The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

MIDTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

March - April 2001

Monday April 30, 2001
Marcel Gahbauer reports:   Over the past couple of weeks, Windwhistler-Spike and Mandy have given us a very convincing performance suggesting that they are nesting on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  However, it appears that we have been completely fooled.  Bruce Massey gained special permission on behalf of CPF to investigate the site today, and found that there are no eggs to be seen anywhere.  This might explain why the peregrines have been seen still mating in recent days.  Hopefully they are just a bit behind schedule and will still nest this season.

Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines, likely Windwhistler-Spike flew from the CIBC building south towards the Manulife Centre at 6:40am.  He was seen on the north west corner of the CIBC building briefly at 8:10 and again, moving from the south west corner of 77 Bloor West towards the east and then south of the Manulife Centre.  In Yorkville, he was observed on the north east corner of the Four Seasons Hotel between 10:42 and 11:05am.  Mandy graced the south side of the CIBC building between 2:25 and 3:40pm.

Sunday April 29, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike flew in from the north east to the Four Seasons Hotel nest at 6:55am.  Mandy came out and settled on the north east corner of the roof.  Windwhistler-Spike made a quick trip up to Mandy at 7:11, mated, and returned to the nest.  At 7:30 Mandy flew clockwise around to the south and eventually to the north and went into the nest.  Meanwhile Windwhistler-Spike headed west before Mandy reached the nest.  He was back at 7:50 to chase a crow that was too close to the nest area, landed on the north east corner of the building, and then flew off to the north east 5 minutes later.  He was seen on the Bay antenna a few times until he returned to the middle north balcony ledge with prey at 8:30am.  This bird was black but not quite as large as a crow.  He offered it to Mandy when she flew up from the nest area.  She cleaned it but didn't eat it.  Instead, she flew off to the east at 8:40.  Windwhistler-Spike chased off a gull that had come too close and Mandy was seen on the north west corner of 80 Bloor West.  Windwhistler-Spike ended up on the ledge of the nest balcony.  At 8:58 Mandy appeared on the north east corner of the Four Seasons Hotel.  Windwhistler-Spike quickly left the nest, joined her, mated and then returned to the nest. Mandy flew to the nest at 9:10, relieving Windwhistler-Spike who flew up to the popular north east corner of the building.  He was still there when I left the area at 9:45am.

Saturday April 28, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  When I arrived in Yorkville, Windwhistler-Spike was on the ledge of
the middle balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel. Mandy immediately left the nest and joined him.  He flew to the nest and disappeared there.  This was all at 6:40am.  At 6:50, Mandy flew to the east and Windwhistler-Spike left the nest area and joined her.  He ended up on the south east corner of the CIBC building and she on the west ledge.  Mandy returned to the nest at 6:52; Windwhistler-Spike disappeared at 6:57, returning to the nest area at 7:08.  Mandy took off to the south side of the CIBC building, returned briefly and then went back to the CIBC building. She was still there when I left the area at 7:15am.  She was back in the same location between 10:40 and 11:10am, and between 11:35 and 11:55am.  She was back on the CIBC building between 2:45 and 3:11pm, this time on the west side.

At 3:50pm a turkey vulture was moving from east to west high above Bloor Street.  A few minutes later Windwhistler-Spike appeared on the south side of the CIBC building.  At 4:25 he dropped down to the middle ledge and devoured some prey that was left there earlier in the day.  This was a larger bird, probably a pigeon.  There were so many feathers falling down the side of the building that it looked like the results of a pillow fight.  At 4:38pm he flew over to the north east corner of the Xerox building and disappeared shortly after that.

Friday April 27, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 10:10am Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building.  He flew over to the top of the Bay antenna at 10:20, remaining there until 10:45, during which he made several quick trips around the area.  He then flew over to the Four Seasons Hotel, circled high above and headed south.  He was back on the hotel at 11:15am, circling to the north for a brief visit and then taking up the south east corner of the roof.  Five minutes later he flew around to the north, out of my view.  Yesterday, he was seen on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 8:40 and 9:00am.

Thursday April 26, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  It was a great day to be in Yorkville.   That said, I didn't see much of Spike or Mandy.  At around 12:30 I believe I saw Mandy briefly stretch her wings with a short loop north of the Four Seasons Hotel, returning to the nesting ledge.  I saw Spike come in first on the east side of the hotel and then moved to the north east ledge.

Wednesday April 25, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  A female kestrel was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West briefly at 7:20am when it flew north, low, over Bloor West.  I wonder if this is one of the former Manulife kestrels.  A brief visit to the south west corner of the CIBC building was made by Windwhistler-Spike 8:35am.  When I was in Yorkville, Windwhistler-Spike was on the ledge of the north balcony of the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel between 10:15 and 11:30am.  He made a few 10 minute trips from the area, one to the south and one to the west.  He also dropped down to the surface area of the balcony a number of times, completely out of view.  At 10:20am, Mandy flew from the nest area (the west balcony on the north side of the building) to the ledge where Windwhistler-Spike was on the floor of the balcony.  She vocalised inwards, obviously having something to say, and then flew over to one of the adjacent balconies about 5 floors lower.  Windwhistler-Spike appeared quickly and they both did a quick clockwise flight around the building.  Mandy returned to the nesting ledge, apparently accomplishing what she set out to do.  She was away from the nest about 3 minutes.

Tuesday April 24, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Katherine and I arrived in Yorkville at 10:05am to find Windwhistler-Spike on the ledge of the north balcony on the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  Except for two brief excursions in the area he remained there, and was still there when we left the area at 11:15am.  During the two excursions, he flew quite low and covered the east and north territories.  On one occasion he jumped down to the roof of the balcony he was on.  He remained there briefly, returning to the ledge.  Late Sunday, prey was left on the mid south ledge of the CIBC building -- it was starling sized but lighter in colour, on its back with legs poking upward.  It disappeared between last night and this morning -- likely another food stash belonging to Windwhistler-Spike.

Friday April 23, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Dawn (5:55am) found Mandy on the west side of the CIBC building -- she disappeared at 6:05.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the same building between 7:35 and 8:00am as well as between 8:35 and 9:25am.  On my way over to Yorkville, I spotted him again on the same spot at 10:05am.  He took off to the west at 10:25 and soared high above the Four Seasons Hotel and then disappeared to the north.  He came back to the ledge of the west balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 10:50, leaned and appeared to vocalise into the balcony, jumped down out of view and suddenly Mandy was up on the ledge.  She immediately flew a half circle above the building, clockwise, landing on the north east corner of the building.  This whole interchange or hand off was done more quickly and smoothly than the other day.  She remained there until 11:10am when she flew counter clockwise, passing above Windwhistler-Spike and eventually disappearing to the south, out of view.

Sunday April 22, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  When I arrived in Yorkville at 9:35am, Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of the Four Seasons Hotel roof.  At 10:00 he took off towards the east but made several appearances all over the sky in every direction.  He was very high up and seemed to enjoy the strong north winds.  He could not be seen around 10:30 and I left the area 10 minutes later.  There is also a lot of new 'wash' down the sides of the north west wall of the Four Seasons Hotel indicating that one of the peregrines is spending a lot of time up on that section of the roof -- perhaps the overnight hours. 

Linda Woods reports:  I ventured up to the Four Seasons Hotel at 1:10p.m. Standing on the corner of Hazelton Lane and Scollard Streets, an adult flew in out of the south/west and into the north/west balcony. Second adult came out of the "nesting area" and flew to the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel and then off to the south/west.  Adult that was in the "nest area" appeared on the ledge. This adult decided to do a few aerial tricks on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel and then flew off to the north/east.  I think the same adult came back into view on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel, made one more circle of the north side and then back into the "nest area".

Saturday April 21, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the west side of the CIBC building between 8:55 (after the fog lifted) and 9:10am.  He flew up to the ledge of the west balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 11:00am, appeared to vocalise facing inward, jumped down to the balcony surface and appeared back on the ledge a couple of minutes later.  Apparently his services were not required.  He immediately flew up to the north east corner of the roof and remained there until 11:45 when he flew off to the east, towards Yonge and Bloor. He did not return in the next 15 minutes and was not seen in the Yonge and Bloor area when I got over there.

Friday April 20, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was on the west side of the CIBC building briefly at 6:00am.  It looked like Mandy but it was really too dark to positively identify her.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the same building between 8:05 and 8:20am.  He was back again briefly in the same location at 9:25am.  He landed on the ledge of the west balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 10:15 and vocalised into the balcony.  Mandy immediately jumped up onto the balcony ledge.  Windwhistler-Spike then disappeared into the balcony.  Mandy flew in a large circle north of the location, returned to the ledge for a minute and then disappeared to the south.  At 12:40pm Windwhistler-Spike appeared on the same north balcony ledge, faced inwards for a minute and then flew up to the north east corner of the building.  He was still there at 1:15pm when I left the area.

Thursday April 19, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza feeding
at 6:15am.  She disappeared at 6:50.  A fifteen minute tour of Yorkville at 9:00am didn't find any peregrine activity in the area. Windwhistler-Spike was on the mid south ledge of the CIBC building briefly at 6:30pm.

Wednesday April 18, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building for 10 minutes at 9:05am -- just preening. Katherine and I were in Yorkville between 10:15 and 11:30am today. When we arrived, Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of the Four Seasons Hotel roof.  He briefly disappeared onto the roof area for a while but reappeared again on the corner.  Around 10:30 he took off towards the CIBC building.  He hadn't returned by 11:30 when we left.  He was briefly seen on the mid ledge on the south side of the CIBC building at 11:35am feeding.  Between 3:40 and 4:20pm he was on the south side of the CIBC building, and back again for 10 minutes at 5:35pm.  There was no sign of Mandy today.

Tuesday April 17, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  I made two trips over to Yorkville today.  Nothing was seen in the first one around the Four Seasons Hotel, between 9:50 and 10:30am. About a dozen crows and two ducks passed overhead, quite close to the building and they were not challenged.  The second trip, between 12:30 and 2:30pm included Katherine, for the first half. Windwhistler-Spike was on the north east corner of the roof of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:30pm when we arrived.  At 12:40, he took off to the west side of the CIBC building and remained there until 2:35pm.  Mandy was not seen on either visit to the area.

Monday April 16, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 6:15am.  He was back on the same spot briefly at 12:15pm and between 3:55 and 4:15pm, feeding this time.  I was in Yorkville between 10:45 and 11:20pm and didn't see any activity around the Four Seasons Hotel.

Sunday April 15, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 8:30 and 8:40am.  He was back in the same location between 9:10 and 9:35am.  I was in Yorkdale between 11:30am and 12:00pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the east balcony ledge of the north side between 11:30 and 11:40am when he disappeared somewhere.  He didn't return in the next 20 minutes.  Mandy was not seen during this period.  However, she was on the west side of the CIBC building between 1:25 and 3:15pm.

Saturday April 14, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  I was in Yorkville between 9:50 and 10:35am.  Windwhistler-Spike appeared on the edge of the north balcony of the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 10:00am.  At 10:10 he did a counter clockwise circle above the building, landed on the north east roof corner and preened until 10:35am when he disappeared from view.  I didn't see where or which direction he went.  Unlike yesterday, he didn't seem to be vocalising.  Mandy was not seen in the area.

Friday April 13, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Katherine Rich and I were in Yorkville between 11:00am and 12:00pm. Windwhistler-Spike was on the ledge of a balcony on the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel when we arrived.  This time it was the second one from the north.  He made a number of brief flights away from the building, at one time returning to the balcony and vocalising, facing inward.  Much of the time was spent on the north and east roof area.  What was particularly amusing was his little waltz as he moved down the roof edge.  Mandy was not seen on either the north or east sides of the building.

Thursday April 12, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  I found Spike on the north side of the Four Seasons at 12:10.  No sign of Mandy.  He wasn't around for long and flew off in the area between the Four Seasons and the CIBC building.  After a few minutes I found him flying with prey in talons towards and eventually around the mid level slots of the CIBC building.  The bird looked to be a good size and its under side had some yellow to it.  I lost him for a while, but found him on the north side of the CIBC, on the window ledge below the mid level slots.  He was feasting for a while before I left at 12:50.

Wednesday April 11, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  I was watching the Four Seasons from 12:10 to 1:00 today.  All that time Spike was on the north side of the hotel, sitting on the second ledge from the east side. 

Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the west side of the CIBC building at 6:25, preparing food on the south west corner of the same building at 6:50, circling north of 44 Charles West at 7:00, preparing food on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 7:10, circling south of the CIBC building at 7:30, sitting on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 8:55 and 10:15am.  He was on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:45am when I ran into Alan.  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building between 2:20 and 2:40pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was back for about 10 minutes on the foot of the west CIBC logo at 3:25pm.

When I mentioned Windwhistler-Spike 'preparing food', he was removing feathers from his prey.  I didn't see him actually eating, and he usually disappeared quickly after.  He may have been storing the prepared prey in some location or been taking it back to Mandy. This is something we need to watch out for.

Tuesday April 10, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  One of the peregrines was down at Queens Park this morning at 8.  It was on the Mowat block antenna facing east.  With the nice sun rise and clear weather it was well lit.  I'm not sure how long it was there before I got there, but it left shortly after 8.  At noon I found a peregrine on the north side of the Four Seasons, on the east most ledge.  I could hardly see it from Hazleton, but easily seen from Avenue north of Yorkville.  It sat there until I left at about 1pm.  I notice a number of gulls near the building, but the peregrine paid little attention to them.

Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 7:35 and 7:50am.  He was seen on the north west roof corner of the Four Seasons Hotel between 10:55 and 11:15am when he took off, making a counter clockwise rotation above the building and disappearing to the south.  Mandy was not visible on either the north or east side of the building.  Windwhistler-Spike appeared circling high above the north east area of Bloor and Bay at 11:20 and then feeding on the mid level ledge of the west side of the CIBC building at 11:25am.  He was back on the west side of the CIBC building between 2:50 and 3:15pm, upper level this time.  Yesterday, Monday, Windwhistler-Spike was briefly seen feeding on the north west corner of the CIBC building.

Sunday April 8, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  A peregrine was seen circling high above Bloor West between Bay and Yonge at 8:15am.  It looked a lot like Mandy and eventually it headed south.  Windwhistler-Spike was briefly on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 9:10am.  Both peregrines were on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel between 10:20 and 10:45am. Windwhistler-Spike was on the west balcony ledge and appeared to be sleeping -- perhaps a result of last night's massive storm and high winds.  Mandy was on the adjacent balcony.  She appeared to be cleaning her talons.  This is the first time I have seen her in several days.  At 6:10pm Windwhistler-Spike was trying to land on the south west corner of the CIBC building.  The wind was so strong, that he hung motionless about a foot away from his goal.  He circled around about four times and finally gave up, heading back to the west.

David Dean reports:  While enjoying a Yorkville ice cream, I quickly spotted Spike ( I think) on the upper right false balcony on the east side of the Four Seasons. He didn't move while I was in the area and I did not see Mandy. Good thing I just "happened" to have my binoculars handy!

Saturday April 7, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the north west corner of the
CIBC building at 7:50 and 8:30am.  Between 10:05 and 10:25am he was on the ledge of the east balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  A check of the north and east sides of the building did not find Mandy.  Windwhistler-Spike was later on the west side of the CIBC building briefly at 10:45am.  One of the peregrines was circling above Bloor Street between Bay and Yonge at 2:25pm. Yesterday, Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 6:40 and 7:00am. 

Friday April 6, 2001
Linda Woods reports:  I arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel at 1:50 p.m. and immediately saw Spike on the roof-top north east corner. (I was viewing from Yorkville Ave and Hazelton Lane).  I walked along Hazelton Lane to Scollard and saw Mandy on the east side of the centre balcony. Mandy went out of view, while Spike remained on the north-east corner.  2:05  Spike flew off to the north-east and Mandy remained out of view.  2:25 as I was walking towards Bloor St. Spike was seen flying towards the Four Seasons Hotel but I was not in an area to see where he came to rest.

Thursday April 5, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Between 8:00 and 8:30am Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building.  Several crows were around at the time but he did not give chase.  At 10:10 he was seen on the second from west north side balcony ledge of the Four Seasons Hotel.  Five minutes later he took off in a high, wide, counter clockwise circle that brought him back over the Four Seasons Hotel.  He continued rapidly to the south west corner of the CIBC building where he remained until 10:45am.  Both the north and east side of the Four Seasons Hotel did not reveal the whereabouts of Mandy today. 

Wednesday April 4, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  Both peregrines were out of site until around 12:30.  One appeared on the second ledge from the west on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel, stretched and flew off to the north.  After a couple of minutes the other peregrine appeared on the west most ledge on the north side.  It just sat there, looking to the north, until I left at 1.

Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was briefly seen on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 7:55am and on the north west corner at 10:00am. Between 11:00 and 11:30am he was on the edge of the west balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  A check of the east and north faces of the building did not find Mandy.

Tuesday April 3, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building between 7:50 and 8:37am.  Windwhistler-Spike flew in at 8:20, mated with Mandy, moved to the north west corner of the CIBC building, and also disappeared from view at 8:37am.  He was on the south west corner of the building between 9:00 and 9:15am.  A quick trip to Yorkville found the top of a head appearing from the floor area of the north balcony on the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  I couldn't identify the bird.  This was at 10:15am.  Shortly after, Windwhistler-Spike appeared on the edge of the same balcony, remaining there until I left at 10:50am.  A check of the north side of the building revealed no peregrines.  Windwhistler-Spike made a brief appearance on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 12:20pm.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  One of the peregrines was on the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel at around noon.  I took the opportunity to point it out to the many nearby police (security for an international conference taking place inside).  It then flew off to the CIBC building and sat there for a while.  After diving at a bird it came back and landed on the north side of the Four Seasons, where it remained until 1 p.m..  At times the local gulls were showing their displeasure with the peregrine's presence, but it ignored them. 

Linda Woods reports:  I was in there area at the same time. I stood on Avenue Road just north of
Bloor.  Mandy was on the north-west balcony and I didn't see Spike at all.  Until a gull landed on the east roof of the Four Seasons Hotel. WELL - did that gull get a surprise!  Spike came out of hiding and pinched that gull in the butt.  I didn't see where he went after that, but eventually he was seen on the north balcony on the very west side, and Mandy had moved over one balcony to the east, same level. 

Monday April 2, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 7:50am Mandy was on the top of the east CIBC antenna.  She moved to the north west corner of the building at 8:05 and disappeared from view at 8:20am.  When I was over in Yorkville between 11:00 and 11:25am, nothing was visible on the Four Seasons Hotel.  Suddenly, at 11:25, Windwhistler-Spike came up from behind the west side of the hotel, carrying prey, and took off rapidly to the north side of the CIBC building where he deposited the prey in a mid level slot. He rested for a few seconds on an adjacent ledge and then took off back to the Four Seasons Hotel, landing on the ledge of the north balcony on the east side.  He disappeared shortly after.

Returning to the Four Seasons Hotel found both birds on the north side of the building at 2:50pm.  Mandy was on the second from the east north balcony ledge and Windwhistler-Spike was on the west balcony ledge.  At 3:30 Windwhistler-Spike flew over to Mandy for a brief mating, returned to his ledge and then disappeared onto the floor area five minutes later.  This means, of course, that the peregrines can be there but not seen from the street.

Sunday April 1, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Between 10:00 and 10:30am both peregrines were on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel; Mandy on the east balcony ledge and Windwhistler-Spike on the west balcony ledge.  Between 1:00 and 1:20pm they were seen in the same locations.

Saturday March 31, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the floor of the north balcony on the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel when I was in the area between 10:00 and 10:35am. She was not visible all of the time but her head would pop up from time to time -- visible from the shoulder up.  I don't think it is a very deep balcony.  Windwhistler-Spike appeared on the ledge of the west balcony on the north side at 10:15.  At 10:35am he flew around to the east side and passed close to Mandy a couple of times before returning to the north balcony ledge.  For those visiting the area, the best viewing locations are on the north side of Scollard between Bay and Hazelton Ave.  You can see both the north and east exposure of the Four Seasons Hotel from here.  Unfortunately, because of the angle, the best view of the east side is closer to Bay, much further away.  When the weather warms up, if ever, I'll take a scope over.

Friday March 30, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 6:40am a peregrine was seen soaring above Bloor and Avenue Road. It eventually headed south.  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building between 7:40 and 9:20am.  She was later seen circling north of the CIBC building at 9:45.  She landed on the west side of the building and remained there until 10:50am.  Windwhistler-Spike was briefly on the west side of the CIBC building with Mandy at 7:40am. Between 7:55 and 8:10am he was on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony.  This is the spot he used to bring prey to but he was just sitting there, facing the main part of the building.  He was seen on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 8:10 and 8:30 and between 9:00 and 9:20am.

Thursday March 29, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines spent a short time on the pipe located on the north east penthouse of the Renaissance Plaza around 8:20am. Windwhistler-Spike was on the edge of the west balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 10:45am.  Mandy was not in sight.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  The peregrines are visiting Queen's park on a regular basis.  One was on the Mowat block at 8 am.  At 12:20 I was up in the Yorkville area and noticed Spike and Mandy on the FSH.  They were both on the North side, Spike on the east most balcony and Mandy on the west.  Mandy made a brief flight and came back to her ledge.  She disappeared out of sight for about 15 minutes and then flew over to the ledge beside Spike.  Given the amount of bird poop beside the ledge Mandy was initially on it looks like they are spending a lot of time on that ledge.

Wednesday March 28, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  I found Spike on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  He was on the west most ledge through out the lunch hour.  He was facing the hotel, which is nothing new.  Mandy may, or may not have been on the ledge out of sight.  I thought l saw Spike leaning in at one point, but you just can't
see that is further back from the edge. 

Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the top of the east CIBC antenna between 3:45 and 4:00pm.  Windwhistler-Spike flew by a few times and circled above the building.  He was later seen briefly on the south east corner of the Bay roof at 5:20pm.

Tuesday March 27, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was briefly on the north east penthouse of the Renaissance Plaza at 6:25am.  Both were on the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 10:30am.  This time, Mandy was on the surface of the balcony just south of the one she was previously in.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the ledge of the originally thought of nest balcony.  Katherine confirmed this sighting and commented that Windwhistler-Spike made several trips to the south and back.  She also felt that a third peregrine was in the area, perhaps on the north side.  I will keep an eye out for this over the next few days.

Alan Kirschbaum reports: 
At about 12:30 I found Spike on the south east corner of the Four Seasons hotel.  After a couple of minutes he flew off to a building on Bloor Street near Yonge and came back with some leftovers.  He was joined by Mandy on the north east balcony.  There was some vocalizing, heard all the way to street level, and Spike took his snack to the south east roof again.  Spike rejoined Mandy and then took off after a gull.  He came back, there was more vocalizing and Mandy moved out of sight on the balcony.  Spike moved to the south east roof and Mandy eventually reappeared on the north east balcony. 

Monday March 26, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
One of the peregrines was on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza briefly at 6:10 and 9:05am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the east nest balcony ledge at 10:00am.  He took of to the south shortly later.  Mandy was not seen.  At 12:15pm, from Katherine's apartment, both birds were seen on the nest balcony. Mandy continued to prefer the gravel surface area and was only seen briefly when she poked her head up and when she jumped up on the ledge once.  Windwhistler-Spike took off to the south but reappeared on the ledge of the nest balcony at 12:45pm.  At 4:15pm he was seen feeding on the south side of the CIBC building, leaving 10 minutes later.  One of the peregrines was on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza at 6:30pm.

Sunday March 25, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Both peregrines were on the east false balcony of the Four Seasons Hotel at 10:00am.  Shortly after, Windwhistler-Spike took off to the south towards the University of Toronto area.  Mandy poked her head up a few times from the surface of the area and also jumped up onto the ledge a few times.  Her preference was the gravel surface area. One of the peregrines, likely Windwhistler-Spike was on various areas of the Renaissance Plaza between 5:00 and 6:35pm.  His preferences were on the north east locations.

Saturday March 24, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
At 7:05am Mandy was circling just north of 44 Charles West and made her way to the south west corner of the CIBC roof.  She remained there until 7:25am.  A peregrine was seen briefly on the north east penthouse of the Renaissance Plaza at 7:55am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building at 12:20pm and headed west 10 minutes later.  He made a few quick stoops on the way.

Friday March 23, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Mandy was on the south east corner of the CIBC building between 6:40 and 7:00am.  She was on the south side between 7:30 and 8:00am, and seen briefly on the top of the east CIBC antenna at 8:10am.  She took up the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza at 8:55 and the west side of the CIBC building at 9:10.  She took off rapidly to the west at 9:25am.  Windwhistler-Spike was briefly on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 7:30am and was feeding on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza between 11:50 and 12:00, noon.  He was on the south side of the CIBC building between 3:35 and 4:05pm and was later seen feeding again on the Renaissance Plaza between 4:40 and 5:50pm.

Thursday March 22, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Windwhistler-Spike started out on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza at 6:30, remaining there until 7:10am.  Between 7:40 and 7:55am he was on the north west corner of the CIBC building.  Mandy was on the south west corner of the same building between 7:00 and 8:05am and was on the west side between 8:35 and 10:15am.  Both birds were briefly on the south side of the CIBC building at 1:55pm.  Mandy was in a south mid level CIBC slot between 4:15 and 4:35pm.  She flew around the area at 4:40 and eventually landed in the bottom of the south facing Bay 'a', moved to the south side of the CIBC building 10 minutes later and finally disappeared at 5:50pm.  She rapidly flew in from the west and spent 15 minutes on the south side of the CIBC building at 6:05pm. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the same building between 4:50 and 5:50pm.

Wednesday March 21, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of the Bay roof between 9:15 and 9:35am.  He was on a false balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 10:15.  A few minutes later, he took off, chasing a flock of crows north of Davenport and Avenue Road.  He was also seen chasing a pigeon but did not return to the balcony in the 15 minutes I spent watching.  Later, he was seen on the south west corner of the Marriott between 11:40 and 12:10pm.  At 1:25pm there was an aerial display with both peregrines playing in the sky above Bloor West, slowly heading towards Bloor and Avenue Road.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  I found Spike sitting on the north side of the Four Seasons over lunch.  He was doing the usual looking at the building, looking away from the building and cleaning his talons.  After a while Mandy appeared out of no where and settled on the ledge beside his.  She took an interesting posture, bending her head out and forward while raising her shoulders.   After a few minutes Spike and Mandy had a private moment.  Well it wasn't really a moment and there was a whole lot of wing flapping going on.  Once Spike was done he was off in a flash.  Mandy remained and preened for a while.  I found Spike up at Queen's Park, sitting on the Mowat block antenna.  Lets hope for the best this year.

Tuesday March 20, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 6:00am.  He was later seen on the north west corner at 7:15am.  He quickly took off, circled the CIBC building and then headed south to the roof area of 44 Charles West (Manulife Centre apartment tower).

Monday March 19, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Mandy was seen on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza
between 6:35 and 7:15am feeding.  She made a brief appearance on the south west corner of the CIBC roof at 9:20am.  While walking through the St. Michael College campus I saw a red tailed hawk on the south west corner of the penthouse on 44 Charles West (Manulife apartment tower).  Later in the day Mandy was seen on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 2:00pm.

Sunday March 18, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Windwhistler-Spike made brief appearances in all his favourite locations on the CIBC and Bay buildings between 6:15am and 12:05pm. He was never in one spot for very long.  Mandy, however, was less restless and was on the south side of the CIBC building between 7:55 and 9:15am and on the west side between 9:25 and 9:45am.  Both birds were seen flying above 55 Bloor West and heading west at 2:55pm. They were on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza between 3:25 and 3:40pm; Windwhistler-Spike on the penthouse, Mandy on the roof.  She was later seen on the south side of the CIBC building between 4:15 and 5:25pm.  Windwhistler-Spike briefly joined her at this time, checking out the slots before disappearing.

Saturday March 17, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:   Mandy spent most of the time between 6:10am (first light) and
10:00am on the west CIBC ledge and logo before briefly taking up the south west corner of 77 Bloor West.  She was on her favourite pipe on the north east corner of the penthouse of the Renaissance Plaza at 11:35 and moved to the west side of the CIBC building at 12:10, remaining there until 1:50pm.  Windwhistler-Spike spent between 8:20 and 10:00 on the west side of the CIBC building and logo, joining Mandy from time to time.  He was on the south side of the building between 3:05 and 5:05pm and could hardly be seen through all the steam and snow.

Friday March 16, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:   Mandy flew in from the west at 6:45am, circled the CIBC building and then headed south to the roof area of 44 Charles West.  At 7:10 she was circling 55 Bloor West and eventually landed on the west side of the CIBC building, remaining there until 8:15am.  At 7:55am Windwhistler-Spike was on the north west corner of the CIBC building for 15 minutes.  Both peregrines were back in the same general area at 1:00pm.  They remained in various location on the west and south sides of the CIBC building until 4:40pm.

Thursday March 15, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was on the north east penthouse of the Renaissance Plaza between 6:30 and 6:40am.  It looked like Windwhistler-Spike.  Yesterday, Wednesday, Mandy was seen rapidly circling the middle of the CIBC building at 7:15am. Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the bottom of the 'B' of the south facing Bay logo between 2:35 and 2:45pm.

Monday March 12, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Mandy appeared briefly on the west side of the CIBC building at 6:15 and for 15 minutes at 6:50am.  She flew in from the west to the same location at 8:40 and remained until 9:10am.  At 1:55pm she was back briefly; returned at 3:25 and remained on the west CIBC ledge until dark, 6:45pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the same ledge and at times, the same segment many times between 2:30 and 6:05pm.  He never stayed long but was quickly back again.

Sunday March 11, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
A peregrine was on the north east corner of the penthouse of the Renaissance Plaza between 8:30 and 9:00am.  It was likely Windwhistler-Spike because of the whiteness of the breast area. Mandy was on the top of the east CIBC antenna between 9:45 and 10:10am.  A peregrine was on the north east corner of the penthouse of the Renaissance Plaza between 1:30 and 2:00pm and between 6:10 and 6:30pm.  I couldn't tell which one it was these times.

Friday March 9, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Both peregrines were visible at 6:30am -- Mandy on the south east
corner of the Bay roof and Windwhistler-Spike on the south east corner of the Marriott.  He moved to the south east balcony of 55 Bloor West at 6:55 for breakfast.  Both were gone by 7:00am.  At 8:00am three crows came by and finished off Windwhistler-Spike's breakfast.  They were unchallenged.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen on the top of the 'y' of the south facing Bay logo at 5:55pm.

Thursday March 8, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
The amount of building maintenance around these last few days has
been keeping the peregrines away from the Yonge and Bloor area.  I went over to Yorkville and Avenue Road at 10:30am and found Mandy and Windwhistler-Spike on the north side of the Four Seasons.  They were on separate balconies at the top level.  Mandy appeared on the south east corner of the CIBC building between 3:40 and 4:00pm.

Wednesday March 7, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
The pattern of the last few days changed today.  Mandy was in a south CIBC slot between 6:25 and 6:55am.  She was on the south side of the building between 7:25 and 8:10am and between 8:40 and 9:35am when she was seen flying rapidly around the mid portion of the CIBC building.  She finally landed on the south side and stayed there until 9:55am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the top of the south CIBC logo between 6:25 and 6:55am and on the south west corner between 7:25 and 8:10am.  Two crows were on the east CIBC antenna at 12:20pm, on the very top, Mandy's favourite spot, and remained unchallenged.  Mandy came back and was on that spot briefly at 2:30pm.  Both peregrines were seen soaring and chasing each other, high above Yonge and Bloor at 3:35pm.  Later, at 5:35pm, one of the peregrines was on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza.

Wednesday March 6, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Mandy spent most of the day around the CIBC building with occasional visits by Windwhistler-Spike.  She was on the west side between 6:35 and 8:50am when she soared quickly around the area buildings, disappearing from view 5 minutes later.  She took up the south side of the building between 10:00 and 10:30; 11:45am and 12:35pm; 1:35 and 2:35pm; and 3:40 to 5:00pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was briefly on the south side of the building at 6:45am; between 9:20 and 10:30am; 11:45am and 12:10pm; flew in from the west and was on the top of the 'h' of the south Bay logo between 2:00 and 2:35pm. 

Monday March 5, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:   Despite the continuous snowfall all day, Mandy remained on the CIBC building.  She was first visible on the bottom of the west logo at 6:50am, disappearing from view at 10:25am.  She then spent between 10:40am and 3:00pm on the west ledge of the same building, moving to the south ledge for 10 minutes before disappearing.  She may have moved into a west slot as it looked like there was something there, but the snow was so heavy, I couldn't be sure.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the top of the west facing CIBC logo between 7:05 and 10:25am.  Like Mandy, he may have moved into a west facing slot but the heavy snow prevented confirmation.  If they did move into slots, out of the snow, they were adjacent ones.

Sunday March 4, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Today was nearly a repeat of yesterday with both peregrines spending most of the day on the west side of the CIBC building:  Mandy between 6:30am and past 5:30pm, Windwhistler-Spike between 7:40am and 4:55pm.  They seemed quite restless and made frequent brief excursions around the area, some of them to the west.

Saturday March 3, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Again, both birds were on the CIBC building for much of the day:
Mandy between 6:55am and 6:15pm, Windwhistler-Spike between 7:20am and 11:05am.  With few exceptions, the west side was the preferred area.  Mandy took up her favourite spot on top of the east CIBC antenna between 1:30 and 2:10pm.

Friday March 2, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  
I saw some interesting behaviour around noon today.  One of the peregrines landed on the west middle level slots of the CIBC building (I should point out that it was the only slot that appeared to be dry) and after sitting there for a minute it began to fly around the building.  It made a number of passes around the upper middle level of the CIBC building and would appear to pull up in front of a window as if trying to land.  At one point it looked as if it was flying along the building almost touching it.  I lost it for a while and found it sitting on the north west corner of the CIBC building.

Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were visible for most of the day once again --
between 6:50am and 5:20pm.  Most of this time was spent on the south and west sides of the CIBC building.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on a small bird on the south mid ledge at 8:10am.  One unusual activity that was also picked up by Alan, was Mandy flying rapidly around the Bay building at mid level.  This was at 12:05pm. She also fluttered up against a west window, something that was also seen last spring.  She didn't appear to be chasing anything, however.

Thursday March 1, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  
Today was almost a repeat of yesterday except that both birds disappeared at 12:20pm.  They also took in the west side of the CIBC building today.  Highlights included a brief mating on the south west roof corner of the CIBC building at 8:50am.  Both were on the south side of the CIBC building between 3:25 and 3:40pm. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east Bay roof at 4:40pm, caught something, and then fed on the south east mid ledge of the CIBC building at 5:00, leaving at 5:15pm.

 

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