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DOWNTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

January - February 2003

Friday February 28, 2003
Jan Chudy reports: 
One bird has been sitting on the Sheraton ledge since approximately 9:15 (it's now 10 am) It seems larger than yesterday but does not appear to be Mandy since I see no pinkish front. Perhaps it's Spike with fluffed up feathers against the cold?

The bird stayed until almost 11 a.m. and on checking now I see it has gone although the sun is now shining on the Sheraton.

Thursday February 27, 2003
Jan Chudy reports: 
Very exciting news this morning. As I passed 18 King at 7:35 both birds were flying over towards the nest. At 9:30 I noticed one of the birds in the Sheraton ledge. I've now set up a telescope and have a clear view. It would appear to be Spike - i.e. there is no sign of pink/peach on the front.

Wednesday February 26, 2003
Jan Chudy reports: 
Passing 18 King on the way to the office at 8:40 one of the birds was sitting facing the sun on an east ledge. Based on the size, I am guessing it was Mandy.

Tuesday February 25, 2003
Jan Chudy reports: 
At 11:05, I spied one bird sitting on the nest ledge of the Sheraton enjoying the morning sun. As I watched it went in to a stoop down the side of the building and I completely lost sight of it.

Monday February 24, 2003
Jan Chudy reports: 
At 3:15 I looked out my window and there for the first time in about three months is one of the birds sitting on the Sheraton ledge. Can't be positive but I think it's Mandy based on the size. 3:25 and she is still there.

Sunday February 23, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
About noon I found one of the peregrines sitting on the nest ledge with its back turned outward. Since this is Spike's habit, I'm guessing it was him.

Friday February 21, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
About 12:30 I saw one of the peregrines on the nest ledge. As I approached, the second one (Spike, judging by the slim profile) flew into view and landed on the northeast corner of the King Edward Hotel, the same positions where they were seen earlier in the week.

Thursday February 20, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
About 1:15 p.m. both birds were on the nest ledge, holding down adjacent squares. They seemed to be enjoying the relatively mild weather, even though the sun had moved off that side of the building.

Thursday February 20, 2003
Michael Thoburn reports: 
Finally saw something at 9:15 AM after days of nothing. Sitting on the edge of the old nest site was what I presume to be one of the falcons facing the morning sun. Without a scope I found it hard to tell as the bird was relatively small and grey with a very dirty white-ish chest. I even wondered if it was a pigeon but it would have to be the world's dumbest pigeon to be sitting there. Will keep looking. 

Wednesday February 19, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
Harry, Zoe and I staked out the Victoria St. nest about 1 p.m. and found both the peregrines in residence. Mandy was on a top corner of the building while Spike sat on the nest ledge. After a few minutes Mandy flew off to the south, and a few minutes later Spike flew over and landed on the northeast corner of the King Edward Hotel, Victoria's old perch. When I passed by again about 2 p.m., Spike was still on the King Edward but Mandy had returned and was sitting on the nest ledge. At least we're now reassured that both are alive and well after their recent absence

Wednesday February 19, 2003
Jan Chudy reports: 
I am happy to report that this morning, Wednesday February 19, both birds were on the east ledges at 18 King as I passed at 8:40.

Tuesday February 18, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
Today I saw one of the downtown falcons for the first time in a week. I took a look about 1 p.m. and caught one sitting on the nest ledge. It looked quite big, but from the white streak visible on the belly I took it to be Spike. I watched for a few minutes but then decided to check out the Scotia Tower with my binoculars, and when I looked back he had disappeared. I was away from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10, but this is the first time I've seen either of these birds since I returned. I looked several times last week but they seem to have been somewhere hiding from the cold.

Friday February 7, 2003
Andrew Wheeler reports: 
It's 3.42 pm and I just finished watching a peregrine eating another bird on the building (a tallish grey stone building, maybe 13 or 14 stories tall) directly north of the corner of King and Victoria.. He sat there eating for about 10 mins and then another slightly bigger falcon buzzed in from the south and chased him off to the west. The second falcon then flew off to the south again (not sure if it took the food or not).

Thursday January 30, 2003
Jan Chudy reports: 
Passing 18 King at 7:30 a.m. Mandy was sitting on the nest ledge facing east, as usual. Has anyone seen Spike lately?

Tuesday January 28, 2003
Jan Chudy reports: 
Running by 18 King at 8 a.m. Mandy was sitting on the nest ledge looking very regal

Monday January 27, 2003
Jan Chudy reports: 
Passing 18 King shortly after 9 a.m. one of the birds was on the ledge second from the south end. Based on it's size, I believe it was Spike.

Sunday January 26, 2003
Paul Marshman reports:  
About 10:30, Spike was on another favourite spot -- one of the "steps" of One Financial Place. A few minutes later I checked again and saw that Mandy had joined him, holding down the opposite end of the same step. That's an unusual position; usually they like to have a whole step to themselves.

Saturday January 25, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
The falcons were around the nest most of the morning, Returning from the St. Lawrence Market around 11:30, Linda and I saw Mandy on the nest ledge, with Spike manning his regular spot on the lower roof line of the building

Friday January 24, 2003
Paul Marshman reports:  
A fairly mild day. The falcons were nowhere to be seen when I looked for them about 1 o'clock. But I came by around 4 and found Spike sitting on One Financial Place. A few minutes later both he and Mandy were sharing a square on the nest ledge.

Wednesday January 22, 2003
Jan Chudy reports: 
Yesterday, Tuesday January 21, Mandy was sittig on one of the ledges on the east side of 18 King when I ran by at 7:30 a.m. Today, Wednesday January 2, she was sitting on the ledge facing east when I drove by at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday January 21, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
After watching the local red-tailed hawk soaring over Jarvis Street about 1 p.m., I checked Victoria Street and saw Spike sitting on one of the points of One Financial Place. By the look of the wash on the side of the building, he has been spending some time there recently. When I looked again 15 minutes later, he had been joined by Mandy, who was an the opposite point. I looked again on Wednesday, a bitterly cold day, but the two were nowhere to be seen.

Saturday January 18, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
This morning, Linda and I saw Mandy and Spike occupying both corners of one square on the nest ledge about 10 a.m. They were still there at noon, and seemed content to spend much of the day there. About 3 p.m. we caught the red-tailed hawk being harassed by a flock of pigeons over Sherbourne St. I saw him again on Sunday morning, being chased out of the airspace over St. James cathedral by a crow.

Sunday January 12, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
I came by about 10:30 and again found Spike and Mandy close together on the nest ledge. When I returned an hour later, Spike had moved up to the top corner of the building, his usual hangout, where he was enjoying the sunshine. Mandy was still on the nest ledge, but as I watched she took off and flew west, between the buildings. I didn't see her return.

Saturday January 11, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
Spike and Mandy were both on the nest ledge, side by side, when I came by about 10 a.m. When I returned about 11:30, they had taken up positions in the corners of two adjacent squares, like book-ends.

Saturday January 11, 2003
Linda Woods reports: 
Today, at about 12:30 P.M. I saw both adults at the same time. One adult was sitting on the north-east roof top of #18 King St. while the other was on the lower east side of One Financial Place. It's the first time in a few months that I have seen them together.

Friday January 10, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
About 1:30 p.m. I found Spike on the top corner of the building enjoying some rare sunshine, while Mandy occupied one of the eastern points of One Financial Place. She kept dipping her head and seemed to be eating something. Spike appeared put out by this, and as I watched he flew down to the nest ledge and started to chirp at her. She remained unmoved, so he flew out and landed in a different ledge square, and chirped again. Still no luck, so he flew back to the top corner of the building. He sat there calling away, but while Mandy changed positions on her perch, she made no attempt to join him. I couldn't stay around to see the end of the drama.

Thursday January 9, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
Shortly after 1 p.m. I checked the nest and, peering through a heavy snow, found Mandy sitting on the ledge near the nest, with her back turned outward. Spike was nowhere to be seen -- maybe he found a better shelter from the snow

Wednesday January 8, 2003
Jan Chudy reports: 
This is turning out to be a red letter week for me. This morning passing 18 King at 8:30 am both birds were on view. Spike was standing on the nest ledge and Mandy was in the next opening south. She is rather an imposing female.

Tuesday January 7, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
About 1:20 p.m. I checked the nest building and found Mandy sitting on the ledge near the nest. Looking around King St., I was surprised to see a bird on the northeast corner of the King Edward Hotel, Victoria's old roosting spot. I assume was Spike, though I've never seen him there before. And I only saw him for a few seconds this time, as he quickly disappeared. Twenty minutes later when I passed by again, he was on the nest ledges, near Mandy.

Monday January 6, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
About 1 p.m. I found Spike and Mandy on adjacent points of One Financial Place. They were still there at 2 when I returned from my errands, and Mandy was still in place when I passed by again about 4:15.

Monday January 6, 2003
Tom Moreau reports: 
At 12:25 today, I observed two red-tailed hawks circling just east of Dundas & Yonge. They gained quite a lot of altitude. It will be interesting to see Windwhistler and Mandy's reaction to the new arrivals.

Sunday January 5, 2003
Paul Marshman reports: 
About 10 a.m. I found both Spike and Mandy in the square right beside the nest, holding down both corners. They were missing when I came back an hour later. On Saturday about 9:30, Linda saw one of the falcons on the west side of the nest building.

 

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