The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

MIDTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

July - September 2001

Sunday September 30, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  A kestrel was seen on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony briefly at 7:40am.  This is one of Windwhistler-Spike's feeding places.  Perhaps it was looking for scraps.  4:40pm found Windwhistler-Spike on the bottom of the west CIBC logo, feeding.  He was gone in 15 minutes.  At 6:00pm both peregrines were on 77 Bloor West:  Mandy on the south west corner and Windwhistler-Spike on the south ledge.  They were gone by 6:25pm, however Windwhistler-Spike made a brief appearance on the south east corner at 6:35pm.

Saturday September 29, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 3:40pm, Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West, feeding.  The somewhat large prey was on the roof surface next to the ledge, out of view.  A couple of large dark primaries indicated that it was likely a starling.  Our friend would jump on it, do his thing, jump back on the ledge and do a little shuffle, come back, and repeat the exercise.  It was quite funny to watch.  He left or was on the roof surface out of view 15 minutes later.  During this time, feathers were falling down from the roof area on the north side of 44 Charles West.  Mandy was likely feeding on the roof.  At 4:28 a large raptor was circling high above Yonge and Bloor.  It didn't appear to be one of our peregrines.

Monday September 24, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  At 7:50 am, Windwhistler-Spike was on a north balcony of the Four Seasons Hotel, while Mandy was perched on the very top of the building at the northwest corner just above him.  Windwhistler-Spike flew off to the southeast at 7:51 am.  Mandy followed about 30 seconds later, flying a bit more to the south.  They appeared to be headed for 55 Bloor West.

Harry Crawford reports:   Windwhistler-Spike was on the north east corner of 77 Bloor West,
sitting in the light rain for 15 minutes at 2:15pm.

Sunday September 23, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy took off from the roof area of 77 Bloor West at 7:05am, circled the building clockwise twice and landed on the north east corner.  She visited the roof surface a couple of times and then disappeared at 7:30am.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the south east corner of the CIBC building between 7:50 and 8:00 am when he took off low, to the east and then down Yonge St.  Mandy flew in from the east with prey at 10:55am and landed on the east side of 77 Bloor West, subdued her prey, and then took off with it.  A quick trip to Yorkville at 2:50pm found both peregrines on separate balcony ledges on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel. Windwhistler-Spike visited the south west corner of 77 Bloor West briefly at 5:55pm.  

Saturday September 22, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the top of the 'y' of the south Bay logo at 7:10am. She moved to the south west corner of the CIBC building at 7:25, to the south east corner at 7:45 and disappeared from view 10 minutes later.  She occupied a south mid level slot of the building between 9:22 and 9:40am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of the CIBC building at 7:30am, moved to the south side near Mandy at 7:40 and disappeared 5 minutes later.  He was on the west side, mid level at 9:10 and also disappeared at 9:40am.  A quick trip to Yorkville found both peregrines on adjacent balconies on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 1:40pm.  Both were actively preening.

At 6:35pm Mandy was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West.  She left at 6:43, was back at 7:12, bobbed her head a few times at 7:37pm and took off into the dark.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 7:25 and 7:40pm.

Friday September 21, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines flew eastward past the north side of 44 Charles West at 9:18am.  One of them circled the Yonge and Bloor area, quite low, for about 10 minutes -- it looked like Windwhistler-Spike.  He was back again at 10:30 doing the same thing and then he spent about 20 minutes on the north west corner of the CIBC building.

Thursday September 20, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on an east balcony of the Four Seasons Hotel between 3:30 and 3:40 pm.

Wednesday September 17, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy started out on the south west corner of 77 Bloor at 7:05, moved to the west side of the CIBC building at 7:45 and disappeared at 9:40am when workers appeared on the roof of 55 Bloor West at 9:40pm.  At 7:19am Windwhistler-Spike circled just south of Mandy, landed on the south west corner of the CIBC building and disappeared at 7:35am.  He was seen feeding on the south west mid corner of the building between 7:50 and 8:00am.  He was back on the west side of the building, alternating between the mid and top level (with Mandy) between 8:20 and 9:40am when nearby workers arrived.  Mandy was on the west side, in the drizzle, between 2:20 and 2:50pm.  Both peregrines were on the mid level west side of the same building (CIBC) between 3:20 and 3:50pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was in a concrete slot just above Mandy.

Tuesday September 18, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south mid level side of the CIBC building between 6:40 and 7:10am.  She was back on the bottom of the west logo and then the south side between 7:30 and 8:05am.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the south west corner of the same building at 7:50am.  He was later seen on the south west corner of 77 Bloor west, between 6:40 and 7:27pm.

Sunday September 16, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building between 6:20 and 6:55am, likely having spent the night there.  Windwhistler-Spike fed on the west side, mid level of the building between 7:25 and 7:40am. He was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West cleaning prey at 6:50pm.  He didn't feed but took it somewhere else, out of view. Mandy was on the south east mid level of the CIBC building at 7:15pm before relocating to the top of the south Bay logo, 'y' at 7:35pm. Yesterday, Saturday, Windwhistler-Spike was on the west side of the CIBC building between 1:55am and 12:25pm.

Friday September 14, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on various locations of the CIBC building between 6:30am and 12:25pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen chasing what looked like another peregrine, west above Bloor and then north on Bay at 6:25am.  When I looked closer, Mandy was still on the south side of the CIBC building.  At 8:15, both stooped on a chocolate brown pigeon off the south side of the building. They dropped to about three floors above street level.  Mandy returned to her perch and Windwhistler-Spike continued the chase down Yonge Street.  Mandy was feeding on the west mid level of the building at 9:00am.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding in the same location at 2:30pm, perhaps remnants of Mandy's meal.  He was gone by 2:45.  Both peregrines were seen on the south side mid level of the building at 6:15pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was feeding on the west side of the building at 6:58pm.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Windwhistler-Spike landed on the southwest corner of the CIBC building at 7:59 am.  He prepared and ate a meal, and was finished 5 minutes later.  At 8:10 am he was off again, circling in the area.  Mandy was on a south ledge of the same building.  Windwhistler-Spike landed on the southwest corner of the mid-level ledge at 8:13 am.  A few minutes later he chased a pigeon over Yonge and Bloor, and was joined by Mandy.  They chased the pigeon perilously close to the south-facing windows of the Bay tower, then broke off and continued the chase to the south.  Mandy was seen circling over Yonge and Bloor.  Both birds had returned to the CIBC building without prey by 8:20 am, Windwhistler-Spike on the south ledge and Mandy on the south mid-level ledge.

Thursday September 13, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy occupied the mid level south west corner and upper south west corner of the CIBC building between 6:35 and 7:10am.  Both peregrines flew in from the east (unusual) to the CIBC building: Mandy remained on the west side but Windwhistler-Spike turned and headed to the south east.  Both were back on the CIBC building, west mid level, at 11:00am:  Windwhistler-Spike on the ledge until 12:25pm and Mandy in a slot until 12:40pm.  Again, at 7:25pm both were back on the CIBC building, south side this time:  Mandy was on the top of the logo and Windwhistler-Spike on the ledge below.  He moved over to the bottom of the south Bay 'y' 7:40.  Both were still in their positions when the light faded at 7:50pm. 

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  One bird was seen briefly on an east balcony of the Four Seasons hotel. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south mid-level ledge of the CIBC building at 8:35 am.  A kestrel was visible on an antenna of the Manulife towers. Windwhistler-Spike flew low to the south at 8:45 am and was then seen circling over Yonge and Bloor.

Wednesday September 12, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was in a south CIBC slot at 6:25am and disappeared at 7:30am.  An unidentified adult flew west above 55 Bloor West at 9:37am and passed within five feet of a worker on the roof.  I'm not sure if it was deliberate or if the worker even saw the approach. The peregrine disappeared to the north, across Bloor.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on a north balcony of the Four Seasons hotel at 7:50 am. 

Tuesday September 11, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building between 6:25 and 6:45am.  Mandy appeared on the west side of the same building at 8:20am, moved to the bottom of the west logo and disappeared by 10:00am.  She was back on the north west corner between 4:50 and 5:25pm and back again, with Windwhistler-Spike at 6:00pm.  She was on the south west and south side and he on the south side.  Both were still there at 7:00pm.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Mandy was on a north balcony of the Four Seasons hotel at 7:25 am. Windwhistler-Spike appeared briefly on the west balcony of the CIBC building at 7:30 am.

Monday September 10, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 11:20am an adult peregrine flew fast from west to east from the area of the Four Seasons Hotel towards an area about three blocks north of Yonge and Bloor.  The other adult was not seen at the Four Seasons Hotel, however.

Sunday September 9, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 7:58am one of the peregrines was soaring east and west, high above Bloor Street, making several passes.  It was likely hunting for breakfast.  Five kestrels were playing in the wind above the Marriott at 8:10am in what appears to be a family outing of some sort.  At 10:18am a rather large kestrel, likely female, was passing back and forth above 55 Bloor West.  She landed briefly on thenorth east corner of 77 Bloor East.  There was no sign of a peregrine challenge in today's kestrel sightings.  Nothing was seen yesterday, Saturday.

Friday September 7, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Both birds were on separate balconies on the north side of the Four Seasons between 12:30 pm and 12:50 pm.

Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was hunting above Bloor West, moving from Bay to Yonge and back around 3:45pm.  The hunt continued high and south of the CIBC building at 4:00pm  Both peregrines flew west to east past 44 Charles St East at 4:45pm, flying quite fast.

Thursday September 6, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports: 
Mandy was on a north balcony of the Four Seasons between 7:55 am and 8:05 am.

Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building at 6:05am, moved to the south west corner and was gone by 6:45am.  Windwhistler-Spike flew west past the north side of 44 Charles West at 4:30pm at about the 10th floor level and then returned across Bay St.  At 6:11pm he made several passes and stoops south of 55 Bloor West, obviously hunting.

Wednesday September 5, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 6:30am, Mandy was on the north west corner of the CIBC building feeding.  She moved to the west side 10 minutes later and then to the south side 10 minutes after that.  At 8:55 she moved into a west slot and stayed there until 10:05 when she was seen feeding again on the west side of the building.  She was gone at 11:50am and made a brief appearance on the south side of the building at 6:35pm. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the same building at 7:00am, took up various locations on the building until 8:00am and then flew towards 44 Charles West.

Tuesday September 4, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was first seen at 6:20am on the south side of the CIBC building, feeding in the pre-dawn light.  He moved to the south east corner of 77 Bloor West 10 minutes later and then headed north shortly after.  He was on the south west corner of 77 Bloor West at 6:40 for a brief time.  At 7:00 he was on the south side of the CIBC building. At 7:20 he was circling Bay and Bloor and back to the CIBC building.  He moved to the south west corner of 77 Bloor West at 7:42am after circling north of the building, and moved to the south side mid level of the CIBC building at 7:55.  At 8:12 he circled the building, returned to the south side and disappeared at
8:30am.

Mandy was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West between 7:45 and 8:00am.  At 8:10 she was on the south mid level of the CIBC building until 8:30 when she headed west.   At 3:15pm Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building.  She moved to the top of the south Bay 'y' at 3:30 and then to the middle level at 3:55pm.  Meanwhile Windwhistler-Spike was on the 'i' of the south Marriott sign at 3:15pm, joined Mandy on the 'y' (bottom) at 3:55 and then flew over to the south east corner of the balcony of 55 Bloor West to feed. (A carcass, likely of a pigeon, had been there all day -- likely left by Mandy).  At 7:37pm Mandy flew in, slowly, talons extended, and promptly removed Windwhistler-Spike from his meal.  The meal disappeared down to the street.  A few minutes later, Windwhistler-Spike appeared, but the food was gone -- so was he, shortly after.

Mandy appeared on the south side of the CIBC building at 5:45pm and was joined by  Windwhistler-Spike at 7:15.  They were both still there at 7:25pm.

Monday September 3, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of the Bay roof between 6:45 and 7:00am.  He was then seen on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West between 7:25 and 7:35am when he took off rapidly to the south east in the direction of Yonge and Wellesley.

Sunday September 2, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:   Again, both peregrines were on the CIBC building at dawn, 6:30am. Windwhistler-Spike started out on the south side, moved to the south east corner of the Bay roof at 7:10, back to the CIBC building south west corner at 7:50 and finally disappeared at 8:25am.  Mandy started off on the south west corner, moved to the south side at 7:00 and over to the top of the 'y' of the south Bay logo at 7:50. She started circling the CIBC building clockwise, about halfway up, fluttered up against the windows a couple of times and disappeared to the north side.  She was on the mid level south west corner between 8:48 and 11:08am.  At 4:25pm she spent 10 minutes on the south west corner of 77 Bloor West.

Saturday September 1, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on the south side of the CIBC building at first light, 6:20am, suggesting that they spent the night there. Windwhistler-Spike was in a slot just above Mandy.  He disappeared briefly at 7:20, reappeared on the south east corner of the Bay roof and disappeared 20 minutes later.  Mandy took up several positions on the CIBC building including the top of the south Bay 'y' before disappearing at 9:40am.  Windwhistler-Spike was feeding on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 8:20, moved to the south west corner near Mandy at 8:45 and was gone by 9:00am.  He made a brief appearance on the south west corner at 9:40 and was on the south side of the building between 1:35 and 2:00pm.  They seem to be spending a lot of time physically close to each other these days.

Friday August 31, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was first seen on the south side of the CIBC building at 6:00am with Windwhistler-Spike following at 7:00am on the bottom of the south CIBC logo.  Both were soaring high above the building at 7:20 before disappearing.  Mandy was back on the south side for a short while at 7:25am.

Thursday August 30, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on a north balcony of the Four Seasons at 7:50 am this morning.  Both birds were on the same balcony between 12:40 and 12:50 pm.

Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike appeared at 5:00pm, circling above 77 Bloor West and slowly heading east.  He was hunting and made several stoops. Obviously successful, he landed on the bottom of the west logo with prey, changed his mind and chose the bottom of the south CIBC logo, prepared and had his meal and disappeared at 5:15pm.  He was back, circling above Yonge and Bloor at 5:30pm, briefly landed on the north west corner of the CIBC building and then disappeared 5 minutes later.

Wednesday August 29, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on the CIBC building at first light this morning (6:00am).  Mandy remained on the south side until 7:25am. Windwhistler-Spike started out on the top of the west logo and moved over to Mandy's ledge at 6:25am.  He was seen feeding on the south mid level at 7:00, then disappeared at 7:25am.  Both were back at 10:15am for 10 minutes:  Mandy on the west side of the CIBC building, Windwhistler-Spike on the top of the west logo.  At 12:05pm, Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the south west corner.  He was gone by 12:25pm.  Mandy was feeding on the top of the south logo between 4:25 and 4:55pm.

Tuesday August 28, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  A very soggy looking Mandy was on the south west corner of 77 Bloor West at 7:15am.  She has obviously been splashing around in rooftop water after our storm.  She spent a lot of time with her wings extended and finally took off to the south at 7:27pm.  A kestrel was flying around the same building at 8:40, finally making its way east past the north side of 44 Charles West.  Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building at 5:15pm, remaining there until 6:20pm.

Monday August 27, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines likely spent the night on the CIBC building -- they were seen at first light, 6:05am.  Windwhistler-Spike remained on the south west corner until 6:45 and Mandy remained on the top of the south logo until 7:15.  A peregrine, looking like Mandy, flew from west to east just north of 44 Charles West at 12:20pm.

Sunday August 26, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  An unidentified peregrine flew from west to east past the north side of 44 Charles West at 9:10am.  Windwhistler-Spike spent 5 minutes on the south side of 77 Bloor West at 4:10pm.

Saturday August 25, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on the CIBC building at 7:30am.  Mandy started out in a west facing slot and then changed slots at 11:25am.  She remained there, preening in the confined location, until 1:05pm when the sun reached her.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner, disappeared at 8:10 and was back between 8:15 and 8:40am. He was on the south side of the same building at 5:30pm and was still there 15 minutes later.

Friday August 24, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on several locations on the CIBC building between 6:15 and 8:05am.  Mandy was first seen on the west side of the same building at 6:15am, remaining there until sometime after 12:35pm.  At 9:05 a kestrel was playing on the roof of 55 Bloor West and then took off to the east, past Mandy.  She didn't pay any attention.  Two kestrels were playing above Yonge and Bloor at 10:35am, again within Mandy's view and again without any action from her.  Perhaps she was sleeping.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  I observed Mandy on the west ledge of the CIBC building from 12:22 pm until 12:48 pm, when she made a very steep stoop and disappeared.  I saw a few kestrels in the area today, including one on the east-facing Mbanx sign at 55 Bloor W. at 6 pm.

Thursday August 23, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 8:10am Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building.  She moved to the north west corner 10 minutes later and was seen feeding - disappearing shortly after.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west mid level of the same building at 5:05pm, remaining there for 15 minutes.  Mandy was circling clockwise above the CIBC building, landed on the south west corner and was still there at 6:20pm.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  One bird was on a north balcony of the Four Seasons Hotel between 12:15 and 12:45 pm.  The bird was wedged so tightly against the wall that it difficult to identify.

Wednesday August 22, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building at 6:40am.  By 7:15 she had moved to the north west corner and was feeding.  Dark feathers were showering down from the building ledge.  She left that location at 8:05am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the same building at 8:40 and was seen feeding on the west side ledge at 8:55.  He was gone by 9:15am.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Both peregrines were on different balconies on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel between 12:30 and 12:55 pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was in the same location preening himself at 6 pm.

Tuesday August 21, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building between 6:00 and 6:25am and between 6:40 and 7:15 when she moved to mid level south west corner.  She remained there until 7:40 when she joined Windwhistler-Spike on the west side of the building.  At 8:00am she took off to the south east, flying quite high and fast. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 7:25 and 7:55am.  One of them, likely Mandy, was on the south side of the same building at 6:30pm.

Monday August 20, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building at 7:00am, moved to the south west corner at 7:35 and disappeared 10 minutes later, just before the fog rolled in.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Both peregrines were on separate balconies of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:40 pm today.  At 12:48 pm, Mandy flew off to the east.  I found her eating on the northeast corner of 60 Bloor W. at 1:03 pm.

Sunday August 19, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building briefly at 7:50am, returned at 8:20 and finally disappeared at 9:05am.  On Friday, Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building for 15 minutes at 9:00am.

Saturday August 18, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  I found Mandy on a north-facing balcony of the Four Seasons at 3:40 pm.  She was looking towards the north as if watching for prey.  Windwhistler-Spike must have been on the floor of the same balcony, because at 3:48 he appeared on the ledge near the wall.  At 6:40 pm Mandy was again observed on the same ledge.  A minute later Windwhistler-Spike flew in from the north and both birds disappeared onto the floor of the balcony. At 6:48 pm Mandy reappeared on the ledge and flew off around the east end of the building towards the south.

Friday August 17, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  I caught a brief glimpse of Windwhistler-Spike slowly gliding west just north of 60 Bloor St. W. at 6:43 pm this evening.  Ten minutes later I found him on the northmost balcony of the east side of the Four Seasons hotel.  At 6:54 he flew one balcony south and jumped down onto the floor out of sight.

Thursday August 16, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:   Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 6:00 and 6:29am and between 6:45 and 7:00am.  She made a brief appearance in the same location at 1:17pm.  Dark clouds were gathering in the west and the wind had picked up quite a bit by this time.

Wednesday August 15, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north west corner of the CIBC building between 5:55 and 6:15am.  Windwhistler-Spike took up the same location for ten minutes at 6:30am and then took off south west towards the roof of 44 Charles West. 

Tuesday August 14, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines appear to have spent the night on the south side of the CIBC building:  Mandy in a concrete slot and Windwhistler-Spike on the top of the south facing logo.  Both were gone by 7:25am.  A check in Yorkville at 10:00am found them on separate balconies on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  They were on the west sides of the balconies, wedged right up against the building wall, fast asleep.  Windwhistler-Spike made a brief appearance on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 6:55pm.  Yesterday, one of the birds made a slow, shallow stoop from the Yonge and Bloor area to the west at 5:58am and on Sunday, Mandy occupied the south west corner of the CIBC building between 6:00 and 6:25am.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  I saw Mandy land on the westmost balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons hotel at 7:54 am.  At 7:58 am she disappeared onto the floor of the balcony.  She was on the same balcony when I checked again between 12:35 pm and 12:45 pm; she had moved to west edge of the balcony against the wall.

Saturday August 11, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on the south side of the CIBC building just
before dawn, at 5:40am.  Windwhistler-Spike was in one of the slots -- he moved to the south ledge at 6:30 and disappeared at 7:05.  He was on the mid level south west corner for 10 minutes at 7:20am. Mandy stayed in the area until 10:30 after visiting the south Bay logo for a time.  When I returned to the area at 11:45am she was on the mid level west side of the CIBC building and remained there until 1:10pm.  Windwhistler-Spike brought prey to the south west mid level corner of the CIBC building at 6:05 -- bobbed his head three times at 6:16pm and took off.

Friday August 10, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was in the Yonge and Bloor area between 6:05am and 12:10pm and between 3:40 and 6:15pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was in the same area between 6:45am and 10:00am.  Highlights include Mandy taking a bath on the roof of 55 Bloor West at 6:45am and both chasing a kestrel at 7:21am.  During the day they occupied various areas of the CIBC and Bay buildings as well as a brief visit to the Marriott Hotel.

Thursday August 9, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building between 6:00 and 7:35am when she relocated to the west side of the building.  She remained there until 12:05pm when the sun started to warm up that side.  I thought that she would have been inactive but instead, she preened and stretched the whole time.  Windwhistler-Spike arrived on the south west corner of the same building with small prey at 7:35am.  He ate and left quickly, returning to the same spot at 7:45am for 15 minutes.

Windwhistler-Spike appeared on the south west corner of 77 Bloor West at 5:50pm.  Six minutes later, he took off to the west and started to circle above Yonge and Bloor.  He was immediately joined by Mandy, who must have been around somewhere and both of them put on quite an aerial display.  This is amazing considering that the temperature was at least 36C at the time!

Wednesday August 8, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Both Windwhistler-Spike and Mandy were on the same balcony on the north side of the Four Seasons at 12:40 pm today.

Sunday August 5, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on the ledge of separate balconies on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 11:00am.

Saturday August 4, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building at 11:25am, moved into a slot above the ledge at 1:35pm and finally disappeared from the area at 2:15pm.

Friday August 3, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  I watched a kestrel fly west from the northwest mid-level ledge of the CIBC building at 8:30 am.  When I stepped onto Bloor to see where it went, I saw a peregrine land on the southwest corner of 80 Bloor West and prepare food. At 8:33 it flew off to the south.  Two minutes later I noticed 2 birds on the west-facing TD Waterhouse sign at 77 Bloor W, an extremely scruffy male busily preening himself on top of the Waterhouse "T" and a female on the bottom of the final "E".  The male may have even been a juvenile.  They were both still there when I left at 8:53.  I watched Mandy and Windwhistler-Spike on the north balcony of the Four Seasons from 12:25 to 12:45 pm.  Mandy was still there when I checked again just after 6 pm.

Wednesday August 1, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy appeared on the west side of the CIBC building at 10:30am, made a few great wing stretches at 12:55pm and moved to the bottom of the west logo.  She left at 1:40pm.  Two kestrels were circling high above the Marriott at 2:30pm.  They appeared to be playing with each other -- circling and getting close enough to touch talons. Windwhistler-Spike landed on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 4:30pm and was challenged by a kestrel 10 minutes later, who repeatedly tried to drive him off his spot.  Mandy appeared to the south and the kestrel chased after her.  She briefly reappeared a few minutes later without the kestrel.  Windwhistler-Spike was gone by 5:00pm.

Tuesday July 31, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north west and south west corner of the CIBC building between 6:00 and 7:00am.  Both peregrines were on the west balcony ledge on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 1:30pm. They quickly disappeared onto the roof surface of the false balcony shortly after.  I have no idea what they are up to -- they were not trying to get out of the sun because that area was already in shade. Yesterday, Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 6:40 and 7:50am.

Sunday July 29, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Between 5:50 and 6:15am, Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building.  An unidentified adult was circling low above Bay and Bloor at 1:57pm -- it disappeared to the north west.

Saturday July 28, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy started off on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 6:35am, disappeared for 15 minutes at 7:05, appeared on the west side at 7:20 and was still there at 8:10am.  She was back on the west side between 2:40 and 4:15pm and made another appearance here at 6:05pm.

Friday July 27, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was feeding on the west side of the CIBC building at 5:40, remaining there for 15 minutes.  He was back in the same area between 9:15 and 10:30am.  Mandy took up various positions on the west and south sides of the CIBC building between 5:40am and 1:30pm.  Windwhistler-Spike spent 10 minutes in a west facing CIBC slot at 1:20pm and was back on the west side of the building between 4:30 and 4:37pm when he flew to the top of 44 Charles West.

Thursday July 26, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south and south west positions of the CIBC building between 5:55 and 6:50am.  She was on the south mid level side between 6:55 and 8:10am and made a brief appearance on the west side at 12:05pm.  She was back in the same location at 4:55 and was still there at 7:20pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the little bird he left on the west mid ledge yesterday, at 6:35am.  He took up various locations and was still on the upper south ledge at 8:15am. He was on the west side between 10:50 and 11:30am and between 4:15 and 4:30pm.  5:05pm found him circling west of the CIBC building and briefly landing on the north west corner.  Finally he took up the bottom of the 'y' of the south facing Bay logo between 5:15 and 6:10pm.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  One peregrine (I think it was Mandy) was on the southwest corner of the CIBC building at 5:35 pm.  Another was on the bottom of the "y" of the Bay logo. Both birds remained in these locations until I left at 5:55 pm.  When I returned at 6:40 pm, the bird on the Bay logo had left the area but the other bird remained on the CIBC building until I left at 6:55 pm.

Wednesday July 25, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  I noticed Mandy on the west ledge of the CIBC building just north of the sign at 12:45 pm.  She was still there when I left at 1:10 pm.  She was in the same spot when I checked again at 5:50 pm.  At 6:10 pm, Windwhistler-Spike arrived with food.  He landed briefly on the southwest ledge, then flew to the southeast ledge where he proceeded to eat his meal. Mandy flew onto the bottom of the south-facing CIBC sign just above him.  At 6:30 pm Windwhistler-Spike ran to the east edge of the ledge, then made a short flight to the southwest ledge.  Both birds remained in these locations until I left at 6:55 pm.

Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the top of the 'y' of the south facing Bay logo at 5:50am.  He moved to the middle ledge on the south east corner of the CIBC building and disappeared at 7:05, reappearing on the middle west side of the same building at 7:45 with a small bird.  He left it there on the ledge and moved over to the south side at the same level and disappeared at 8:20am when the window washers started down the south face of the building.  He returned to the building at 11:55am, this time to the top of the south logo and remained there for the afternoon, leaving at 3:50pm.  He was on the bottom of the south facing CIBC logo at 6:05pm.  Mandy took up the west side of the CIBC building at 11:55am and was still there at 6:05pm.

Tuesday July 24, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was briefly on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 6:35am.  At 8:00am three peregrines were in view.  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building; Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner, and an immature male was circling south of the building passing close to Windwhistler-Spike about 4 times as if wanting him to play.  The imm eventually landed on the mid level of the west CIBC antenna.  It was quite a dark bird although it was hard to see anything because of the haze.

Monday July 23, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on the west side of the CIBC building at 6:35am.  Windwhistler-Spike left 10 minutes later while Mandy hung around until 7:05am.

Sunday July 22, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 5:50am both peregrines were in the area:  Mandy was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West, remaining there until 6:30; Windwhistler-Spike was on the north west corner of the CIBC building, remaining there until 6:25.  At 9:55am Mandy was on the north east corner of 55 Charles West (Bay Charles Towers).  She quickly flew counterclockwise and then down Bay, moving slightly to the east.  Windwhistler-Spike was on a balcony ledge on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 1:35pm.  At the same time 3 kestrels were seen competing with a crow on the top of the Manulife Centre apartments.  The crow withstood all the attacks and the kestrels eventually landed on the various antennae.  This location may simply be a magnet for passing raptors.

Friday July 20, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Not having seen any activity yesterday, I went over to Yorkville to see what was there.  At 10:50am Mandy was on a balcony ledge on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  Looking back to the Manulife Centre, I saw what I thought was Windwhistler-Spike on one of the antennae.  When I looked back there a few minutes later, there were four peregrines on the antennae!  I watched them until 11:15am.  A couple of them flew around, touching talons; sometimes they circled the building; all looked like they were playing.  There were even several pigeons on the ledge just below them.  I don't know where Windwhistler-Spike was but there was no territorial challenge. Mandy remained on the Four Seasons Hotel the whole time.  I can only assume, and this is dangerous, that this was a family outing from King Street.

Thursday July 19, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  When I got back home at 10:05am from Trillium hunting both peregrines were on the south side of the CIBC building.  Mandy hung around until 12:20pm, Windwhistler-Spike until 1:15pm.

Wednesday July 18, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy appeared on the south west corner and west side of the CIBC building at 7:25am.  She was still there when I left the area at 7:40 and when I returned at 9:35am.  She was gone by 10:55am.  Both peregrines were on the west side of the same building at 11:45am. Windwhistler-Spike moved to the bottom of the west logo at 1:05 and made a stoop, disappearing west along Bloor at 1:23pm.  Mandy moved to the north west corner and quickly disappeared at 1:20pm.  One of them passed the north side of 44 Charles West from west to east, mid level at 2:15pm.

Tuesday July 17, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  When the fog lifted at 6:50, one of the peregrines could be seen on the bottom of the 'y' of the south facing Bay logo.  It remained there until 7:10am.  Mandy was on the mid level west side ledge of the CIBC building between 9:15 and 9:45am.

Monday July 16, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  A peregrine was observed preparing a meal on the "A" of the TD Waterhouse sign on Bloor West at 12:55 pm today.  A large quantity of very black feathers fell from the sign, along with a small dark object, probably the head.  The peregrine then flew off with its prey, heading due east over Bloor Street, and disappeared to the south around the east edge of 55 Bloor West.  This being the first of the Midtown pair I have observed, I could not identify this bird based on its relative size, but it appeared to be closer in size to a male peregrine.

Harry Crawford reports:  Again, both peregrines were on the south side of the CIBC building this morning (5am) likely having spent the night there.  Mandy hung around until 7:30 while Windwhistler-Spike disappeared at 5:50 -- he was back on the south west corner, mid level, feeding between 6:55 and 7:30am.  The work on the Bay building (which starts at dawn) and the window washers on the CIBC building likely drove them away. Mandy spent 10 minutes on an east ventilation pipe on the roof of 55 Bloor West at 11:25am, staring at the window washers who were taking up some of her favourite spots. 

Sunday July 15, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on the south side of the CIBC building at 5:50am, likely having spent the night there.  At 6:00 Windwhistler-Spike suddenly took off and chased a second male.  They circled above the building and the visitor eventually landed on the east antenna.  Windwhistler-Spike broke off the chase and disappeared from view.  The visitor left after about 5 minutes.  The light was so poor that I couldn't see whether or not it was an immature or if it had an antenna.  Mandy was in full view during all of this and didn't show any interest at all.  There was a lot of vocalising during the chase, however.  Mandy finally left at 9:00am. She was back on the west side of the building between 11:10 and 11:25am, on the south side between 4:20 and 4:30pm and finally on the south side at 5:55pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the building between 4:20 and 4:30pm, leaving with Mandy.

Saturday July 14, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Nothing was seen yesterday.  Today, Windwhistler-Spike was first seen on the south of the CIBC building at 5:20am.  Mandy was spotted later, at 5:50 when there was more light, on the bottom of the south CIBC logo.  Both birds were still there when I left the area at 7:10am.  Upon returning at 10:25, both birds were (still?) on the CIBC building:  Mandy on the south side and Windwhistler-Spike on the top of the south logo.  At 11:00 they were both circling above Bloor between Bay and Yonge.  Windwhistler-Spike eventually headed to the roof area of 44 Charles West while Mandy flew back to the CIBC building, fluttered up against a window on the west side, flew around to the north and eventually ended up on the mid level west ledge.  She was gone by 11:25am.  Between 12:20 and 1:35pm Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building.  At times he appeared to by lying down!

Thursday July 12, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was observed still on the south side of the CIBC building at 5:05am, just before dawn.  She must have spent the night there.  At 3:30pm Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building while Mandy was soaring, motionless, high above the building. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the building between 4:45 and 5:15pm and Mandy was seen there at 5:55pm.

Wednesday July 11, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on the CIBC building between 5:30 and 9:45am. Mandy was feeding on the mid south ledge at 5:55am.  She was back in the same location at 12:10pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen on the Manulife antenna at 12:15pm, struggling with the high winds. At 9:40pm Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building, apparently planning to spend the night there.

Tuesday July 10, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy spent most of the morning in various locations on the CIBC building.  She was first seen at 5:55am and last at 11:55am. Windwhistler-Spike was in the same area between 6:55 and 8:25am and between 11:00 and 11:45am.  Mandy was on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:30pm.  She was on the south east corner of the CIBC building between 6:25 and 6:50pm.

Monday July 9, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  Spike and Mandy were scarce around noon today.  They eventually appeared on the Four Seasons at around 12:30.  Mandy was on the north side and Spike on the east.  For animals that are supposed to be the original bird brains they show better judgment then me, by just sitting around and taking it easy in the hot mid-day sun.  Mandy was shaded on the north side and Spike moved out of sight away from the edge.  I also found some shade, which made my observing much easier.

Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building between 6:15 and 6:55am.  Both peregrines were feeding on the west side of the building between 11:45am and 12:15pm.  They each had their own prey.  I've never seen this before.  I found them both on the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:40pm (just as Alan has reported). Mandy was on the north side and Windwhistler-Spike on the west side. He quickly circled, low below roof level, just north of the Renaissance Plaza and took off to the east.  Later in the day, at 5:25, Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building, remaining there until 6:10pm.  She returned at 6:45pm.

Sunday July 8, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the north east corner of 77 Bloor West between 8:05 and 8:20am.  A trip through Yorkville around 9am didn't result in any peregrine sightings.  Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building between 4:05 and 5:30pm.

Saturday July 7, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 5:20 and 5:35am.  She was back briefly at 8:10am.

Friday July 6, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 5:25am both peregrines were in the Yonge and Bloor area.  Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building while Windwhistler-Spike was seen circling the area.  He briefly took up the south west corner of the CIBC building, disappeared, and was back on the south side at 7:20am.  Both were still there when I left the area at 8:45am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building briefly at 11:45am, between 12:35 and 12:50pm and again, briefly at 3:35pm.  Mandy was on the same spot between 4:40 and 5:50pm.

A trip through Yorkville at 1:10pm didn't find any peregrines. Workers were replacing lighting elements in the east facing logo of the Four Seasons Hotel.

Thursday July 5, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  From 7:35 to 8:15am, Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building.  She was on the west side between 8:55 and 9:55am.  At 11:00am Windwhistler-Spike was seen on the south side of the same building.  Mandy joined him at 11:35 and both peregrines disappeared at 11:50am.

Tuesday July 3, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy spent the morning on the south west corner of the CIBC building.  She arrived at 8:05 and disappeared at 11:30am.

Monday July 2, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building at 6:15am.  He went hunting at 6:25 and appeared briefly on the south logo of the Marriott shortly after.  He was back on the south side of the CIBC building at 8:35; was seen on the middle ledge, south side, feeding at 9:00, finally disappearing 20 minutes later.  Mandy was also on the south side of the building at 8:35 -- she disappeared at 9:30am.  Both peregrines were back on the south side of the CIBC building at 12:30pm.  Mandy was feeding and left 30 minutes later.  Windwhistler-Spike was initially beside her, probably hoping for leftovers -- relocated to the bottom of the west logo and finally disappeared 10 minutes later.  Mandy was seen briefly on the west side of the building at 4:40pm. 

Margaret Omnet reports:  Around 6.15 pm, two peregrines were flying around south of Bloor just east of Yonge. It was a great sight, they were flying around having a great time, they didn't seem to be hunting. I expect I have finally seen Spike and Mandy together.

Sunday July 1, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building between 6:15 and 6:35am and on the mid south side between 7:15 and 7:45am. Both peregrines were on the south side of 77 Bloor West between 7:55 and 8:25pm.  This is the first time I've seen them back here in quite a while.  9:10am found Mandy on the south side of the CIBC building.  She remained there throughout the heavy downpour at 9:55 and was joined by Windwhistler-Spike at 10:00am.  Both disappeared at 11:40am.  Later, Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the south CIBC mid ledge between 12:10 and 12:30pm.

Yesterday, Saturday, Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building at 5:50.  She was still there when I left the area at 8:05am.

 

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