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September - October 1999

Saturday September 4
Harry Crawford reports: Spike was seen in the area from 8:45am to 12:25pm alternating from the Bay building to the CIBC building.  He appeared briefly on the 'h' of the south facing Bay logo at 6:25pm.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, both Spike and Mandy were seen in the early hours around the CIBC buildings.  The sightings were brief.

Tuesday September 7
Harry Crawford reports: At 8:25am Spike, the adult male was on the south side of the CIBC building for around 10 minutes.  He reappeared at 9:55 half way up the south side and stayed there until 12:15pm.  At 11:55 a large immature [I am assuming female] was seen on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign.   She also disappeared around 12:15pm.  She was very large, had a lot of white around the neck and head.  The breast pattern was vertical and very very dark.   I couldn't see any
leg bands from my location.  It may have been the imm that was around during the summer.

At 5:20pm the female imm was seen on the north west corner of the roof of the CIBC building.  Spike made about a dozen close passes at her, appearing to drive her away.    They both disappeared shortly after that.

Wednesday September 8
Harry Crawford reports: Both Spike and Mandy were seen in the Yonge and Bloor area today. Spike was seen flying above the CIBC building at 8:00am.  He reappeared at 9:15, sitting on the south west side of the CIBC building and was gone by 9:35.

At 4:40pm Mandy was on the south east CIBC roof with Spike circling above.  Shortly after, Spike was on the south side of the building, eating a small bird.  Mandy settled into one of the concrete slots directly above him.  They remained there until around 6:30.

From September 09 through 14, there were a few but brief sightings of the pair.    There was a lot of maintenance work taking place on the buildings in the area.

Wednesday September 15
Harry Crawford reports: At 8:15 Spike was on the north west corner of the CIBC building.  Around 9:00 both Spike and Mandy flew north over 44 Charles West, turning east towards the CIBC building.  Mandy landed on the top of the west facing logo.  Spike wasn't in view until 9:55 when he appeared on the north west corner of the same building.  They were both there when I had to leave the area shortly after 10.

Thursday September 16
Harry Crawford reports: Spike was seen in the area from 7:40am until 12:15pm, primarily on
the south west corner of the CIBC building.

Friday September 17
Harry Crawford reports:    Between 7:30am and 8:50 Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building.   During this time Spike was seen darting between the buildings and flying around.   At one point he was motionless, like a kite, high above the building.    Around 10am, two workers were on the east antenna performing maintenance.

Saturday September 18
Harry Crawford reports:    Spike was observed around the CIBC building between 7:55am and 9:00.  He appeared restless and was not in one position for very long, also taking a number of short flights around the area.  An unidentified peregrine was circling above Sherborne and Bloor around 2:15pm.

Monday September 20
Harry Crawford reports:   Mandy was in the Yonge and Bloor area between 7:50am and 12:40pm. She was on both the CIBC building and Bay building, preferring the latter today.  Pigeon was on the menu at 8;15.  Spike arrived at 8:30 and stayed around until around 9:50.  They both took up 'formation flying' a few times.  Interestingly, kestrels were in the area at the same time, taking up positions on both buildings including the antennae on the CIBC building.   There didn't appear to be any interactions with the peregrines.  At 6:40pm Spike was again on the south side of the CIBC building.

There were no peregrines in sight on Sunday but instead, an incredible amount of crow and kestrel activity.

Tuesday September 21
Harry Crawford reports:   Both Mandy and Spike were visible at first light, 6:50am.  Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building and Spike was on the 'y' of the south facing Bay logo.  They flew around, exchanging locations several times.  There were remnants of a meal on the 'y' which remained there all day.  Spike disappeared at 8:10 followed by Mandy at 9:10.   There were workers on the Radisson Plaza roof all afternoon.  Spike reappeared on the top of the west facing CIBC logo at 6:40pm.

Wednesday September 22
Harry Crawford reports:  Spike arrived on the west side of the CIBC building at 7:15am.  He remained in the area until at least 9:40 when I had to leave the area.  Mandy started out on the exhaust pipe on the roof of the Radisson Plaza at 7:25am and quickly moved to the south west corner of the CIBC building.  She was still there at 9:40.

Thursday September 23
Harry Crawford reports:   Mandy was seen on various locations of the CIBC building from 9:10am until 9:50.   She relocated to the south west part of the Bay roof until 10:20.

Friday September 24
Harry Crawford reports:   Spike appeared on the south west corner of the CIBC building where he remained until dark.

Saturday September 25
Harry Crawford reports:   At 6:50am, first light, Spike was still in the same spot he was in when it became dark last night.  I assume he spent the night there.  He remained on the south west corner of the CIBC building until 8:05.  Mandy appeared in various locations on the same building between 7:15 and 8:25.  Spike was seen eating on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign between 9:15 and 9:55.  There was little activity except for kestrels on Sunday.

Monday September 27
Harry Crawford reports:  Spike was seen on various locations of the CIBC roof eating between 7:30am and 8:30.  He previously retrieved some food that was stored in the bottom of the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign.  He returned at 9:50 and stayed until 10:40, selecting the south west ledge of
the CIBC building this time.

Tuesday September 28
Jennifer Barr reports:   I juvenile peregrine has been circling around the north side of the First Canadian Place for about an hour now.   I've been trying to spot whether it's banded or not but in flight that's almost impossible for me.

Wednesday September 29
Harry Crawford reports:   Spike waited out the rain on the south side of the CIBC building between 11:05am and 11:40.  He reappeared at 4:15pm and stayed until around 5:45, also in the rain.    On Tuesday, he made a brief appearance on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 9:40am.

Thursday September 30
Harry Crawford reports:   Spike was on the foot of the south facing CIBC logo at 7:35am and stayed in the area until 9:55.  He was back at 4:15pm for an hour in the same location.

Saturday October 2
Harry Crawford reports:   Spike was on various locations of the CIBC building between 8:00am and 11:25.   He made a brief appearance on the 'a' of the south facing Bay sign during this time.  He reappeared briefly at 2:35 on the south side of the CIBC building.    Yesterday, Spike started off on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign at 6:55am, quickly moving over to various positions on the CIBC building.  He was last seen at 10:30.

Sunday October 3
Harry Crawford reports:   At 9:15am Spike was on the top of the west facing CIBC logo.  Around 10:15 an unidentified peregrine flew in from the east, quite high, circled the Yonge and Bloor area for a few minutes and headed south. Spike was back on the west CIBC logo at 11:30, this time on the foot.

Monday October 4
Harry Crawford reports:  Both Spike and Mandy were in the Yonge and Bloor area for most of the day.  They were both observed at first light around 7:00am. Mandy was on the right leg of the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign. At 1:35pm she relocated to the lower hump of the 'B' and stayed there until 4:55pm.   She was later seen on the second 'a' of the Radisson Plaza at 5:35, remaining there until 5:55.

Spike started off on the south side of the CIBC building at 7:00am. Unlike Mandy, he was quite active, flying around a lot and perching on various locations of the CIBC building.    He was last seen at 3:55pm.  There didn't appear to be any interaction between the two peregrines.

Tuesday October 5
Harry Crawford reports:   Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building at 7:00am, first light.  He took off to the north west shortly later.  At 9:10 he was on the north west corner of the same building, eating.  He wasn't seen after 11:15.

Thursday October 7
Harry Crawford reports:   Mandy started out the day on the bottom hump of the 'B' of the south facing Bay sign at 7:05am, first light.  She may in fact, have spent the night there.    Yesterday she was in the same location beginning at 4:25pm.

Monday October 11
Harry Crawford reports:   Mandy was seen three times today:  7:45am on the top of the 'B' of the south facing Bay sign, eating,  8:25 on the south east corner of the CIBC building and 10:05 on the south edge of the Bay roof.  On Sunday, an unidentified peregrine was flying above the Yonge and Bloor area at 9:50am and Mandy was seen briefly on the south edge of the Bay roof at 11:35.  On Saturday Spike was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West for about ten minutes at 9:30am.

Tuesday October 12
Harry Crawford reports:  Spike was on the middle west ledge of the CIBC building between 11:50am and 1:50pm.   He reappeared on top of the south facing CIBC logo at 5:10pm, remaining there until 5:55.

Thursday October 14
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy started off on the first 's' of the Radisson Plaza at 7:50am.  She remained there until 9:30 when she relocated to the lower hump of the 'B' of the south facing Bay sign.  She was still there at 3:20pm.  Around 4pm an unidentified peregrine was circling high above Yonge and Bloor, with each loop moving south along Yonge.   Nothing was observed in the area yesterday.

Friday October 15
Harry Crawford reports:   Spike was on the north west corner of the CIBC building between 9:00am and 9:55.   He reappeared on the top of the 'B' of the south facing Bay sign at 5:10pm.

Saturday October 16
Harry Crawford reports:   Spike was on the north west corner of the CIBC building between 8:25am and 9:15.    He was seen circling above Yonge and Bloor at 10:10 and briefly on the south west corner of the CIBC building.

Sunday October 17
Harry Crawford reports:  Both Spike and Mandy were observed in the area today.  Between 7:45am and 12:00 they occupied various positions on the CIBC, Bay and Radisson Plaza.  At one point they occupied 'adjacent letters', this being the closest I've seen them together in a few months.

Monday October 18
Harry Crawford reports:    Mandy started out on various positions of the south facing Radisson Plaza sign at 7:25am.  At 12:25pm she relocated to the south side of the CIBC building, remaining there until 4:45.  At this time she made a brief visit to the south facing Bay sign, returned to the CIBC building and finally disappeared at 6:00pm.

Spike was in the area between 8:00am and 5:25pm, preferring the south side of the CIBC building with several short visits to the south facing Bay sign.  He wasn't as close to Mandy as he was yesterday but they were in sight of each other most of the time.   He also appeared restless, running back and forth along the ledge a few times.

Tuesday October 19
Harry Crawford reports: Mandy appeared on the west side of the CIBC building at 7:30am and remained there until 1:00pm.  Spike joined her on the same segment of ledge at 11:25.  They faced each other most of the time that they were together.  He also left at 1:00pm.   They were both back on the same ledge at 2:15 and stayed in the area until around 6:10pm. Spike moved over to the south ledge half way up the CIBC building at 3:00pm to eat a small object.  He returned to his previous location with Mandy at 3:50pm.

Thursday October 21
Harry Crawford reports:    Spike was seen in the vicinity of the CIBC building between 7:20am and 12:35pm.   He was observed feeding on the south east corner middle ledge at 9:40.  In the afternoon there were workers on the roof of 55 Bloor West, which likely disturbed the peregrines.  On Wednesday, Mandy was seen briefly on the south side of the CIBC building between 10:10am and 10:30.  Again, there were workers on the roof of 55 Bloor West.

Saturday October 23
Harry Crawford reports: From 2:25pm until 6:00 Mandy was on the bottom hump of the 'B' of
the south facing Bay logo.  Spike arrived on the top of the same logo at 2:50 remaining there until 3:40.  He then took up other positions on the Bay and CIBC buildings until 6:30.  There were no sightings on Friday.

Sunday October 24
Harry Crawford reports:   Today was a fascinating day for peregrine watching!  Mandy appeared
on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign at 7:50am, moving to the bottom hump of the 'B' at 10:05.  She remained there until 3:30pm, moving then to the 'P' of the Radisson Plaza. Spike arrived on the south east corner of the CIBC building at 11:30, exchanging positions on the Bay and CIBC buildings until around 3:30pm when he disappeared from view.

At this time I got a call from Katherine Rich, a neighbour in the Bay Charles Towers.    She was watching a peregrine attacking a Red Tailed hawk above 44 Charles Street West [the Manulife apartment tower].  Since I could still see Mandy, we concluded that this was Spike.  The activity gradually moved east across Yonge when Mandy joined the attack.  They managed to drive the hawk north across Bloor and then west towards Avenue Road.  This activity lasted approximately 20 minutes.  Spike and Mandy returned to the CIBC and Bay area where Mandy took up a position on the top of the south facing CIBC logo until 6:00pm.

Katherine Rich reports: One of the peregrines, perhaps Mandy, was soaring straight west into the setting sun at about 6:00 p.m..  She then flew up and over in a complete circle, quite slowly, ending the maneuver where it had begun, and continued on her westward course.  As she went up and over, the rays of the sun reflected off of her breast.  A little flash of light.  What a privilege to see this!

Tuesday October 26
Harry Crawford reports:   Mandy was seen briefly from time to time on various locations of the Bay, CIBC and Radisson Plaza buildings between 7:55am and 9:20.  She was very restless.  Perhaps there were workers on the Bay roof again today.  At 11:50 she was seen slowly circling moving west to south, heading towards the Museum and possible the University of Toronto.  At 2:55pm both Spike and Mandy were circling above Yonge and Bloor, disappearing either behind the CIBC building or on the north or east ledge of the building.  Mandy could be seen on the south east corner from time to time up until 2:55.

Yesterday Mandy was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West at 5:50pm.  She moved to the north east corner at 6:00 and disappeared from view shortly after that.    During the afternoon, workers could be seen on the roof of the Bay building.    This is probably what is keeping them away from the area.

Wednesday October 27
Harry Crawford reports:    At first light, 7:25am, Mandy was on the 'y' of the south facing Bay sign.    She stayed there until 11:30 when she moved over to the south east corner of the CIBC building, remaining there until 2:05pm. Spike arrived on the bottom of the 'B' of the south facing Bay sign at 11:30am and stayed there for a half an hour.  Mandy appeared on the same spot at 3:10pm and disappeared from view at 5:00pm

Thursday October 28
Harry Crawford reports:  At 3:10pm Mandy was on the west side roof of the CIBC building.  This is an unusual spot for her and she was only there for a few minutes.  At 4:05 she was circling above Bay and Bloor, moving slowly southward.

Katherine Rich reports:  I received a call from Harry Crawford at 4:15 p.m. that Mandy was in flight over the north.  She was soaring between Bay St. and University Ave., circling slowly, when she suddenly flew to the southwest corner of the Manulife building and hovered there with her wings only half extended for about one minute.  Two kestrels appeared in back and above her, seemingly flying "in formation".  Mandy flew out over the intersection of Bay and Charles Sts., held what appeared to be a stationery position in the air, and a kind of World War II dogfight ensued.  The kestrels dove at her, one at a time, and as each got close to her, she reared back (full underside exposed reflecting the sun) and extended her legs, talons totally visible.  I don't think that either of the kestrels made physical contact with her, but she appeared to be regaining her balance in the air as if she had been hit.  The kestrels made multiple strikes at her, probably 8 to 10 in all, and then flew away to the west.  Mandy disappeared to the northeast.  At approximately 5:00 p.m., she reappeared, soaring again between Bay and University, moving west.

Friday October 29
Harry Crawford reports:    Between 8:30am and 4:20pm Mandy was on various locations of the CIBC building.  Spike was in the same area from 9:30am to 12:00pm.  At 12:00 he was observed eating and he disappeared from view 10 minutes later.  He appeared briefly on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 5:00pm.

Saturday October 30
Harry Crawford reports:  At 8:35am, first light, Mandy started off on the west side of the CIBC building.  She remained in view until 11:40.  Spike arrived on the same side of the building at 9:05am, remaining until 10:45.  He spent most of the time in the concrete slots above Mandy's perch.

Sunday October 31
Harry Crawford reports:   Spike was circling high above Yonge and Bloor at 7:45am.  He appeared to have landed on the north or east side of the CIBC building, out of view from my vantage.   Mandy was seen on the south east corner of the Bay roof between 8:00am and 8:40.   Spike took up the same location between 10:20 and 10:40.  At 2:45pm Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building and disappeared from view at 4:50.

 

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