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January - February 1999
Wednesday January 6
Harry Crawford reports: I think I may have found your Alberta and her new beaux. I live in the Manulife Centre and face north. For the last four or five months, I have seen two peregrine falcons in the area. These are frequent sightings, not the occasional ones of previous years.
Their favourite spots are on the CIBC and Bay buildings on the north side of the Yonge and Bloor intersection. They may be there more than I can see because my view covers only three of the eight faces of the buildings. They can usually be found along the top of the brown portion of the CIBC building, just where the windows end. Also, they sit on the CIBC signs themselves. On the Bay tower, they occupy the signs, with preference given to the 'h' and 'y'. They have both regularly been seen capturing prey and eating.
Occasionally, Alberta appears on the south top ledge of 55 Bloor West, the Mbanks tower. She walks along the edge and then jumps onto the roof where the gravel is (south-west corner). Could she be looking for a nesting location for the spring?
Spike is the temporary name I have given the young male -- until I find out who he really is. He looks like the spike of a lightning rod at first light in the morning.
The last sightings were all day Friday and Saturday (Jan 01, 02) and not since. On Saturday, they weathered the storm until the end of light on the west side of the CIBC building.
Friday January 8
Harry Crawford reports: At 8:30 this morning, I spotted Mandy sitting in her favourite spot, the 'y' of the Bay sign on the south side of the Bay tower. She was still there when I left for work at 9am. I didn't see Spike.
Saturday January 9
Don Peuramaki reports: Today, there were 2 adult peregrines, male and female, sitting on the ice in the harbour, near the foot of Jarvis. One vantage point from which you can look out into the harbour is from the parking area for the indoor tennis club at the foot of Sherbourne Street. It looked as though the female had caught a duck or a gull. I couldn't make out which.
Another, immature, peregrine was perched on a hydro tower at Saulter and Commissioner's. I didn't see any bands on this bird.
Bruce Massey reports: The swing stages are still up at 18 King Street East, suggesting that the roof construction is not yet finished. There was one peregrine south of Queen, mainly in the area of the Sheraton Hotel at York & Queen. There were alsotwo red-tailed hawks in the area, and I observed some interactions between them and the peregrine.
Walking up Bay Street, I saw a kestrel attacking a red-tailed hawk at Gerrard & Bay. This may have been one of the red-tailed hawks seen south of Queen, as one of them flew north. I then saw one, or possibly two peregrines heading southwest from the Gerrard & Bay area.
Between Gerrard and Wellesley, there were two more red-tailed hawks overhead. Around Bay & Bloor, there was a peregrine in attack mode, chasing another (or possibly one of the same) red-tailed hawk. I then saw a peregrine perched on a railing 10 to 15 stories above Yonge Street near Bloor, however, the back was to me so I couldn't see any details other than it was definitely an adult. I tried to get a view from an adjoining building, but by that time the bird had flown and perched on the southeast corner of the CIBC building on the corner of Yonge & Bloor.
Harry Crawford reports: Mandy flew by around 8am with a small dark object and took it to the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign. She ate whatever it was. Spike joined her around 9am and sat on the bottom part of the 'B'. They remained there until about 11:30 and then took up various positions on both buildings. They disappeared from view around 1pm. Mandy was back on the 'y' at 4:30.
Sunday January 10
Paul Marshman reports: I was walking past St. James' Cathedral today and heard some unmistakable screeching overhead. Looked up, and there were Victoria and Kingsley driving what looked like a red-tailed hawk out of the neighbourhood. They took several wicked stoops at it until it left, then came back and sat side by side on top of the church spire. So they're alive and feeling their oats, if there was any doubt.
Bruce Massey reports: At Jarvis & Bloor, I saw an adult male peregrine come in from the southeast, and watched it chase off a red-tailed hawk off to the northeast behind the Radisson Plaza Hotel. The peregrine landed on the east side of the Hudson Bay building, on the sign. By the looks of it, he has landed there quite often, based on the amount of 'wash' present. The bird was visible most of the time for the next two hours, and then disappeared for about two and a half hours, until it reappeared in the area of Bay & Bloor. In the interim, however, there was still plenty of action, including three red-tailed hawks overhead at one time, and some interesting interactions between them and a kestrel. Finally the snowstorm set in, and I had to stop watching.
Harry Crawford reports: Around 9:30am Spike flew north, over 55 Bloor West and headed to the Bay and Davenport area. He circled the area for about fifteen minutes, taking the occasional dive. He then headed east and disappeared from view around Bloor and Jarvis. Mandy was not seen around and Spike didn't appear to return.
Monday January 11
Harry Crawford reports: Around 7:40am, Mandy was observed sitting on the 'h' on the south side of the Bay tower. She appeared to be eating. Shortly after, she relocated to the 'y', her usual spot. This is the right side of the 'y'. By 7:50am, Spike joined her on the left side of the 'y'. Between then and 8:50am, Spike relocated to the roof of the Bay tower and then to the top of the 'B'.
Tuesday January 12
Harry Crawford reports: At 7:40am Mandy was observed feeding on the right side of the 'y' on the south side of the Bay building. Between 3 and 5pm she was observed sitting on the top south-east corner of the same Bay building.
For anyone in the area trying to observe these birds, the best vantage point is from Yonge Street somewhere between Charles Street and Hayden. The angle becomes a disadvantage the closer you get to Bloor. This is for when they are on the south sides of the buildings. The same will obviously apply when they are on other sides. I found this out when I asked a CITY TV videographer to see what he could see with his camera and extender. We were at Balmuto and Bloor. He couldn't see anything, even though Mandy was sitting on the 'y' of the sign at the time.
Wednesday January 13
Harry Crawford reports: At 7:30am, a peregrine was on the top of the south facing CIBC sign for about 20 minutes. At 4:30pm, both Spike and Mandy were on the top of the window ledge on the south side of the CIBC building, just below the signage. Around 4:45, an immature peregrine flew by my window, west to east. For a moment, all three birds were in view. During the storm, about 8:15pm, I noticed a peregrine on the south side of the CIBC building, again just under the sign. There was so much steam and snow that I couldn't tell which one it was. The bird spent the night there and flew off at 7:15am, Thursday.
Thursday January 14
Harry Crawford reports: At noon, an unidentified peregrine was spotted on the west side of the CIBC building, at the top of the windows. It stayed there until about 4:30pm, making the occasional flight.
Friday January 15
Harry Crawford reports: At 11:45am an unidentified peregrine was on the south side of the CIBC building, again at the top of the windows. It attacked a pigeon and wasn't seen again. I don't know if the attack was successful.
Sunday January 17
Harry Crawford reports: At 4:30pm an unidentifed peregrine was on the CIBC building at the roof level, north-west corner. It then moved to the south-east corner of the roof of the Bay tower and disappeared shortly after.
Bruce Massey reports: Around 1545 today, Victoria was perched on the northwest corner of 155 University Avenue (the second building south of Adelaide, on the east side of University). This is the third or fourth time I've seen either her or Kingsley in the vicinity, and it may possibly be an alternate site if the original nest building isn't used this year. A male, presumably Kingsley, came in from the northwest and mated with Victoria for 10 to 15 seconds, after which she flew off and circled to the north of King and University. She then landed on the northwest corner of the building on the northeast corner of King and University. About 10 minutes later, I saw the male peregrine circling to the northwest of the intersection, and then headed southwest until he disappeared.
Monday January 18
Harry Crawford reports: Between 7:30 and 8:00am, an Spike was on the top of the windows on the west side of the CIBC building. He was there at 4:30pm when I got home. Shortly after, he made a spectacular dive from the top of the west CIBC sign and disappeared behind some buildings. He reappeared and dove straight down, again disappearing from sight.
Tuesday January 19
Harry Crawford reports: Spike was around, riding the currents about 8:50am. Because of the fire, I couldn't get back into the building until after dark to check on the activity.
Wednesday January 20
Harry Crawford reports: Just before 8am, Spike was sitting on the ledge above the windows on the south side of the CIBC building, feeding. He was out of sight by 8:40, having stopped at the south east corner of the same building. At 4:30, both Mandy and Spike were on the south roof edge of the Bay building, Mandy on the south east corner and Spike in the middle of the south ledge. They disappeared in about 15 minutes.
Thursday January 21
Tom Moreau and Diane Brockman report: At 12:50 PM, while at Yonge and Davenport (north of Bloor), we heard the sound of a Peregrine and looked up. A fierce battle was going on in the sky. A Peregrine was aggressively attacking a Red-Tailed Hawk, swooping down on it and climbing sharply after each near-miss. At one point, the hawk flew inverted with talons fully extended to repel the attack. We surmise from previous reports that this is Mandy, defending her new territory. Unfortunately, we had to get back to work so we could not see the finale.
Friday January 22
Harry Crawford reports: Mandy and Spike spent the night on the west side of the CIBC building. There was enough reflected light to see them before dawn. By 7:50am, Spike was seen feeding. They were still there at 9am. I checked at 12:45 and they were on the west CIBC signage.
Saturday January 23
Harry Crawford reports: As with yesterday, both birds spent the night on the west side of the CIBC building. They remained in this area until 2:35pm, taking the occasional flight for food. I don't know where they went after that.
Sunday January 24
Bruce Massey reports: At 0810 I arrived in the vicinity of Yonge & Bloor and saw that the female was on the "y" of the east sign of "the Bay". She then repositioned to the north sign. About 20 minutes later as I was walking south down Yonge, the male came low over Yonge around Cumberland from west to east. He then flew up and was joined by the female and they both landed on the east sign of the Bay. At 0845 the male went off hunting to the northwest and I continued circling the area. At around 0930 I had the male come west on Bloor and north on Bay chasing a pigeon at about 25-30 ft. They headed northwest over the Bay Subway Station and I lost sight of them.
Monday January 25
Harry Crawford reports: Both Mandy and Spike were back in their usual spot on the 'y' on the south side of the Bay tower today. Yesterday there was very little activity. A peregrine was circling above Bloor and Avenue Road at 9:30am and circling the CIBC building at 2:30pm.
Wednesday January 27
Marcel Gahbauer reports: After several fruitless attempts over the past couple of weeks, I finally had some luck around Yonge and Bloor this morning. Around 8:45, I spotted an adult peregrine on the west face of the CIBC building, just under the logo. I think it was a female, but to be honest, it was so far away that I couldn't be positive (note: the report below would suggests that it was actually more likely Spike that I saw...). I knew the buildings here were high, but the fact didn't quite hit home until this morning when I saw the little speck perched near the top. Identifying these two peregrines will be quite the challenge.
Harry Crawford reports: Spike was observed eating on the west side of the CIBC building around 7:30am. He was still there at 8:21 when I left for work. At 4pm, both Spike and Mandy were on the west side of the CIBC building. They flew off in a northeasterly direction around 4:30, were back around 5pm and disappeared shortly after that.
Thursday January 28
Harry Crawford reports: At 7am, Spike was observed on the west side of the CIBC building, probably having spent the night there. Mandy joined him around 8:15. They remained there through the fog and snow and disappeared around 11:30. They were both back on the same spot around 12:20pm. Mandy disappeared around 3:30pm. Spike was observed feeding at 5:10 and disappeared from view around 5:20pm.
Friday January 29
Harry Crawford reports: Mandy was seen on the south side of the Bay tower on her 'y' at 11:40am and remained there for about a half an hour. She appeared briefly on the south east corner of the roof of the same building around 5:05pm.
Saturday January 30
Harry Crawford reports: Mandy appeared on the 'y' of the sign on the south side of the Bay tower around 9:20am. She flew over to the 's' of the Radisson Plaza building at 10:25 and then went to the 'B' of the south facing Bay sign. At 10:45, Spike was on the 'a' and Mandy was on the 'h' of the south facing Bay sign. They stayed in the area until 5:10pm. Around 2pm, a red-tailed hawk was high above the area, moving in a southerly direction. The falcons didn't appear concerned.
Sunday January 31
Harry Crawford reports: At 7:15am, Spike was seen briefly on the southwest window ledge of the CIBC building. He relocated to the west side at 9:25 and was joined by Mandy at 9:55. They disappeared an hour later. Spike returned to the west side of the CIBC building at 11:45 and stayed for an hour. Both Spike and Mandy were back at the same location around 3:40pm and were again gone in an hour. At 5:12pm, one of them made a spectacular dive off the north side of the CIBC building.
Bruce Massey reports: At 7:45am, I found the male on the north sign of the Bay building. At 8:05 he had repositioned to the south side of the CIBC building, about halfway up the building. he was eating something and was perfectly positioned in the sun. It was then that I saw that he was banded and I caught a flash of a red band on his left leg. I observed him from two positions, one west of Yonge over by the east side of the Manulife Building, and the other out on Yonge St. about 2 blocks south of Bloor. At 8:35 the female joined the male, coming in from the northwest. For the next hour or so, I mainly saw the male, but occasionally saw the female out south of the CIBC and Bay buildings.
At 9:45, I was walking west on Yorkville Av. and was just coming to Bay St. when I saw
my old regular
"Whitey" (a large female light-phase red-tailed hawk). She was coming in from the west about halfway between Cumberland and Yorkville, and by the time I doubled back to see the hawk over Yorkville, one of the peregrines had stooped and tagged her, putting the hawk into a "flat spin". She came out over top of the building, travelled across Yorkville, and came down onto a snowbank in the parking lot just west of the Ford dealer. She maintained the "flat spin" all that time, and when she landed she had her head down until I got within about 50' of her. She then raised her head, and seemed to be uninjured, although shaken up. After about five minutes, she took off slowly to the northwest.
At about 10:00 am I headed down to King and Yonge to check if any birds were down there. As usual, I didn't see any signs of them, although I throught I might have seen a fleeting glimpse of one, but I'm not sure.
I then went back up to the Yonge & Davenport area, and again found both of the peregrines. The male was on his perch on the north sign of the Bay, and the female was on the topmost set of windows on the north side of the CIBC building.
Monday February 1
Harry Crawford reports: Because of all the steam and fog, it was difficult to see anything. At 8am, Spike was seen briefly on the southwest corner, above the windows of the CIBC building. An unidentified peregrine (Spike?) was seen on the northwest corner of the same building at 8:20am.
Marcel Gahbauer reports: Yesterday morning I went for a walk on the Leslie Spit (a 5 km long man-made peninsula on the east side of Toronto harbour), and was pleasantly surprised to find a peregrine falcon even out there. As I walked along the west shore of peninsula "C", I saw an immature female peregrine fly over me at a rather high speed. I soon discovered that it was after a great horned owl, which was trying to hide close to the trunk of a tree at the east end of bay "B". The peregrine must have made a dozen passes back and forth over the tree, but the owl stayed put. At one point, the peregrine tried to perch on a branch at the top of the tree, but couldn't maintain its balance when the branch moved under its weight.
Eventually the owl did make the mistake of flying. No sooner had it left the tree than the peregrine was right behind it. Over the ~100 metre flight that the owl made, the peregrine made three separate stoops at it, each time pulling up just before it hit the owl in the head. The owl again took refuge in a tree, but continued to be harassed by the peregrine. Not having learned from its earlier mistake, the owl again flew away. This time, the peregrine managed to get in only one attack before the owl disappeared into the forest near the tip of peninsula "B". The peregrine flew over the trees, but clearly was reluctant to fly among the branches. The peregrine eventually did perch on a branch of a nearby tree for a few minutes, but then gave up on the owl and flew away toward the city. What I found interesting was that throughout this encounter, neither the peregrine nor the owl vocalized at all.
As the peregrine left the area, it flew out over the bay, just barely skimming the surface of the water. It didn't look to me like it was hunting, but many of the ducks in the bay took the precaution of diving underwater just in case. Later in the day, another observer saw what was presumably the same peregrine, this time harassing a kestrel near the base of the Leslie Spit. For about 30 seconds, a very acrobatic chase ensued, then the peregrine relented and went to perch on one of the sailboats in the marina.
Friday February 5
Harry Crawford reports: Very few sightings this week. On Wednesday, Mandy was on her 'y' on the south facing Bay sign briefly at 8:10am. On Thursday, a peregrine took a dive off the west side of the CIBC building at 8:30am. heading west. Between 7 and 7:30am a peregrine sat on the south east corner of the CIBC building, just under the sign.
Saturday February 6
Harry Crawford reports: At 7:20am Spike was observed sitting on the south east corner of the CIBC building. He relocated to the 'h' of the south facing Bay sign at 7:50 and was observed eating something. At 3:20pm Mandy was seen on the south west corner of the CIBC building, just above the windows. By 4pm, both birds had relocated to the Bay sign: Spike on the 'a' and Mandy on the 'y'.
Bruce Massey reports: I arrived at Sherbourne & Bloor at 9 am, and found "Whitey" the red-tailed hawk on the green roof of the insurance building at Mt. Pleasant & Jarvis. Spike was on the east "Bay" sign, and stayed there for about an hour. I headed down to King and Yonge, but had no luck there. When I came back up Church, I found both Spike and Mandy on the east "Bay" sign. I continued to see them in the immediate area for the next three hours, with the exception of when Spike flew off around 3:30 to the northwest and perched on the cream-coloured apartment buildings just west of Ramsden Park.
Sunday February 7
Harry Crawford reports: At 7:40am, Spike was seen on the south west corner of the CIBC building while Mandy was on her 'y' on the south facing Bay sign. They moved off shortly after that. There was a large crane lifting equipment to the roof of 55 Bloor West (Manulife Centre) and that may have disturbed them. However, at 9am Spike was on the 'B' and Alberta on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign. They alternated between the south facing Bay sign and south and west sides of the CIBC building right up to 5:30pm.
Bruce Massey reports: At 8 am I arrived in the Yonge & Bloor area, and could not find either of the peregrines, so I headed downtown. Something told me to go down to the Royal York Hotel area, where I had not been for a month or so. Sure enough, there they were on top of the Royal York. Kingsley was on one of the wrought-iron irailings around the top roof, and while I was talking to someone, I saw him fly down and appear to be breeding on the south facing sign below. I repositioned to the covered walkway to the Skydome over York Street, and my suspicions were confirmed - both Kingsley and Victoria were there. They made several flights around the area and Kingsley came back with a pigeon and proceeded to eat it on the green-coloured building between York Street and University Avenue.
I headed up to Yonge & Bloor to see if I could find any birds there, as I was fairly certain Victoria & Kingsley would be down at Front & University for the next little while. About an hour later, I found Spike on the west side of the CIBC building on top of the brown windows.
Monday February 8
Marcel Gahbauer reports: This morning Tom Deligiannis reported a peregrine perched on the weathervane on University College on the U of T St. George Campus. Then in the early afternoon, Glenn Coady spotted an adult female peregrine, presumably the same bird, on a spire of Hart House just east of University College. This bird then flew to the east, where an adult male joined it in the air, and both then flew northeast toward Bay and Bloor. This would suggest that the two birds seen were Spike and the adult female which we have been calling Alberta. However, since Alberta was reported in Etobicoke only about an hour later, we now finally have quite good evidence that the adult female in the Bay/Bloor area is a different one.
Harry Crawford reports: At 7am, Mandy was observed on the south side of the CIBC building. She relocated to the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign ten minutes later. Spike arrived at 7:20 and sat on the south east corner of the CIBC building, just above the windows, and disappeared ten minutes later. Mandy was still on the Bay sign at 8:40pm.
Tuesday February 9
Marcel Gahbauer reports: Peregrines are popping up everywhere! Yesterday night I attended a meeting of the Toronto Ornithological Club, and heard several members report reliable sightings of peregrines at a number of sites. Based on this evidence, at present there are at least 12 peregrines in the Greater Toronto Area, as follows: 3 (Toby, Angel, Alberta) at Islington & Bloor, 2 (Spike and Mandy) at Yonge & Bloor, 2 (Kingsley & Victoria) downtown near King & Yonge, 1 imm female in the Port of Toronto / Leslie Spit area, 1 adult near Thicksons Road in Oshawa, 1 pair of adults east of Square One mall in Mississauga, and 1 adult at MacGillivray and Rutherford Roads northwest of Toronto. In addition, the immature male previously seen in Etobicoke is likely also still around. What incredible progress, given that a year ago there were only four being seen!
Wednesday February 10
Marcel Gahbauer reports: Around 1 pm today, I discovered the adult female peregrine circling over the Radisson Hotel east of Yonge and Bloor. After a few minutes, she swooped up and landed on the base of the large "B" on the east face of the Hudson Bay building. She immediately began eating, which means she must have had a cache of food there.
As I was looking at her through the scope from 30+ floors down and half a block away, I was not able to see the legs clearly to tell whether she wore a band, and if so what kind. However, I did have a good look at the upper face and breast and saw that she was quite a dark bird - very black head and malar stripes, and a strong buffy wash over the breast - a classic anatum bird.
After about 15 minutes on the "B", she flew off again, heading to the southeast. Within less than two seconds she had disappeared from sight, and I was unable to relocate her.
Thursday February 11
Harry Crawford reports: Mandy appeared on the west side of the CIBC building at 7:15am and remained there for about a half an hour. I didn't see her after that.
Friday February 12
Marcel Gahbauer reports: Today I was fortunate to be able to get a "birds eye view" of the Yonge and Bloor area, courtesy of Bob Saunderson who kindly arranged for me to get out on the 35th floor roof of the Hudsons Bay building on the northeast corner of the intersection. I did not see either Spike or Mandy while I was up there (perhaps in part because it was snowing and windy at the time, and at least they might have had the sense to stay in a sheltered place, unlike me). Nevertheless, the excursion did prove very worthwhile.
I learned that several observers at the Bay building have been seeing the peregrines for months. In fact, most days at least one of them makes an appearance in the early afternoon, flying over the Radisson Hotel to the east, and then landing on the east-facing Hudsons Bay logo. Some even suspect that this might be a nesting site. However, given that it is fairly narrow, and has a smooth, curved metal surface, this would hardly be an ideal site. The Bay rooftop does not appear suitable either, as there is no shelter, nor a good nesting substrate.
Looking over at the CIBC building on the northwest corner of Yonge and Bloor, I noticed that it was slightly higher, so I could not see what the roof looked like, although it too appeared to offer no shelter. There are narrow slots running down all sides of the building near the top, but these appear to be much too small for nesting in. The CIBC logos, like those on the Bay, are favoured perches of both Mandy and Spike, but these are no safer for nesting than the Bay logos.
We will try to keep as close an eye as possible on Spike and Mandy, both to determine where they will attempt to nest (assuming that they will), and to see whether we can finally identify one or both of them. We would greatly appreciate reports from anyone in the area who sees these birds and can help us document their activities.
Saturday February 13
Bruce Massey reports: Today I found both Spike and Mandy at Yonge & Bloor around 7:45 am, but even better news, I saw Kingsley & Victoria at the 1995-97 nest site. This is the first time I have seen them in the area of the nest building in close to two months. The work on the building is fairly near completion, but there is still one swing stage up on the east side of the building. Both Kingsley and Victoria stayed near the nest building for about an hour, then finally headed off in a southeast direction, almost like they were heading toward the Leslie Spit.
I then headed back up to Yonge & Bloor, and found the other two peregrines on the south-facing Bay sign. While we still havent seen the band numbers on the peregrines at Yonge & Bloor, todays sightings finally provide some strong evidence that there are two different pairs of peregrines downtown. This is definitely going to make things very, very interesting this summer.
Harry Crawford reports: Around 11:30 am both birds were observed on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign - Spike on the left side and Mandy on the right side. They were facing each other. Shortly later, Mandy moved around twice, like a 'pirouette' while Spike flew off. Mandy relocated to the right side of the 'B' of the south facing Bay sign. She disappeared about 1:10pm. At 3:10 Mandy was back on the 'y' and about 25 minutes later, Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building above the windows. They were both gone by 4:20pm.
Sunday February 14
Harry Crawford reports: As dawn broke, around 6:45, Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building while Mandy was on the right part of the 'B' on the south facing Bay sign. Spike moved west along the edge of the window top around 7:20 and unsuccessfully dove on a group of pigeons. He disappeared in about 10 minutes followed by Mandy around 8:45.
Thursday February 18
Harry Crawford reports: Mandy was seen on the 'Y' of the south facing Bay sign from 8:05 am until 8:30. There were no sightings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A neighbour said that he regularly sees them flying between 44 Charles West and 35 Charles West. This is the south side of the apartment tower. I'll keep an eye out when I am in this area.
Friday February 19
Harry Crawford reports: At first light (6:45), Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building and Mandy was on the 'y' on the south side of the Bay building. A few visits were made by Mandy to the south side of the CIBC building. They were still there at 8:30. At 5:15pm, Spike was observed wedged into one of the concrete slots above the window ledge on the south side of the CIBC building. He was still there at dusk.
Jack Alvo reports: At 4:00 today, a pair of Peregrine Falcons flew over my office today at Queen and University in Toronto. A sign that the local couple are getting ready to nest again at King & Victoria?
Barbara Keefe reports: This afternoon on my way home from downtown, at about 4:30 pm I observed what appeared to be a light phase (pale front) peregrine falcon land on a balcony on the northwest corner, 15th floor, of the apartment building at 50 Prince Arthur Road just north of the University of Toronto stadium. It sat there preening and soaking up the afternoon sun while I watched it with several dog walkers in Taddle Creek park. It then flew west out of my field of vision.
I have observed what I believe to be the same bird sporadically, in this neighborhood, for the past year or so. I have never had the opportunity to observe it closely with magnification, so I don't know if it carries bands. It sometimes perches on the TV antennae at 191 St. George and is mobbed by crows.
Saturday February 20
Harry Crawford reports: At first light (6:35), Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building and Mandy was on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign. They stayed in the area, visiting the south side of the CIBC building and south facing Bay signs until 4:50pm. The kestrels are also back in the area. I saw the female on Tuesday and both male and female were around today.
Sunday February 21
Harry Crawford reports: At first light (6:40am), Spike was seen on the 'h' and Mandy on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign. They alternated between this site and the south side of the CIBC building. They were there for most of the day, last seen at 5:30pm. Spike was observed eating at 8:10am and at 4:55pm. Mandy was observed eating at 4pm.
Monday February 22
Harry Crawford reports: At first light (6:45am), Spike was seen on the 'h' and Mandy on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign. Spike went back and forth to the south side of the CIBC building, finally settling on the ledge half way up the building on the south side. He was observed eating. By 8:20am, he moved to the left side of the 'y' [Mandy was on the right side], on the south side of the Bay building. At 5pm, Spike was observed on the north west corner of the CIBC building, then moving to the south side. By 5:30 he moved into one of the concrete slots above the ledge and was seen there until dusk at 6:20pm. This may have had something to do with trying to keep warm.
Tuesday February 23
Harry Crawford reports: At 6:45am, Spike was on the 'h' and Mandy on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign. Shortly later, Spike flew over to the south west corner of the CIBC building, stayed for a while and then disappeared. By 8:10, Mandy relocated to the bottom of the 'B' on
the same sign. She was still there at 8:40am. At 4:50pm Mandy was on the west side and Spike on the south side of the CIBC building. By 5:15 they were both on the west side of the building. Spike visited one of the the concrete slots above the ledge for a short time and then disappeared from sight. Mandy was still visible on the west side until dusk, around 6:30pm.
Wednesday February 24
Harry Crawford reports: By 6:35am at first light, Mandy was in the same spot she was in the previous evening. By 6:45 Spike joined her on the west side of the CIBC building. At 7:10 Spike was eating on the ledge half way up the west side of the CIBC building. He went up to the top window ledge shortly after and flew out of sight by 8:00. At 8:35 Mandy was in the same place. At 5:20pm Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building, in the concrete slot above the ledge. He was still there at 6:15 (dusk).
Thursday February 25
Harry Crawford reports: At 6:35am Spike flew in from the west with food. He landed on the west side of the CIBC building and ate. By 7:05 Mandy was on top of the CIBC sign on the west side. By 7:15 both were out of view. At 7:55 both had returned to the west side of the CIBC building and were still there at 8:55. Mandy was observed in the same place at 1pm. At 4:50pm Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building and Spike was in a concrete slot on the south side of the same building. [It's unlikely that Mandy would fit in one of them.] At 5:10 Spike moved to a different slot, on the west side of the building. Mandy appeared briefly on the foot of the west facing CIBC sign. Spike was still in the slot at 6:15.
Friday February 26
Harry Crawford reports: At 6:35am Spike was seen on the south side of the CIBC building. By 6:50 Mandy was on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign. By then, Spike had moved to the top of the south facing CIBC sign. By 7:00 Spike was gone from view and fifteen minutes later, Mandy also left. At 5:10pm Spike was seen soaring above Davenport, heading in an easterly direction. Shortly later, he was seen eating on the 'h' of the south facing Bay sign. By 5:30 he was gone.
Saturday February 27
Harry Crawford reports: At 8:45am Mandy was seen briefly on the west CIBC sign. She appeared there again at 4:15pm and was gone by 4:40. Spike appeared on the west side of the CIBC building around 5pm. He was in one of the concrete slots above the window ledge. He was out of view by 5:25.
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