time.

Jan Chudy reports: The clouds finally cleared at 10:30 and Wind was visible in the nest box. At 1:40 I spotted an adult flying in low from the NE to land on the NE ocorner of 130 Adelaide. It appeared to be Wind (no white dot on the back of the head to identify it as Windwhistler). No further sightings until 3:50 when I again found Wind on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. I also spotted a fairly in tact kill on the NE corner of 390 Bay. No more sightings.

Friday May 12, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
THREE EGGS! in the second clutch. Wind was not seen during my short stay. Will check later today.

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Tuesday May 9, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
Wind continues incubation, we are anticipating a hatch in approx. one month. ( June 9th)

Sunday May 7, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
A New Egg
Sunday I found her tight on the nest tray, and perhaps she has started incubating. I will check again on Monday a.m.

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Wednesday May 3, 2006
Mark Nash reports for Linda Woods:
Wind re-clutches

This morning, as we were expecting, Wind has in fact re-clutched Ė (her second clutch of egg(s)), but this time in the nest tray at the other end of the ledge at the Toronto Sheraton. Like last year, she abandoned her first set of eggs, and re-clutched a second set, - (that of course did in fact hatch). So far, she has laid one new egg at the opposite end of the nest ledge where the first two eggs have been laid several weeks ago. For some unknown reason, again this year, she had abandoned the first clutch of two eggs, and re-clutched again today. Fingers crossed that she will continue to show renewed interest in this second clutch.

Saturday April 29, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
09:30
I found Windwhistler on the north-west corner of 130 Adelaide. and Wind in the nest tray, Chirruping as she was picking away at the stones. Every few minutes she would stop and look at her feet.

Wednesday April 26, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:55 Wind was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. She took off as I spotted her. I then found Windwhistler on the SW corner of the Simpson Tower and when I looked back to the Sheraton ledge, there was Wind. At 9:05 Wind was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and Windwhistler was on the SW corner of the Simpson Tower. At 10:00, Wind was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. No further sighting until 1:20 when I found Wind on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. As I sign off at 2:20, no adults are in sight.

Tuesday April 25, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
07:30
Up to the 43rd floor. Wind and Windwhistler are not in my view. I donít see either of them on the adjacent buildings. Wind is not at the nest and Two eggs remain in the nest bowl. Temperature today is very cool, I donít think Wind has initiated incubation, as yet, It was too long of time for her to be off the eggs at these temperatures.
Usually at this time of year if one stands too close to the windows, It will bring in one of the adults, this morning that did not happen. Perhaps Wind was on the south side neon sign and did not see me.
Iíll try again later.

3pm.
I found Wind on the nest tray facing me. Looking a little drowsy, either heading for an afternoon nap, or perhaps another egg? I'll check in the morning.

Jan Chudy reports: Only sighting of the day was at 9:35 when I spotted Wind on the west side of the ledge. As I watched she took off and landed on the SW corner of 390 Bay. She remained there as I left my office at 9:55 but I had no other sightings for the day.

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Monday April 24, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 2:50 when I spotted Windwhistler on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 3:30, Wind was on the west side of the nest ledge. She was still there at 3:55 and was vocalizing. As I watched her Windwhistler arrived on the south side of the Sheraton roof. At 4:05, there was no sign of Wind and Windwhistler remained on the roof. At 4:10 I spotted Wind on the east side of the Sheraton roof and as I watched her my colleague called to say an adult had just flown past her window and was going around the east side of Scotia Plaza. I assume this must have been Windwhistler. At 4:30 I spotted Windwhistler on the SW corner of the Sheraton roof. This was my last sighting of the day.

Friday April 21, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 4:10 when I spotted Wind on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. At 4:15 she took off and flew towards the Sheraton but didn't land. She then made a couple of passes on the west side of the hotel then I lost her. However, a few seconds later she was on the west end of the ledge facing inwards. This was my last sighting of the day.

I believe [my last two] reports validate Linda's belief that Wind is incubating since she appears to spend all her day out of my sight (and probably on the east end of the ledge where she has laid her eggs).

Thursday April 20, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
6:00pm ish
Found Wind to be on 130 Adelaide around this time and the nest empty. There are still two eggs in the nest bowl. This time they can be seen from the viewing port.

Jan Chudy reports: No sighting until 4:25 when I spotted Wind on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. She remained there until I left the office at 5:35.

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Wednesday April 19, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 9:40 when I spotted Wind on the SW corner of 79 Wellington. At 9:55 Windwhistler arrived on the west side of the Sheraton roof, made a few calls and promptly took off, flying east. At 10:20, both birds were playing tag between First Canadian Place and Scotia Plaza. This continued for several minutes until at 12:26 I spotted Wind on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide vocalizing. At 11:50 an adult was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide but I was unable to clearly identify it.

As I left the office at 6 p.m. and was waiting on King Street to be picked up I scanned the roofs and found an adult on the SE corner of 130 Adelaide. Not having my binoculars with me, I could not identify it. It remained there until I left at 6:25.

Tuesday April 18, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 1:40 when I spotted Wind on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. She was still there at 2 p.m. but when I checked at 2:15 she had gone. At 4:35 I spotted her on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and she remained there until 5:45, my last check of the day.

Monday April 17, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
10:00
WE MAY HAVE INCUBATION!

The past week I was becoming a little worried about not seeing Wind with any eggs. I guess she was waiting for the Easter Bunny, because this morning I found her lying down in the "dirt bowl" at the other end of the ledge, sleeping. The only reason for lying down, is the very strong possibility of eggs. So now I just have to spend some time to see how many eggs has. Here is a photo, unfortunately they will be large because I need to use the zoom.

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Jan Chudy reports: At 9:15 I spotted Wind fluttering to the SE corner of the Sheraton roof then she took off to the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. No further sighting until 10:55 when I spotted Wind arriving on the upturn of the last "e" in Centre. She was still there at 11:05 but had gone at 11:30. At 11:45 I spotted an adult on the east end of the ledge vocalizing but before I could identify it, it flew off to the south. At 2:45 Wind was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. At 3:55 I spotted Windwhistler arriving at the ledge but he promtly took for the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. At 5:05 Wind was on the east side of the ledge. This was my last sighting of the day.

Thursday April 13, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:00 Wind was on the east side of the ledge. She then flew off and went to the SW corner of 390 Bay. At 9:40 she was back on the ledge. She then went to the scrape, then behind the nest box, then into the box. At 9:50 she flew off to the NE corner of 130 Adelaide where she remained until 11. At this time a young man was on the roof about five feet away from her taking pictures - after a few moments she took off and I then noticed that Windwhistler was on the ledge. As I spotted him he flew off to the south east (King Street site no doubt) and then Wind appeared on the ledge and took off. Next sighting was at noon when I spotted Wind on the east end of the ledge where she remained until 12:15. At 2 pm. I spotted her on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. She was still there at 2:20 but had gone when I checked at 2:35. At 3:20 she was back on the nest ledge. As I checked at 4 p.m. she took off and flew south. I did not see her after that - last check at 4:50.

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Wednesday April 12, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:50 Wind was soaring on the currents outside my window. At 9:55 I spotted her sitting on the NW corner of 390 Bay (she could have been there some time.) At 12:55 she was standing on the nest box. Next sighting was at 3:05 when I spotted her on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. Those were my only sightings of the day.

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Tuesday April 11, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
09:30
I found Wind sitting in the scrape beside the nest box. She was picking and cleaning the area, I think I just got her putting away the measuring tape. I guess she may redecorate this year? Wind then went into the actual nesting tray and began scrapping and picking debris. It was very nice to see her again up close. She certainly is a beautiful girl. No eggs yet, but it is still early and Janís reports of Windwhistler spending a little more time in the area is encouraging.

Jan Chudy reports: At 7:40 I spotted Wind on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. No further sighting until 10 a.m. when she was back in the same spot vocalizing. At 11:20 an adult was soaring above the Sheraton Hotel and Nathan Phillips Square. At 12:05 Wind landed on one of the ledges on the west side of Scotia Plaza. She remained there for some time (no-one saw her leave) and spent the time apparently admiring her reflection in the glass since she faced inwards the whole time. At 2:05 I spotted Windwhistler on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 2:15 a colleague reported an adult flying by her west facing window heading in the direction of the Sheraton but when I checked the usual perches, I could not find a bird. At 3:55 Wind was on the NW corner of the Hilton Hotel roof but by 4:15 she had moved to the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. This was my last sighting of the day.

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Monday April 10, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:05 Wind was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof facing east. As I checked at 9:25 I found Windwhistler in the scrape and as I watched Wind arrived amid much vocalizing. Windwhistler took off and went to the SW corner of the Simpson Tower. Wind fussed in the scrape, then behind the nest box, then in the box and then went to the east side of the ledge. She then moved to the far east corner out of my sight. Windwhistler remained on the Simpson Tower. At 9:40 Wind had moved to the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and Windwhistler had gone from the Simpson Tower. Checking at 10:25 and 10:45, Wind was still on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 11:05 she was back on the ledge doing much tidying of the scrape, including behind the nest box and then in the box re-arrranging the gravel. She then took off and went to the west side of 390 Bay. Checking at 11:40 Wind was back on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 1p.m. an adult was soaring between First Canadian Place and Scotia Plaza. At 1:35 Wind was on the ledge preening. She stayed on the ledge until at least 2:20 but when I checked at 2:50 she was nowhere to be seen. At 4:20 as I checked I spotted an adult on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide but before I could get the scope on it to indentify, it took off. At 4:30 Wind was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide with her feathers being ruffled by the strong breeze. She remained there until 4:55 at which time she was seriously preening her tail feathers. This was my last sighting of the day.

Sunday April 9, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
10:00
No Change in the status of the nest. Wind and Windwhistler no seen during my brief visit to the nest area.

Friday April 7, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sighting until 11 a.m. when Wind was on the edge of the ledge. At 11:10 she had moved to the upturn of the last "e" in Centre. No further sighting until 2:20 when I spotted her on the SE corner of the Simpson Tower. I do not believe I have seen her on that corner before. At 2:35 she had moved to the standpipe on the ledge. At 2:50 she was still on the standpipe. Several checks between then and 4:45 turned up no birds but at 4:55 I spotted an adult on the edge of the ledge. Cannot positivelty identify but I believe it may be Windwhistler.

Thursday April 6, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sighting until 11:55 when I spotted an adult flying off the ledge. I could not identify it and lost it very quickly. At 4:35 I found Wind on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. She remained there until I left at 5:30. Checking from the street 10 minutes later she was still there.

Wednesday April 5, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting of the day was at 12:50 whem I spotted Wind on the SW corner of 390 Bay on the window washing tracks. At 1:15 she had moved to the NW corner, still on the tracks. Next sighting was at 3:15 when I found Wind on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. She was still there when I checked at 3:50. At 4:05 she had moved to the window washing tracks on the SE corner of the Sheraton and was still there at 4:25. Checking at 4:40 no birds were visible. At 5:35, Wind was back on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof.

Tuesday April 4, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
08:45
Back to the viewing port, Wind nor Windwhistler in my view. It looks like one adult has been digging around in the nesting box. No eggs as yet.

Jan Chudy reports: At 9:25 I spotted both adults on the ledge. Wind was on the nest box and Windwhistler was on the edge of the ledge. As I watched he took off and flew due east! Wind remained standing on the north side of the nest box. Between 9:30 and 2:55 Wind was on the ledge or on the standpipe each time I checked. At 3:30, she was not in sight. At 4:30 I spotted her through the blowing snow standing on the next box. At 4:45 the snow had almost stopped and Wind was at the edge of the ledge. No sign of her at 5:05 but at 5:25 she was back on the ledge.

Monday April 3, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:30 Wind was on the ledge but I did not see her again until 10:35 when she was back on the ledge. At 11:35 I found her on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. At noon as I checked, Windwhister arrived at the ledge and went to the scrape then to the edge of the ledge vocalizing. Wind remained on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide but seconds later she took off and flew south. No sighting until 2 p.m. when I spotted Wind on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. No further sighting until 5:15 when I found Wind on the SW corner of 390 Bay. She could have been there some time without me noticing her.

Sunday April 2, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
11:15
No eggs as yet, peregrines not in view at this time.

Friday March 31, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings the whole day.

Thursday March 30, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:00 a.m. an adult was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide vocalizing. At 9:45 I could clearly identify Wind on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. She was still there at 10. Next sighting was at 11:05 when I found Wind on the NW corner of 390 Bay. At 11:05 she was on the nest ledge. At 11:10 an adult was fussing on the scrape and then moved to the edge of the ledge. At 11:20 Spike was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and was still there at 11:45. Nex sighting was at 3:20 when an adult was on the ledge. At 3:50 an adult was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. At 4:15 an adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 4:45 I identified the adult on the corner of the Sheraton roof as Windwhistler and at the same time (4:45) Wind was on the SW corner of the Simpson tower. At 4:50 Spike flew to the Simpson Tower and Wind took off to the SE corner of the Sheaton roof. They then both went to the nest ledge - one to the east side and one to the scrape. The one at the east side of the ledge then took off and the one at the scrape moved to the edge of the ledge. At 5:05 Wind was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. at 5:45 she was still there.

Wednesday March 29, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
09:00
Up to the 43rd to find Wind scratching and picking away in the nest box. She must have been there for at least 15 minutes. She then sat on the ledge facing south and flew off. Picture attached. I did manage some video but it may be too large to place on the web site.

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Tuesday March 28, 2006
Linda Woods reports:
09:00
Up to the 43rd Floor to check on the ledge. No eggs as yet, but there is evidence that Wind has been scraping around in the actual nest box. There is also a nest bowl at the far end of the ledge. Just like last year.
I guess weíll have to wait and see, where she decides.

Jan Chudy reports: Checking at 8:20 Wind was in the next box re-distributing the gravel. She then went to the edge of the ledge. At 8:25 she was not in view but at 8:30 she was back on the ledge. Next sighting was at 10:05 when I spotted an adult flying in from the south west. It made a long slow loop in front of the Sheraton then went to the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. I then spotted a second adult in the scrape. At 3:15 an adult was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. At 3:35 an adult was on the ledge and was still there are 4:20. At 5:05 I spotted an adult on the NW corner of 390 Bay but I cannot clearly identify it. As I checked at 5:30 the bird took off and flew due west. I lost it over University.

Monday March 27, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 10:15 when I spotted Windwhistler on the SW corner of the Simpson Tower. Next sighting was at 11:15 when an adult was on the ledge. No further sighting until 1:25 when an adult was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. At 1:46, I very clearly had Windwhistler on the nest ledge and Wind on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. A few moments later, Windwhistler flew over to 130 Adelaide and mating ocurred. He then flew back to the nest ledge and then left promptly and flew directly east along Richmond and then south (to 18 King Street no doubt). At 2:15, Wind was still on 130 Adelaide. At 2:30, no bird was on 130 but an adult arrived on the ledge and started vocalizing. At 3:00, Wind was on NW 130 Adelaide. At 3:45, an adult was on NW 130 Adelaide and a second was on the nest ledge. At 4:20 I spotted an adult flying lazily by the south side of the hotel then to the ledge, then to the scrape then to the ledge and then off again to the south east. I presume it was Windwhistler. At 4:40, Windwhistler was on the ledge and Wind was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. They were still in the same places at 5:00.

Friday March 24, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 9:35 when I spotted Wind on the SW corner of the Simpson Tower. As I watched she flew to the nest ledge then to the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. Checking at 9:50 and 10:15 she was still there. No further sightings until 12:10 when I found one adult behind the nest box and one adult on the east side of the ledge. The bird behind the box settled in the nest box just out of view and when I looked across the ledge, the second had gone. At 12:15 an adult was on the western edge of the ledge. Next sighting was at 2:45 when I spotted Wind on the nest ledge. At 3:20, an adult was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and a second was on the NE corner. At 4:35 an adult was on the ledge and at 4:45 an adult was on the SW corner of the Sheraton roof and an adult was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. It appeared to be Windwhistler on the Sheraton and Wind on 130. At 5:05, Wind was still on 130 Adelaide and Windwhistler had moved to the nest ledge. At 5:10, Windwhistler had gone and Wind remained on 130. Checking at 5:25 no birds were visible.

Thursday March 23, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 9:20 when Wind was on the standpipe. She was still there at 9:40 but this was my last sighting until 3:10 at which time I spotted an adult on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. At 3:30 one bird was still on NW 130 Adelaide and a second was on the nest ledge. At 4:05 an adult was on the NW corner of 390 Bay. At 4:20 I spotted an adult flying off the nest ledge. It flew to the Hilton and landed on the NW corner of the roof, where it remained until 5:10. At 5, I had a second adult on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 5:10 the bird at the Hilton took off for the nest ledge and the bird on 130 followed. One went to the scrape and the other took off promptly. Seconds later the one in the scrape took off and went to the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. It appeared to be Wind. At 5:25 she was still in the same location.

Wednesday March 22, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:55 Wind was on the standpipe. Next sighting was at 10:30 when I spotted an adult on the south side of 390 Bay. At noon an adult was on the standpipe and was still there at 12:50 and at 1:15. At 2:10 an adult was on the SW corner of 390 Bay. Next sighting was at 5:30 when an adult was on the east side of the ledge. This was the last sighting of the day.

Tuesday March 21, 2006
Robert Lapier reports:
At 11:35 am today I saw two adults at the Sheraton nest site.

Jan Chudy reports: At 8:20 I spotted an adult on the SW corner of 390 Bay. Checking around at 9:15, no birds were visible but at 10:15 I again had an adult on the SW corner of 390 Bay. At 10:35 I had that bird still in place plus one on the nest ledge. At 10:45, no birds were visible. At 11:15 I spotted an adult on the SW corner of the Simpson tower. At 11:55 an adult was on the nest ledge and was still there at 1:35. At 2 an adult was on the standpipe. At 2:10 I spotted an adult on the window washing tracks on the SW corner of the Simpson tower. At 2:25 it was still there and an adult was on the nest ledge. At 2:40 an adult was on the nest ledge and as I watched it took off and went to the up-turn of the last "e" in "Centre". At 4:10 it was still there and a second bird was on the South side of 390 Bay. At 4:20 both birds had gone. At 4:45 I spotted a bird flying around slowly then I lost sight of it but then found one on the "e" again. Cannot tell if it was the same bird. No further sightings for the day.

Monday March 20, 2006
Robert Lapier reports:
Here at 130 Adelaide W. looking north. I just saw two adults at the Sheraton nest. One was Wind.

Jan Chudy reports: First sighting was at 9:30 when I spotted an adulty flying off the hotel lettering, making a few slow circuits in front of the hotel and then finally landing on the upturn of the "S" in Sheraton. At 10:45 an adult was on the nest ledge. Checking at 11:15, I spotted an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 11:55 an adult was on the ledge and as I watched in took off slowly down York Street then headed south west over University Avenue. Next sighting was at 3:20 when I spotted and adult on the up-turn of the last "e" in Centre. I also noticed a kill on the crossbar of the "e". At 4:10 an adult was standing on the east side of the ledge. Checking in at 4:30 an adult was on the SW corner of 390 Bay and an adult was on the up-turn of the "e" - despite the fact that the signage was now illuminated!! That was the last sighting of the day since I checked in at 5:05 and no-one was visible.

Friday March 17, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 1:45 when I spotted an adult on the ledge. Next sighting was at 2:45 when an adult was again on the ledge. No further sighting until 4 p.m at which time I spotted an adult on the ledge which took off and soared around then landed on the SW corner of 390 Bay then took another flight around and again landed on the SW corner of 390 Bay at which time I found a second adult on the south side of 390 Bay about 5 feet from the bird at the corner. The bird at the corner took off and landed on the last "e" of Centre on the hotel signage. At 4:25 both birds were in the same place - even though the hotel signage was now illuminated. At 4:40 the one bird was still on the "e" and a second bird was on the nest ledge. At 4:50 an adult was on the ledge and a second was on the SW corner of 390 Bay. Checking at 4:55 only the bird on 390 Bay was in sight. At 4:55 the bird was still on 390 Bay but checking after that until 5:25 it had gone.

Thursday March 16, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 9:35 when I spotted an adult on the SW corner of the Simpson Tower. At 10:55 an adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof and was joined briefly by a second adult who then went to the ledge. At 11:10, no birds were in view. At 11:35 an adult was on the nest ledge and a second was on the SW corner of 390 Bay. No further sightings until 12:25 when I spotted an adult on the ledge. As I watched, a second adult arrived then the first bird took off and the second bird went behind the nest box, then to the scrape. Lots of fussing and rearranging of the scrape. At 12:35 this bird moved to the nest box. Checking at 12:55, an adult was on the ledge. At 1:01 an adult was in the scrape and one was on the east side of the ledge. Then the one on the scrape went behind the nest box, then back to the scrape then to the edge of the ledge. The second bird had vanished. At 1:25 an adult was on the edge of the ledge and a second was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 1:35, the one on the Sheraton roof was still there and a second bird was on the SE corner of 390 Bay scanning the skies and vocalizing. Checking again at 2:25, no birds were in view. At 3:15 an adult was on the ledge. No further sighting until 4:45 when I spotted an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof and an adult on the SW corner of 390 Bay. At 4:55 both birds were in their same positions, and again when I checked at 5:10 they were in the same places.

Monday March 13, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Only sighting for the day was at 2:05 when an adult was on the standpipe on the ledge.

Friday March 10, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Only sighting of the day was at 10:50 when I spotted an adult on the ledge who then took off soaring across University Avenue (in very blustery winds). I lost it over Richmond and Simcoe.

Thursday March 9, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting of the day was at 5:25 p.m.!! An adult was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. It was still there at 5:40 but by 5:45 had gone.

Friday March 10, 2006

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Wednesday March 8, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:50 I spotted an adult on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide - I believe it was Wind. At 9:15 there were some mechanics on the roof of 130 Adelaide and Wind was nowhere in sight. Window washers were also on the roof of 390 Bay. The only other sighting for the day was when I spotted an adult on the edge of the ledge. Could not clearly identify it.

Tuesday March 7, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 11:20 when I spotted an adult on the SW corner of 390 Bay - much vocalizing and much scanning of the skies. I believe it was Wind. Checking at 11:30 and 12:00 she was in the same spot and still scanning the skies. At 1 p.m. two adults were on the Sheraton ledge and as I watched one took off. Checking the ledge at 1:20, the other adult had gone. No further sightings until 3:20 when I had one adult on the ledge and one adult swooping around the south side of the hotel before going to the SE corner of the Sheraton room. The bird on the ledge moved to the far east corner of the ledge and started vocalizing. I thought it was Wind and believe this to be verified when at 3:35 she took off South West and the bird on the roof took off and flew east across Yonge - making me believe this was Windwhistler. At 3:50, Wind was back on the ledge. Checking again at 4:20 one adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof and the second was on the SW corner of 390 Bay.

Monday March 6, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sighting until 1:40 when I spotted an adult on the ledge. Cannot be positive, but it looked like Windwhistler. At 2:40 the bird was still on the ledge. No other sighting until 5:15 when I spotted an adult on the SW corner of the Simpson Tower.

Friday March 3, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sighting until 11:30 when I spotted an adult on the ledge and as I watched is moved to the scrape. A second adult arrived and moved promptly to the far east corner of the ledge out of sight. It may have brought a kill since the first bird left the scrape and followed it in to the corner. At 11:40 one adult was visible on the east side of the ledge and was still there at 11:55. Next sighting was at 1:35 when I spotted an adult on the ledge. Checking several times between then and 4:55, the adult was always on view on the ledge.

This was taken out the Reception window of the law firm of Miller Thomson on the 58th floor of Scotia Plaza. It was taken on March 3. Their reception faces west and south west. It sure looks like Wind to me.

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Thursday March 2, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 11:50 when I spotted an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 12:20, no birds were visible. No further sightings until 4:30 when I had two adults on the ledge. Checking again at 4:35, only one adult was in sight with a fresh kill. At 4:50, no birds were in sight and there were no signs of the kill.

Wednesday March 1, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 11:55 when I spotted one adult on the ledge. Checking at 12:05, one adult was standing on the nest box and a second was on the edge of the ledge. At 12:15, one adult was on the standpipe and one was on the edge of the ledge. At 1 p.m. only one adult was visible on the ledge. Next sighting at 2:45 an adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. It was still there are 3:15, but checking at 3:45, it had gone. At 4:30, one adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof and a second adult was on the nest ledge. At 4:35, the only bird in sight was on the SE corner of the Sheaton roof. No further sightings for the day.

Friday February 24, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 11:30 when I spotted an adult on the ledge. It was still there at 11:45. At noon, it had moved to the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. Next sighting was at 3:30 when I spotted an adult on the west side of the roof of 390 Bay Street. It was still there at 3:50. Checking at 4 p.m. no birds were in sight but at 4:15 I spotted an adult on the NE corner of the Sheraton roof. It was still there at 4:30 but that was my last sighting for the day.

Thursday February 23, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 7:15 Wind was on the edge of the ledge and at 7:20 she flew to the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. Checking at 9:15 I spotted an adult on the edge of the ledge. At 9:30 I had one adult in the scrape and a second on the SE corner of the ledge. At 9:35 both adults moved to the easternmost corner of the ledge out of view. At 9:40 one adult was on view on the east edge of the ledge. At 9:50 one adult was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and one adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 10:00 both adults were still in the same places but on checking at 10:15, both birds had gone. At 10:55 I spotted an adult on the NW corner of the Simpson Tower. As I looked at 11, the bird flew off the Simpson Tower and went to the nest ledge then flew off low to the east and then south (around Victoria Street). I therefore guess this bird was Windwhistler. At 11:40 I had an adult back on the nest ledge and this was my last sighting until 5 p.m. when I had an adult standing on the nest box. This was my last sighting of the day.

Wednesday February 22, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 10:30 two adults were on the nest ledge - one in the scrape and one standing at the edge. As I watched the one on the edge flew off low to the south east so I believe it was Windwhistler. The one on the scrape then moved to the edge of the ledge, where I found it still when checking at 11 a.m. No further sighting until 12:25 when I found Wind on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 1:25 I spotted a bird flying to the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and it was joined for a few moments by a second bird and there was much flapping!! At 1:45, one bird was still on the NE corner. No more sightings until 3:30 when a colleague reported an adult soaring around Scotia Plaza with much flappping. At 5:00 p.m. Wind is back sitting on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 5:10 she is still there.

Monday February 20, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 10:20 I spotted an adult on the east side of the Sheraton roof. It was still there at 10:35. No further sightings for the day.

Friday February 17, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Between 11:40 and noon an adult was on the nest ledge in various locations. No further sightings for the day.

Wednesday February 15, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 12:30 I spotted an adult on the ledge. As I spotted it, it took off and flew around. No further sightings until 2:45 when I found an adult on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. I t was still there at 3 p.m. but I had no sightings after then.

Thursay February 9, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 10:45 an adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof and a second adult was flying lazy circles just south of the hotel. At 11:20 I spotted both adults on the nest ledge - one on the edge and one in the scrape. At 11:45 they were still in the same locations but this was my last sighting of the day.

Tuesday February 7, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
Only sighting was at 4:05 when an adult was on the SE corner of the Sheaton roof.

Friday February 3, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 10:25 I spotted an adult standing on the nest box. At 11:30, an adult was on the edge of the ledge. Checking the ledge at 12:10 an adult was flapping vigorously and may have had a kill. At the same time, a second adult was on the NW corner of 390 Bay. The bird on the ledge took off, followed shortly thereafter by the adult from 390 Bay. I did not see any traces of a kill on the nest ledge. No further sightings until 3:55 when an adult was on the east side of the Sheraton roof. At 4:05 it had gone, but at 4:15 it was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. No further sightings for the day.

Thursday February 2, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
The first sighting of the day was at 10:05 when I spotted an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 11:05 it was still there. As I checked at 11:45 it had gone, but I noticed a flock of pigeons scattering on the east side of Nathan Philips Square. When I got the binoculars focused I discovered they were being chased by two adults who crossed the square and flew up to the nest ledge and proceeded to inspect the scrape - there did not appear to be a kill. One then flew off across the new opera building and landed on the NW corner of the Hilton hotel. The second sat down in the scrape. As I checked at 11:55 one adult was still on the Hilton roof and the other was on the edge of the nest ledge. At 12:15, the one was still on the Hilton and one was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. Checking again at 12:30, the one on the Hilton had disappeared but the one on 130 Adelaide was still in place. At 12:35, the one was still on 130 Adelaide but I had a second on the NW corner of 390 Bay. Checking again at 1:15, they were both still in the same positions. At 1:25, the one at 130 Adelaide had gone but the one on 390 Bay was still in place. No further sightings for the balance of the day.

Wednesday February 1, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:40 an adult was on the edge of the nest ledge and at 9:15 it had moved to the nest box. These were my only sightings for the day.

Tuesday January 31, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 10 a.m. when I found an adult on the nest ledge. Checking at 10:35, no birds in view. In the early afternoon my colleague reported seeing two falcons playing talon tag around Scotia Plaza at 12:30. At 3:45, I had an adult back on the east side of the Sheraton roof. It was still there at 4:15 but had gone by 4:20 and I had no more sightings for the day.

Monday January 30, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:35 An adult was standing at the back of the nest box. I assume it was Wind but could not see clearly. Checking at 9, she had gone. No more sightings until 2:55 when I just happened to spot an adult flying low along Adelaide from west to east. At 4:15 an adult was on the edge of the nest ledge - could not clearly identify it.

Thursday January 26, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 2 p.m when I spotted an adult on the edge of the ledge preening. At 2:15, it was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof and at 2:45 had moved to the standpipe on the ledge. Checking at 3 p.m., it had gone and I had no more sightings for the day.

Wednesday January 25, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:35 a.m. an adult was on the standpipe and it was still there at 10. Checking at 11:45, an adult was on the edge of the ledge. At 12:30 an adult was in the scrape. No more sightings for the day.

Monday January 23, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sighting until 9:55 when I spotted an adult on the ledge. At 10:20 the adult had gone from the ledge but on scanning the usual locations I found an adult on the NE corner of 120 Adelaide with a new kill. The kill was nicely laid out on its back with its wings spread wide and was being opened with surgical precision! At 10:30, the feast was continuing and I had a second bird on the SW corner of 390 Bay. I had thought the bird with the kill was Wind but as I watched it took off low straight east along Adelaide and I lost it over Yonge so I am guessing it was Windwhistler. The bird (Wind?) on 390 remained there until at least 11. I was unable to check again until 12:45 at which time it had gone. Doing a scan at 3:45, I discovered that the remains of the kill had vanished from 120 Adelaide. No other sightings for the day.

William Heathcote reports: (of the photos he sent us) Metro Hall is at 55 John St, King and John, and the 27th is the top floor. These pictures are facing northeast . The south side of the Sheraton Centre is just to the left(...). Two weeks earlier I saw one fly by. I also saw one last summer eating a pigeon in a park at College and Shaw. I'm always looking now. We were lucky he stopped for so long to enable us to find a camera. He wasn't spooked at all by the dozen people who came to look.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the Photo Gallery.

Friday January 20, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sighting until 4:25 p.m. at which time I found an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. I believe it is Wind since the malar stripes are not very pronounced and since the bird has its back to me and I do not see Windwhistler's distinctive white dot on the back of the neck. She has remained there until I write this at 5:05 p.m. I am very happy to see her before I leave for the weekend since sightings have been minimal this week. It is interesting to note how light it is at this time - I can clearly see the nest ledge when only 10 days ago I could not see anything at this time of the evening.

Monday January 16, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 4:15 when I spotted an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. Checking again at 4:30 it had moved to the SW corner of the Simpson Tower. Just as I spotted it, it leaned over and without even opening its wings it plumetted downwards - must have seen a flying meal - it moved so quickly I promptly lost sight of it. Based on the prominent malar stripes, I guessed it to be Spike. Somewhat confirmed by the fact that a scan of the usual dining spots a few minutes later turned up no sightings. My guess is it was Spike and he went off to King Street.

Friday January 6, 2006
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 1:15 p.m. when I found two adults on the Sheraton ledge. One facing in at the west side of the ledge, which did not have white spot on back of head and so I guessed to be Wind, and one facing out, in front of the standpipe, which I therefore guessed to be Windwhistler. At 1:25, "Wind" went and stood on the nest box and then at 1:28 she took off and flew counter-clockwise around 390 Bay and then returned to land on the top of the "t" in "centre". All the while, Windwhistler remained on the standpipe. Checking in again at 1:50, Wind was still on the "t" and Windwhistler had gone. At 2:25 as I checked, Wind flew off the "t", flew across Nathan Phillips Square to the SW corner of the Simpson Tower, facing in to the western sun and standing on the window washing tracks. No other sightings for the balance of the day.

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