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November - December 2000

Sunday December 31, 2000
Harry Crawford reports: 
7:45am found Mandy on the top of the 'B' of the south facing Bay logo.  At 8:35 she moved to the bottom of the south CIBC logo and then disappeared from view at 9:20am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony between 8:05 and 9:20am.  He was seen on the south Bay logo between 10:30am and 1:35pm.  Mandy spent 15 minutes on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony at 10:10am.  She was on the bottom of the south CIBC logo between 11:30am and 1:25pm when she moved to the south CIBC ledge for 10 minutes.

Mandy was seen feeding on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony at 2:00pm.  She finished with the pigeon at 2:35pm, still leaving some.  Her crop was quite full.  Then she started to hop around and play in the snow.  At one point she cleaned her face in it!  Windwhistler-Spike came by at 2:40pm and they both flew off to the north, quite low.

Saturday December 30, 2000
Harry Crawford reports: 
7:35 found Mandy on the top of the south CIBC logo.  She was gone shortly after.  Between 8:00am and 12:00pm Windwhistler-Spike was on the south facing Bay logo.

At 1:55pm Mandy was feeding on a pigeon on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony.  Windwhistler-Spike flew to the balcony to watch at 2:05.  Here, the fun begins.  At 2:05pm he moved to the roof area just above Mandy, still watching her.  Five minutes later he swooped down and grabbed the remaining carcass from under her and landed further west on the balcony.  As if this wasn't enough, he wanted her spot since the rest of the balcony was covered in deep snow.  Her spot was clear.  He then made five attempts to drive Mandy from her position, all the time grasping the prey in his talons.  He was not successful.  He went back to his snow covered ledge, waited a minute and then made one final attempt.  Mandy relented and moved to the south west corner.  Windwhistler-Spike finished off the prey.  By 3:05pm the two peregrines, with very full crops, were resting on the south balcony of 55 Bloor West.  They were both gone by 4:10pm, with Windwhistler-Spike making a brief visit to the south east corner of 66 Bloor West at 3:35pm.

Friday December 29, 2000
Harry Crawford reports: 
The local female was in various locations of the Bay and CIBC buildings between 7:20 and 9:40am.  Windwhistler-Spike started off on the south Bay logo between 7:30 and 8:50am.  He was feeding on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony between 9:25 and 9:40am.  Between 3:30 and 3:55 the local female (Mandy) was on the top of the east CIBC antenna.  I will be referring to her as Mandy from now on until a more accurate identification can be made. Windwhistler-Spike was on the top of the south CIBC logo between 4:00 and 4:40pm.

Thursday December 28, 2000
Harry Crawford reports: 
The local female was on the top of the south CIBC logo between 7:25 and 7:45am.  Windwhistler-Spike was squished down on the top of the 'a' of the south Bay logo between 7:40 and 7:55am.  Sightings were nearly continuous until 4:55pm with most of the locations being on the Bay and CIBC buildings.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony at 10:55am.

Wednesday December 27, 2000
Harry Crawford reports: 
The local female was seen on the south east corner of the CIBC building between 2:55 and 3:15pm.

Tuesday December 26, 2000
Harry Crawford reports: 
Windwhistler-Spike occupied the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony between 8:45 and 9:00am.  The local female was seen briefly on the south east corner of the CIBC building at 3:25pm.

Monday December 25, 2000
Harry Crawford reports: 
Both falcons were visible at dawn.  The local female was on the top of the 'h' of the south facing Bay logo between 7:20 and 8:30am. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building during the same time.  He reappeared in various CIBC locations between 9:20 and 11:40am when he moved to the top of the 'h' of the Bay.  Ten minutes later he moved to the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony where he stayed until 1:20pm.  The local female was on the top of the 'B' of the south facing Bay logo between 9:20 and 11:40am.  She was also seen briefly on the south east corner of the Bay roof at 3:35pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony between 3:35 and 4:25pm.  Interestingly, the band on his left leg could be seen flashing in the sun.  Unfortunately it was too far away to be read or to have the colour identified.

Sunday December 24, 2000
Harry Crawford reports: 
Between 8:30 and 10:10am Windwhistler-Spike occupied the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony.  He was also seen feeding during part of this time.  The local female was seen briefly on the top of the south CIBC logo between 3:00 and 3:20pm.

Saturday December 23, 2000
Harry Crawford reports: 
Both falcons were seen, continuously from dawn, 7:20am until just before 11:00am.  They took up positions, mainly on the CIBC and south 55 Bloor West balcony.

Friday December 22, 2000
Sharon Jocelyn reports: 
Yesterday, at around 5:00, I was driving up the Bayview extension, and saw a fairly large peregrine land on one of the trees - north of Rosedale Valley Road.  It was definitely a peregrine, and a big one, as I almost sideswiped a car trying to make sure.

Harry Crawford reports:  The local female was on the top of the 'B' of the south facing Bay logo at 7:55am, moved to the bottom of the south CIBC logo at 8:10 and disappeared from view at 8:25am.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen on the south east corner of the CIBC building at 7:55am, moved to the south west corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony at 8:10, moved to the bottom of the 'y' of the south facing Bay logo at 8:40am and disappeared from view 10 minutes later.  The local female was on the middle of the 'B' of the south facing Bay logo at 10:10am when I had to leave the area.

Windwhistler-Spike was on the bottom of the 'B' between 12:50 and 1:10pm and again between 3:15 and 3:30pm.  The local female was on the top of the 'a' between 2:20 and 2:55pm.  She was also seen on the south east corner of the CIBC building between 3:45 and 4:20pm.

Thursday December 21, 2000
Harry Crawford reports: 
The local female was seen on the bottom of the west CIBC logo between 10:25 and 11:10am when she was disturbed by the swing stage moving in above her.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  I was out for a walk in the Yorkville area over lunch when I noticed the tell tail outline of a peregrine on the south west corner of 80 Bloor West.  It looked like a peregrine feeding on the roof.  I moved to a better view and saw a peregrine take off to the west.  It was then that I noticed there was a second peregrine on the corner of the building, which also took off to the west.  I was able to point out the second peregrine to a person nearby.  I've seen them sitting on the antenna of the Bay and CIBC buildings that I almost forgot how beautiful they look in flight.  Much to my surprise one of the peregrines was sitting on the Mowat Block at Queen's Park when I returned from lunch.  It didn't stay for long and the air-space was taken up by the local red tailed hawk.  This hawk has been visiting the Whitney Block tower on a regular basis and has used the statues on the top level as its dining area.

At 4 pm the local red tailed hawk was still on the Whitney Block tower. It took a brief flight over the Queen's Park complex and landed again on the Whitney tower.  Almost as soon as it landed a peregrine swooped by it at very close range.  The peregrine kept this up for a couple of minutes.  It was sweeping back and forth in a shallow arc trying to strike the hawk.  It would come to a stand still and then turn and pick up incredible speed as it passed near the hawk.  The hawk was well protected on the tower, but would lift a wing as the peregrine came by. One of them was vocalizing, but I could not tell which.  After a few passes I felt sorry for the hawk, having been swooped at by Victoria myself (when Adelaide was released), I know it's not a lot of fun.  After a while the peregrine came to rest on the Mowat Block antenna.  At that point I realized that the peregrine was just waiting for the hawk to take off before it moved in again. Sure enough as soon as the hawk took off to the west, the peregrine took off like a bullet it in hot pursuit.  I walked around the building to see if they were over the Legislature, but they had moved away from the area.  The peregrine was a fair size in comparison to the hawk. Peregrine and hawks just don't mix.  Let's hope the hawk is ok.

Wednesday December 20, 2000
Sharon Jocelyn reports: 
Saw both Windwhistler and the female up on the northwest corner of the Bay feeding off something - feathers were flying all over - the female had obviously caught it but he was standing about ˝ a foot away just to ensure he would get some pieces, and she did not bother with him.

Also saw her the say before on the antenna, until she dove off and hit a pure white pigeon in flight practically outside my window.  I know it's the food chain but it was still a little disconcerting to see - and I had never seen a pure white pigeon before.  Anyway we've seen them quite a bit on the east facing letters of The Bay.  I think it must be warmer in there.

Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike started out on the top of the 'B' of the south facing Bay logo at 7:20, moved to the south side of the CIBC building at 7:40 and disappeared at 7:45am.  He was back, this time on the bottom of the 'B' at 9:50, moved to the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony at 10:55 and disappeared at 11:30am.  At 9:50am the local female was on the top of the 'y' of the south facing Bay logo, joining Windwhistler-Spike for a short while.  She flew off at 10:10am.  Both peregrines spent 15 minutes on the south Bay logo at 11:30am.

At 3:00pm Windwhistler-Spike was again on the south east corner of 55 Bloor West.  He moved to the south side of the CIBC building at 3:50 and was seen feeding.  He moved to the south west corner of the Bay roof at 4:15 and disappeared at 4:45pm.  The local female spent between 3:50 and 4:45 on the south side of the CIBC building. Later, at 4:58pm, Windwhistler-Spike flew into one of the south CIBC concrete slots.

Tuesday December 19, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Between 1:35 and 2:25pm Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the north west corner of the CIBC building.  The local female joined him briefly at 1:55pm but did not share the meal.  They were standing about one bird width apart.

Monday December 18, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Windwhistler-Spike was on the bottom of the 'B' of the south facing Bay logo at 12:25pm.  The local female was spotted on the top of the south facing CIBC logo between 3:00 and 3:40pm.

Sunday December 17, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
The rest of the pigeon carcass that was left over from Wednesday was consumed sometime between dusk yesterday and when the fog lifted this morning.  At 8:55am the local female flew from the roof area of 55 Bloor West south down Bay Street and returned to the roof area of 55 Bloor West.  At 9:05 she flew from this area to the south east corner of 66 Bloor West, totally soaked, probably having bathed in a roof pool.  She spent the time drying out and preening, moved to the north east corner of the same building at 9:15 and disappeared from view at 9:45am.  At 3:25 Windwhistler-Spike was spotted briefly on the top of the west CIBC logo.  He then circled and hovered above the CIBC building for a few minutes before heading south towards 44 Charles West.

Saturday December 16, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
At 7:15 the local female was on the top of the west CIBC logo, moved to the bottom of it at 8:10 and disappearing from view at 8:35am. Windwhistler-Spike was on the top of the same logo between 8:10 and 9:05am.  The local female was on the west side of the CIBC building at 11:50am, moved to the top of the west logo at 12:45 and finally disappeared from view at 1:45pm.

Friday December 15, 2000
Alan Kirschbaum reports: 
I think I had the local female (seemed big) on the antenna of the Mowat block for about 10 min (10:45ish) The Mowat block is part of the Queen's Park complex and is 20 odd stories high.  It was for the most part looking south.  For most of the afternoon a peregrine was on the antenna of the buildings in the Yonge and Bloor area (Bay, CIBC and Manulife).  Only one peregrine was visible during that period.

Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the south east corner of the CIBC building at 8:10am.  The local female was on the top of the east CIBC antenna between 11:20am and 12:20pm.

Thursday December 14, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
At 6:35am in the predawn light, the local female was seen on the top of the west CIBC logo.  She left at 8:20am.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen on the top of the same logo at 7:45am.  He moved to the west ledge at 9:05am and disappeared shortly later.  Window washers were working the south face of the building from 8:00am until late in the afternoon.  There were also workers on the north face of the Bay building throughout the day.

Wednesday December 13, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the west side of the CIBC building at 7:15am.  He was on the top of the 'h' of the south Bay logo at 9:15, moved back to the west side of the CIBC building at 9:50 and disappeared from view at 10:10am.  The local female was briefly on the north east corner of 77 Bloor West at 9:50.  She was seen feeding on the south west corner of the same building at 11:30am.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen with an incredibly full crop on the south east corner of 55 Bloor West at 1:15pm.  He disappeared from view at 1:55pm.  Interestingly, another light chocolate brown pigeon carcass was left on the south balcony ledge of 55 Bloor West. Surely, these pigeons don't taste any different than the regular ones!

Tuesday December 12, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Windwhistler-Spike made a brief visit to the south east corner of the balcony of 55 Bloor West at 11:20am.  He was then seen on the top of the south CIBC logo between 12:35 and 12:50pm.  The local female was on the south side of the CIBC building, just under the logo at 12:35pm.  She moved to the foot of the logo at 12:50 when Windwhistler-Spike flew off, and remained there until 1:55pm. Windwhistler-Spike returned to the south side of the CIBC building, under the logo at 1:15 and remained there until 1:55pm.

At 2:10pm both peregrines spent a brief time on the 'B' of the south facing Bay logo.  Shortly after, the local female moved to the top of the south CIBC logo and remained there until 2:55pm.  She was joined by Windwhistler-Spike at 2:45 in the same location.  He took off rather quickly towards the south east at 3:08pm.  The falcons looked absolutely magnificent in the bright afternoon sunshine with the snowy background!

Monday December 11, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
At 7:25am Windwhistler-Spike was on the west side of the CIBC building.  He occupied various locations on the same building until 9:00am.  The local female appeared on the south facing CIBC logo at 7:35am, disappearing at 8:15.  She made a brief appearance on the same logo at 8:40am.  At 10:45am an unidentified peregrine was circling just north of 44 Charles West.  Both peregrines were on the centre (same) segment of the west side of the CIBC building at 11:10am.  Windwhistler-Spike left at 1:45pm while the local female remained throughout the start of the snow storm up until 2:45pm. She then moved into a west slot and could still be seen there until 3:45pm.  Snow and steam made further observations impossible

Sunday December 10, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Both peregrines were on the top of the west facing CIBC logo at dawn (7:25am).  Windwhistler-Spike moved off at 7:50am while the local female remained there until 8:00am.  At 8:05 Windwhistler-Spike was in various locations on the west side of the CIBC building until 9:30am.  The local female made a brief visit to the south east corner of the same building at 12:50pm.

Saturday December 9, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building between 8:45 and 9:30am.  An unidentified peregrine flew in from the west, circled 66 Bloor West and then headed to the north side of the Radisson at 12:30pm.  It was then joined by the other peregrine. The local female landed on the south east corner of the CIBC building briefly and then the foot of the west logo where she remained until 12:40pm.  Windwhistler-Spike moved into a south slot and stayed there until 1:15pm.

Thursday December 7, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
At dawn, both peregrines were on the south facing Bay logo.  Between 7:10 and 8:30am they alternated between this location and the south Radisson sign.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding at 8:15am on the top of the second 'r'.  At 8:30am the fun began!  The local female caught a pigeon, one of the light chocolate coloured ones and took it to the south east corner of 55 Bloor West (Mbanx) to prepare and eat it.  It was quite a site as steam was swirling around her all the time.  Windwhistler-Spike detoured to the south mid ledge of the CIBC building until he joined the female, just under her on the south east balcony corner at 9:55am.  A short while later he jumped up next to her while she was feeding.  She stared at him for about a minute, grabbed the carcass, and moved a few yards north along the ledge.  Windwhistler-Spike moved back down to the balcony.  At 10:45 the female left a good portion of the carcass and moved down to central position on the balcony, Windwhistler-Spike retrieved the carcass, took it to his balcony position and fed for a while. At 11:15 for 15 minutes, he moved over next to the female.  They were about 3 bird widths away from each other.  The female took off southward at 11:58am, turned west before reaching 44 Charles West, and disappeared from view.  Windwhistler-Spike went and finished off the pigeon and disappeared around 12:30pm.

Yesterday, Wednesday, the local female was seen on the south east corner of the Bay roof between 3:05 and 3:45pm.

Tuesday December 5, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Both peregrines were on the south facing Bay logo at 1:35pm.  The local female was on the top of the 'y' while Windwhistler-Spike was on the lower part of the 'B'.  The female left at 1:55 and Windwhistler-Spike moved to the bottom of the 'y', remaining there
until 2:50pm.  The local female was on the bottom of the south Marriott 'M' between 2:30 and 2:50pm and the top of the Marriott symbol briefly at 3:55pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was in a south CIBC slot at 4:35pm and was out of view 10 minutes later.

Monday December 4, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
The local female was seen soaring around the east side of the CIBC building at 7:50am.  A few minutes later she landed on the north west corner of the roof but didn't stay long.  At 11:40 she was seen flying south of the CIBC building towards Charles West.  Also at this time Windwhistler-Spike spent a few minutes on the north west corner of the CIBC building.  The local female took up the same spot for a brief time at 1:30pm.  The winds were from the west and very strong today which probably resulted in the lack of sightings.

Sunday December 3, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
At dawn (7:05am) Windwhistler-Spike was in a south CIBC slot and the local female was on the south east corner of the Bay roof.  Both were gone by 7:20am.  She reappeared on the south east corner of the CIBC building at 7:50, remaining there until 8:10am. Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the mid south west corner of the CIBC building at 8:20am.  An unidentified peregrine was soaring high above the area north of Sherborne and Bloor East at 4:10pm.

Margaret Omnet reports:  Just a footnote to Harry Crawford's report, I saw a peregrine land on the antenna on top of an apartment building just north/east of Wellesley and Yonge at 4.13 pm. It stayed there for about 5 minutes so I had quite a nice look at it through my binoculars. It was a large, mature falcon. When it took off , it flew straight down I think after pigeons and  I lost sight of it but it did fly north so maybe it was one of the Bloor/Yonge falcons. It was a lovely sight.

Saturday December 2, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Between dawn (7:00am) and 8:45am both peregrines were seen in the area.  They took up the usual positions on the CIBC and Bay buildings.  What was particularly unusual was that they spent nearly an hour on the top of the south Bay 'h' -- the local female on the top and Windwhistler-Spike on the top of the hump of the 'h'. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south of the south CIBC logo at 1:35pm, remaining there until 2:45pm.  Then feathers started falling from the area of the north east corner of 55 Bloor West. Windwhistler-Spike appeared on the south east corner of that building at 3:00pm -- having just finished his meal, and remained there until 3:35pm.  This is the first time in quite a while that I've seen a peregrine in this location.  It used to be a favourite of Windwhistler-Spike.

Friday December 1, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Both peregrines spent the day, from dawn to dusk, in the area.  They took up various positions on the CIBC and Bay buildings as usual. The local female made a brief trip to the south west corner of 66 Bloor West at 8:05am and Windwhistler-Spike ventured over to the south Marriott logo at 8:20am.

Thursday November 30, 2000
Bruce Massey reports: 
On Monday the male was on the Yonge-Eglinton Centre from 7:45 am to 3:55 pm.  Yesterday he was present between 8:45 am and 4:45 pm.  At 3:50 pm there were two red-tailed hawks over Keewatin and Redpath; the peregrine flew over from Eglinton and Yonge to play tag with them - he soared and chased after them, and they even chased him a few times for about 15 minutes in total.  About 10 minutes later I found the male back on the east face of the Yonge Eglinton Centre.  Today he was there again from 10:25 to 3:50.

Harry Crawford reports:  Again today, both peregrines were visible at dawn (7:10am). Windwhistler-Spike was on the top of the south facing CIBC logo and was quickly chased off by the local female who took over the spot. Windwhistler-Spike moved to the top of the south facing Bay 'h', remained there until 7:40, and then flew back to the recently vacated top of the south CIBC logo for 5 minutes.  The local female disappeared towards the north of the CIBC building at 7:25.  She was on the top of the west facing CIBC logo at 7:40 for five minutes. Both peregrines were soaring high above Yonge and Bloor at 7:50am. Windwhistler-Spike eventually moved west above Bloor to the Avenue Road area while the local female remained around a bit longer before disappearing from view.  At times she hung motionless in the sky. Windwhistler-Spike returned and sat on the top of the south Bay 'h' for 10 minutes at 9:20am.

Both peregrines were visible in the area between noon and dusk taking up various positions on the CIBC and Bay buildings.  The local female finally moved into a south facing CIBC slot, just behind the foot of the logo.  Windwhistler-Spike was in a south slot further west along the same ledge at 4:30pm.

Wednesday November 29, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Both peregrines were visible at dawn (7:05am).  The local female was on the south east corner of the Bay roof, remained there until 7:35 and briefly returned at 8:00am.  She took up residence on top of the east CIBC antenna between 11:10am and 11:35am and again between 12:15pm and 1:15pm.  At 4:00pm she spent another 15 minutes on the south east corner of the Bay roof.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the top of the south CIBC logo between 7:05 and 7:15am.

Sharon Jocelyn reports:  They are both on the antennae of the Bay as I write -12:00pm.  You can sure see the size difference when they are together.  I'd be feeling a little threatened if I was the male as the female is bending over watching him.  The male that I just saw does not look like Windwhistler - this one was very white on the breast feathers - in fact pure white - two others who came in to look at him said the same thing.  Windwhistler had a lot more grey on his chest.

Marcel Gahbauer comments:  Lighting can play a big role in how white or grey the breast feathers look.  However, it is possible that this is a male other than Windwhistler - it has been roughly nine months since the leg bands were read on Windwhistler, and ever since we have assumed that the male in the area has always been him.  But there has been turnover in this territory before, so it could be that the male now present is in fact a "new" one.  I encourage everyone to try to look for coloured leg bands on either of the peregrines, should they come close enough for those to be seen.

Tuesday November 28, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
The local female was spotted on the south east corner of the Bay roof from 7:10am (dawn) to 7:25am.  At 9:45am she was on the south east corner of 66 Bloor West and was still there when I left the area at 10:00am.  She spent between 12:05 and 12:50pm on the cross piece of the last 't' of the south facing Marriott sign.  At 3:45pm she was in one of her favourite locations, the top of the east CIBC antenna and was gone from view at 4:20pm.  Windwhistler-Spike made an appearance at 3:45pm, circling just south of the CIBC building.
He moved into a south facing slot (different one from before) and completely disappeared from view.

Monday November 27, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
At 7:20am the local female made a brief appearance on the south east corner of the Bay roof.  At 8:20 she made a couple of passes in front of the north side of 44 Charles West at the 23rd floor level. She just seemed to glide by, almost weightless, just two feet away from the building.  Her eventual destination was the south east corner of 66 Bloor West where she remained until 8:45am, taking off towards the north west.  At 11:30am she flew from the south west to the top of the east CIBC antenna, circled above the area at 11:50, landed on the south east corner of the Bay roof and finally disappeared from view at 12:05pm.

The local female was back again at 12:20pm on the south east corner of the Bay roof, remaining there until 1:35pm.  She appeared on the south east corner of the CIBC building at 2:05pm, remaining there until 3:00pm.  At 3:10 she was on the bottom of the south facing CIBC logo and at 3:43pm she moved into a slot, completely out of view, just behind the right lower foot of the logo.

Windwhistler-Spike appeared on the bottom of the south facing CIBC logo at 2:05pm; was seen soaring above the building at 2:40 and landed on the south side of the CIBC building, on the same segment that the local female was on.  He disappeared from view at 3:10pm. He reappeared on the south side of the CIBC building with a small bird at 3:0pm and had a brief meal.  At 4:10pm he moved up to the bottom of the left side of the south facing CIBC logo; moved into a slot just west of this location and finally disappeared from view at 4:30pm.  Nothing was seen yesterday, Sunday, because of the fog.

Saturday November 25, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
7:35am found the local female on the roof of the CIBC building, first the north west corner and then the south west one.  At 8:00 she moved to the top of the east antenna, then to the foot of the south facing logo, and was finally out of view at 8:20am.  She was back on the top of the east antenna for a brief time at 12:35pm.

Friday November 24, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Both peregrines were visible at dawn (7:10am) and took up various positions on the CIBC building.  The local female was out of view by 7:45 followed by Windwhistler-Spike at 8:05am. 

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  At 4pm one the female was sitting on the central antenna on the Manulife building. Windwhistler-Spike was flying around her and was about to land on the antenna beside hers when he landed on the south east corner of the building.  He moved to the west most antenna and then flew off to the west.  He returned within a couple of moments, circled the female and then again landed on the west most antenna.  Most of his circling was done without any active flying.

Thursday November 23, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
At 7:00am, early dawn, Windwhistler-Spike was in a south facing CIBC slot, likely having spent the night there saying warm.  He left the spot at 7:10am.  He was briefly seen on the south east corner of the roof of the same building at 7:20am.  Yesterday, Tuesday, the local female was on the south east corner of the CIBC roof between 8:00 and 8:30am.

Bruce Massey reports:  Last Sunday the male peregrine was on the Yonge-Eglinton Centre in the early morning.  Kingsley and Victoria were seen on the National Trust and Scotia Tower downtown the same day.  On Monday the male was back at the Yonge-Eglinton Centre in the early afternoon, and Tuesday he was there between 8:45 am and 3:50 pm.  Today he was there again from 7:55 am to 11:45 am.

Tuesday November 21, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Windwhistler-Spike made a brief appearance on the top of the 'h' of the south facing Bay logo.  He had a small bird with him but wasn't eating it; perhaps he stuffed it somewhere for later.  At 2:55pm he was on the south east corner of the CIBC roof, remaining there until 3:30pm.  He reappeared on the south east corner of the Bay at 4:05, moved into a south CIBC slot at 4:15, changed slots at 4:40 and was still there at end of light at 5:15pm.  Nothing was seen yesterday, Monday.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  I walked up north of Bay and Bloor at lunch and looked around in the usual places.  After a couple of minutes I spotted a peregrine on the east side of the Four Seasons hotel.  It was, for the most part, facing the building looking south from time-to-time.

Sunday November 19, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
The local female started out on the south east corner of the CIBC building at 7:30am, moved to the top of the east antenna of the same building at 7:45 and was gone 10 minutes later.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the bottom of the south CIBC logo between 7:45 and 8:15am.  A very large raptor was slowly circling high above the Mt. Pleasant and Bloor area at 12:50pm.  It was unchallenged.

Both peregrines were circling 66 Bloor West below roof level at 1:05pm.  The local female was on the top of the east CIBC antenna between 1:35 and 1:55pm and between 2:55 and 3:05pm.

Saturday November 18, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Both peregrines were each in a south facing CIBC concrete slot at 4:10pm.  There were two empty slots separating them.  At least one tail was still visible at dusk, 5:05pm.

Friday November 17, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
The local female was on the south east corner of the Bay roof for 10 minutes at 7:45am.  At 1:30pm Windwhistler-Spike was on the top of the 'a' of the south facing Bay logo.  At 2:00pm he flew west and appeared to 'inspect' the west area of the roof of 55 Bloor West, moving away to the north afterwards.  The local female was on the bottom of the south CIBC logo at 1:35 and moved to the south east corner of 66 Bloor West at 2:05pm.  Shortly after, both peregrines were chasing each other around the Bay and Bloor areas. Windwhistler-Spike again visited the roof area of 55 Bloor West, this time landing on either the west area of the roof or the north ledge (out of my view).  At 2:20pm both peregrines were on the south facing Marriott logo; the local female left at 2:55pm while Windwhistler-Spike hung around until 2:45pm.  He returned to the same spot at 3:25, remaining there until 4:30 when he took up residence in a south facing CIBC concrete slot.  This time he flew into it, not just landing on the edge as usual.  He then disappeared from view for a few seconds, reappearing facing outwards.  There has to be enough room behind the concrete pillar for him to do this.  This particular slot is number 16 on the south face, counting from the west.

Bruce Massey reports:  The male peregrine at Yonge & Eglinton was present this afternoon and yesterday afternoon.

Thursday November 16, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
The local female was on the south east corner of the Bay roof
between 7:50 and 8:05am.  She was on the south east corner of 66 Bloor West between 12:15 and 12:25pm.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  I saw a peregrine was on Manulife antenna around 8am on the way into work. The real excitement was yet to come.  At noon I was walking south on Bay north of Bloor and had a look at the Four Seasons.  I didn't see any peregrines, but I noticed that the hotel had a new satellite dish on the north east corner.  I wondered if that was keeping the peregrines away.  As I continued south I noticed a peregrine virtually hanging in the air high over the Bay and Bloor area.   It began to circle around and then took a short dive.  It pulled up and landed on the north east corner of the Bay.  I noticed that the other (female) peregrine was on the "t" on the same side of building.  The male took off, again hovered over the Manulife building and then moved quickly to the north side of the Four Seasons; so much for the dish bothering them.   It came back after a couple of minutes and again circled the Bay and Bloor area.  While it was circling over where I was standing you could see it looking around.  Eventually it moved off to the south and I lost sight of it.

Wednesday November 15, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the south east corner of the CIBC building between 2:40 and 3:00pm.

Work on the roof of 55 Bloor West is winding down, however, window washing is starting on 44 Charles West.  The peregrines have once again absorbed 66 Bloor West in their territory.  The peregrines prefer the south ledge, with the south west corner preferred by the local female.  If anyone is interested in viewing them while they are there, the best place is probably on the south side of Charles West around St. Thomas (1 block west of Bay).

Tuesday November 14, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
The local female was seen on the south east corner of the Bay roof briefly at 8:25am.  She appeared on the top of the east CIBC antenna between 8:40 and 9:05am.  At 1:20pm she was briefly on the south west corner of 66 Bloor West.

Monday November 13, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
The local female was seen briefly, several times today, on the south west corner of 66 Bloor West.  Her position was mostly out of view but her head popped up from time to time -- 8:25am, 1:35pm, 3:40pm. At 3:40pm she was on the top of the east CIBC antenna, remaining there until 4:35pm.  Yesterday, Sunday, she was briefly seen on the top of the east CIBC antenna at 7:20am.

Sunday November 12, 2000
Bruce Massey reports: 
Over the past week only the male has been seen at Yonge and Eglinton.  It was present for an hour and a half on Monday morning, and again in the early morning on Tuesday and Friday.  Yesterday the male was perched on the Bank of Montreal antenna and flew to the south, circling around the TVO building and tried to make a landing on the south side of 20 Eglinton West but had to try again.  Today the male was on the south side of 20 Eglinton West and stooped to the south; I later found him eating a pigeon on the south side of the Bank of Montreal building.

Also yesterday I saw Kingsley downtown on the National Trust and Scotia Towers, and today the male at Yonge & Bloor was on the southwest corner of Bally's, eating a pigeon.

Saturday November 11, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
The peregrines were seen almost continuously between 6:50am and 4:35pm, dawn to dusk.  Again they used the CIBC, Bay and Marriott buildings.  What was different is that they are also back on the south side of 66 Bloor West.  In fact, they were both on the south side of 66 Bloor West between 1:15 and 2:40pm.  The local female was eating a rather large bird.

Friday November 10, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Both peregrines were in the Yonge and Bloor area between 2:50pm and end of light, around 4:30pm.  They were rather restless and took up various positions on the CIBC, Bay and Marriott buildings.  They ended the day in south facing CIBC slots.  Only Windwhistler-Spike was visible at the end.

Thursday November 9, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
For a brief time the local female was on the top of the east CIBC antenna at 6:55am.  At 7:50 she was on the west side of the same building, remaining in view until 8:55am.

Wednesday November 8, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
  The local female was on the west side of the CIBC building for 10 minutes at 6:45am.  She was seen on the south east corner of 66 Bloor West between 11:55am and 1:15pm.  At 3:10pm she poked her head up from the same area, but a bit north on the west facing roof ledge.  I can't see this area clearly from my vantage point so she could have been there at other times during the day.

Tuesday November 7, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
At 6:40am the local female was on the top of the east CIBC antenna. She moved to the west ledge at 6:50 and disappeared from view at 7:00am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the building between 6:50 and 7:15am.  Both peregrines continued to change locations and occasionally circled the area and were last seen on the west side of the CIBC building at 10:35am when I left the area. The local female was back at 2:30pm for a short while, hovering above the east CIBC antenna and eventually landing on it.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  I saw a peregrine circling over the CIBC building and land on the Bay antenna at around 8:00.  A peregrine was on the Coroner building antenna at noon.

Monday November 6, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building between 7:35 and 7:50am (when the workers at 55 Bloor West arrived). For a short while, both peregrines were on the east CIBC antenna at 12:55pm -- the local female on the top, Windwhistler-Spike half way up.  The local female was back on the top of the antenna at 3:15,
remaining there until nearly dark, 5:25pm.

Sunday November 5, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
Both peregrines were seen at first light, 6:35am, circling above the CIBC building and eventually landing on the top of the south facing logo.  They disappeared from view at 6:55am, reappearing at 7:10. This time Windwhistler-Spike was in a south slot while the local female was trying to drive him out.  They really looked like they were playing with each other.  Windwhistler-Spike left on his own at 7:35am.  At 8:30am the local female was on the top of the east CIBC antenna, moved to the south east corner of 66 Bloor West at 8:50, and disappeared at 9:00am.  At 2:20pm she was back on the CIBC building, south east corner.  She moved to the south west corner for a brief visit at 3:00pm.  She was on the north east corner of 66 Bloor West at 3:40 before heading to the north side of the CIBC building at 3:55pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building at 3:00, moved to the south east corner at 3:40 and disappeared with the local female, to the north side of the building at 3:55pm.  At 4:10pm Windwhistler-Spike was circling above Bloor between Bay and Yonge, heading west, landed briefly in the bottom of the 'a' of the south facing Bay logo.  The local female was briefly on the top of the east CIBC antenna at 4:15pm.  

Saturday November 4, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
 
6:40am found the local female on the south side of the CIBC building.  She remained there until 7:00am.  Both peregrines were on the south side (west end) of 66 Bloor West at 9:00am.  They disappeared 15 minutes later.  At 11:20am the local female was chasing a crow.  She kept driving it into the east side of 66 Bloor West, then past the south side of 55 Bloor West towards and finally south along Yonge Street.  Towards the end, the crow was not flying well at all!  It was hit from above at least 4 times.  The local female was later seen briefly on the top of the east CIBC antenna at 2:10pm.

Bruce Massey reports:  Male peregrine first seen on Bank of Montreal building at Yonge & Eglington, and then flew nice and low and landed on the northeast corner of the Ministry of Health Building. Happened to have my scope with me, but the bird wasn’t in a position to read its band.

Friday November 3, 2000
Harry Crawford reports:
  
The local female was on the top of the east CIBC antenna between  6:55 and 7:05am and between 7:15 and 7:55am.  Yesterday, Thursday, Windwhistler-Spike was on the CIBC north west roof corner for 10 minutes at 6:50am.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  A peregrine was on the Manulife antenna at 8 am, then moved to the Bay antenna.  Over lunch both peregrines were on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  At first I could see only one, but after a few minutes the male appeared from the back of the ledge.  While I was there, they were rested on the ledge, with the female preening from time to time.

Bruce Massey reports:  This week at least one peregrine was in the Yonge-Eglinton area each day.  On Monday both were present between 7:10 am and 12:05 pm, but never at the same time as each other.  On Tuesday the male was in the area for half an hour in the morning and about an hour in the afternoon.  I also now know the bird is banded, as I caught a flash of the US Fish & Wildlife band.  On Wednesday only the female was present for approximately half an hour, and on Thursday both birds were seen at various times throughout the morning and early afternoon.  Today the female was seen from the early morning through 12:30 pm.

Thursday November 2, 2000
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  Both peregrines were on the north side of the Four Seasons over lunch.  Peregrines appear to be creatures of habit.  One prefers to face the building, while the other likes to have a view.

Wednesday November 1, 2000
Harry Crawford reports: 
Windwhistler-Spike was on the top of the south facing CIBC logo between 6:30 and 7:00am.  At 1:40pm a peregrine was circling 66 Bloor West below roof level.

Alan Kirschbaum reports: At 7:45 a peregrine was sitting on the top window ledge on the north west corner of the CIBC building.  It flew off, made a short circle and then dove down to the mid level slots to finish off its breakfast (there were still leftovers in the slot at 12:30).  At 8:00 a peregrine was on the Bay Antenna looking east.  At 9:20 a peregrine was on the Mowat Block antenna. The Mowat block is a 20 odd story building and is part of the Queen's Park complex. It was facing east and flew off to the south east and was out of sight in seconds.  The male was on the west end of roof of Manulife building around 10.  Around noon both peregrines were on the north side of the Four Seasons hotel.  For the most part they were resting facing the building.

Sharon Jocelyn reports:  They are not over here as much as they were a week ago, but I usually see one on the antennae of The Bay early in the morning.

 

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