The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

DOWNTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

May - June 2001

Saturday June 30, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  Wonderful aerobatics by all the peregrines seen early this morning. Swooping and soaring around the Scotia Tower. The adults and immatures can be seen frequenting the Old Commerce Court building as well as the north tower of BCE Place. The forecast for this afternoon is calling for rain which will be Angus's first experience with the wet weather. Observations will continue to make sure he tolerates it well.

Friday June 29, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  Jasmine and Angus are doing well and are already sitting near the top of BCE Place. Near mid-day the immatures joined the adults in a "run around" the Scotia Tower and then later were seen resting in the shade on the north-east corner, second ledge from the top, of the north tower of BCE Place. Angus and Jasmine were seen together on the same ledge in the  late afternoon and appeared to be feeding. This is another spot the adults had been frequenting prior to the fledging of the chicks.

Volunteers will be needed again when Trillium is released (expected to be Friday July 6). Requirements are a pair of binoculars and a little bit of spare time. The most critical time for Trillium will be the first few days after his release. We will be watching him closely and observing the interaction between him and his siblings. If you can spare some time in the early morning or late afternoon and evening, please contact the foundation (416-481-1233). It's a rare chance to see a complete family of peregrine falcons soar the Toronto skies. In fact it may just be better than an air show at the C.N.E.

Harry Crawford reports:  Arriving at 7:00am found Victoria near the top of the Commerce Court antenna.  Kingsley was on the north east corner of the roof of the same building.  Alan spotted both chicks on the north east corner of the roof of the old Bank of Commerce building.  His scope helped identify the birds as they were so far away.  The chicks appear to have been fed and they often disappeared away from the edge of the building.  One of the chicks flew north just before 8:00am and Kingsley flew down to their area around the same time.

Thursday June 28, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  I was downtown this morning and amongst all of the soaring I saw around the Scotia Tower, parents and fledglings, there was a brief dog fight between one of the parents and a kestrel.  The kestrel didn't seem to upset the parent too much, as the peregrine just lead the kestrel around until it gave up.  The fledglings flight improves every day.

Linda Woods reports:  Many people have dropped by the downtown site to express their amazement regarding the rescue of Trillium. It is wonderful to hear that people are following the day to day adventures of downtown nest. Everyone looks forward to the day Trillium will be returned to once again soar in the downtown area.

Jasmine and Angus were active in the early morning and settled out of sight for most of the day. Late afternoon Jasmine and Angus were seen briefly in the Leader Lane area. It wasn't until closer to 7pm. that the soaring really started. Jasmine and Angus were seen flying very high over BCE  place and Old Commerce Court. Both touched down on the bottom ledge of BCE place. They are both doing very well, maintaining height, touch down are smooth and controlled. Each day we see the immatures flying further away and for longer periods of time. When Jasmine was on BCE Place (visible from Scott and Front St.) she spread her wings and stretched. I cannot believe how big she has become. I even think she is larger than her mother, Victoria.

Jasmine was last seen on the north side of the King Edward Hotel, Angus on the nest building roof-top and both Kingsley and Victoria were on the Scotia Tower.

Wednesday June 27, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  Early this morning Victoria and Kingsley and one immature ( probably Jasmine ) were seen soaring near the top of the Scotia Tower. Jasmine and Angus are certainly honing their flights skills with each new day, and were even seen playing "tag" in mid-flight. The afternoon heat kept all the peregrines in the shade, but they were active again in the late evening. At 9:15 p.m. Kingsley and Victoria were seen on the Trust building, one immature was on the ledge, south of the nest area and one immature was on CHFI.

Marcel Gahbauer reports:  Preliminary reports from the Ontario Veterinary College indicate that Trillium is in good shape, although he lost a lot of weight while being confined in the crevice of the King Edward Hotel.  He will be kept in captivity for a few days to regain his weight, and strengthen his muscles, and we hope that if all goes well we can release him back to the downtown area on Monday.

Tuesday June 26, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  What an exciting afternoon for all the dedicated volunteers of the downtown site. A third immature Peregrine Falcon was found by King Edward Hotel employee, Patrick Bedard. Patrick had been working in one of the vacant rooms in an older section of the hotel when he had heard the call of the falcon. He looked through the window of the room, and in the deep dark space below him was a immature Peregrine Falcon. Although positive identification has not been made as yet, everything indicates that it is Trillium (since confirmed by Bruce Massey and Mark Nash), alive and seemingly well and living at the King Edward Hotel. Just how long he has been there is not known, but he appears to be fine, perhaps somewhat dehydrated. The area in which he was found was dark, cool which could very well be the surviving factors. He didn't appear to have any injuries. The rescue went without a hitch and "Trillium" tolerated it very well. A big round of applause to Patrick, for reporting the sighting. Many thanks to Bruce, Neil and Zoe for making it a successful rescue.  The adventures never cease at the downtown site and I am happy to be part of them.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  From 7 to 8 am at least one parent was in site most of the time.  The parents took up positions on the Scotia Tower, the church steeple, or the Canada Trust building.  One of the chicks was on top of the nest building when I arrived and was joined by its sibling at around 7:30.  They were doing a lot of vocalizing, especially when mom and dad flew over.  Both chicks took some short flights and had no problem gaining altitude or landing.

Monday June 25, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  Both Jasmine and Angus are doing well. Their flights appear to be controlled and maintain the height. Today at 1:50p.m., Angus returned to the nest area, vocalizing. Victoria had left her perch a little earlier and returned with food. It was such a surprise to see her take the prey in behind the nest pillar and both Angus and Jasmine followed her. Both immatures remained in the nest area out of view until approx. 2:30p.m. They re-appeared but stay in the nest until 4:30.  Jasmine and Angus took little jaunts around the area in the early evening, touching down on some of the adults favourite spots. Landings appeared smooth without faltering. One flight even had a little "talon touching" in mid -air. At 9:15p.m. Jasmine was last seen on the ledge south of the nest area, Angus was on the south-side of CHFI., Kingsley was on the top rail CHFI, Victoria was on the Trust.

Sunday June 24, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Arriving at 5:15am I found Jeff already set up with his scope.  He had spotted Jasmine on the north east corner of the nest building penthouse.  She had moved to the north west corner by the time I arrived, also spotting wee Angus on the CHFI buildings.  Both chicks were quite active, moving about to various buildings.  They were primarily on the nest building, 33 Victoria and CHFI during the early morning.  Both parents were in view by 7:30am.

Jack Fitch reports:  At 9:00 a.m. this morning, Sunday, Victoria landed on the roof of 8 King Street East. One of the juveniles was sitting on the roof of Counsel Court on one of the stand pipes. Victoria and then the juvenile both flew off toward St. James and later I saw one of the birds swoop off of the clock tower but I couldn't tell whether it was an adult or one of the chicks.
 
Victoria is now (11:20 am) back at 8 King Street West sitting in one of the porticos.

Saturday June 23, 2001
Jack Fitch reports:  10:00am - I have sighted two of the babies this morning. One of them is on the south west corner of the Counsel Court Building on the corner of Victoria and Adelaide. The other is on the south east corner of the Victory Building across the street. Both appear to be in good condition. They are anxiously watching the sky I expect looking for their parents to deliver food.

6 pm - We had some more excitement. After my last post to you I spotted one of the chicks on the top of 8 King Street East. Then I spotted the other chick over on roof of the Victoria Building now near the centre of the south wall. There were also feathers in the air coming from the top of 8 King Street East. The chick on the roof of 8 King moved from the edge of the roof on to the flat part of the roof and shortly afterward Kingsley arrived with a kill landing on the roof of 8 King East but to the north of where the chick had been sitting. The chick appeared quickly, took the kill from Kingsley and started eating.
 
The other chick was watching from the Victoria Building and decided to try to reach the action over at 8 King Street East. He took several tentative wing beats and then launched. He was making good progress but came in too low and grabbed the side of the building right on the north east corner above the level of the nest site but below the roof that he had been aiming at. Now he had a dilemma. He knew he wanted to go up but he couldn't figure out how to do so. He tried flapping his wings and walking up the wall and made some progress but I don't think that he made it to the top of the building. He got off track and moved to the north face of the building out of my sight and I think flew from there.
 
Shortly afterward I spotted Victoria sitting in the most northerly portico on the east side of 8 King Street East. She seemed to be resting. Kingsley left immediately after delivering his kill flying west down King Street. The chick on the roof of 8 King Street East was visible intermittently while eating.
 
After being out for a while I returned a few minutes ago. The only peregrine in sight is sitting on the east side of Scotia Plaza. At this distance I can't be sure who it is but I think its Kingsley. I don't see either of the chicks.
 
I have just been watching Kingsley and Victoria sitting on One Financial Place. Victoria, I think, has gone off hunting again. Both of the chicks that I have been watching are safely on the top of 8 King Street East. They were just preening each other on the edge of the roof.
 
Friday June 22, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  A quick note to fill you in. Angus took off at 4:50p.m. it was a good flight, high, controlled and very impressive. Jasmine is flying the same way. Jasmine took off on us and we have not been able to locate her at this time. But if Trillium is flying the way the other two are, he is probably long gone and is half-way to Colombia! 

Now the details:  06:00 Angus is flapping and vocalizing and running the length of the nest as an adult approaches the nest. Jasmine remains on the south-east corner, lower roof, CHFI.

06:50 Kingsley to the nest ledge with prey and Angus has stepped back into the nest and behind the nest pillar to eat his meal. Kingsley sits on the roof-top above the nest area. 07:15 Jasmine has not moved from her previous spot and seems to be very comfortable where she is. Kingsley remains on the nest ledge.  Victoria is not visible at this time and there has been no further possible sightings of Trillium.

09:45 Jasmine is off CHFI lower level and off to the east. A short flight over to 21 Victoria Street. Kingsley to the nest briefly and off again towards the west. Angus settles back into the nest.  10:00 Jasmine is heard vocalizing. Kingsley is seen on the Trust and Angus remains in the nest.  10:20 Angus is vigorously flapping and vocalizing, Jasmine is heard vocalizing from the north-east corner of # 21 Victoria St. Kingsley is now on the Scotia Tower.

10:35 Jasmine off towards the King Edward Hotel and attempts to touch down on the first ledge under the large windows on the north side. She is flapping and trying to keep her balance and it is a good try but she misses and then heads west along King St. and tries for # 7 King St. condos. She sets down on a window sill, on the east side of the complex. She appears to be comfortable there. Angus remains in the nest area, unconcerned about his sibling's adventure.  10:50 Jasmine off the condo area, completed a huge circle over head with both Kingsley and Victoria near her. The escorted her over to # 1 Toronto St. The flight was high and controlled and the landing was smooth.  What a sight that was to see the three of them flying together! WHEW!

11:20 Jasmine remains on the north-west corner # 1 Toronto.  11:50 Jasmine off again and over to # 33 Toronto St. flapping and vocalizing. Adult is seen with prey and to # 33. She deserves to eat after all that.  12:25 Angus at the nest ledge sitting quietly. Jasmine on the south-west corner # 33. feeding and Victoria is on the Trust.

2:00 Angus flapping up a storm, running back and forth along the back of the nest area. Victoria is seen on the steeple and Kingsley is on the Tower.  2:30 Kingsley and Victoria are now on the Trust. Angus repeatedly flaps and vocalizes, he is ready to go and is just mustering up all the courage. Jasmine remains on #33.  3:10 A lot of swooping and alarm vocalizing by the adults. Something has alerted them and Jasmine seems unconcerned about it. The swooping by both adults is occurring over # 33 near the centre of the roof, while Jasmine remains on the south-west corner. I just hope no one thinks of getting a closer look at Jasmine via the roof area.  4:45 Jasmine remains on # 33, while one adult is seen on the Trust. Angus is on the nest ledge.

4:50 ANGUS IS IN THE AIR! escorted by both Kingsley and Victoria. Angus came out of the nest like a bullet and headed east towards # 1 Toronto. It appeared to be a controlled flight and he touched down on the slanted tin roof. In all the excitement Jasmine came off # 33 and flew to the ledge of south of the nest area. Kingsley sets down on the ledge on the north side of the nest. Victoria is seen heading towards the tower and sets down on the bottom ledge.  The tin roof of # 1 Toronto St. is giving Angus a bit of trouble holding on. It is slanted and slippery for those sharp talons to grasp. He is constantly trying to find a comfortable spot for himself and just can't find it. He finally lifts off again and sets down on the south-side of CHFI, under the air cooling tower. Jasmine has not moved.

6:20 Jasmine off and over to the north-east circles back and attaches herself to the north-east corner wall of the King St. condos. She really does not look comfortable hanging on like a bat, but she did not panic and then heads to # 20 Toronto St.. Adult with prey over to Angus on CHFI. Second adult remains on Trust ( Kingsley)
All this is happening while the police are roping off an area of King St, because of a broken hydro pole. I guess this has peaked the attention of pedestrians who gather to watch the police . As the crowd grows, the yellow caution tape is strung along the street to corner off the area. The traffic is stopped and helicopters appear in the air space above us. All the while we are running trying to keep us with Jasmine and Angus, calling out positions on our radios to track them. One person stopped me and asked," What's going on?", I didn't put it all together until I replied, " We're watching Peregrine Falcons".

This day was hectic for all and at 9:15p.m. the hydro pole is just now being repaired. Angus is tucked away on the west side of CHFI, snookered into the red brick wall. Jasmine remains on # 33 Toronto St. and Kingsley and Victoria are on the Trust.

Jack Fitch reports:  We had an exciting but scary evening tonight. During the afternoon while at my office in First Canadian Place I saw one of the adults flying near the top of Scotia Plaza being followed closely by what I suspected was one of the babies.
 
When I got home yesterday evening one of the babies was in the portico just to the south of the nest site so I knew that it had been flying. While I was watching the bird flapped several times and then took off swooping north and starting to rise only to fly into one of the windows on the east side of the building north of the nest site. Fortunately the impact was not severe. The bird was able to land on a narrow ledge below the window and regain its composure. Taking off again it flew back past the nest site but continued south to the Metropole condo running into and holding on to the wall section on the corner of the building by one of the balconies on the north east corner of the building. 

I didn't see the bird leave the wall of the condo building. During the early evening one of the birds was sitting on the south side of the First Financial Building at the corner of Yonge and Adelaide. Although the bird had its back to me I'm fairly sure that it was one of the adults, I think Kingsley. He seemed to be looking around turning his head from side to side. I then sighted another bird on the same building sitting a tier above the first one. The second bird might have been one of the babies although again I really only got to see the back of it. This bird flew over to the roof of building to the north of the nest site and was clearly feeding on a kill that had been left there which reinforced my belief that it was one of the babies although I still couldn't get a good look at the breast.
 
A little later I'm fairly sure there were two and possibly three peregrines circling north of here probably up around Queen Street. At the same time one of the birds was sitting on First Financial so I'm hopeful that there were four accounted for at that point.

Thursday June 21, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Well, Jasmine fledged today.  Earlier, she was quite active, flapping and hopping back and forth on the nest ledge.  Then she started to bob her head up and down and finally, at 6:30am, off she went.  She did a large, counterclockwise loop and disappeared behind
the buildings towards the north west.  Neil and I raced to Yonge and Adelaide respectively but didn't see her anywhere.  Neil focused closer to the nest building and I went to the King Edward Hotel roof.  I could hear her vocalising but couldn't see her.  Kingsley was returning her calls.  Suddenly Kingsley and Victoria headed towards where we last saw her.  She was actually found by Neil -- up on the 14th floor south facing window ledge of the CHFI building. Victoria flew by her and stayed on the top of the white antenna for a while.  Kingsley was on the south east corner of the building. Jasmine made a few attempts to fly but didn't by the time I left at 11:30am.  She looked fine, vocalised a few times and spent a lot of the time preening.  It appeared to be a soft landing.  She hadn't been fed up to this point.

Wee Angus was fed by Kingsley at 7:00am.  He prepared food while he was on CHFI and headed north with it, followed by Victoria.  This was around 8:00am.

Linda Woods reports:  Jasmine remains on the south side, window sill, CHFI. enjoying her reflection in the mirrored window. Could she think it was Angus she was looking at? She occasionally walks to each end of the window and occasionally will flutter.  

1:00 Jasmine makes a weak attempt to take off and lands on the roof top below. She is there for a very long time, exploring her surroundings, moving from one area of the roof-top to the next. She finally finds her way to the east side of the roof, just above the green flashing. She walks from the north end to the south end and occasionally sits under the rail at the roof line. Vocalizing can be heard at times. Kingsley and Victoria are doing the usual touch and go at the nest ledge. Angus remains in the nest and is seen frequently today, flapping and vocalizing. He is ready to go and was showing a lot of enthusiasm about it.

At dusk, Jasmine remained on the south-east corner of the lower roof, directly above the entrance to Macdonald's Court. Kingsley and Victoria were last seen on south side of # 33 Victoria St. Fog rolled and it started to rain, yet again.

Wednesday June 20, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  The chicks were clearly visible just after 5:00am.  By 5:20 they were moving around quite a bit.  Jasmine was getting bolder by leaping, with the help of her wings, down the ledge and doing the same thing the other way.  Angus continued running and flapping including stationary flapping in the background on the nest floor. Both were very vocal during the entire morning.  The first adult appeared at 5:45 and the second at 6:00am.  They spent the morning in the usual locations.  Victoria brought food into the nest at 8:10am -- a rather large bird.  This was the first feeding that we saw.

Linda Woods reports:  Although we have had reports a immature flying in the downtown area, no confirmation of it being Trillium can be made at this time. Each report has been investigated, but no positive sightings as yet.

Today has been pretty much a repeat of previous days. Kingsley and Victoria spending less and less time in the nest area, with occasional "touch and go" at the nest ledge and are seen sitting in the usual places  for longer periods throughout the day. Jasmine and Angus are looking more and more alike each day and it is hard to believe that they looked so much different only a week ago. At 6:30p.m. I saw both adults come off BCE place after prey and Victoria return to the same area to clean it. She was there for 1/2 hour while Kingsley went off on his own. The adults took food into the nest at 8:30p.m. and the Jasmine and Angus settled down for the night. The adults were last seen at 9:15p.m. One adult on the Trust and the other on west side of # 33 Victoria.

Tuesday June 19, 2001
Marcel Gahbauer reports:  We have received several reports today of a juvenile peregrine downtown with a somewhat uneven flight, having difficulty landing on buildings.  It was reported attempting to perch on the King Edward Hotel, as well as flying west along King.  Since Angus and Jasmine are still on the nest ledge, this is almost certainly Trillium.  He has remained elusive though, and his whereabouts are again unknown at present.  However, this is good news, as he had been missing for more than two days before being spotted this morning.

Linda Woods reports:  Still no positive sightings of Trillium. All possible leads were investigated, but no sightings. The other two remaining immature are doing the usual flapping and vocalizing. Food was taken into the nest in the early morning ( 6:00a.m.)Victoria and Kingsley were seen in the popular spots. In the late evening Victoria was seen in a stoop off the Tower and over to the south-east and returned to the Trust with prey. She sat there for long time cleaning and eating. Passes in front of the nest ledge by the adults  was seen on 2 -3 separate occasions today. Hopefully the second chick will take it's first flight in the next day or two.

Monday June 18, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  When I arrived at dawn, Kingsley was at the nest ledge.  (Large bird in and around nest building. I don't  think it was Trillium, it appeared to light in colour.  It tried to touch down on, half way up the south side of the building, but was unable. There are no ledges on the sides of this building, the bird tried to grasp onto the window frame but unsuccessful. Fluttered a bit, and then was last seen heading west along King St. I've seen this before early in the spring. Birds get caught up in the reflection of the Scotia Tower and mistake a window for open sky.

Jasmine and Angus continue flap and vocalize vigorously. Angus still has a little more fluff to come off, but Jasmine only has a little remaining. Both should be ready to fly very soon. Kingsley and Victoria are seen routinely on their usual perches throughout the day. Occasionally one adult will fly to the nest ledge, set down very briefly and then off again (a touch and go) This seems to get the chicks excited and the   flapping and vocalizing while running the length of the ledge would start all over again.  At 9:15 with the last bit of daylight, the silhouette of one adult can be seen on # 8 King St. south-east corner.  Vocalizing can be heard at this time from one of the adults. The adult leaves this spot and both were last seen in the area of CHFI. I can just see the outline of one adult and a small amount of vocalizing is heard. The chicks can no longer be seen.

Sunday June 17, 2001
Marcel Gahbauer reports:  As of around 6:45am this morning, Trillium has taken flight at 40 days of age.  He took off to the south low over the King Edward Hotel, and managed to quickly elude the volunteer observers on the scene.  As of mid-afternoon, he has yet to be relocated, and we hope that he has not gotten himself into any trouble.  Anyone seeing an injured or trapped peregrine (or one at risk of injury on or near the ground) is asked to phone Mark Nash at 416-937-7226. 

Linda Woods reports:  From 7:15 am to 10pm:  No indication from the adults as to where Trillium went. All the typical areas were searched twice over and then again. Kingsley and Victoria were returning to their usual spots on the various ledges through-out the day. In the evening food went into the nest at 5:30p.m. Both adults seen about 20 minutes later circling the area. Victoria had food with her but did not take it to the nest, but was seen heading to the north-east. Mark viewed the roof-tops from  the King Edward Hotel and nothing was seen. Although Kingsley and Victoria did show the "intruder" behavior when Mark was spotted. A lot of vocalizing could be heard in the late evening but after it got dark, Kingsley and Victoria settled down. They were last seen, Kingsley on the south-east corner, nest building roof-top. Victoria was on the south-west corner of # 33 Victoria St. The chicks have their usual flapping, Jasmine running back and forth of the length of the nest. Downy feathers still noted on her, and Angus still notably smaller and a lot more fluff on him. 

Saturday June 16, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  5:05 a.m. Chick at the nest ledge flapping and vocalizing, the city's version of the rooster at dawn. Another chick can be seen in behind the nest pillar running and flapping the length of the ledge. Adult sets down on the ledge and all three chicks are flapping.  5:30 Chick on the ledge, can't say which of the older chicks it is.  5:50 Jasmine on nest ledge. Adult on the spire, west arrow.  6:30 Kingsley at nest ledge. Angus is visible, still a lot of white fluff on him, noticeably smaller. Jasmine and Trillium can be seen. Not much activity from them. Victoria is on the Trust.

6:45 Kingsley and Victoria have now moved to the Tower. Dark clouds are moving in from the west and it looks like it will rain very shortly.  7:05  Adults off the tower and set down on the Trust. Victoria is on the middle ledge cleaning prey, while Kingsley is on the bottom ledge same side.  7:25 Vocalizing can be heard and Kingsley is off the Trust and sets down on the ledge left of the nest. All three chicks are visible. Victoria remains on the Trust with the prey.

7:50 RAIN. Jasmine and Trillium are at the ledge doing a lot of flapping. Kingsley moves to the area beneath the nest.  08:30 Kingsley is now on the nest ledge. Jasmine on the nest ledge facing into the nest. Victoria on the south side of CHFI.  09:20 Kingsley off the nest ledge and over to the top rail of CHFI. Victoria off CHFI and over to the steeple. Chicks are not visible at this time.  10:00 Victoria on spire. Kingsley on Trust. Jasmine is seen on the far left-side of the nest.

11:00 Jasmine at the nest ledge. Trillium is running back and forth in the nest flapping.  11:35 Kingsley and Victoria are now on the Tower. All three chicks were visible for a short time but have settled back now. 11:45 Kingsley and Victoria off the Tower and return to the nest ledge. Kingsley is vocalizing. All three chicks appear. Kingsley leaves the nest ledge. Jasmine is excited and is flapping and vocalizing as she runs the length of the ledge, back and forth. Kingsley had set down on the Trust but has returned to the nest ledge and can be heard vocalizing into the nest. When he finished screaming into the nest he was off and headed towards the north.

2:00 Victoria on the Trust cleaning prey. This seems to be the preferred area today, this is the second time today I have seen her on the Trust with prey. She then enters the nest with the meal. We now move to view from the Parish Hall. Parish Hall is further away and does not give us the unobstructed view we have at Leader Lane, but it does give us somewhat of a "deeper view" into the nest. Victoria can be seen feeding little Angus, while Jasmine sits on the far left of the nest ledge and looks on. There didn't appear to be any attempt from Jasmine to acquire any morsels of food during this time. Was there some sort of communication from Victoria to Jasmine? When the feeding finished, all three chicks are doing a lot of flapping.

2:30 Jasmine on the nest ledge, Trillium at the right-hand pillar and Angus can be seen to the far left. 3:15 Adults are on the Scotia Tower. Jasmine and Trillium on the ledge. Trillium still has a lot of white on him. Angus not visible.  4:20 Kingsley off the Tower. Trillium on the nest ledge. Jasmine and Angus have stepped back.

5:10 Kingsley to the nest ledge and off again. All three chicks are visible and lined up in order. We first saw "line-up" the first week-end that the chicks were discovered and it is wonderful to be able to compare the three together at one time. One can clearly see the age difference.  5:40 Jasmine on the nest ledge, facing into the nest area. Angus is snookered into the far left-hand pillar. Trillium is on the right-hand side of the nest, facing the pillar. He looks like a child being scolded and made to stand in the corner for a "time-out" Kingsley and Victoria have not been spotted.  6:20p.m. Both Adults are on the Tower. They are on the same ledge together. Jasmine on the left ledge of the nest, facing inwards. Other two chicks not visible in the nest at this time.

Thursday June 15, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  08:00 Kingsley is on # 33 cleaning prey. Victoria on the middle ledge of the Trust. Jasmine is on the edge of the ledge facing into the nest flapping up a storm. Trillium can now be seen in full view as he is up on the ledge facing east.  08:30 Kingsley and Victoria are both on the steeple.  9:45 Chicks have settled down now while Kingsley and Victoria remain on the steeple.  09:50 Kingsley and Victoria off the steeple. Victoria over to the nest ledge and on to her favorite spot on the top rail of CHFI. Kingsley sets down on the south roof edge of CHFI. Victoria is not there long and it's off to chase down a gull. I guess it was not much of a challenge as she gave up and sets down on the steeple again. 10:20 Kingsley remains on CHFI. Victoria remains on the steeple.

11:20 Kingsley to the nest ledge, and then over to the steeple. All three chicks are visible. Jasmine is on the ledge looking out towards the east, her siblings are sitting behind her. Victoria is over head circling the area and eventually makes her way to the nest. Vocalizing can be heard during this time. Victoria steps into the nest briefly and out again and over to the Trust. Victoria leaves the Trust and heads to the south-east. Kingsley  is off in the same direction. They both are seen circling the area. Victoria makes her way toward the nest area and then into the nest. She reappears and heads to the steeple. 11:30 Chicks are not visible at this time. Kingsley returns to the nest ledge briefly and then over to the south side of # 33 Victoria St. It sure does appear that the adults are showing the young ones "how to fly"

12:00 The adults are constantly moving from one spot to the other, making brief stops at the nest ledge and then off again. One chick can be seen on the left side of the nest area, with it's wing draped over the edge. I guess it is trying to cool off.  1:30 Jasmine on nest ledge doing a lot of flapping and kicking up a lot of feathers as the breeze from each flap blows the air around in the nest area. The other two chicks are not seen at this time. The air is getting thick downtown and it is becoming difficult to see towards the west. The haze is terrible.

1:45 Kingsley on the Scotia Tower.  2:50 Jasmine and Trillium can be seen at the nest ledge far left-hand side. Kingsley is now on the Trust. Victoria has not been spotted. Workers on the roof-top of building on the corner of King and Toronto St. It appears they are installing scaffolding on the roof.  3:00 Kingsley to the nest ledge.  3:10 All three chicks are visible.  3:20 Jasmine is vocalizing and doing more and more flapping. The other two, Trillium and Angus, appear to be relaxed and unresponsive to Jasmine's behavior. Kingsley and Victoria are in the area circling directly above us, as if they are enticing Jasmine to come out and join them. The adults periodically set down in some of the usual spots and then are off again.  3:30 Kingsley on the Trust. Jasmine and Trillium are at the nest ledge. Victoria is on the steeple.  3:50 Victoria off the steeple. Kingsley off the Trust. Jasmine and Trillium on the ledge and Angus can be seen sitting in behind them.  4:00 Chicks have stepped back into the nest area. The air is absolutely terrible downtown. One can hardly see the outline of the Scotia Tower and the nest building is slowly disappearing in the smog.  4:45 Jasmine has reappeared on the nest ledge. Adults are not in view at this time.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  I was at the nest site from 7 to 8:30 this morning.  Its amazing how much the little ones have grown since I saw them last week.  They have gone from fluff balls to having most of their feathers in.  One was spending a lot of time on the ledge flapping and walking.  I was afraid it was going to try and take off.  One of the other chicks would join it on the ledge from time-to-time.  It still had fluff on it.  You could see the smallest chick, which had a rather fluffy head every once and while.  Through out this period, both parents were seen and heard in the area on various buildings. At one point they were tag teaming a group of pigeons.  Kingsley eventually caught something and was chowing down on one of the buildings.  

Thursday June 14, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  07:20 Walking south along Toronto St. Kingsley and Victoria are seen on the north/west corner # 1 Toronto St. cleaning prey. Viewing from Leader Lane, Jasmine and Trillium are at the nest ledge.  07:35 A lot of flapping can be seen behind Jasmine who remains on the nest ledge. She steps back off the ledge and vocalizing can be heard and more flapping. Victoria is found on the steeple of St. James Church.

08:30 Kingsley is on the ledge to the left of the nesting area. Victoria has moved off the steeple. 09:00  Kingsley on the Scotia Tower, bottom ledge. Victoria is not visible at this time. 09:10 Kingsley off the Tower and heads for the left-hand ledge.  09:50 Viewing with a high power scope, Kingsley on #33 and one can actually see a silver coloured band on his leg. This is a treat, to be able to see such detail. Victoria is on the loop of the CHFI antenna. I now can see how she is able to balance herself. She has her  talons grasped around the area where the two loops of the antenna connect. Amazing! She also has a silver coloured band around her left leg.

10:30 Kingsley on ledge to the left of the nesting area. Victoria is no longer on the antenna. The sun remains on the nest ledge and the chicks are not seen at this time.  10:50 Kingsley off the ledge and circles the area above us. He slowly makes his way towards Church and Front St. and is moving slowly in a south-east direction. He appears to be in the Jarvis and Queen Quay area. 11:00 Flurry activity now, Kingsley is coming in from the north over # 70 King St.  Kingsley is directly above us and a gull is directly above Kingsley. Once again we ask," Who is hunting Whom" This gull is definitely following Kingsley. Victoria appears out of blue and joins Kingsley to chase off this annoying gull activity. The gull finally moves out of the area, and Kingsley sets down on the south side of the spire.

11:10 Kingsley off the spire and to the nest ledge.  11:25  Kingsley off the ledge and heads towards the north.  11:30 Kingsley has returned and is seen on the top rail of CHFI. He is facing the south-east.  11:50 Kingsley off the top rail, and over to the bottom ledge of the Trust facing towards the nest.  Victoria  is now seen on the north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel. Jasmine and Trillium are sitting at the nest ledge, chicks can be heard vocalizing. Jasmine is growing fast, and some people who are stopping to take a look, are asking if Jasmine is one of the adults.  12:15 Victoria on steeple. Kingsley has moved off the Trust.  12:50 Adults have moved off theirs previous spots. Jasmine on the nest ledge doing a lot of flapping and vocalizing.  1:15  Jasmine remains on the ledge. She has been their a long time now. Adults are not seen.  1:55 Jasmine remains on the ledge, with a wing flap and a little periodic preening. Angus and Trillium not visible. Adults are not in view.

3:00 Jasmine has moved to the far left-side of the nest area ledge.  3:30 Kingsley into the nest with food, after a successful hunt in the direct area. Victoria on middle ledge of the Trust.  3:45 Kingsley out of the nest and over to the area to the right of the power cable area. Jasmine is at the very edge of the nest ledge, looking over and down towards the street. Second chick (can't tell which one) can be seen on the right-hand side of the nest area.  4:10 Kingsley off the right-hand ledge and over to # 33 Victoria St.. Victoria remains on the middle ledge of the Trust.  4:20 Kingsley moves to the ledge to the left of nest area. Victoria remains on the Trust. The chicks are not visible at this time.

Wednesday June 13, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  7:00 Jasmine at nest ledge under power cable. Adult to nest ledge vocalizing and off again towards the east. Second adult off # 33 and over towards the King Edward Hotel. Jasmine has stepped back from nest ledge. Food into the nest.  7:35 Two chicks at nest ledge. Flapping can be seen in behind the other two. They are really starting to become active.  07:45 On chick sitting on the ledge, facing inwards. This is something new for her.

08:20 Victoria on steeple. Chick sitting on nest ledge. Very curious at it's environment and appears to be tracking other birds in flight over head.  08:30 Victoria remains on steeple, Jasmine on ledge.  08:50 Jasmine has stepped back into nest. Kingsley to nest ledge, steps into the nesting area and re-appears at the ledge. He looks back into the nest again and then off and over to # 33. I wonder if he is showing the chicks how to fly. His departure from the ledge was slower this time. A few moments later, Jasmine appears on the ledge and is looking over to # 33 Victoria St. where Kingsley is sitting. A lot of flapping and walking around in the nest area. I have not seen Jasmine flap her wings at the nest ledge as yet.

09:00 Jasmine and her younger brother are both on the nest ledge together.  They are not there very long and both step back into the nest area .  09:30 Kingsley off # 33. Jasmine appears at the nest ledge briefly and then steps back again.  10:05 Kingsley at the nest ledge. Youngest chick visible (Angus)  10:15 Kingsley over to # 33.  11:00 Kingsley to nest ledge.  11:20 Kingsley remains at the nest ledge, facing into the nest. Chicks are not visible at this time.  

3:00 Jasmine sitting at nest ledge.  3:55 Kingsley on middle ledge of the Trust. Victoria not seen. It has become so hazy that one cannot even see the Scotia Tower clearly.  4:20 Kingsley off the Trust and over to the south side of CHFI.  4:30 Chick can be seen flapping and really excreting it's wings.  4:40 Victoria is spotted on the spire, south arrow.  4:50 Victoria off spire and is now circling over the Leader Lane area.  5:00 Jasmine on the ledge facing east. All three chicks can now be seen. They are growing so quickly. It's  really a  wonderful thing to see all three young together sitting so quietly.

Tuesday June 12, 2001
Marcel Gahbauer reports:  The Toronto chicks were banded this morning by Pud Hunter and Mark Heaton of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, in front of an appreciative public audience in the Royal Windsor Room of the King Edward Hotel.  Our thanks to the King Edward Hotel for providing this room for our use, and to Solor for providing the swing stage for access to the ledge for today's event.

The chicks proved to be older than expected, and were therefore very strong and more challenging than usual to control.  As usual, each was provided with a pair of leg bands, and was weighed to determine sex.  The female proved to be one of the heaviest peregrine chicks ever banded in Ontario, and the males also weighed much more than the 570-650 gram range which males normally fall within.  Names for the chicks were selected by the downtown volunteers following the banding.  Trillium may be ready to fly as early as this weekend (June 16/17), while the other will be taking to the air next week.  Volunteers to help with the fledgling watch are needed as always; please contact us for more information.

NAME SEX AGE WEIGHT
Jasmine female  32 days 1140 grams
Trillium male  35 days 751 grams
Angus male  30 days 727 grams

Linda Woods reports:  7:00a.m.  The swing stage wires can be seen hanging down the side of # 18 King St and it looks like it's going to be a beautiful day. Victoria is on the CHFI antenna, Kingsley is sitting on the centre ledge of the Trust building and one chick can be seen siting on the nest ledge, under the power cable.  7:15 Victoria leaves the antenna and heads for the spire of St. James, briefly and off again, heading south-west towards the King Edward Hotel. She is after a pigeon that came out of the nook. She gave a good chase along King St. toward Bay, and I lost sight of her.  7:25 All 3 chicks are visible from Leader Lane. The oldest chick enjoying the view and the warm sun, while sitting on the ledge.  7:35 Food into the nest. We did not see which adult delivered, so we decide to leave the Leader Lane area and head for the Parish Hall on Church St.

7:55  Victoria is on the steeple. Chicks are not visible at this time.  8:10 Fog has moved into the area and it is difficult at times to see at great distances, especially when looking for birds, perched on tall building corners.  Both adults are seen circling the area once and then Kingsley sets down on the nest ledge. Victoria over to the north-east corner of the north side service area, of # 18 King.. Kingsley now over to CHFI.  08:30 Kingsley and Victoria are doing a lot of vocalizing and swooping as last minute preparations are being completed. The aerobatics are incredible. Chicks are not visible at this time.

9:00 - 10:00 During this time the adults are showing typical behavior of defending the nest. A lot of swooping and alarm vocalizing can be heard. The adults are constantly on the move always Changing directions in which the approach the intruders. During the raising of the swing stage, the chicks (one visible at first) are now hidden and cannot be seen.  A lot of people have gathered at Leader Lane to get a glimpse of these rare birds in flight. One little girl has even brought pictures to show me, "the birds from the net" and wanted to see them fly.

10:40 Banding went uneventful. The people that gathered to observe the banding procedure, showed great fascination and appreciation for the opportunity to do so. It was wonderful to see people of all ages attending and show a true interest in the wildlife of downtown Toronto.  11:30 Victoria can be seen on # 33 Victoria St. and Kingsley is on the CHFI rail. Chicks are not visible at nest ledge. No movement noted at nesting area.  

1:00 Both adults are seen chasing a gull. They are chasing just about anything that moves. I guess the are still in alert mode and want to make sure nothing wanders into the area again. As they make their way east towards the church, the gull turns and starts following one of the adults. I think this is very interesting to see and as I loose sight of both the adult and the gull, the gull is seen moving very quickly in the opposite direction, of course with the adult peregrine in hot pursuit. The gull eventually leaves the area unharmed.  2:00 Kingsley on middle ledge, west side of Trust. Victoria on bottom ledge, east side of Trust.  3:30 After the rain stops. Victoria is seen on the steeple. Kingsley is on the south side of the spire.  Kingsley is last seen coming off the spire and heading north. 

Monday June 11, 2001
Zoe Berger reports:  11:00 - None of them in sight - people or falcons  11:25 - Kingsley to nest building roof from east - Scotia Plaza still under haze/fog  11:30 - See Victoria on spire - didn't see her land.  Kingsley off nest building - I was watching Victoria so didn't see where he went. 12:00 - both adults on spire, quite high up.

Linda Woods reports:  12:05 Victoria on the steeple. The chicks are not visible at this time. The Scotia Tower is in a fog.  12:50 Victoria remains in the same spot.  Kingsley is on the steeple, near the top in the black section. One of the chicks is doing a little bit of flapping. 1:00 Victoria has moved to the top rail of CHFI.  A woman  from # 18 King St. (M.C.) stopped by Leader Lane and told me, as she was walking along Victoria Street (underneath the nest area) that she had been "blessed" by one of the chicks.  Funny, I saw it happen.

1:15 Adult on the south side of the spire weather vane. Kingsley now to the ledge, left of the nest and is vocalizing. Victoria now on the Trust. Kingsley leaves the ledge and over to #33 Victoria St. briefly and off again.  1:40 Victoria off Trust and over to the steeple.  2:00 Victoria off the steeple and over to the top rail of CHFI and is facing the south-west.  

Zoe Berger reports:  2:55 - Victoria to bottom step of Trust building.  Then I see both adults flying over nest building and both back on Trust.  3:05 - K & V suddenly swooping over the nest building - don't see any birds in sight.  V back on Trust.  3:10 - Victoria off Trust building and swooping again over nest building - at this point I realize must be someone on the roof as they are both circling nest building now  and still no other birds in sight - can hear lots of vocalizing.  3:13 - Victoria is circling and lands on rail of cooling tower (CHFI) - Kingsley on TOP of Trust building - not his usual spot - still lots of vocalizing  3:15 - Finally a human head appears on the roof of nest building - both K & V dive bombing like crazy.  From this point on to 4:30 the 2 adults are back and forth from Trust building, CHFI and swooping with occasional landing on various boxes in the nest area - checking out the cables etc.  At one point they both sat quietly watching - extremely vigilant.

Linda Woods reports:  3:35 They have started to erect the equipment needed for tomorrow's banding and this activity has Victoria and Kingsley on alert. The adults are doing a lot of swooping the people on the roof-top. Lots of vocalizing from both Kingsley and Victoria as they investigate the possible intruders. They are staying very close to the nest area and on occasion will stop at the nest ledge and then fly off again. One of the chicks can be seen sitting under the power cable hook-up. At first glance I thought it was another adult, but it is one of the chicks. Markings are clearly visible. This chick is very interested at what is happening beyond the ledge. It is keeping close watch on Kingsley and Victoria.

3:45 Victoria on the roof of the nest building. Kingsley on the CHFI.  3:55 Three chicks can be seen. The largest in the same spot as before and the other two, in the far left side of the nest area. The adults are still in "alert mode" and vocalizing.  4:25 Both adults are on the south-side of CHFI. It appears the activity on the roof top of the nest building has stopped. The adults appear to have settled down a bit.  4:45 Victoria off CHFI and heads towards the west.  5:00 Kingsley remains on CHFI. Victoria is seen circling the area and sets down on the bottom ledge, west side of the Trust. Chicks are not visible at this time.  5:50 Largest chick is visible again. It seems to enjoy that spot under the power cable hook-up. The adults have seem to settled down, now that the people have departed from the roof of # 18 King St.

Sunday June 10, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
08:30 Adult on Tower, bottom ledge. 2nd adult on the National Trust building. 08:50  Kingsley remains on Tower, bottom ledge. Victoria on the Trust. I chick can be seen at the far left-hand area of the nest.  08:55 Kingsley off the Tower in a stoop. Victoria off the Trust and headed south. Kingsley circles the Tower briefly and returns to the nest area. He stops at the ledge and vocalizes into the nest. After giving the kids "the what for" he is off again, circles in front of the ledge and comes to rest on far right-hand ledge. Victoria has returned to the centre step of the Trust.  

09:25 Victoria off the Trust and returns to the nest ledge. She too can be heard vocalizing. Kingsely is off during the vocalizing from Victoria and he sets down on the ledge beneath the power cable. Victoria then steps into the nest.  09:40 Victoria out of the nest and heads to south-east over the KEH. She circles and back to the nest ledge briefly and is off again. She circles the area and then comes to rest at the ledge of the south service area of the nest building. She is not there very long and she returns to the nest. Meanwhile a gull wanders into the area and Kingsley decides to take care of the situation. A lot of screaming, but the gull manages to move along unharmed and Kingsley returns the right-hand side of the nest area.

10:05 Kingsley at the nest ledge. Victoria is doing a lot of "scouting" the area. As if she were looking for someone or something. She is circling low, directly over the nesting area ( Toronto, King and Court St. area) She returns to the grated area (left of the nest ledge)briefly and off again, circles in front of the nest ledge and then into the nest. She is doing a lot of vocalizing. Kingsley remained at the nest ledge the whole time and when Victoria entered the nest, Kingsley followed her and he disappeared behind the nest pillar. 10:20 Kingsley is on the ledge, left of the nest. He is off and heading west.  11:30 Adults have not been seen since. They are probably in some shady area. No movement from the chicks.

12:05 Kingsley appears on the ledge to the right of the nest ledge. 2 Chicks are visible, one in each "square" sitting in the shade.  12:35 Kingsley off the ledge and heading to the south-west. Chick is visible left-hand side of the nest.  12:45 Both adults approach the nesting area from the south. Adult sets down on the left-hand side of nest area. Second adult to the south-side of # 33 Toronto briefly, and they are both off again and heading west. They are both seen making their way up the east side of the Scotia Tower. 1:00  Both adults return to the area left of the nest. Each adult is sitting on the grated area ledge (one in each square) It is rare to see them sitting so close to each other, but it seems that this becoming more frequent as the chicks age.  1:30 I wasn't expecting to sit so close for so long, but eventually Kingsley is off and Victoria remains in the same spot.

2:00 Kingsley on the bottom ledge of the Scotia Tower. Victoria remains in the same spot.  2:30 Victoria off and over towards CHFI. It appears she may have set down on the south roof, but I was not in an area where I could see unobstructed. Kingsley off the Tower. I just had a glimpse of one of the adults heading west between the nest building and the Trust. Adult is now seen on the bottom ledge of the Tower again. 2:50 Adult off the tower and is seen heading south.  3:10 Both Kingsley and Victoria are seen on the Tower. They are once again sitting next to each other, on the same ledge, centre of the "V" left-hand side. 3:40 Adults remain on the same ledge on the Tower. Victoria looks " busy" up there. She is walking around, checking things out. Different.  One chick can be seen at the base of the nest pillar. 

4:00 Both adult off the Tower. I was starting to wonder if they were ever coming down. Adult arrives on the ledge to the left of the nest area. As I look through my binoculars and try to identify which adult this is, I have to laugh, as I am looking, the adult cocks it's head twice as if to say "who are you looking at" He is off the ledge and over to # 33 Victoria St.  Victoria is now seen on the far north, east side of the nest building, same ledge level as the nest. I have never seen the adults in this spot before. She is off and over to the left of the nesting area, briefly and off towards the east. She eventually sets down mid-way up the steeple.

4:10 Kingsley off # 33, circled the area over the area of # 1 Toronto, then the King Edward Hotel flapping could be seen just as he passed over the hotel, in the area of the pigeon "nook" He returns to the nest ledge and steps into the nest. Victoria remains on the steeple. 4:20 Viewing from the Parish Hall location. Kingsley can be seen feeding 3 chicks. Victoria remains on the steeple. 

Saturday June 9, 2001
The Canadian Peregrine Foundation is pleased to invite the public to attend the banding of the Downtown Toronto chicks on Tuesday June 12 at 10 am.  The three chicks will be collected from the nest site at around 9:45 am, courtesy of the Solar swing stage company, and will be brought to the King Edward Hotel for banding.  Everyone is welcome to attend the King Edward Hotel to observe the banding process, which is expected to last no longer than half an hour, at which time the chicks will be brought directly back to the nest again.  A full report on the banding event will be posted on this page on Thursday June 14

Linda Woods reports:  08:00 Kingsley at the nest ledge, 2 Chicks visible at base of nest pillar. Victoria on middle ledge, east side Trust  08:45 Victoria off Trust.  08:50 Kingsley on # 33 Victoria St. Victoria is seen heading towards the nest building.  Victoria into nest.  09:00 Kingsley on spire of St. James.  09:15 Victoria on steeple and Kingsley has moved.  09:35 Viewing from Parish Hall Location. Victoria on steeple  09:50 Victoria off steeple heading towards the north-west.  10:15 Both adults have not been seen recently and no activity from the chicks.  10:20 Kingsley in the nest area.  10:35 Kingsley left the nest and then returned.  11:20 Victoria on CHFI. Kingsley out of the nest. One chick visible, left hand side of the nesting area.  11:30 Adult on Tower (is it the 3rd peregrine?)  11:45 Victoria off CHFI. Kingsley on nest ledge.

12:15 Male seen approaching the nesting area from over the King Edward Hotel and heading north. A lot of flapping and vocalizing can be heard.  12:17 Adult out of nest, circled the nest area and then off towards the east. Kingsley to the steeple. I am sure it was him seen coming out of the nest.  12;30 Kingsley off steeple and heads for the bottom ledge of the Trust. Some vocalizing heard. He then leaves the Trust  and sets down on the roof of the nest building and is facing the south-west.  12:35 Kingsley off the roof after a gull and returns. Adult on Spire, west side. Adult off spire and then Kingsley leaves the roof-top of the nest building.  12:42 Kingsley into nest with prey. He is not there long and is seen a few moments later on the nest ledge. He is then off to # 33, where he can be seen rubbing his beak on the edging of the roof edge and cleaning his talons.  12:50 Kingsley remains on # 33. 3 Chicks are visible from the Leader Lane area.

1:15 3 Chicks are visible. Kingsley on the ledge to the right of the nest area.  1:20 Kingsley off this spot. Viewing from Parish Hall does not give a wide area of viewing and I did not see in which direction he went.  1:30 Kingsley has returned to the far north ledge of the nest building ( far right of the nest area). Victoria on steeple.  1:33 Victoria off steeple and heads west.  2:20 Adults are not seen at this time and the chicks have settled.  2:42 Kingsley is seen circling the Scotia Tower. He sets down on the second step from the top, south side. Victoria is seen flying behind him and as he sets down, she continues towards the south-west.  3:05 Victoria on CHFI, 2 chicks are visible in the nest.  3:15 Adult with prey into nest.

3:50 Kingsley on the ledge to the right of the nest. Victoria on steeple.  3:55 Victoria off steeple. Kinglsey remains in the same spot.  4:00 Kingsley off the right-hand ledge.  4:10 - 4:45 Victoria on Trust, bottom ledge, south-west side. Chicks are visible during this time.  4:50 Victoria off the Trust.  Two adults are seen on the Tower.  5:00 Victoria remains on the Tower. Kingsley is off and moves to the 2nd ledge from the top.  5:10 Kingsley is seen coming off the Tower and heading to the south-west. Victoria is now off the Tower.  5:17 Kingsley and Victoria are both on the Tower, bottom ledge. I rarely see them sitting on the same ledge at the same time.  6:40 Viewing from Queen's Quay near Redpath Sugar.  Kingsley on the Tower bottom ledge.

Friday June 8, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Our arrival at 7:04am found Kingsley and Victoria on the National Trust building.  Kingsley took off and landed on Scotia Plaza at 7:21 and returned to the nest site at 7:24.  Victoria took off and soared motionless above Scotia Plaza at 7:31.  She then caught a large white pigeon, took it to the south roof of 33 Toronto and began to clean it.  White feathers were everywhere. At 7:50 the intruding male was westbound above King with prey in its talons.  Kingsley took chase and they disappeared down King, out of view.  Victoria immediately flew into the nest and began to feed the chicks.  At 8:01am Victoria appeared on the nest ledge. Three small heads could be seen just back of her.  At 8:04, Victoria chased another adult with food in its talons, south across King St.  A few minutes later, she flew over to the CHFI building, visited the nest briefly at 8:13 and then went back to the CHFI building.  Wing flapping could be seen from the nest area. Victoria returned to the nest at 8:33am and disappeared from view.

Linda Woods reports:  09:40 (Leader Lane) No activity seen in the nest, Kingsley and Victoria not visible.  10:00 Kingsley to the nest ledge, then stepped behind the pillar.  11:15 Adult out of the nest and over towards the King Edward Hotel. Kingsley seen at nest ledge and then off to CHFI briefly and returns to the grated area left of the nest ledge. He is not there long and he does one fly around and then into the nest briefly, back out and over the King Edward Hotel.  11:40 Victoria into nest, reappearing on the nest ledge, steps back into the nest, reappears at the ledge, steps back into the nest and reappears once more on the ledge and then off towards the east over # 1 Toronto St.  11:45 Adult on the bottom flat surface of the spire, it appears to be walking around. It eventually stops and it is now facing the north-west.  11:55 Adult off spire and heads east towards Jarvis St. and banks north.

12:10 Kingsley on Trust briefly and then to the nest ledge, and then off to # 33 Toronto St and then off again.  12:15 Victoria into the nest and out again towards the east. Adult seen heading west between the nest building and the Trust building flying low.  12:20 Chick visible at the nest ledge. Kingsley and Victoria not in view at this time.  12:30 Kingsley on the steeple and then off circles over the nest building  and back towards the south-east along King St. in front of the King Edward Hotel and then lost sight of him. Chick can be seen in the far left-hand side of the nest area.  12:50 Adult on Scotia Tower, 2nd ledge from the top, south-east side  1:00p.m. Adult off the Tower, Victoria into the nest.  1:20 Adult on Tower has moved to the 4th ledge from the top, south-east side.  1:25 Adult remains on the Tower. 2 Chicks visible at nest ledge.

1:30 Adult off the Tower. Kingsley is on the grated area to the left of the nest ledge. Victoria on middle ledge of the Trust, east side and then off towards the north.  2:25 Possible sighting of 3rd adult on Scotia Tower, south side top, Kingsley on the north side at the same time, looks like a male. Alien bird off the tower in a stoop. Kingsley off the Scotia shortly afterward.  2:40 male seen top step Scotia Tower, south side. Kingsley?  3:00 Victoria seen coming into the area from the south. Into nest with prey. Kingsley following right behind her and sets down on roof of nest building, then off to the north-east.  3:25 Victoria out of nest and over to CHFI.  

3:30 Victoria off CHFI and heads west. Kingsley over to the grated area, to right of the nest area.  3:40 2 chicks visible, one is doing some serious preening and flapping.  4:35 Kingsley off grated area and to the nest ledge briefly and the off and over to # 33.  4:42 Adult is seen on the bottom ledge of Scotia Tower.  4:50 Kingsley is on the Tower, Victoria is now seen on the Trust.  5:10 K and V remain in same areas.  5:20 Kingsley off Tower and to the bottom ledge of the Trust, south side. Victoria off the Trust and heads south over the King Edward Hotel and then she heads west.

5:35 Male on steeple, south-east side, last level of knobs, in the blackened area, near the top. Very difficult to see, and I have never seen him sitting in that area before. Victoria has returned to the Trust briefly. Victoria off the Trust again, Kingsley off the steeple.  5:37 Victoria into nest with prey. Kingsley following her. She enters the nest while he continues on pass the nest area and is last seen heading towards Adelaide St. He is now circling north of Adelaide St and the into a stoop towards the Tower.  5:45 Kingsley not in view, and I have not seen Victoria leave the nest, unless she slipped out while I was not looking.

Thursday June 7, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  11:15 (Leader Lane) Kingsley at the nest ledge. Victoria out of the nest and headed over the King Edward Hotel. One chick visible, snookered into the corner of the right-hand pillar.  11:20 Victoria was seen heading west, circled and returned to the nest. When she approaches the nest she generally does not stop of the ledge first, but flies directly behind the pillar. Kingsley always stops on the ledge first, then hops behind the nest pillar. At this time Kingsley remains on the ledge and after Victoria is in the nest, he heads over to # 33 Victoria St. 11:40 Victoria out of the nest and over to # 33. Kingsley has departed.  11:55 Kingsley to the roof-top of the nest building, briefly and then heads towards Adelaide St. Victoria off #33.

12:05 (viewing from Court St. Park) 2 Chicks visible, left side of the nest area.  12:25 Kingsley at nest ledge. 2 Chicks remain visible from the Court St. Park. One chick is obviously larger than the other. The larger one is very active and is flapping it's wings, while the other looks on. 12:45 Kingsley remains at nest ledge. Chicks not visible at this time.  1:00 Adult (Victoria?) is seen circling the area over Adelaide and Lombard St.  Kingsley at nest ledge. Chick visible at the base of the nest pillar.  1:15 Victoria into the nest briefly and out again. Kingsley off the nest ledge. Chick still visible at the base of the nest pillar.  1:30 Kingsley on grated area to the left of the nest ledge.  2:00 Kingsley to the roof-top of the nest building then off again.

2:15 (viewing from Leader Lane) Chick visible. Kingsley and Victoria not seen.  2:25 Victoria to grated area, left of the nest ledge briefly and then off and over to the steeple of St. James. 2:45 Kingsley to the ledge on the right hand side of the nesting area. Victoria seen on the bottom ledge of the Trust. She is looking very "rusty colored" at this time of day, and sitting in this light.  3:00 Kingsley and Victoria remain in the same spots.  3:10 Kingsley off the ledge, Victoria remains on the bottom ledge of the Trust, south side.  3:15 Adult on the steeple of St. James. Victoria remains on the Trust.  3:35 Kingsley off steeple. Victoria remains on the Trust.  

3:40 Victoria off the Trust. Gull with food in it's beak, cruising the area and Victoria is after the gull. Victoria pokes the gull and the gull drops the goods. The item falls to the ground with a "clack" and breaks into three pieces. I hesitate for a moment, not sure if I should investigate what was dropped, but I enter the intersection of Leader Lane and King St. and discover it's "pizza bones" dried out old pizza crust. After the chase Victoria heads towards the steeple and sets down briefly, and then over to the top rail of CHFI. Kingsley circles the nest building, sets down on the nest ledge and then over to # 33 Victoria St. Chick can be seen stretching it's wings.

3:45 - 3:55 2 Chicks can be seen. Kingsley and Victoria are off their spots. Someone is on the roof of # 33 Victoria St and has the adults riled. A lot of vocalizing is heard and the  adults can be seen diving and swooping the roof-top area of # 33. They circle the roof for a while and then Kingsley sets down on the ledge to the far right of the nesting area.  4:15 Kingsley off the ledge and heads towards Adelaide St.  4:20 Kingsley returns to the ledge.  4:25 A lot of vocalizing from Kingsley and he is off towards the north. He returns to the grated area briefly and then to south side of CHFI. Victoria appears out of the north and swoops the area of the nest building once and then over to the top rail of CHFI. Kingsley now moves to the roof-top of nest building.  4:40 Kingsley remains on the roof-top.  

4:50 Kingsley off the roof and heads north and eventually sets down on the steeple, shortly after Victoria is seen there. This is odd to see them sitting so close together on the steeple. This did not last very long, the next time we look over, Victoria has moved over a "knob" or two. I guess she just wants her "space" Kingsley leaves the steeple and heads to the north-west.  Victoria off steeple and heads north. She is next seen on the north side of the nest building roof-top. ( this area is becoming a common spot) She is not there long  and off to the steeple again. Kingsley heads to the south side of CHFI.  Both Kingsley and Victoria are on the steeple again  5:25 Kingsley is now on CHFI and Victoria was not seen for a while, but she eventual returns to the steeple. 

Harry Crawford reports:  When I arrived at Leader Lane at 1:02pm a male peregrine was on the very top of the St. James spire.  It took off to the south east at 1:08pm.  This is not a usual place for the downtown peregrines. During this time Kingsley was on the nest ledge.  He took off at 1:10.  One of the chicks was visible in the nest area.  At 1:22 Victoria was on the nest ledge and Kingsley on National Trust.  He flew to the nest ledge at 1:30 and Victoria took off to the east. Kingsley moved to the east roof area of the nest building at 1:56pm. 

Wednesday June 6, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the chicks could be seen from Church St. at 9:47am.  Half the body was visible.  At this time, Kingsley left the same area.  A lot of motion could be seen behind the pillar.  Victoria was likely feeding the chicks.  At 9:52 Kingsley was on the ledge of the second balcony from the north.  Victoria took off to the building just south east of the CHFI building, landing on the south east corner of the penthouse.  At 9:55 she flew to the St. James spire.  At 10:10 one of the chicks was visible from Leader Lane -- one white head and two large black eyes.  This was repeated several times throughout the morning.  At 10:14 Kingsley dropped down to the floor, passed north past the pillar and reappeared on the north balcony ledge.  At this time, one of the chicks was running up and down the floor area of the nest ledge flapping its wings.  All you could see were the wing tips.  Kingsley disappeared at 11:16 and reappeared at 11:21 on the weather vane of the St. James spire.  He was only there briefly as both he and Victoria disappeared.  He returned to the nest ledge for a minute and then moved to the east roof ledge, finally disappearing to the north at 11:32am.  Victoria was back on the St. James spire between 11:24 and 11:30.

Linda Woods reports:  11:35a.m. When I arrived at Leader Lane this morning, Kingsley and Victoria are seen coming out of the west along King St. towards the nest building. Kingsley sets down on the nest ledge while Victoria continued north. Kingsley off the nest ledge and over to CHFI briefly and then returns to the nest building and sets down on the far right square.  11:40 Kingsley off, and heads north.

12:10 Both Kingsley and Victoria are approaching out of the north. Victoria into the nest, Kingsley sets down in the same area as previously (far right hand square) Victoria is not in the nest long and she is off with prey in her talons?  Although we did not see her take prey into the nest we are certain she had something when she flew out. She is seen heading west along King St towards Yonge. She turns at Yonge St towards the south.  12:14 Victoria is now seen on the bottom ledge of the Trust, east side. We cannot see clearly, but it looks like she either has the prey with her or it is just debris stuck to her talons. Further watching and it looks like debris. Kingsley remains in the far right square of the nest building.

12:25 One chick is visible at this time. It is seen in the area to the right of the nest ( power cable square) at the base of the pillar. Kingsley remains in the same area, Victoria remains on the Trust. Now this is where is becomes interesting:  While just looking at the view of the Scotia Tower, not looking for anything in particular, A third peregrine is seen on the very top of the tower. At first we can't identify the bird, because of the light, but we wait until it moves. It disappears and is next seen on the first ledge from the top on the right-hand side. It is sitting like Kingsley, perched on the corner. It then begins to walk along the ledge towards the face of the building, with it wings in full flap (like the immatures on the nest ledge).  This bird has a dark head, white collar, and cream coloured chest.

12:35 Victoria remains on the Trust, bottom ledge, facing west. Kingsley remains on the far right square, facing east. Chicks not visible at this time. Alien bird no longer visible.  12:40 Alien bird is now seen and is off the Tower in a stoop. We are positive now that this is a peregrine. It is too large for a Kestrel. Alien bird is heading for the south-west, at the same time Victoria is off the Trust after a gull. The gull returns to the area and Victoria is coming for a second try. I guess Victoria has now spotted the alien bird coming off the Tower and she immediately heads to the south-west at bullet speed and we lost sighting of her and the alien bird.  All the while Kingsley remains in the same area, I think he might have shifted his weight to the other talon.

1:05p.m. Alien Bird has returned and is seen circling low over  the Trust Building. Kingsley and Victoria have not spotted it. Kingsley is now on the nest ledge and Victoria is on the Trust. Kingsley now flies over to the service area of the nest building and sets down on the ledge level with the nest ledge. He is facing west. Victoria is on the Trust, facing south.  Chick is now visible is the same area as before. Vocalizing is heard from Kingsley. Kingsley off to the north. A few moments later both Kingsley and Victoria are seen together briefly on the middle ledge of the Trust, east side. Kingsley is then off and is seen circling the area of Adelaide and Toronto St.

1:35 Victoria remains on the Trust, middle ledge, east side. Kingsley has not been seen.  2:10p.m. Victoria remains on the Trust. 2nd Adult (Kingsley I assume) is seen circling low over the Trust building. Victoria does not appear to be bothered by this bird, so I guess it is Kingsley.  2:30 Victoria remains on the Trust.  2:35 Kingsley sets down on the bottom ledge of the Trust, while Victoria remains on the ledge above him.  He is not there very long and then they both take off towards the King Edward Hotel. Victoria returns to the CHFI, south side.  2:45 Victoria out from the spot on CHFI, Kingsley to the CHFI top rail. They have done such a quick switch in this area and it is difficult now to identify each adult. Adult to the roof of the nest building, in a new area I have not seen before. It is sitting on the north side and we can only see it's tail feathers. It moves on occasion, but the time of day lighting can be difficult to positively I.D.

3:00p.m. Adult remains on the roof of the nest building, north side.  Chick can be seen flapping up a storm in the nest area. Victoria (or second adult) has not been seen recently and I wonder if it slipped into the nest unseen.)  3:20p.m. (Viewing from Parish Hall) one small little head can be seen. I cannot see if Victoria is in behind the pillar feeding, but it is unlikely at this stage that she would be in there tucked in behind the pillar feeding. The chicks would be too excited for food for them not to be seen.

3:50 (Back to Leader Lane) Adult remains on the roof-top of the nest building, north side. Second adult not seen. chick not visible from Leader Lane.  3:55 AHA! Kingsley off roof-top of nest building chasing a small bird along King St. directly in front of the KEH. The little bird got away, and Kingsley off to the north.  4:15 Kingsley and Victoria not seen. Chicks not visible at this time.  4:30 Victoria on middle ledge of the Trust. Kingsley appears on the ledge, to the right of the nest ledge. 4:45 Kingsley and Victoria are both off again. I have not seen food go into the nest during my time observing. I have only been able to see one chick today. As I leave the area and walk north along Toronto St. I notice Kingsley has return to the nest ledge. Victoria has not been seen in the last 15 minutes.

David Dean reports:  4:50 Sitting at my BCE Place desk, enjoying the view of the harbor, I notice a lovely incredibly white pigeon flying parallel with the harbor up against the Westin Harbor Castle and the AON building. Nice pigeon. The bird flew just out of sight, just west of the AON building when a very familiar streak flew right by my window. Kingsley must have been soaring well above, and north of, BCE Place, as he streaked very horizontally toward the AON building. By the time he reached the AON building, he was almost flying flat and it was probably 10 or 15 seconds since the pigeon was out of view. He disappeared from my view also then. It was about 10 seconds later when I saw Kingsley flapping like mad, with a very, very big white pigeon in tow. He was struggling to stay airborne, he couldn't have been more than 30 feet above the ground, flying east over the eastbound Lakeshore Ave, struggling to get over the elevated Gardiner and then the tracks. I thought he was going to set down on the tracks, but he didn't. I lost sight of the incredibly flapping Kingsley as he flew directly toward the nest site, probably following the roads so that he didn't have to clear buildings.

Tuesday June 5, 2001
David Dean reports: 
9:20 AM Kingsley was just soaring, with prey, over the area of the old Dominion Public Building on Front between Yonge and Bay. I didn't see him grab the brunch, but he first appeared to me fairly low, and he then ascended up to well above BCE Place. He then tucked in his wings, and zipped north following Yonge, just east of Yonge, likely to the nest site. As I was getting settled back into my chair immediately after, Victoria did a quick pass by my window heading toward the nest site. I wonder if she is the feeder? And then very shortly after, I noticed a peregrine soaring over the Westin Harour Castle. I believe it is Kingsley. Once again, quick pass over BCE Place heading north.

Linda Woods reports:  11:00 Victoria out of the nest and over to the Trust.  11:10 Victoria off the Trust and over to # 33 Victoria St.  Kingsley at nest ledge. Chick visible sitting near him  11:15 Victoria off # 33 and heads west between the nest building and the Trust building. Kingsley remains at nest ledge.  11:30 Kingsley remains at nest ledge. Victoria has not re-appeared.  12:05 Victoria is now on # 33 Victoria St. Kingsley remains at the nest ledge.  12:20 Kingsley off the nest ledge to CHFI briefly, then to # 33 and can be seen directly beside Victoria.  12:30 Kingsley returns to the grated area, left of the nest site. He is not there long and he is off, circles and returns to the nest ledge. He is once again off the nest ledge and heads east. Victoria is on the Trust.  12:37 Victoria on the Trust and Kingsley is now on # 33.  1:20 Kingsley is seen coming off the bottom ledge of the Scotia Tower. He circles the nest building and then heads west along King St and then off to the south-west. Victoria not in view.  1:25 Kingsley and Victoria spotted circling the area of Yonge and King St. Kingsley heads to the nest ledge and Victoria to the bottom ledge of the Trust, east side.

1:50 Kingsley off the nest ledge and heads north along Victoria St. Victoria remains on the Trust.
1:55 Kingsley is on the Scotia Tower, bottom ledge. Victoria remains on the Trust. Chick visible at base of the nest pillar.  2:45 Kingsley off the Scotia Tower. Victoria remains on the Trust.  2:50 Victoria off the Trust. Chick visible at the base of the nest pillar.  2:55 Kingsley to the roof-top of the nest building.  3:00 Victoria seen in the area of King  and Bay St. circling.  3:15 Kingsley and Victoria on now seen on the Tower. Bottom ledge and the first ledge above. In this light it is very difficult to identify which one is which.  3:20 Both adults off the Tower in a stoop. Next thing we see are both adults coming in from the east low, along King St. heading west. Kingsley circled back to the nest ledge.  3:35 Kingsley into the nest briefly, pops out the other side of the nesting pillar and off to the west along King St. then heads south at Bay St.. Victoria appears coming in from the west. with prey and into the nest. Kingsley does a fly-by in front of the nesting area, and then heads west again.  

4:00 Victoria out of the nest and off. Viewing from the Parish Hall now, two chicks visible and one very active, flapping it's wings walking the length of the nest area. Black markings on wings visible. The other chick, just sat there and watched the performance.  Today it was noted that anytime Kingsley went to the nest area, he had a preferred spot to set down on. The square with the camera cable, there is a spot of wash on that ledge. He seemed to frequent that spot a lot today.  4:10  Kingsley on the Tower. Victoria not in view. 

Monday June 4, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
10:45 Kingsley on the Trust, bottom ledge east side.  11:00 Kingsley off the Trust, did not see in which direction he went. Victoria is seen in the nest feeding.  11:35 Kingsley on the roof of the nest building.  11:50 Kingsley off the roof of the nest building and heads west. He is seen circling and then last seen heading towards the south-east.  12:00 Kingsley on the Trust, bottom ledge east side.  12:15 Kingsley off the Trust.  12:30 Victoria  on the CHFI building.  12:35 Kingsley has appeared on the bottom ledge of the Scotia Tower. Victoria remains on CHFI.  12:40 Kingsley off the Tower in a stoop and heading east.

12:55 Viewing from the Parish Hall. If you don't see us on the corner of Leader Lane and King St. check the Parish Hall, located near the corner of Church and Adelaide Sts. east side. The Parish Hall location is ideal for spotting the young in the nest, especially after a feeding, however with the height of the buildings it is difficult to track the movements of the adults. 2 chicks can be seen in the nest at this time. They are sitting on the left-hand side of the nest pillar.  

1:20 returned to Leader Lane. Kingsley on the Scotia Tower, 3rd ledge from the bottom.  1:45 Victoria off CHFI. Kingsley remains on the Tower.  2:20 Victoria on the Trust building. This is where everyone thought they were seeing things. While we thought Victoria was on the Trust, an Adult was seen on the Tower. At the same time another Adult appeared on the roof of the nest building. With the light of the day, we thought we were seeing two adult males. It was Victoria.  2:25 Victoria on the Trust, bottom ledge. Kingsley now on the Trust middle ledge.  2:30 Kingsley off the Trust and to the roof of nest building. Victoria remains on the Trust.  2:40 Kingsley off the roof, circles low in the area of the Trust, passes in front of the nest building, and then off towards the west along King St.  3:20 Victoria off Trust, Both adults on the Scotia Tower, north-east side.  

3:35 Kingsley off Tower to the Trust building briefly. He then leaves the Trust to chase a gull out of the area. He returns to the nest ledge for a few moments and then over to # 33 Victoria St. Victoria remains on the Tower.  3:45 Kingsley off #33 to the north facing ledge of the King Edward Hotel. He is not there long and he heads west along King St. circles and returns to the roof of the nest building. Victoria remains on the Scotia Tower.  3:55 Kingsley off the roof of the nest building, heading west along King St. to the Tower. He glides past Victoria. Victoria leaves the Tower and joins him. Both adults are now seen soaring near the top of the Scotia Tower and heading for the south-west.  4:15 Adults have not been seen since they left the Tower area.  4:30 Kingsley now seen in area of the Tower and sets down on the bottom ledge. Victoria still in flight on the east side of the Tower.  

4:40 Kingsley off the Tower.  4:50 Both Kingsley and Victoria are now seen circling high above the area of Jarvis and Front St.  4:55 They are fast! They are both spotted back on the Tower, north-east side.  5:10 Kingsley off the Tower in a stoop and sets down on the grated area to the left of the nesting ledge. Victoria remains on the Tower.  5:20 Victoria off the Tower.  5:25 Kingsley off the grated area.  5:35 Kingsley has returned to the Tower.  6:00 FINALLY!  Victoria is seen entering the nest area to feed the young. I was just about to call for take-out. Kingsley on the roof of the nest building.  6:15 Kingsley over to the Trust.  6:25 Victoria out of the nest and is seen heading north. One chick is visible at this time. I can only see it's head and occasionally it will flap a wing. Parish Hall would have given a better view.

Sunday June 3, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
09:30 Viewing from Parish Hall: Adult out of the nest and appears to have set down on # 1 Toronto St.  Adult on the spire of St. James.  09:33 Adult off the spire, which seemed to entice one of the chicks to emerge from the nest. The chick stretches it's wings and then sits on the ledge directly beside the nest pillar.  09:50 Kingsley on the roof of nest building. The chick then steps back off the ledge and is no longer visible.  10:05 Kingsley went after a gull showing us again his flying skills. Kingsley flew straight up into the air and then came straight down. So fast, so quick, it was amazing! The gull vocalizing as it slowly moved out of the area. Certainly not pleased after it's encounter  with Kingsley. Kingsley is seen after that circling the Scotia Tower and slowly drifting towards the nesting area. He circles and makes his way back towards the Tower and sets down on the second step from the top, right-hand side.

10:30 Kingsley is now seen on the ledge, to the right of the nesting area. One chick can be seen moving around up there, this is probably why Kingsley is at the ledge.  10:35 Kingsley remains in the same spot. Two little heads can be seen in the nest area. Victoria is finally spotted on south-side of CHFI (one of her favourite spots.)

11:10 Chicks periodically visible, as they poke their heads above the ledge.  11:12 Kingsley at the nest ledge.  11:30 Kingsley at the nest ledge. Victoria on CHFI Chick visible on the left side of the nesting area. Kingsley has now moved over to the left.  11:40 Victoria remains on CHFI.  Kingsley is off the nest ledge and is seen circling the Church and Adelaide St. area. He is gaining height and covering a wide area.  12:00 Kingsley still circling the area and makes his way over towards the Scotia Tower. Victoria remains on CHFI. Chicks not visible at this time. Kingsley makes his way to Commerce Court antenna briefly and then off again towards the north-east and he finally sets down on the middle ledge of the Trust.

12:20 Victoria leaves CHFI and sets down on the north-east corner roof-top of the nest building. Kingsley is now circling the area above the nest building.  1:05 Kingsley into the nest. Victoria remains on the north-east corner of the nest building. Kingsley re-appears on the nest ledge.  1:15 Victoria off the N/E corner of the nest building, while Kingsley remains on the nest ledge. Chicks poke their heads up on occasion, but it's clouding over and feels like rain.

2:15 RAIN  3:20 A break in the rain and we set up again at Parish Hall, we weren't there long and it started to rain again. Kingsley is seen on the spire, north side.  3:30 Kingsley off the spire. Victoria not visible. We call it a day. It looks like the rain will be on and off.

Saturday June 2, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
08:45 Kingsley is seen on the bottom ledge of Scotia Tower when I arrive at Leader Lane. Victoria is not seen at this time.  09:20 Kingsley has moved to the second step from the bottom of the Scotia Tower.  09:30 Kingsley has left the tower.  09:43 Kingsley is seen circling above the Trust building,  he approaches the nest area, passes in front of the nest ledge, and then heads west along King St. He then circles back towards the east, travelling along King St. He circles again and then heads west once more, travelling back along King St. towards Yonge.

10:20 Kingsley appears on the bottom ledge of the Trust.  10:25 Victoria into the nest, Kingsley remains on the Trust.  10:33 Kingsley over to the top rail of CHFI, water cooling tower.  10:45
We now are able to see movement in the nest area from one of the chicks. Little white head bopping up and down. Movement it seen at the base of the nest pillar, north side. Adult is on the south side of the nest pillar, facing inwards. This makes the identification a little tricky (is it K or V?)

11:07 Now observing the nest ledge from Church St. outside the Parish Hall. Bruce has his scope with him. Harry, Zoe and myself are using binoculars. Victoria has stepped into the nesting area. Chick is seen on the north side of the nesting pillar. Victoria has re-appeared at the nest ledge. Kingsley is seen on the Tower briefly and is then off.  11:12 Victoria off the nest ledge. The viewing area is very narrow compared to observing from Leader Lane. Parish Hall gives an excellent view of the nest ledge, but limits our observations of the adults arrival and departure from the nest ledge.  11:20 Kingsley to the roof to the nest building. The chick has settled back now and is no longer visible. 11:23 Kingsley off the roof of nest building and is seen diving at a pigeon, hunt unsuccessful.  11:30 Kingsley is on the second step from the top, left-hand side, Scotia Tower. 11:42 Kingsley off the Tower and is circling near the top. He then sets down on the second step from the top, right-hand side. And I guess that was not comfortable and he moves again. This time to the left-hand side of the Tower, 1st step from the bottom.

12:30 Adult to the nest ledge. This adult either entered the nest area or flew off again.  12:35
All three chicks are visible at this time. Wow! this an amazing and wonderful thing to be able to observe. Still viewing from Parish Hall location, one chick is in full view and makes Zoe and I very nervous. This chick appears to be very close to the edge, but we remind ourselves that it is not as close as it appears. The second chick is just to the right of the first chick. The third chick is very near the base of the nest pillar and all we can see is gray fluff.  12:47 First chick to be seen remains sitting near the far left-hand side of the nesting area.

1:05 Chick is no longer in view. Kingsley is on the Trust building.  1:25 Kingsley to the nest ledge.
1:50 Kingsley is on # 33 Toronto. He then is off and is heading north. Victoria is circling Wellington and Church St. area and then sets down on the steeple.  2:00 Kingsley is seen coming in from the west, to the spire of St. James Church.  2;12 Once again, chick visible at the nest ledge. Both adults on the steeple of St. James.  2:20 Both adults off St. James and are circling the area. One heads into a stoop towards King Edward Hotel, I believe it's Kingsley. Victoria is seen circling  the area of the nest building.  2:25 Kingsley to the steeple and off towards the north. Both adults are now seen heading towards the north-west, chasing prey.  2:40 Kingsley on the spire.
2:55 Victoria is seen circling the above the Adelaide St. area. Kingsley remains on the spire.

3:00 K and V seen circling over the Front and Wellington (Church St.) area (over Flatirons) Victoria is off by herself and heads north circling the Church and Adelaide St area, while Kingsley remains circling the Front St area. We lost sight of both adults.  3:35 Kingsley returns to the nest ledge. One chick is sitting directly beside Kingsley. Kingsley looks so proud and regal. What a great picture that would have made.  3:50 Kingsley is now on the Trust briefly and off to the south-west.  3:55 Victoria approaching out of the north-east (Adelaide St.) with prey.  4:00
Kingsley seen circling high above the nesting area and then heading south-east. Moments later both K and V are seen circling the area above the Parish Hall.  4:05 Victoria is in the nest feeding the chicks. One can clearly see this from the street level at the Parish Hall. They are hungry little ones.  4:15 Kingsley is on the steeple while Victoria remains in the nest feeding.  4:20 Victoria out of the nest and is on #1 Toronto.

4:40 Victoria is seen on the north-east corner of the KEH. Kingsley remains on the steeple.The older more visible chick is sleeping, tucked up against the pillar on the north side of the nest ledge, it's head resting on the ledge.  4:55 Kingsley off the steeple to the north-west, circles and then heads south again towards King St. Victoria to the nest, out to the nest ledge and then steps behind the nesting pillar. Kingsley is now seen circling over St. James Church. Victoria is out of the nest and heads towards the east.  5:00 Kingsley circling the Church and Adelaide area.  5:05
Both Kingsley and Victoria are on the steeple.  5:40 Both K and V remain on the steeple. The chicks have settled down now and are no longer visible at this time.  5:43 K and V are no longer on the steeple and the direction in which they went was not seen. It appears to be getting cooler and it looks like rain.  6:00 No sightings of Kingsley and Victoria. It has started to rain. 

Jack Fitch reports:  This morning at about 8:00 I finally got a look at Kingsley and Victoria's chicks. I know they were reportedly seen last weekend but I haven't been able to get a look at them until now.  I saw two chicks. They ventured out past the parapet to be feed but when back behind it after the feeding. I expect we will be seeing more of them in the days to come.

Friday June 1, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
09:00 Both Kingsley are seen on the steeple of St. James Church when I arrive at Leader Lane.  09:07 A more than curious bird appears to be diving at Victoria. She tolerates it for a few moments and then she if off the steeple chasing down this bird, possibly a Kestrel. Victoria is next spotted on the roof-top of the nest building, directly above the nesting area. Victoria is then seen stepping back from the edge and is no longer in view. (possibly with prey, since it was moments earlier she went after the alien bird).  

09:15 Kingsley off the steeple and is heading west. He is next seen circling above the Trust building and then he headed west between the nest building and the Trust building.  09:20 Kingsley is on the Scotia Tower briefly., he leaves the Tower in a stoop and heads to the nest ledge. He sets down on the nest ledge and is heard vocalizing. Victoria at this time is seen on the Trust building, centre step.  09:25 Kingsley remains at the nest ledge. Victoria is off the Trust and is chasing gulls out of the area. She then takes a brief rest stop on the very top of the CHFI antenna.  09:35 Kingsley remains at the nest ledge. After her brief stop on the antenna, Victoria appears in a stoop over the Leader Lane area, chasing gulls again. She circles the area and then sets down on the steeple.  09:55 Kingsley remains on the nest ledge. Victoria on the steeple.  

10:10 Victoria off the steeple and is seen heading west, past the nest building. Kingsley is off the nest ledge and follows her west. It appears they are in pursuit of a pigeon. The pigeon takes a 90 degree left turn at Victoria and King St. with Kingsley and Victoria directly behind it. The outcome of this hunt is unknown. I lost sight of them behind the buildings.  10:15 Both Kingsley and Victoria return to the steeple.  10:35 Both adults are no longer on the steeple. Victoria is seen circling over the Leader Lane area and she sets down on the Trust building. Kingsley is seen heading west between the nest building and the Trust building (along Adelaide St.)  10:45 Victoria off the Trust and is heading east. Kingsley is seen entering the nest. He is there briefly and then off the ledge and heads towards the east. A lot of crows and gulls are seen flying through the area. Kingsley returns to the nest ledge and then steps back behind the nest pillar. He then re-appears on the nest ledge. Victoria approaches the nest ledge from the south-east, with prey and enters the nest. Kingsley leaves the nest ledge and heads towards the east and next seen circling the Leader Lane area.  10:50 Kingsley is now seen heading west.  

11:10 Kingsley on steeple.  11:15 Victoria re-appears on the nest ledge and is off towards the north-east. Kingsley is off the steeple and is seen circling the area above Leader Lane.  11:22 Kingsley on # 33 Toronto St.  11:25 Kingsley remains on # 33 Toronto St. Victoria is seen on the north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel.  11:27 Victoria off the King Edward Hotel and heads to the steeple, to join Kingsley.  11:30 Kingsley off the steeple and heads to the nest ledge,  while Victoria remains. 11:50 Kingsley remains on the nest ledge, Victoria remains on the steeple.  12:10 Kingsley off the nest ledge. Victoria remains on the steeple. Kingsley is now seen circling the area once again and then returns to the roof-top of the nest building briefly and then to the nest ledge.  12:30 It begins to rain, Victoria is last seen on the steeple and Kingsley on the nest ledge.

Thursday May 31, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
3:35 Victoria was on CHFI and off in the direction of Court St. park. She was back within seconds with very obvious prey in her talons. She then heads west along King St. and last seen in the King and Yonge St. area. Kingsley is now on the roof of the nest building.  3:45 Victoria is now on the Trust  building, bottom ledge, right-hand side.  3:55 Kingsley to the nest ledge vocalizing.  4:05 Kingsley off the nest ledge and returns to the roof of the nest building.  4:30 Victoria is no longer on the Trust. Kingsley remains in the same spot.  4:50 Kingsley to the roof of the King Edward Hotel. Victoria appears and joins Kingsley on the north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel briefly. Victoria leaves the corner and is seen entering the nesting area.

5:00 Viewing from the Parish Hall on Church St. Kingsley remains on the roof of the nest building. No activity, nor movement noted at the base of the nest pillar at this time.  5:10 Kingsley is off the roof and is now seen on the Spire of St. James Church.  5:20 Kingsley moves back to the roof-top of the nest building. Victoria is now seen heading west along King St. and a few minutes later is seen soaring near the top of the Scotia Tower.

Wednesday May 30, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
07:30 Both adults are seen on the Trust building. Victoria is on the left side and Kingsley on the right hand side. Kingsley then moves to the roof-top of nest building. 07:50 Kingsley over to the top rail of CHFI  08:35 Victoria at the nest ledge. Kingsley is now on the second ledge of the Trust.  10:35 Kingsley returns to the roof-top of the nest building. Victoria on the bottom ledge, left hand side of the Trust.  11:15 Both adults remain are seen in the same spots.

12:25 Kingsley is on the grated area ledge to the left of the nesting area. Victoria on the Trust briefly and off to the west. She is seen flying in the nesting area and Kingsley off and follows her. Victoria returns and into the nest. Kingsley re-appears on the bottom ledge, right-hand side of the Trust.  1:55 Kingsley to the nest ledge, and then off again.  

5:00 Victoria out of the nest. Kingsley returns to the nest ledge.  5:10 Paul and I saw a bat, coming around the corner of Toronto and King St and head east along King.  5:15 Both adults fly into the nest. Moments later Kingsley appears from behind pillar and is off the ledge towards the north. Victoria appears from behind the pillar and follows Kingsley.  5:30 Kingsley is now on the roof-top of nest building and Victoria soon appears to the bottom ledge of the Trust building.

David Dean reports:  10:50 AM.  Both of the falcons were just hunting over the harbor. I first spotted Kingsley circling in the area of Redpath Sugar, fairly low. I followed him as he ascended, and then returned to the area of the nest site. Seconds later, a familiar fast moving silhouette appeared over the water immediately south of the Toronto Star building. Victoria slid west just past the bottom of Bay St, and then U-turned and followed the waterfront over the Westin, back over the TS, past Redpath and out of my view. I am not sure if I'm just more aware of waterfront activity lately, but Kingsley in particular really seems to spend much more time there than he has in the past. I rarely see them just outside my BCE Place window anymore, and when I do it is almost always out by the water and never in close (which is where I used to see them 80% of the time). Maybe they have developed a fondness for ducks, considering the size of the meal and the increased number of mouths to feed, maybe that is not surprising.

3:30 PM. For the second time today, Kingsley and Victoria were over the water at the same time. I first noticed Victoria coming from the area of the Westin, fast and straight, toward the nest area. Then about 30 seconds later, Kingsley followed in the same manner. They looked like they were coming from the same area, and were returning for the same reason, whatever that may be.  Just as I typed that, Kingsley and Victoria and a hawk blew by my window.  The pair were on the hawk like fighter pilots, taking turns diving on it. That hawk just got smoked!  They chased it all the way to the Air Canada Center! Where I lost both of them, and the hawk.

Tuesday May 29, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
07:20 Victoria into the nest.  07:40 Kingsley onto roof of nest building, Victoria out of the nest and over to CHFI., top rail. Kingsley leaves the roof-top and heads west.
07:55 Victoria over to the Trust.  09:50 Victoria and Kingsley are seen soaring around the top of the Scotia Tower.  10:00 Victoria returns to the Trust.  10:10 Victoria and Kingsley are again seen up around the top of the Scotia Tower. Window washers are out cleaning the east side of the Scotia.

10:20 Kingsley is now on the roof of the Trust building, and Victoria is seen on the centre step of the Trust.  10:35 Kingsley off the Trust and heading west along King St. towards Bay St. Victoria remains on the centre step of the Trust.  10:45 Victoria off the Trust. Both adults are seen in the area of the Scotia Tower again. Victoria sets down on the second step of the Tower briefly and then off in a stoop directly for the nesting area. She then sets down on the centre step of the Trust again.  10:55 Kingsley on the Trust and Victoria has moved again. Did not see in which direction she went.  11:00 Victoria to the corner of # 33 Victoria St with prey. She is there for a brief time cleaning her catch and then she takes the prey into the nest.  11:10 Victoria out of the nest and is seen heading north. Kingsley remains on the Trust. 12:00 Both adults are now seen around the Scotia Tower. Victoria returns to the Trust.  12:05 Kingsley finally appears into view and is chasing a gull over the Leader Lane area. He sets down on the bottom ledge of the Trust. Victoria has remained at her spot.  12:15 Kingsley appears on the grated area, left of the nesting area. Victoria has not moved and is still in the same spot.  1:30 Kingsley is now on the roof of the nest building.  1:40 Kingsley off the roof and heads towards the north.  

1:43 Adult into the nest with prey. To fast to identify which one.  1:50 Kingsley over to the first cornice ledge of the King Edward Hotel north side. Prey has been left there. He picks it up and moves it closer to the wall of the building away from the edge. He is then off the King Edward Hotel, circles over Court and Toronto St and then to the roof-top of the nest building.  2:10 Kingsley and Victoria are now seen on the Trust. Kingsley off and heads north. Victoria is off.
2:40  Victoria in a stoop, out of the west and sets down on the Trust.  2:50 Both adults are now flying together over the King and Leader Lane area for a short time. They eventually set down on the Trust on opposite sides.  3:15 Kingsley on the Tower, second step. Victoria remains on the Trust bottom ledge.  3:25 Kingsley off the Tower to the nest building roof. Victoria off the Trust.
3:30 Victoria into nest with prey. Kingsley off the roof-top and heads towards the north.   3:55
Victoria out of the nest and heads west. 4:25 Victoria is now seen on the Trust building, bottom ledge, right hand side. Kingsley is not in view.

David Dean reports:  6PM. I spotted Kingsley circling fairly low immediately north of the Toronto Star building on the harbour. As he circled, he would come very close to the building, hopefully someone there was watching. I though that he was about to set down on top of the glass condo building across the road, and then atop the Westin, but he continued to circle until he was very very high, well over the water. He flew amongst the gulls for awhile, and then directly north at a gazillion miles an hour, still very high, well above the Canada Trust tower at BCE Place. He may have been heading over to Scotia, but I lost sight of him as he flew over BCE. The whole episode lasted about 5 minutes.

Monday May 28, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
10:30 Kingsley on nesting ledge. Victoria is seen flying on the east side of the Tower and then to the south-west.  11:30 Victoria is spotted in the King and Toronto St. heading north along Toronto, with prey.  11:45 Kingsley remains at nest ledge and I haven't
been able to find where Victoria set down.  12:00 Kingsley off the ledge and heads west along King St. he circles around and then heads back to the nest area and sets down on the roof directly above the nest. Vocalizing heard, must be Victoria, but I still can't spot her. It starts to rain and I head indoors.  4:40 After sunny breaks and a downpour the weather lets up to a steady drizzle. I find Kingsley at the nest ledge facing inwards and Victoria is on the CHFI building.

Sunday May 27, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
06:30 Kingsley is seen on the nest ledge. I went over to the Parish Hall and was not able to detect any movement at the base of the nest pillar. 07:20 Victoria off and chasing the gulls again. She got in a few good pokes before the gull moved on.  Kingsley is now on CHFI. 07:35 Kingsley over to the grated sections, left of the nesting area. Here he does his infamous disappearing act, he steps behind the pillar and appears on the other side. Victoria is now seen on the spire.

07:50 Kingsley has moved to CHFI briefly and then has headed west along King St. He then circle over-head and back towards the west. Victoria is off the spire and chasing gulls.  08:00 Kingsley is seen on the Tower, but a little fog is moving in and I don't think he'll be there long.
08:25 Victoria appears over-head.  Kingsley off the tower in a full stoop, both are hunting a small bird. I loose sight of them. Kingsley is next seen entering the nest, and Victoria sets down on the spire.  09:00 - 09:15 Victoria on # 33 Victoria St.  Kingsley is on the Tower. 

10:30 Kingsley moves to the grated squares, to the left of the nesting area.  10:40 Kingsley now over to # 33. Victoria has moved and is now seen coming out of the west along King St. to # 70 King St. briefly and then she is off circling above.  10:50 Both adults are now on the spire.  11:00 Kingsley now on # 33 cleaning prey, and into nest Victoria is heading to the south west.
11:40  Victoria on the spire.  12:00 Kingsley on the nest ledge. Victoria remains on the spire.

1:00p.m. It has stopped raining and Kingsley is over to # 33. Victoria has remained on the spire.
1:30 Thundershowers, and pouring rain. Kingsley is now at the nest ledge and Victoria remains on the spire. Vocalization heard and Victoria is seen leaving the spire and setting down on the nest ledge. Raining heavily and does not look like it will let-up soon. When we last checked the area at approximately 3:30pm., Kingsley remained on the nest ledge facing inwards and Victoria was not in view.

Saturday May 26, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
Three confirmed chicks, approximately 10-12 days old were seen from the mechanical room of the King Edward Hotel. Confirmation made by Mark Nash and Bruce Massey. This was surprising since we still had not seen any movement at the base of the  nest pillar from street level. We actually saw one of them walking along the length of the nesting area. Observation was done during a feeding at approximately 7:30p.m.

Today's details:  7:00 Kingsley at nest ledge. Victoria not in view.  07:45 Victoria off # 1 Toronto chasing a gull. Kingsley leaves the nest ledge to join her. She gives a good chase and the gull leaves with a few less feathers. Kingsley eventually returns to the roof-top of # 18 and Victoria is seen on the spire at 08:00.  08:15 Victoria off the spire and heads west.  08:25 Victoria into nest with prey. Kingsley is seen on CHFI.  08:35 Victoria out of nest and over to #33. Kingsley is off CHFI and he is vocalizing.  08:50 Victoria  into the nest, briefly and then out and over to # 33 09:00 Kingsley is now seen the Trust while Victoria remains on # 33 Victoria St.  09:25 Kingsley into the nest with prey. Victoria off # 33 and joins Kingsley at the nest ledge. Kingsley leaves the ledge and heads to the south-west and then back to the nest building. He has just performed some spectacular flying skills (inverted loop) and was he fast!

09:50 Victoria is now seen on the spire and Kingsley is at the nest ledge.  10:00 Four Turkey Vultures are seen circling the King and Church St. area. Kingsley and Victoria are off and going to investigate. I guess K and V thought to leave the gang of Vultures to wander away on their own, Kingsley returns to the south-east corner of the nest building roof-top. Victoria in the mean time has caught prey and is seen cleaning it.  10:20 Kingsley is now at the nest ledge.

11:00 Kingsley moves to the Scotia Tower for a short time and then comes off in a stoop, and sets down on the roof-top corner of Court and Toronto St. ( # 13 Toronto) Victoria is on the King Edward Hotel.  11:35 Victoria is off chasing gulls again and finally sets down on the spire. Kingsley is now on the nest ledge.  12:00 I guess these gulls really don't get the message. A lot of gulls circling the area and Kingsley is off to  move them along. Vocalizing is heard and Victoria is off the spire and then returns. Both  adults are seen on the spire at 12:30.

12:45 Kingsley off the spire he does one check on the nest and returns to the spire with Victoria.
1:00 Both adults off the spire. Victoria into the nest. Kingsley is seen heading west along King St. He is next seen circling over the Scotia Tower and into a dive towards the north, circles back, into another dive, flies past us and over to the spire.  3:00 - 3:20 Kingsley went after a gull, in the mean time a Kestrel was after Kingsley. After both the gull and the Kestrel leave the area Kingsley returns to the spire and then to the nest ledge. Victoria is also seen on the spire.
4:00 Victoria off towards the north and Kingsley leaves the nest ledge.  4:30 - 4:45 Victoria is seen briefly on the Trust and then on the Spire with Kingsley.  

5:00 - 5:10 Kingsley flies over to the top of the nest building and then to # 13 Toronto St. He is cleaning prey.  5:20 Both adults into the nest. Kingsley reappears on the ledge and then is off to the east. Victoria reappears and flies over to her favourite spot on the spire.  5:40 Both adults are seen on the spire.  5:55 Victoria off the spire to the King Edward Hotel briefly and then over to the Trust.  6:20 Victoria off the spire and to Revenue Canada. Kingsley is now on the nest building roof-top.  7:00 Both adults on the spire.  7:20p.m. Kingsley on the nest ledge and Victoria on the Trust. 

The rest of the observations are from the mechanical room of the King Edward Hotel.  When we first started observing the nest area from there, I was starting to convince myself that I was seeing things. There was no movement, the adults were not at the ledge, prey had not entered the nest for a long time. I was really unsure if I had seen anything at all. Bruce and Mark didn't see any fluff, no beaks, eyes, or any indication of chicks being there and then it happened, one little squirt was confirmation something was behind the pillar and we were sure it wasn't pigeons being held hostage. We waited until a feeding at approximately 7:30pm. and then we saw them emerge. Definitely two and then Mark saw a third chick that appeared to be younger than the other two. The feeding took about 1/2 hour. Then when dinner was over one chick went for a short walk along the nesting area and returned directly behind the pillar. What a wonderful thing to see!

Friday May 25, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
07:00 As I was walking south along Toronto St. I could hear vocalizing. Both adults were seen approaching the roof-to of the King Edward Hotel from the south-west. Victoria set down on the north side and Kingsley set down beside her. He then attempted mating. Kingsley leaves and is next seen on the spire. Victoria flies off in the direction of the nest building, but I was not in an area to clearly see the nest ledge.  07:35 Kingsley off the spire and west along King St.  07:55 Vocalization heard, Kingsley is seen approaching the Leader Lane area out of the south-east. Victoria out of the nest and is heading towards the King Edward Hotel, but lost her over head.

08:00 Victoria returns to the nest ledge, Kingsley off the spire to the nest ledge. Victoria steps in behind the nest pillar. Kingsley off to the north-east. Vocalization can be heard. Victoria is now out of the nest and heads southward. Kingsley now follows in her direction.  08:05 Victoria is giving the gulls some grief. Kingsley returns to the nest ledge. After giving the gulls a piece of her mind, Victoria sets down on CHFI while Kingsley remains at the nest ledge.  08:10 Victoria off CHFI.  08:40 Kingsley over to # 33  09:05 Victoria on spire, Kingsley on nest ledge.

09:30 (from the King Edward Hotel) Kingsley is on the nest ledge preening. No movement noted behind him or what I can see of the nest pillar.  Kingsley leaves the ledge briefly and then returns. A few moments later I see feathers floating upwards past the window. I try and see below me but I am unable. Victoria then enters the nest area. Both Victoria and Kingsley can be clearly seen starting to feed off the prey Victoria has just delivered. Kingsley off the nest ledge. Victoria remains, as I watch her it seems at first she is alone, but as I keep my binoculars focused on the area behind her, I see two little sets of eyes. I know trying to see behind the pillar is very difficult if not impossible, so I keep watching and when Victoria moved back little, it appeared she was feeding two little ones. From my advantage point they appear to be about I week old. 

10:20 Kingsley at the nest ledge.  Victoria on King Edward Hotel cleaning prey again.  Kingsley off to # 33, Victoria into the nest with prey.  10:50 Kingsley at nest ledge, Victoria on the spire.
Kingsley then moves to # 33.  11:20 Both adults are not in view.  1:45 Kingsley on the spire.
2:15 Kingsley off the spire, Victoria re-appears from behind the pillar and is out. Adult seen entering the nest, but did not catch which one it was. It started to rain, and we pretty much called it a day. 

Thursday May 24, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
At 1:17pm Victoria flew from the nest area (I didn't see her come out of the nest ledge) to the north east corner of the King Edward Hotel.  She circled in front of the nest ledge at 1:35 and flew directly onto the surface, bypassing the ledge.  At 1:43 Kingsley flew out of the nest area to the centre of the north section of the King Edward Hotel roof.  He immediately flew back to the nest area, also bypassing the ledge, appeared on the ledge a few minutes later and then took off, circling above Leader Lane and King and then going rapidly to
the St. James steeple.  He sat on the west side, in the area below the weather vane until 2:20 when he took of to the west.

Linda Woods reports:  11:35 Kingsley appears on the nest ledge. Victoria is approaching the nest building from the east and circles the area. Kingsley is off the ledge to join her in what appears to be a hunt. They both pick up speed and it is definitely a hunt as they both are last seen heading towards St. Lawrence Market area. A few seconds later they are seen again circling over the Leader Lane area. It is wonderful to see them both flying together. One can clearly see the size difference. As they circle the area they appear to be getting closer and brief contact with talons is made ( food exchange? but prey is not seen with either adult) 11:45 Victoria is now on the second step of the Trust. 

12:00 Kingsley sets down on the roof-top of nest building and then is off to the north. 12:10 -12:20 Victoria leaves the Trust, both adults are once again seen circling high above the Leader Lane area. Victoria sets down on the spire and Kingsley sets down to the left of the nesting area briefly. He leaves that spot flies around the nest area and then to the roof-top of the nest building on the south-east corner. Victoria off the spire and can be heard vocalizing over-head. She then flies into the nest. Although she did not have prey with her, she appears to have picked up prey at the nest ledge and take it in behind the pillar. Kingsley then joins her at the nest ledge and he to disappears behind the pillar. Kingsley re-appears and is now seen soaring above the Leader Lane area and heads north.

1:15 Victoria leaves the nest and over to the KEH.  3:00 Victoria is now on the Trust and Kingsley on the spire.  3:10 Victoria comes off the Trust and is circling the area once again. A gull has wandered into the area and Victoria has gone to chase it away. She then sets down on # 33.  3:20 Victoria off # 33 and circles the area and sets down on the Scotia Tower 2nd step from the top. Kingsley has now stepped behind the nest pillar.  3:45 Kingsley appears from behind the pillar to the nest ledge.

4:05 Victoria is off the Tower and she is moving fast! She has spotted a second gull in the area (maybe it was the same gull that just didn't get the message the first time) She is low over Toronto and King St. a lot of screaming from the gull has drawn the attention of a few pedestrians wanting to know what was happening. Victoria took a few good swipes and the gull eventually flew out of the area. These peregrines are fast! and very swift. It was amazing to see such quick maneuvers in such a tight area. Victoria then sets down on the spire, I guess to cool off. While this was all going on Kingsley remained on the nest ledge.

4:40 Kingsley off the nest ledge, circles the area again and eventually returns to the ledge. Victoria leaves the spire, flies around the area and then returns to the spire.  5:00 Victoria off the spire and to the west. Kingsley leaves the nest ledge and follows Victoria's direction. Victoria returns with prey to the nest.  5:10 Victoria out of the nest and to the east. Kingsley is now seen on the spire.  5:20 Victoria on Rev. Canada briefly and then is seen circling the area above Leader Lane. Kingsley remains on the spire.  5:30 Victoria is again on the CHFI antenna. I don't know how she is able to balance herself with all these wind gusts. She is not there long and she is off again to the Trust.  5:40 Victoria leaves the Trust building to join Kingsley sitting on the spire of St. James Church. That is where Bruce and I last saw them as we called it a day.

Wednesday May 23, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
10:10 Kingsley on the Trust, Victoria not in view. Window wash ropes are on the east side of CHFI building.  10:20 Kingsley took a few swoops at the window washer on CHFI. Window washer doesn't seem to notice. Kingsley returns to the ledge to the right of the nest. Victoria appears on nest ledge. Both are clearly visible.  10:30 Victoria has stepped behind the nest pillar. Kingsley is off to the west and is seen in the King and Bay St. area. He circles a few times and returns to the camera hook-up ledge.

11:10 Kingsley over to the Trust, then to the roof of #18 King. Victoria is seen flying in from the east and sets down on the Trust and then to the nest.  Kingsley off the Trust to the ledge on the right-hand side of the camera hook-up. 11:20 Kingsley off that ledge and heads to the east, back to the nest ledge and then off again to the north-east, and is seen again on the Trust at 11:30.  12:25 Kingsley off the Trust and heads north. Victoria out of the nest and over to her favorite spot on #33 Victoria.  12:45 Kingsley is seen high in the north-west approaching the Scotia Tower and sets down on the second step from the bottom, left hand side.. He is there briefly and he is off the tower in a stoop towards the nest building. He then sets down on the roof of  # 18 King. Victoria remains on # 33.  1:05 Both adults remain in same spots.

1:25 Kingsley off the Trust in a stoop towards the St. Lawrence market area. He returns to the King Edward Hotel with prey and can be seen cleaning his catch. Victoria remains on #33. 1:30 Kingsley to the nest ledge with the prey. Victoria to the nest ledge (both adults can be seen on ledge) Kingsley leaves the ledge with the prey? to the north-east. Victoria leaves the ledge and is seen on the north-east corner of King Edward Hotel just above where Kingsley has just been cleaning the prey. Kingsley returns to the ledge and steps behind the pillar. He was just to fast and quiet for me to detect if he returned with the prey. He then re-appears on the other side of the pillar seconds later and then steps behind the pillar again.

1:55 Victoria off King Edward Hotel, and is now seen on the south portion of St. James weathervane. She is not there long, when 2 gulls are circling in the nesting area just above the press building. Victoria is off and is heading directly for the gulls. I guess they saw her coming because the departed the area without any confrontation. Victoria then returns to the weathervane for a brief period and off to sit on the CHFI antenna, the very top. That can't be comfortable, Victoria!

2:30 Victoria leaves the antenna at 2:15 and now is seen flying out of the west along King St. and sets down on the spire weather vane again, meanwhile Kingsley appears from behind the nest pillar and sits at the ledge and appears to be frequently looking over his wing into the nesting area behind the pillar. (Victoria and Kingsley are doing a lot of moving from one spot to the next, and without the help of Zoe and Neil, I don't think we  could keep track of their movements.)   2:45 Victoria off the spire and Kingsley off the ledge. After soaring around the area for awhile, Victoria sets down on the north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel. Kingsley appears on far right "square" of the nest building. He does one fly around the nest area and then comes back to the camera hook-up ledge. 3:05 After circling the area high above Leader Lane, Victoria finally sets down on the north side roof-top of # 18. One would not know she was there if you hadn't seen her land. Every now and then we can  see her head over the edge of the roof.. Kingsley has stepped behind the nest pillar. 3:20 Victoria leaves her little hiding spot and after brief stop on the CHFI antenna, she once again seen circling high above the Leader Lane area. Kingsley is off the nest ledge and heading for the north-east. 3:30 Kingsley has returned to the nest ledge and Victoria is now on the 2nd step of the Trust Building.

David Dean reports:  6:30PM Kingsley must have been following me around because he arrived at the King site seconds after I did!  He swooped in from the south, and set down on the ledge of the nest area, where he stayed until I left (6:50). I got to view him very well the entire time as I had my binoculars. I believe that I could see Victoria's head perking out from behind a ledge of a nearby building, which places both birds off of the nest for quite awhile. Kingsley did not serve dinner.

Tuesday May 22, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
09:00 Both Kingsley and Victoria are seen on the Trust building.  09:20 Kingsley off Trust.  Victoria remains in the same spot.  09:30 Victoria of Trust after a Kestrel, re-appears and  sets down on CHFI top rail.  09:35 Victoria of rail, flutters around lower half of Trust and sets down on the bottom step of the Trust.  Kingsley appears on the opposite corner.  09:33 Kingsley to the nest ledge.

09:45 Kingsley off the nest ledge, heads north. Victoria remains on the Trust.  09:50 Victoria off the Trust and into the nest, vocalizing, back onto nest ledge, then off to the north-east.  Kingsley appears on #18 roof-top.  09:55 Kingsley remains on # 18, Victoria on St. James spire weather vane briefly, then she is seen on the Trust.  10:20  Kingsley off the roof of # 18 and heads north. Victoria is still on the Trust.  10:25 Kingsley to the nest ledge. Victoria off the Trust to the east.  10:30 Kingsley off the ledge to # 20 Toronto.  10:45 Victoria on CHFI top rail, then to the spire.  Kingsley on roof # 18 again. 10:55  Kingsley off and is seen heading south. A few moments later he is on the roof of # 18 Toronto again.  11:00 Victoria flying out of the south-east very low, she has prey in her talons and is last seen heading north along Toronto St.  11:20 Kingsley remains on roof of # 18.. Victoria is not in view.  11:25 Kingsley off roof and heads to the south-east. Victoria appears with prey and into the nest behind pillar.  11:40 Kingsley on CHFI.  11:45 Kingsley off CHFI, Victoria out of the nest, one fly along Kings St. and back into the nest.

2:45 When we arrived at Leader Lane, Kingsley is seen on the corner of # 33 Victoria St. ( I have been corrected, the taller part of this building is # 33 Victoria, the lower portion is # 20 Toronto.)  Victoria out of the nest and headed east along King and then turned north along the pathway between # 70 King and the condos., towards Court St. park. She then returned to the nest. (was not able to detect prey into the nest).

4:10 Victoria out of the nest again and headed east.  4:15 Kingsley off # 33 Victoria and followed her direction.  4:30 Adult (looked like Victoria) into the nest.  Weather conditions cool, overcast with fog rolling around the Scotia Tower and Bank of Montreal buildings. A light mist and then rain. 

Monday May 21, 2001
Linda Woods reports: 
8:15 As I arrived at Leader Lane, both Kingsley and Victoria were seen approaching the nest ledge from the south.  08:20 Victoria out of the nest and over to the north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel.  08:40 Victoria remains on the King Edward Hotel, Kingsley appears out of the nest and over to the King Edward Hotel (vocalizing) and sets down near Victoria.  During those few moments, both adults are on the north-east side of the King Edward Hotel.  Kingsley leaves the King Edward Hotel and after one fly around the nest area, he approaches the nest ledge and steps in behind the nesting pillar. Moments later, Victoria leaves the King Edward Hotel and heads west.  

09:20 Kingsley out of the nest and over to #20 Toronto for a few moments then heads south, circles and is next seen on the spire. He is not there long and then he is off.  09:35 Kingsley into the nest and out again. He does one fly around the King Edward Hotel and sets down on #20 Toronto.  09:40 Victoria out of the nest and over to #20 Toronto. Again for a few moments, both adults are seen together on the roof-top of #20 Toronto.  09:45 Victoria back into nest.  Kingsley remains on #20 Toronto.  09:50 Kingsley off #20 Toronto St.  10:00 Kingsley is now spotted on the Trust building.  10:20 Kingsley off Trust.  10:30 Victoria out of nest and over to #1 Toronto St.  11:10 Victoria on #1 Toronto St. Kingsley still on the Trust.  11:40 Kingsley is no longer seen on the Trust. Victoria remains on #1 Toronto St.  11:45 Kingsley is seen on the north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel. While Victoria remains on #1 Toronto St.  11:50 Victoria off #1 Toronto and over to the King Edward Hotel to sit with Kingsley. Again both adults are seen sitting together briefly. Victoria off and heading towards the north-east.  11:53 Kingsley off the King Edward Hotel and over to the nest ledge. Victoria vocalizing and flies directly into the nest. Kingsley off the nest ledge and over to the corner of #20 Toronto.  12:00 Victoria out of the nest and is seen heading north.  Kingsley leaves # 20 Toronto and follows in her direction. Moments later Kingsley returns to the nest ledge.  12:10 Kingsley steps in behind the nest pillar.  About 15 minutes later it started to rain heavily.

Sunday May 20, 2001
Linda Woods reports: 
10:00 Kingsley on new commerce court antenna.  11:10 Kingsley has moved off the antenna, and was last seen over the Front & Yonge St. area. 11:30 Victoria on #20 Toronto, Kingsley on the nest ledge, vocalizing heard. 11:40 Kingsley vocalizing. Victoria off #20 Toronto. Turkey Vulture seen circling the Church and Adelaide St. area making it's way towards the west.  Kingsley off the ledge heading towards the north-east, circled and now to the south-west. A few moments later both Kingsley and Victoria are see sitting on the weather vane on St. James spire. They both weren't there long and then both Kingsley and Victoria are seen entering the nest. Kingsley re-appears on the ledge and then off towards the east.

11:45 Kingsley comes to the nest ledge and Victoria comes out of the nest and flies over to CHFI.  12:00 Victoria off CHFI and sets down on former Revenue Canada. Kingsley not in sight. 12:30  Victoria off Rev. Canada and is now on the roof-top of the Trust building. 12:45 Victoria into the nest , Kingsley out and to the north. 

1:50 Victoria and Kingsley have not been seen for the past hour or so.  2:40 Walking north on Church St., adult is spotted circling the Church and Lombard St. area. I retreated and made my way back to the Parish Hall, for a quick look at the nest ledge. Adult is spotted on the Trust building.

Bruce, Zoe, Harry, Neil and myself didn't see any food enter the nest during this time. Bruce had arrived before 10:00 a.m. and stated he had seen very little activity aside from entering and leaving the nest ledge.

Jack Fitch reports:  This morning between about 7:30 and 8:30 there was a lot of activity between the nest site and the Counsel Court building on Adelaide. I think both Kingsley and Victoria were hunting but I'm not completely sure. 

Saturday May 19, 2001
Jack Fitch reports: 
Yesterday evening Kingsley was sitting at the nest site which he has been doing much this year.  This morning there has been a lot of activity with both Kingsley and Victoria coming and going. Victoria has just (9 am) returned to the nest with a kill.  I would have to guess that chicks have hatched although there is no visible evidence of them other than the sudden change in the behavior of the parents. I'm sure that Kingsley and Victoria have been intentionally discrete about their activities this year to avoid attracting attention to the nest site. 

Linda Woods reports:  I was at Leader Lane at 07:30 and found Victoria on CHFI. Today's behavior was more like that of incubation and not of hatching. Victoria and Kingsley were doing the usual sitting on CHFI, Trust building, Revenue Canada. We didn't witness any activity of cleaning prey, chasing possible intruders nor food into the nest. No activity was seen at the base of the nest pillar either. We did have a lot of people stopping to inquire about the peregrines and to take a look through Bruce's scope. It was a perfect day for observing Kingsley and Victoria and for some of the volunteers and peregrine admirers to finally say hello to each other. And while we were observing the peregrines, Zoe happen to look on the roof of Cyrano's and found a raccoon stretched out on the ledge, watching us, watch the birds. It looked quite comfortable and I was expecting it to yawn and scratch it's belly.

Friday May 18, 2001
Linda Woods reports: 
11:15 Kingsley appears out of the fog with food to the nest. Vocalizing heard. Kingsley drops off the meal and heads to #20 Toronto St.  11:25 Victoria is spotted coming out of the south-east and into the nest. Kingsley off #20 and heads to the south-east.  11:40 Kingsley is on the north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel cleaning prey. This has caught the attention of a few gulls and they circle above him hoping to get a share of his catch.  11:50 Kingsley off the King Edward Hotel and into the nest briefly and back over to # 20 Toronto. St.

1:10p.m. Kingsley enters and exits the nest again. He is next seen 3/4 up the Scotia Tower.  2:00 Three Turkey Vultures are seen in the Tower area. Kingsley is now on the Trust and Victoria is found on the CHFI.  2:20 Some movement from the top of # 70 King St. has the attention of Kingsley and he is off to investigate. All I can see from the corner of Leader Lane is Kingsley appears over the south-east corner of #70 King St. flapping his wings repeatedly.  He does this 2 or 3 times before he sets down on the roof of #18 King. Viewing him after this strange event he appears as if something had "ruffled his feathers" (perhaps human activity on the roof of #70 King St.)

2:45 - 4:00 Kingsley into the nest, while Victoria remains on CHFI. During this time Kingsley would sit on the nest ledge and periodically disappear behind the nest pillar. Victoria has not moved since 2hrs earlier.  4:00 Finally Victoria leaves CHFI and heads south-west Kingsley leaves the nest ledge and follows her. Kingsley returns to the nest and the Victoria returns to the nest with food.  Kingsley is off to north.  4:20 Kingsley on the roof of the # 18. Victoria leaves the nest and returns twice, each time with a little fly around the front of the nesting area. She finally sets down on the top rail of CHFI.  4:55 Victoria off the rail and is seen heading west. Last seen in the King and Bay St. area. Today was a poor day for visibility. Fog, haze, glare with just a little bit of smog thrown in for a different look on things.  We saw food go in twice today, but no feathers flying out of the nest or movement at the base of the pillar.

David Dean reports:  6PM Kingsley was flying high above the King/Yonge area, circling above First Canadian Place. At one time he set down atop the antenna on the Commerce Court tower.

Thursday May 17, 2001
Linda Woods reports: 
06:30 Kingsley on Scotia Tower bottom ledge.  06:45 Kingsley is seen leaving the tower and heads for the south-east corner roof-top of #18. He then circled the area and into nest with food. Victoria out of the nest and heads to the north/east.  Kingsley comes out of the nest and heads to the south-west.  07:00 Victoria is now seen on the top rail of the CHFI water tower. Kingsley on the nest ledge. Victoria off the rail and into nest. Kingsley off to sit on the spire.  07:35 Kingsley on the north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel, cleaning prey. Victoria is seen at the nest ledge and off to CHFI.  07:55 Kingsley off the King Edward Hotel and to the nest. Kingsley appears from behind the nest pillar and is off to CHFI and then to the roof-top. Victoria is seen leaving the nest ledge and heading towards the south-east. Kingsley enters the nest area again.  08:10 - 08:45 Kingsley is now seen on the corner of # 20 Toronto.

David Dean reports:  5:00 pm - I was on Toronto Street and noticed Kingsley sitting on the south western corner of 15 Toronto. He sat there preening himself for the entire time I was in the area for about 5 minutes.

Wednesday May 16, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports: 
At 7am Kingsley was on the Scotia Tower, on one of the steps near the top.  He took off and seemed to float high over the building.  Occasionally he would pull in his wings and glide in the direction he wanted to go in.  At one point he then pulled in his wings and glided quickly over to Church Street and then again, without beating his wings, came back to the Scotia Tower.  He made a flight to the King Edward Hotel and I lost him.  He returned at about 7:30 with food to the nest site.  He landed on the middle ledge and dropped off a bird.   I saw Victoria's head when he came in with food.  He went into the ledge and after a couple of minutes came up and landed on a nearby building where he preened for a few minutes and then took off again. At around 8:15 he was again soaring high over the Scotia Tower, again moving around just by pulling in his wings.

Linda Woods reports:  Victoria is seen circling over the King and Leader Lane area with prey. Prey into nest. Kingsley out and onto #20 Toronto St.  10:00 Kingsley off # 20, circled over the area a few times and then out of view over the King Edward Hotel.  10:30 Kingsley is now seen on the CHFI water tower and at 11:00 is seen on the spire of St. James church.  

11:15 Turkey Vulture can be seen circling high above the Trust building. This has the attention of Kingsley and he moves to sit on the bottom ledge of the Trust. Kingsley then flies off the Trust and is seen heading south over the King Edward Hotel, circled once and Kingsley is now headed to the north-east. Kingsley out of view, but the Turkey Vulture is now headed west at what appears to be a faster pace. Kingsley is still out of view.

2:15p.m. Kingsley with prey to the nest ledge. He sits there for awhile and then off the nest ledge with the prey to the roof of the # 1 Toronto St. He leaves the prey there and then heads south. 3:10 Kingsley into the nest, Victoria out and off to the east. 3:30 Victoria is now seen circling Leader Lane and King St. area. She heads for the spire of St. James for a brief stop and the off to the south-west. 

Tuesday May 15, 2001
Linda Woods reports: 
09:45 Kingsley is seen sitting on the roof-top of # 18 King, directly above the nesting area. He remained until 10:45 when he moved to the grated area to the left of the nest ledge.  11:15 Kingsley no longer visible, I missed his departure.  

2:00 Neil was already at Leader Lane when I arrived and he found Victoria sitting on the north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel. There had been no sightings of Kingsley.  3:30 Victoria off the King Edward Hotel circling the nesting area. Kingsley is spotted sitting on the Trust building. Kingsley makes a brief stop on the nest ledge and then is next seen fluttering over Cyrano's and moving fast towards. St. Lawrence Market direction. In less than a minute, Victoria is seen coming out of the south-east and she is carrying prey. Kingsley is close by. Victoria sets down on the north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel and begins cleaning her catch. The amount of feathers in the air and the position of the sun, caught the attention of the office staff outside of # 70 King St. Kingsley circled briefly around Victoria and then headed for the nest.

3:40 Kingsley into the nest. Victoria remains on the King Edward Hotel. 4:30
Kingsley out of the nest area briefly, a short stop on # 20 and back into the nest. Victoria is vocalizing from the King Edward Hotel.  4:40 Kingsley out of the nest vocalizing and heads off to the north-east. Victoria into the nest.  5:00 Adult is seen coming from the north-east and then headed west.  5:35 Kingsley into the nest vocalizing. Victoria out and off the her favourite north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel.

5:45  As I was walking north along Toronto St. I happened to look towards the nest site as I was passing #1 Toronto, spotted a crow casually flying under the nesting area. Victoria cut the crow's flight path off at King St. and chased it up along Toronto St. and into the Court St. park. Both birds were very low (perhaps 10 ft. above the street).  One gentleman walking eastward on the north side of Court St, must have felt them blow by him, because he momentarily stopped when the two birds rounded the corner and into the park area. Victoria was then seen returning to the north-east corner of the KEH. I guess she's not eating crow tonight.

Monday May 14, 2001
Linda Woods reports: 
08:00 -08:45 Kingsley and Victoria not in view during this time. 08:45 Kingsley appears and swoops the roof-top of #20 Toronto St. He then sets down on the bottom step of the Trust. Window washers are preparing to start cleaning on the north-east side of the King Edward Hotel.  09:10 Kingsley flying around in the area of the nest building and is next seen on the roof-top #18 directly above the nesting area.  09:25 Kingsley leaves the roof-top of # 18, and is last seen above the King and Yonge area.  

10:30 Kingsley into the nest and Victoria appears and flies over to # 20 Toronto St. and then returns to the nesting area. Kingsley appears from behind the nest pillar and is circling low over the King Edward Hotel. (Window washers are on the roof of the hotel)  Victoria was certainly busy doing something on the nest ledge.  She would get up, lie down, get up, lie down. When standing she was using her beak to prod and "adjust" just below her. Then she would settle a bit and then start all over again.

12:35 Kingsley is entering and leaving the nest ledge frequently and finally decides the roof of #18 is the best place to keep watch of the window washers on the King Edward Hotel.

3:30 Kingsley has gone in and out of the nest twice, he was last seen headed south.  3:50 Victoria on #20 Toronto.  5:40 Kingsley  is sitting on the grated area to the left of the nest ledge. One fly around and rests on nest ledge. Small amount of vocalization is heard. 6:00 Victoria comes out of the nest and sets down on # 20 Toronto on the south-east corner.  6:15 Victoria comes off this site and flies to the north-east corner of the King Edward Hotel.  7:00p.m.  Victoria remains on the N/E corner of the King Edward, with the good eyes of Bruce to keep an eye on her.

David Dean reports:  At 8:30 I had a wonderful view of Kingsley as he glided by my BCE Place window from the area of the Air Canada Center to toward the nest site. I believe it was Victoria who, at 10:20, just flew by my window going in the opposite direction, from the nest site to the Air Canada center. Her altitude was increasing, so she was quite busy flapping.

Sunday May 13, 2001
Linda Woods reports: 
06:30a.m.  Neither Kingsley nor Victoria in view upon my arrival. Kingsley made an appearance when two little birds were seen rounding the corner of Toronto St. He was unsuccessful in the hunt and finally set down on the Trust.  8:20 Kingsley comes off the Trust and is no longer in view. At the same time I have noticed an "alien" bird, that I cannot identify. This bird is seen sitting on the roof-top, north east side of the Trust. With this lighting it appears to have a dark brown underside and white wings, however it is too far to make out the markings on the face.   09:35 All this time there has been no activity at the nest ledge. No movement noted at the base of the nest pillar. Alien bird remains exactly in the same spot. Perhaps the absence of activity at the nest ledge is an indication of a possible intruder, and not to bring attention to the nesting area.  10:10 Finally Kingsley appears at the nest ledge. Alien bird appears to be looking in the direction of the nest building. Kingsley is vocalizing, remains on the ledge for about 5 mins.  10:30 Kestrel seen on the satellite dishes. No interaction from Kingsley or Victoria.  Alien bird has left the area as well.

12:20 Kingsley is on the east side roof-top of #18 King (nest building) directly above the nesting area. Window washers are out on the Trust Building.  1:30 Kingsley returned to the nest ledge after just one quick swoop of the window washer. The window washer leaves, but he forgot his bucket. I guess he was in a hurry. 1:45 Kingsley on the bottom step of the Scotia Tower. Water bucket remains hanging along side the Trust building, with the owner no where to be seen.  2:00 Kingsley off the tower and comes to rest to the right of the camera hook-up area.  2:15 Kingsley off and one circle around the nesting area a brief stop into the nest. He reappears on the nest ledge and then flies off to the west. He is next seen on the tower.  

2:40 Victoria is out of the nest while Kingsley is sitting on the Tower. Victoria heads for the King Edward Hotel and comes to rest on the north-east corner, directly above Leader Lane. Kingsley is quickly off the Tower and appears to swoop Victoria. He was moving fast and low, but the other watchers stated that he was hunting and not swooping Victoria.  Victoria makes a brief visit over to the Trust Building where the window washer has made his way to the bottom ledge. The window washer and Victoria are at pretty much, eye level and appear to be in very close proximity. Victoria made no further moves and after her investigation she returns to her post on the King Edward Hotel. The window washer quickly gathered his belongings and appears to have called it a day!

3:45 Victoria off the KEH and headed along Adelaide St apparently with prey from one observer.  Kingsley has not been seen for a while. Perhaps he slipped into the nest while everyone was busy watching Victoria.  No food was seen entering the nest during these times. No activity noted at the base of the nest ledge pillar (unlike yesterday)  4:20 Adult seen heading west along Adelaide street. Kingsley nor Victoria are in view when I left for the day.

Saturday May 12, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
07:00 - 07:45 Kingsley was seen on and off the Trust building, the last trip he went to the south-west and returned to the nest ledge with food. Then off to the west and returned to the nest and out of the nest with the food, to the roof of the King Edward Hotel.  08:20 Kingsley is seen on the Trust building.  09:25 Kingsley returns to the nest area, flies off, back again and flies out again.  10:30 Viewing into the nest area from Leader Lane, I spotted gray fluff, appear and disappear with the occasional orange blip. Could we have a hatch? There is however, a single little gray feather that appears to float upwards, as if it were attached to a thread.  I quickly disregard this remnant of a previous meal and focus on the bobbing of gray and orange object.  10:45 (from the King Edward Hotel) One is able to clearly see Victoria behind the south side of the nest pillar.  She is lying down and facing southward. The light gray-white item, with the occasional flash of orange is still visible., but is she feeding a little one or is she feeding herself? More observation is needed to confirm.  11:05 (back to street level) Kingsley off the Trust building and onto the nest ledge. Movement noted at the base of the nest pillar upon his arrival. Kingsley off again and heads west. I then walked over to the Court and Toronto St. corner to check for movement in the nest area and did not detect any. I think at this time the best place to see anything is from Leader Lane. While I was walking back to the corner of Leader Lane and King St., vocalizing was heard. Kingsley is seen at the nest ledge and then off to # 20 Toronto St. He is last seen cleaning his talons and beak.

2:25 Kingsley on Trust and sat there until 4:15.  4:30 Kingsley returns to the Trust building. Victoria is seen leaving the nest area, while Kingsley remains at the same spot. Victoria does one fly around and then heads towards the west, along Adelaide St. Kingsley then leaves his post and enters the nest area. Victoria is then seen heading towards Court St. and Church St. very low and very fast, vocalizing. She then returns to the nest area and Kingsley appears. No significant movement noted at the base of the nest pillar during this time.  I was waiting for food to go in to see if that might cause some activity as I had seen earlier.  Perhaps tomorrow.

Harry Crawford reports:  Kingsley appeared on the south east corner of the angled roof of the National Trust building at 9:11am.  At 9:30 he dove down amongst the surrounding buildings, out of sight.  Nothing was seen in the nest area between 8:50 and 9:45am. 

Friday May 11, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
I had a nice lady drop by this morning. Her daughter is attending University of Guelph for Marine Biology. She said her daughter would be most interested in the web site. She also made a $5 donation to the foundation. Thank you Edith Stogre for taking the time to stop and chat with me. Your donation is greatly appreciated.
 
06:45 Kingsley is seen making his way up the east side of the Scotia Tower.  07:05 Gull passing through the nest area, and well you know Kingsley, can't pass this opportunity to hone his skills. It was a good chase and the gull quickly left the area. The next challenge is a flock of geese heading south/west directly over the King Edward Hotel. Kingsley is on the job and is quickly coming in from the west to cut them off at the pass.Unfortunately the actual encounter occurred over the King Edward Hotel and out of my range of view.  07:35 Kingsley is cleaning prey on the north/east corner roof-top of the King Edward Hotel. 07:45 Kingsley into the nest area with food and I believe Victoria left the nest ledge. I was speaking to a lady who was curious at what I was doing with binoculars on a busy downtown street corner. Victoria sets down where Kingsley was cleaning the prey on the north/east corner King Edward Hotel.

08:50 Canada Goose sitting on a roof- top in the King and Victoria St area. Victoria off the King Edward Hotel and clears the goose out of the area. The goose is honking during this encounter. Once in the Church and Front area Victoria circles back and into the nest area. Kingsley appears and out of the nest to scout the area. Circled once around in front of the nest area and quickly flies towards the roof-top service area of #18 King St. (south side) (GOOD MORNING!) just one swoop this morning and Kingsley is next seen on the Trust Building.  

1:30 As I was walking south on Victoria towards King St. adult seen entering the nest ledge. and then off to the south/east over the King Edward Hotel.  3:00 Victoria on top rail of the CHFI water tower all the while a Kestrel was sitting directly above her on the CHFI antenna. I don't think they're about to exchange pleasantries. It is, however , interesting that the Kestrel is still there.  3:25 Kingsley out of the nest and heads over the King Edward Hotel, Victoria leaves the railing and heads into the nest.  The Kestrel, I guess has other things to do and leaves the area as well.

5:00 Kingsley into the nest and this time he has food and leaves it there. Kingsley out and heads for #20 Toronto St. where he is seen cleaning his talons and rubbing his beak against the flashing of the building.  Kingsley is last seen heading westbound towards the Scotia Tower at  5:15p.m.

Thursday May 10, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
The behavior patterns shown from both Kingsley and Victoria today are encouraging. Much different from even yesterday. Kingsley was seen being more territorial and appeared to stay closer to the nest area.  08:00 Kingsley off the King Edward Hotel and into the nest area with food. He appeared to be displaying his bounty to Victoria behind the nest pillar. Kingsley then took the food and flew to the roof-top of the King Edward Hotel. He is later seen gliding around the Scotia Tower.

10:00 Kingsley briefly on the former Revenue Canada Building.  12:30 Kingsley is now seen in the King and Bay area, heading east. Kingsley into the nest area again with food. Once again he tries to encourage Victoria out of the nest, but she does not appear. Kingsley leaves the nesting area with the food and is next seen in the King and Yonge area making his way up the Scotia Tower  1:10 Kingsley on the Scotia Tower 2nd step south side.  1:50 Kingsley is off the tower and briefly comes to the left of the nesting area, he is then off and quickly returns to the right of the nest ledge. 2:10 Kingsley off the nest ledge and circles once around and back to the nest ledge vocalizing into the nest area. No response from Victoria. Kingsley then leaves the ledge and heads west.  2:40 Kingsley back to the nest ledge and steps into the nesting area, and then quickly returns to the ledge. He is then off to the Trust building.  3:05 Kingsley appears from over the King Edward Hotel and again into the nest. Vocalizing is heard and Kingsley appears once again. Victoria is not giving up the nest. Kingsley again heads west along King St. He circles back and one fly around the front of the nest area and heads west again eventually making his way up the east side of the Scotia Tower.

4:00 FINALLY! Kingsley off the Trust building and into the nest. Victoria appears on the ledge and she is out and comes to rest on CHFI. Two workers appear on the roof-top of #20 Toronto St. Victoria has her eyes on them. She flies off her perch and does one circle above the workers. I thought that would be it, but Victoria thinks not and immediately takes a few dives at the men on the roof. What a display! She finally settles down and is resting on the CHFI water tower.  4:45 Victoria off to chase two gulls that wandered into the area. Gulls of course are caught off guard and immediately leave the area, with of course, a push or two from Victoria.  5:00 Victoria back into the nest and Kingsley then appears from behind the pillar and heads west after two more gulls that are in the area.  Kingsley gave a good chase and rearranged the feathering of one gull (slightly). The gulls were not pleased, but all birds went their own way.  6:00 Kingsley is last seen heading west.

David Dean reports:  7PM As I was walking toward the nest site on Yonge, I noticed that Kingsley was doing some circles over the Yonge and King area. When I arrived at the site, I was delighted to find Bruce Massey there, with his scope. Luckily, Kingsley had just decided to set down, and we got an excellent view of him through Bruce's scope. At times, Bruce was able to rally about 20 people on the sidewalk and was able to show them what these beautiful birds look like up close. Bruce had been there all day and had witnessed Kingsley defending the nest many times, mainly from gulls. Bruce described one gull that departed the scene with at least 4 fewer feathers than it showed up with.

Wednesday May 9, 2001
Marcel Gahbauer reports:  
Lucy has been found!  Raised by Pounce-Kingsley and Victoria in the spring of 1998, Lucy has not been heard from in almost three years.  However, we have now received word from SaraJean Peters of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that Lucy is raising a brood on a bridge in Ohio.  At least two chicks have hatched, and are scheduled to be banded this Friday.  Lucy's reappearance gives us hope that many of the other peregrines hatched in southern Ontario over the past few years may yet turn up somewhere, even if we have not heard any reports of them in months or years.

Linda Woods reports:  07:15 Kingsley spotted on CHFI.  08:00 Off CHFI to follow a gull heading for King Edward Hotel, a circle over the hotel and back  for a stop on the former Revenue Canada.  08:45 Kingsley on the west side of CHFI.  09:00 Kingsley briefly to the nest ledge and then off to the east.  09:45 Adult into the nest area, a lot of movement noted behind the pillar, but little balls of white fluff not seen. Adult settles in after a few moments.  10:10 Viewing from street level, adult seen circling above the King St. area and then headed west along King and then north on Yonge.  10:35 Kingsley has returned for a short stop on the Trust and then off to the south. (Window washers are out on the north side of the King Edward Hotel).  10:50 Kingsley is seen circling King and Bay St. Kingsley would fly out of view and then two pigeons would appear, then Kingsley, then the two pigeons. I'm not sure who is following whom, but after a few rounds, Kingsley appears on the roof-top of the Trust building, south side, directly north of #18.  12:30 Kingsley off the Trust and sets down on the roof-top of #18 King. He is keeping an eye on the King Edward Hotel window washers.  12:50 One fly around of the east side of # 18 King and then onto the nest ledge. No food with him. Victoria appears from behind pillar and joins him on the nest ledge. Kingsley into the nest area and Victoria is then off to the east.

4:15 Kingsley came off the Scotia Tower and onto the nest ledge. Victoria appeared from behind the pillar and joined Kingsley on the nest ledge. Victoria flew off and towards CHFI.  5:25 Victoria is spotted briefly making her way along Victoria St at a quick pace, she is then seen again in the area of Bank of Montreal Building, heading to the south-west.  5:45 Adult is seen flying out of the west, along King St. over the King Edward Hotel, circled around and then into the nest area. No vocalizing was heard at this time and a second adult did not appear on the nest ledge (changing of the guards) which might lead us to believe that Kingsley slipped out of the nest while Victoria was hunting, and Bruce and I weren't looking.  No food was seen entering the nest area today.

Harry Crawford reports:  At 1:52pm both Kingsley and Victoria were chasing at least one gull west above King St.  They were flying quite low and vocalising, including the gulls.  A couple of minutes later, both flew into the nest ledge.  Victoria left after about a minute and flew over to the south east side of the National Trust building.  She disappeared at 2:10 and was seen soaring all over the area, so majestically, until 2:21 when she was seen chasing an intruder, almost a clone of her. They were in hot pursuit and Kingsley immediately came out of the nest area and joined in.  The vocalising was intense and could be heard over the traffic.  The intruder was likely a female peregrine but I couldn't tell if it was mature or not -- this all happened so fast.  By 2:22 Kingsley was on the CHFI building and immediately returned to the nest area, behind the pillar.  Another peregrine was very high, heading to the north west.

Tuesday May 8, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
2:45 Kingsley seen on the grated ledge beneath the nest area, Trying to keep out of the rain. He remained there until 3:30.  3:30 Kingsley onto nest ledge and sat there looking into the nest area for about 5 minutes.  3:40 Victoria out of the nest area, while Kingsley stepped behind the pillar. Victoria is seen circling the area of Church and Front. I heard a peregrine vocalizing and smart retort from a gull, which brought my attention to the Revenue Canada Building.  4:15 Victoria is seen on the roof of the former Revenue Canada Building. She was still there at 4:45, when I left the area

Monday May 7, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
06:30 Kingsley on the north side of the spire (in the black area near the top).  07:20 Kingsley off the spire and headed west.  08:15 Kingsley on the bottom step of Scotia Tower. 08:45 Kingsley arrives briefly to the nest ledge, vocalizing and then off towards King Edward Hotel.  08:55 Kingsley is again seen on the spire of St. James, same spot as earlier.  09:15 A quick peek from the roof of King Edward Hotel, no movement noted behind pillar.  09:30 Kingsley has moved off the spire.  10:00 No activity noted around nest building.

1:45 Adult circling over King Edward Hotel.  2:00 Adult appeared to fly out of the south-west over the nest building and on to the north-east.  2:15 Kingsley on the nest ledge for about 5 minutes, then off the ledge and glided over to the King Edward Hotel, where he was level with the old ballroom windows on the east side of the hotel, he then went out of range of view.   3:40 Kingsley to the nest ledge from the north-east, off again and circling the east side of the King Edward Hotel, just as he had earlier.  4:00 Adult seen on roof-top of the National Trust Building briefly. (The light and glare makes it difficult to I.D.)  over to the antenna of # 20 Toronto St., briefly, off and one circle around, and rests briefly on the top rail of the CHFI water tower, and I guess that wasn't comfortable, so off again and into the nest area behind the pillar. 

Sunday May 6, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
08:00 - 09:30 Neither adult was seen during this time. No movement noted in the nest area.  2:00 - 3:15 No activity until 3:15. Kingsley flew into the nest from the east. Victoria appears on the nest ledge and flies towards # 1 Toronto St. Vocalizing is heard. Kingsley did not appear to have food with him.

Saturday May 5, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
07:15 Kingsley on the south side, black area, of spire of St. James.  07:50 Kingsley off the spire and is last seen heading south-west over King Edward Hotel.  09:00 Kingsley is now seen on the south "S" of Scotia Tower.  10:00 Victoria out of the nest and briefly stops on the Trust building. Another brief  fly around and she returns to the Trust building, right hand side bottom ledge. She was still there at 11:30 when I departed.  2:00 - 2:45 No adults seen at this time.

Friday May 4, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
2:30 - 5:00p.m.No activity, adults not seen.  5:10p.m. Kingsley seen flying west over #1 Toronto St. Victoria out of the nest and briefly on the ledge. She then heads south/east over the King Edward Hotel. Both adults are seen soaring above the area of Jarvis and Front Sts.  5:20p.m adult into the nest. I only caught the back-end going in, so I can't say who it was.

David Dean reports:  2PM. It is a rare occasion when Victoria pays me a visit at BCE Place these days. Today, she did. She came from the Yonge and Front area, rose on the drafts to around the 30th floor and did a couple circles between the two BCE Place towers. Its spectacular seeing either of the pair so close, about 20ish feet maybe. Kingsley did a quick flyby this morning as he headed from the nest site over the Air Canada Center, where I lost sight of him.

Thursday May 3, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
4:00p.m. Kingsley was seen sitting on the Scotia Tower.  4:15p.m. Kingsley onto the nest ledge, where Victoria came out of the nest to join him on the ledge.  Kingsley then went into the nest and Victoria was last seen heading east, over # 1 Toronto St.

Harry Crawford reports:  Kingsley was briefly seen on the east side of Scotia Plaza at 1:32pm.  He was back again between 1:49 and 2:00pm.

Wednesday May 2, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
I was at Leader Lane 06:30 a.m., and did not see Kingsley nor Victoria at all. I checked all the usual roosts, but none of them were visible. The only movement was at 08:15 from a small sparrow like bird that landed on the grating below the nest area, it then flew onto the nest ledge, then on to the back wall of the nest area, flew around the "nest" pillar and on to that wall. I thought it was going to create some activity, nothing happened. No movement in the "nest' area, and no adult peregrine appeared. At 9:30 I walked along King St. to Bay St. to check on the Sheraton Hotel (just in case) but I didn't see anything on the south side of the Hotel either.  

An adult peregrine was seen heading west along King St. at 10:05.  It was Kingsley as he gradually made his way up the Scotia Tower and was last seen there at 10:30a.m. I haven't seen Victoria at all this morning.  

This afternoon, Kingsley was seen at the nest ledge at 2:50p.m. He was sitting just to the right of the camera hook-up. He did one fly around in front of the nest and then back  into the nest area.  Kingsley and Victoria appeared out of the nest and flew along King St. and then headed south.  3:10 Adult above Leader Lane chasing a gull with food in it's beak.  Gull dropped the goods.  I thought someone was going to hit by debris. It just missed a van turning onto Leader Lane. I went to investigate and discovered it was a hot dog bun!  4:30p.m. After the little jaunt around the downtown, Kingsley and Victoria returned to the nest ledge. Kingsley into the nest and Victoria was seen heading west.

David Dean reports:  8:00 PM. I stopped by the nest site on the way home from work. One of the pair was up on the second from the bottom, northern most step of Scotia tower. No other activity while I was there.

Tuesday May 1, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  
07:05 Kingsley on the Scotia Tower.  07:35 Kingsley off the tower, vocalizing heard but no sight of him.  08:15 Kingsley on the Trust Building.  08:55 Food into the nest by Kingsley, Victoria appears on the other side of the pillar and flies out of the nest and comes to rest on the south-east corner of the King Edward Hotel.

2:50p.m. Kingsley appeared from over # 1 Toronto roof-top and sets down on National Trust.  3:10p.m. Two little vocalizations (auk "auk, auk") caught my attention and notice Kingsley had departed the Trust building.  3:20 Kingsley noted soaring around the Scotia Tower. Kingsley was seen various times riding thermals around the Tower up until 4:00p.m.

4:00p.m.  Both Kingsley and Victoria are now visible at the nest ledge. Victoria is out of the nest and comes to rest on the service area of the nest building (where Adelaide was first released last year).  She then flies west and comes to rest on the building just west of # 18.  Kingsley is out of the nest and follows her pattern and comes to rest on the service area, while Victoria is west of him. Kingsley returns to the nest briefly.  Kingsley leaves the nest again. Victoria is now seen over the Scotia Tower and he goes to join her.  4:10p.m. Both Kingsley and Victoria are now riding the thermals over Scotia Tower.  4:30p.m. Vocalizing is heard and Kingsley is seen a nest ledge briefly and off to the west. Both Adults are now seen again over the Tower.  4:45p.m. Kingsley is seen on the 2nd step on the Scotia Tower. Victoria is not in sight. I tried to keep sight of the nest ledge during this time but difficult to keep up with all the activity. 

 

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