The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

MIDTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

May - June 2001

Friday June 29, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 5:35 and 6:20am.  Both flew in from the west at 6:00pm:  one circled in front of 44 Charles West (Manulife apartments) and then headed north; the other landed on a pipe on 55 Bloor West (Mbanx) and disappeared after about 5 minutes.

Thursday June 28, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike hung around the CIBC building between 6:25 and 8:10am and was back between 2:45 and 5:40pm.  He was doing his 'dead falcon' routine, taking in the sun's rays, at 2:45.  All that could be seen from the street was his tail, sticking over the edge of the ledge.  Mandy was on the top of the west CIBC logo between 4:40 and 5:00pm.  She was later on the top of the south Marriott logo between 5:25 and 5:40pm.

Wednesday June 27, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on various locations of the CIBC building beginning at 5:50am.  He was still there when I left the area at 9:50am.  In the afternoon, he was seen feeding on a small black and white bird on the west side of the CIBC building for 15 minutes at 2:25pm.  He was back on the building between 5:25 and 5:50pm and again briefly, at 7:05pm.

Tuesday June 26, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on various locations of the CIBC building between 5:40 and 6:40am and between 7:15 and 8:25pm when she moved to the south logo of the Marriott.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the west side of the CIBC building between 7:45 and 8:20am.  Mandy was back on the CIBC building in the late afternoon, on the south east corner between 4:25 and 4:40pm and briefly on the south west corner at 5:40pm. Windwhistler-Spike was on the bottom of the south CIBC logo at 6:35pm.

Margaret Omnet reports:  One peregrine was sitting on the roof of the Condo building on the north side of Wellesley, just east of the Sutton Place Hotel, at approx. 5.15 pm. It was on the north side of the roof and seemed to be eating as I could see something red, and I figured it was having dinner.  It was there approx. 20 minutes. I suspect this could have been Spike.

When I was on my way home, I noticed that it was very quiet, no birds or squirrels around that area, and I usually see all kinds of them, now I know why. They were all hiding!

Monday June 25, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 5:50am both peregrines were on the CIBC building.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the west side, mid way up having breakfast.  He disappeared at 6:10am.  Mandy was on the south west corner until 7:05am.  She was back on the west side between 8:45 and 10:15am.  11:10am found Windwhistler-Spike on the ledge of the west balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  Mandy spent 10 minutes on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 11:50am. At 4:50pm both birds were on the south logo of the Marriott Hotel: Windwhistler-Spike disappeared at 5:07pm after circling above Yonge and Bloor -- Mandy followed at 5:11pm.

Yesterday, Windwhistler-Spike did his 'dead falcon' routine at 4:30pm on the west side of the CIBC building.  With wings extended along the ledge, he took in the sun's rays.  This has to be the strangest thing I've ever seen with these birds!  He was gone 20 minutes later.

Saturday June 23, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 12:15 and 12:30pm.  Yesterday, Friday, Mandy was on the south east corner of the same building between 4:10 and 4:30pm.

Thursday June 21, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on the west side of the CIBC building between 11:45am and 12:40pm.  One of the adults flew to the east above Bloor with prey at 12:50.  It likely settled on the north side of the CIBC building, out of view.  Another adult was seen flying in the same pattern at 1:15pm, this time without prey.  Both were back again on the west side of the CIBC building at 3:10.  Windwhistler-Spike disappeared at 6:10 while Mandy was still there at 6:15pm.

Yesterday, Wednesday, Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building, middle level, feeding at 10:20am.  He was gone ten minutes later.

Monday June 18, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north west corner of the CIBC building between 11:35am and 12:25pm and on the west side between 3:55 and 5:45pm.  Windwhistler-Spike brought prey, a medium sized black bird, to his old spot on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony, prepared and had his dinner.  At 6:28 he flew over to the south west corner of the CIBC building and disappeared at 7:05pm. Yesterday, Sunday, he was on the south side of the CIBC building between 4:55 and 6:00pm.

Friday June 15, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was seen on the south side of the CIBC building between 4:25 and 4:35pm and again between 6:45 and 6:55pm.

Thursday June 14, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spikeand Mandy made a rare appearance together today. Both were on various positions of the CIBC building between 6:15 and  8:50am.  Mandy was back on the west side of the building between 1:15 and 1:25pm and between 5:50 and 6:00pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was also seen on the south east corner of the building at 7:05pm.  Yesterday, Mandy was on the ledge of the east balcony, north side, of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:45pm. 

Tuesday June 12, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:   Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 8:30 and 8:50am.  When I passed through Yorkville, she was on the ledge of the west balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 1:30pm.

Monday June 11, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:   Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 5:52 and 6:15pm.  The midtown peregrines have been making themselves scarce in the last week.  Several trips to Yorkville have not resulted in any sightings.  Either they are out of view on the floor of the Four Seasons Hotel balconies or they have left the area.  

Saturday June 9, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 4:00 and 4:55pm.

Friday June 8, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy flew in from the south for a quick visit to the foot of the west facing CIBC logo at 11:23am.  One of the peregrines was on the 'y' of the west facing Bay logo at 12:49pm.  Mandy occupied the south side of the CIBC building between 5:05 and 6:15pm.

Thursday June 7, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was briefly on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 7:15am before taking off rapidly to the west.  Mandy occupied the same spot between 8:00 and 9:25 when she moved to the north west corner.  She was gone by 10:30am.  When I passed through Yorkville, she was on the ledge of the west balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:28pm.  There was no sign of Windwhistler-Spike although he made a brief visit to the middle ledge of the CIBC on the west side at 4:00pm.

Yesterday, Wednesday, Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the west side of the CIBC building at 5:05pm.

Tuesday June 5, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was spotted on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 11:10am when I got home and disappeared at 12:15pm.  She was seen on the Four Seasons Hotel, on the north side, 2nd balcony ledge from the west at 12:40pm.  She didn't seem to be concerned about the window washing cables dangling down the side of the building on the balcony ledge to the west of her.

Monday June 4, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was on the balcony ledge, 2nd from the north on the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 10:00am.  A return trip at 12:45pm found Mandy in the same spot.

Sunday June 3, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  The one brief sighting found Windwhistler-Spike arriving on the south roof ledge of 55 Bloor West at 2:05pm.  We were in the middle of a downpour and he was soaking wet.  He walked along the edge with wings outstretched, slowly flapping them.  A few minutes later he attempted to fly to the south east corner of 77 Bloor West and missed the roof by a good 8 feet.  A second attempt got him up to the north east corner.  The water logged peregrine disappeared a few minutes later!  This whole sighting was so pathetic.

Saturday June 2, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south east corner of the CIBC building between 7:10 and 7:20am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the north west corner of the same building between 7:00 and 7:25am.  He was on the north east corner of the Four Seasons Hotel between 10:15 and 11:00am and on the ledge of the east balcony, north side at 12:45pm as I passed the
area on my way to the downtown site.

Thursday May 31, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the top of the 'y' of the south facing Bay logo between 6:25 and 6:50am.

Wednesday May 30, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building between 6:55 and 7:15am.  She was back briefly on the south east corner of the roof at 7:23 and on the south side again between 8:35 and 10:50am.  She was joined by Windwhistler-Spike on the same segment between 9:28 and 10:50am.  At 2:30pm she was on the top of the south Bay 'a',  moved to the south side of the CIBC building at 3:15 and gone by 4:15pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the bottom of the south Bay 'y' between 3:45 and 4:15pm.

Tuesday May 29, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building between 8:45 and 9:00am.  On arriving in Yorkville at 10:10, I spotted Mandy on one of the balcony ledges on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel. Window washing was taking place on the east face of the building. At 10:26 both peregrines were circling slowly, just to the north of the hotel.  They gained altitude and moved further north before heading rapidly to the east, out of view.  Mandy was seen on the south side of the CIBC building between 10:51 and 11:00am.  Both were on the south CIBC logo at 12:25pm, Windwhistler-Spike on the top and Mandy on the bottom.  Windwhistler-Spike left at 12:39 and Mandy hung around until 12:50.  She was back on the south side of the building between 1:13 and 2:15pm and on the top of the south facing Bay 'y' between 2:55 and 3:47pm when she took of to the west. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building between 2:55 and 3:30 when he joined Mandy on the 'y'.  He was gone at 3:40 but was briefly seen in the same spot at 4:57pm.

Yesterday, Monday, the peregrines were hiding from the weather. Mandy was seen between 5:35 and 6:00pm on the south west corner of the CIBC building.

Sunday May 27, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south east corner of the CIBC building at 6:20, moved to the west side at 6:30 and finally disappeared from view at 8:34am.  She was found on the ledge of one of the middle balconies on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 8:50 and disappeared to the north, then west at 9:32am.  During this time she made a few trips to the surface of the balcony and was out of view.  At the same time, 8:50, Windwhistler-Spike was on the ledge of the west balcony.  He moved to the east balcony briefly and then flew north, returning at 9:23 to the west balcony.  A couple of minutes later he briefly relocated to the north east corner of the roof and then made a steep stoop to the east, out of view.

Saturday May 26, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  When I arrived in Yorkville at 10:00am, both peregrines were on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel:  Mandy on the ledge of the third from east balcony and Windwhistler-Spike on the west one.  At 10:15 Windwhistler-Spike flew to the north east corner of the building and disappeared at 10:19.  Mandy also took off at 10:19, stopped briefly on the north west corner of 38 Avenue Road before disappearing.  She was then on the west side of the CIBC building between 10:45 and 10:50am.  Windwhistler-Spike was circling above Bloor between Bay and Yonge at 2:35pm, eventually landing for 5 minutes on the logo and ledge of the west side of the CIBC building.

Friday May 25, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was briefly on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 6:23am.  He was back, this time on the north west corner between 10:50 and 11:05am.  Mandy spent 5 minutes on the west side of the same building at 7:25am and was back again (with Windwhistler-Spike) at 10:50.  She stayed around until 12:45pm, and returned to the same spot between 5:35 and 6:30pm. 

Thursday May 24, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 7:45am Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building, in the fog, until 9:25.  She was back on the same spot between 10:40 and 11:15am.  Windwhistler-Spike alternated between the south west and north west corners of the same building between 8:20 and 9:15am and reappeared briefly on the south west corner at 11:30am.  At 12:09 one of the peregrines was circling slowly above Bay and Bloor and gradually heading west.  At 12:12, both were on the west side of the CIBC building, Mandy on the ledge and Windwhistler-Spike on the top of the logo.  Both were gone a few minutes later.  2:40pm found Mandy on the west side of the CIBC building until 3:35.  She was back between 5:25 and 6:15pm.  A trip to Yorkville during the lunch hour didn't result in any sightings.

Tuesday May 22, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 9:20 and 9:45am.  When I arrived in Yorkville at 12:10, Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of the roof of the Four Seasons Hotel and Mandy was on the ledge of the second balcony from the north on the east side of the same building.  She spent a lot of time staring at her reflection in the glass behind her.  At times she bobbed her head up and down and side to side and also appeared to be vocalising.  She took off for a quick circle to the north east at 12:41 and returned to the balcony, quickly moving to the floor, out of view.  Windwhistler-Spike took off at 12:42 and circled to the north of the building, returning quickly to the north east corner of the roof.  Mandy took off in a large circle to the north east at 12:44 and returned to the north balcony, east side this time.  She disappeared to the floor area, out of view.  At 12:47 Windwhistler-Spike circled north east and returned to the balcony that Mandy was on, but stayed in view on the ledge.  He was still there when I left the area at 1:10pm.

Monday May 21, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  This was a particularly quiet day.  Mandy appeared on the west side of the CIBC building, mid way up at 12:20pm.  She remained there until she couldn't be seen because of the fog at 3:25pm.  This area appeared to give her protection from the day's rain which was heavy at times. 

David Dean reports:  4PM Again, Windwhistler-Spike was in the Yorkville area, circling a few times over Hazelton and Yorkville Ave before setting down on the second from the right false balcony on the eastern side of the Four Seasons, again.

Sunday May 20, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza briefly at 6:05am.  She was on the west side, middle level of the CIBC building between 7:00 and 7:15 and on the west side, upper level between 7:27 and 8:55am.  One of the peregrines, likely Windwhistler-Spike, was on the north east penthouse of the Renaissance Plaza between 9:00 and 9:20.  He was on the south side of the CIBC building at 9:40am and was still there when I left the area 10 minutes later.  He was also on west side of the same building later, between 1:25 and 1:45pm.  Mandy took over that spot between 2:05 and 3:15pm and made two brief returns at 5:10 and 5:30pm.

Saturday May 19, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Between 6:15 and 6:28 Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of the CIBC building.  Mandy was feeding for about 10 minutes on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza at 6:50am.  A noon hour trip to Yorkville didn't result in any peregrine sightings.

David Dean reports:  7PM Windwhistler-Spike was in his favorite spot, the second from the right, false balcony on the eastern side of the Four Seasons. He must have been very comfortable, and lazy, as he didnt move the while I was in the area.

Friday May 18, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was feeding on the middle ledge, west side of the CIBC building at 12:00pm.  She flew over to the north balcony ledge, east side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:21, and joined Windwhistler-Spike.  I ran into Alan and he indicated that she briefly landed on the Renaissance Plaza on the way over.  She quickly disappeared into the floor area.  At 12:51 Windwhistler-Spike arrived with food, Mandy quickly jumped up to the ledge and took possession.  There was a lot of vocalising during the transfer.  Windwhistler-Spike retreated to the far end of the ledge while Mandy cleaned and consumed what appeared to be a small bird. She finished around 1:00pm and proceeded to stare at her reflection in the glass.  Alan and I left the area at 1:10 with both peregrines still visible on the balcony ledge.

Thursday May 17, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was briefly on the north east corner of the penthouse of the Renaissance Plaza at 6:50am.  Windwhistler-Spike was briefly on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 7:05. Mandy was sitting in the fog on the middle west ledge of the CIBC building between 4:35 and 5:40pm.  She may have also been feeding as there was a bit of a mess around the ledge.

Wednesday May 16, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  At 12:30 Mandy was on the East side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  She sat there for a few minutes and then moved into the second ledge from the North.  There appeared to be leftovers on the mid level ledge of the CIBC building.

Harry Crawford reports:  At 7:10am, both peregrines were on the CIBC building -- Mandy on the west side and Windwhistler-Spike on the south west corner.  Both were gone by 7:40.  Windwhistler-Spike was back on the same spot between 8:25 and 8:45.  Mandy brought either a large white pigeon or a gull to the middle ledge on the east side of the CIBC building at 9:10am and began to clean and eat it.  She left an hour later with much of the carcass still on the ledge.  One of the falcons was circling high above Yonge and Bloor at 11:05am.  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building briefly at 12:50pm. Windwhistler-Spike flew into the area at 3:35pm and started to feed on the carcass left on the CIBC building by Mandy.  He moved further south on the ledge around 4:00pm and did his 'dead peregrine' thing. He squished his chest down onto the ledge, extended his wings and splayed his tail.  After taking in the sun's rays, he disappeared about 20 minutes later.  Mandy came back at 4:35 and finished off the carcass.  She was gone by 5:00pm -- They got three meals off that bird.

Tuesday May 15, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike spent a few minutes on the south east corner of the CIBC building at 5:51am.  At this time, Mandy was on the north east penthouse corner of the Renaissance Plaza.  From Bay Street, Mandy's head and shoulders could be seen in the north balcony, east side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  This was at 6:20am.  At that time, Windwhistler-Spike emerged from the balcony area and took off to the east, hit a pigeon which dropped straight to the ground and then chased a gull, finally returning to south east corner of the roof of the Four Seasons Hotel.  I could see the black band on his right leg but could not make out the id.  At 6:47 he took off, circled the building twice, and then landed on the north balcony, east side and disappeared into the floor area.  Mandy flew in from the east a couple of minutes later and joined Windwhistler-Spike on the balcony floor.  Windwhistler-Spike flew to the north east penthouse corner of the Renaissance Plaza at 6:54 and then to the top of a Manulife antenna at 7:25.  He was back at the FSH, second balcony from the north, east side at 7:52 and was still there when I left the area at 9:00am.  Mandy appeared on the balcony ledge at 8:21 and was also still there at 9:00am.

When I arrived in the Yorkville area at 12:30pm, Mandy was on the ledge of the north balcony, east side of the Four Seasons.  Ten minutes later she disappeared into the roof area.  Windwhistler-Spike then arrived on the ledge of the second balcony from the north, next to Mandy's, with prey -- Alan described it as small, white and fluffy.  Mandy flew over and stood, one bird length from him, staring him down. Windwhistler-Spike moved down to the floor of the balcony and Mandy leaned into the balcony, looking at him.  He came out and took off to the east and then back to the north side of the FSH.  Mandy proceeded to clean and feed on the gift.  At 12:55 she took it over to the south side of the condo on the other side of Avenue Road (38 Avenue Road) and continued feeding.  A couple of minutes later, she took off to the south, across Bloor Street.  One of the peregrines was seen circling to the north of 44 Charles West at 2:40pm.

Monday May 14, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  When I arrived in Yorkville, Mandy was on the north side of the ledge of the north balcony, east side of the Four Seasons Hotel. This was at 12:17pm.  At 12:29 she jumped down to the floor; up to the ledge at 12:34 and back down to the floor at 12:38.  She appeared on the ledge of the adjacent balcony to the south at 12:41 and disappeared from view at 1:00pm.  I don't know if Windwhistler-Spike was on the floor of the north balcony at this time.  When Mandy was on the ledge, she moved closer to the black window and appeared to stare at her reflection in it -- curious. Both birds suddenly appeared from the east and flew into their respective balconies:  Mandy into the north balcony and Windwhistler-Spike into the one just to the south.  I didn't see either leave the area before this.  They were both out of sight on the floor area until Windwhistler-Spike appeared on the ledge of his location at 1:19.  This was the situation when I left the area at 1:40pm.

Sunday May 13, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At dawn, 5:30am, Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the south side of the CIBC building.  He was later on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza penthouse between 9:55 and 10:05 and between 10:45 and 10:58 when he took off north towards the Four Seasons Hotel.  He was back in the same location between 11:50am and 12:25pm.  Mandy took up the same spot at 5:40 and was still there 10 minutes later.

Saturday May 12, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was soaring high above the CIBC building at 7:00am.  There were strong winds and the bird appeared motionless, just hovering.  I couldn't identify the peregrine that flew to the east from the area of the Four Seasons Hotel at 7:18 -- it was just so fast.  At 7:24 Mandy appeared on the south ledge of the north balcony, east side of the same building.  For a while, she leaned in quite far.  I didn't see if Windwhistler-Spike was on the floor area.  She took off to the east, low, at 7:52am disappearing from view.  She was briefly seen on the south side of the CIBC building at 12:50 and 1:15pm.

Friday May 11, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was seen on the north east penthouse of the Four Seasons Hotel briefly at 5:35am, from 6:50 to 7:15, from 7:20 to 8:15am and again briefly at 2:30 and 3:15pm.  Because of the poor light, I couldn't positively id the bird.  Katherine Rich mentioned that both peregrines were on the east side balcony ledges of the Four Seasons Hotel in the late morning.

Thursday May 10, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza penthouse between 5:25 and 5:40am (early dawn) and briefly at 5:45am.  At 6:49 both peregrines were visible on the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel:  Mandy on the surface of the north balcony with just her head and shoulders visible (from Bay St.) and Windwhistler-Spike on the ledge of the adjacent balcony to the south.  It appears that these balconies are only a foot or less deep.  As I approached the building, Mandy became more difficult to see.  At 7:16 Windwhistler-Spike disappeared to the floor of his balcony, reappeared at 7:25 and flew to the north east penthouse corner of the Four Seasons Hotel.  Mandy immediately flew over and replaced him.  He returned immediately and mated with her.  He then flew over to Mandy's previous balcony, briefly disappeared to the floor area and then at 7:29 jumped up to the balcony ledge.  He was still there at 8:00am when I left the area.  Mandy remained in her location until 10:00am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building briefly at 10:05.  Mandy was on the north east roof corner of the Renaissance Plaza between 10:20 and 10:40am.

At 12:17pm both peregrines were on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel:  Mandy on the ledge of the west balcony and Windwhistler-Spike on the ledge of the adjacent balcony to the east. Mandy more or less remained there, dropping down out of sight on the surface and also flying about, until I left the area at 1:00pm. Windwhistler-Spike flew to the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza roof at 12:50 and disappeared 6 minutes later.

Wednesday May 9, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Spike was on the top of one of the Manulife Centre antennae at 6:43am; Mandy was on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza penthouse at the same time.  Both flew, actually Windwhistler-Spike picked Mandy up on the way by, at 6:47 to the north balcony on the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  They moved out of view, to the floor of the balcony.  A minute later Windwhistler-Spike flew to the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza penthouse, stayed there until 6:55 and then returned to the Manulife Centre antenna.  Mandy appeared on the balcony ledge at 6:55 and then to the north east corner of the penthouse of the Renaissance Plaza at 7:16.  Windwhistler-Spike returned with prey to the second from the east north facing balcony ledge at 7:14.  He vigorously stripped feathers from it, left it, and flew to the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza roof, just below Mandy, at 7:16.  They mated at 7:20 with Windwhistler-Spike immediately returning to the Manulife Centre antenna, scattering pigeons on the way.  Both left their respective areas at approximately 8:00am.  Mandy returned to her spot on the Renaissance Plaza between 8:35 and 9:15am. Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West at 8:48am.

Mandy was back on the same spot of the Renaissance Plaza at 11:05 and was still there when I left the area at 1:20pm.  She was back again briefly at 5:40pm.  Windwhistler-Spike appeared on the ledge of the north balcony, east side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:31pm.  He may have been on the floor of the balcony as I didn't see him fly in.  He moved to the ledge just to the south at 1:00 and was still there at 1:20 when I left.

Tuesday May 8, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza roof at 5:55am, moved to the north east corner of the penthouse at 6:15 and disappeared 5 minutes later.  At 7:21 she was on the ledge of the north balcony, east side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  She flew over to the ledge of the west balcony on the north side at 7:30 and took off chasing something, towards the west, at 7:37am. Windwhistler-Spike was seen on the top of one of the antennae of the Manulife Centre between 7:25 and 7:31am.

Monday May 7, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the north west corner of the CIBC building for a brief time at 5:45am.  He disappeared around to the north of the building.  He was later seen on the west side of the north west balcony ledge of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:35pm.  He flew up to the north east corner of the roof at 1:18, played around on the roof area at 1:38 and returned to the roof ledge at 1:42pm.  He immediately stooped off the east side out of view.  I didn't see what he was after but pigeons and gulls scattered.  Mandy was not seen during this time.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  I was in Yorkville at around 8 on Monday morning.  Mandy was on  North side of the Four Seasons Hotel second ledge from the West facing North.  Spike was tucked in on the West most ledge facing in.

Sunday May 6, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building between 12:45 and 1:25pm when she flew off to the west.  Windwhistler-Spike took up the same position between 1:55 and 2:10pm.

Both peregrines were on the west side of the CIBC building at 5:29pm.  Windwhistler-Spike circled west of the building and disappeared at 6:00 followed by Mandy at 6:15pm.

Saturday May 5, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike made several brief visits to the south west corner of the CIBC building:  6:30am, 7:05am, 7:50am (south side), and between 8:25 and 8:50am.  He was back in the same location between 10:00 and 10:25am.  Mandy made a brief appearance on the west side at 11:48am and was back between 4:30 and 4:55pm.

Friday May 4, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 7:26 Windwhistler-Spike arrived on the north east corner of the Four Seasons Hotel.  Mandy was on the north east corner of 38 Avenue Rd. at this time, the condo to the west of the Four Seasons Hotel. She flew to the second from the east balcony ledge on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 7:37am.  Windwhistler-Spike immediately flew down and mated with her.  Mandy flew to the ledge and then dropped down to the surface area of the west balcony while Windwhistler-Spike took off to the east, first landing on the south west corner of the CIBC building, then the north west corner, then the top of the Bay antenna and finally the Manulife antenna.  When I left the area Mandy was still in the west balcony of the Four Seasons Hotel and Windwhistler-Spike headed north from the Manulife Centre.

My second visit to Yorkville found Mandy on the 'mating ledge' from this morning at 12:24pm.  Spike immediately arrived from the west and mated with her.  He moved to the west ledge of the west balcony immediately after.  Both birds were in the same location when I left the area at 1:00pm.

Thursday May 3, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the north west corner of the CIBC for a brief time at 8:17am.  He was on the south west corner between 8:45 and 9:25am.  Mandy was seen on the second from east balcony ledge on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12.47pm. Windwhistler-Spike was on the ledge of the west balcony on the same side.  He took off to the north at 1:00pm and Mandy quickly went to his balcony and disappeared into it.

Wednesday May 2, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 10:08am Windwhistler-Spike was on the ledge of the west balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  He quickly moved to the north east corner of the building, barely settled in and made a stoop moving slightly to the east.  He appeared on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza with prey and began cleaning and eating.  During all this, Mandy was on the north east corner of the condo just west, across Avenue Road, from the Four Seasons Hotel. At 10:08 she flew over to the north west balcony on the Four Seasons Hotel and disappeared into it.  At 10:35 Windwhistler-Spike did his little 'shuffle' and moved westward along the ledge he was on, flew over to Mandy's location, leaned far enough into the balcony to nearly fall in, left soaring high above the Four Seasons Hotel and landed on the north east corner of the building.  He was still there when I left the area at 10:50am.  A return trip found him on the west side of the balcony, second from the west on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel between 12:18 and 12:45pm.  He was on the south side of the CIBC building between 1:00 and 1:30pm.

Tuesday May 1, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike spent a lot of time on the tops of various antennae on the Manulife Centre apartment tower (44 Charles West). He was there at 6:45am, moved to the south west corner of the CIBC roof at 7:21, back to the Manulife Centre at 7:31 and then to the ledge of the north west balcony of the Four Seasons Hotel at 7:33am. He jumped to the floor of the balcony and Mandy emerged and flew to the ledge of the middle north balcony.  Windwhistler-Spike kept appearing on the ledge, west side, of the balcony.  He flew over to Mandy at 7:45, mated, and flew back east to the Manulife Centre antenna.  Mandy moved into the north west balcony.  At 7:54 Windwhistler-Spike flew to the north east corner of the Four Seasons Hotel penthouse briefly, and then back to the Manulife Centre antenna.  He returned to the FSH north west balcony ledge at 8:18, stared inward for a couple of minutes and then flew back to the Manulife Centre antenna, remaining there until 8:34am.

At 4:03pm Windwhistler-Spike was observed doing his 'dead falcon routine'.  He was prone, wings and tail extended, motionless, on the west side of the CIBC building.  This would normally be alarming but he was seen doing this several times in the same spot last year.  He took off to the west at 4:08pm.  During this time Mandy was circling, low, just north of the Manulife Centre apartments. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building briefly at 4:30 and then back between 4:45 and 5:35pm.

David Dean reports:  6:15pm Bay and Bloor as described by my wife. My wife was on the treadmill at Bally's at Bay and Bloor, looking out the window over the street from the second floor. There were a few pigeons that flew very close to the window, then, BANG, out of nowhere something dropped. She said her, and the guy on the treadmill next to her jumped back it was so close. One of the pigeons got nailed right in front of her, feet away.  She said she didn't really see the peregrine at all it was so fast. She confirmed what happened only by approaching the window and visually identifying a peregrine, with a pigeon in tow already in the distance. She said she's never see anything like it, it was so fast and from nowhere.

 

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