The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

MIDTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

October - December 2001

Monday December 31, 2001
David Dean reports:  11:00 to 12:00 I am not 100% sure, but I think it's Spike who is sitting on one of the eastern facing false balconies at the top of the Four Seasons. No sign of Mandy, but Spike seems quite comfortable today as he's been there for awhile.

Sunday December 30, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was seen on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza at
7:37am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the other north east corner at 7:45am feeding.  Both were gone by 8:15am.  At 9:00am both peregrines were on the north balcony east side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  Windwhistler-Spike was the likely bird feeding on Mandy's scraps from a previous meal on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza between 11:48am and 12:00 noon.  He was back, this time on the north east penthouse at 4:48pm and was gone by 5:05pm.

Marcel Gahbauer comments:   Today was the annual Toronto Christmas Bird Count.  These two peregrines, in addition to those observed by Harry Crawford and Paul Marshman at the Uptown Toronto, Downtown Toronto, and Etobicoke sites contributed to a record high number of peregrines being counted.  Including also the individual spotted by Karl Konze in the Don Mills area, and a juvenile observed by John Carley on the Leslie Spit, the new record now stands at 9 individuals (though we hope to see the number continue to rise in future years).  For the time being, we are particularly interested in any further observations of the juvenile seen by the lake, and welcome any reports of it at marcel@peregrine-foundation.ca

Saturday December 29, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on 77 Bloor West at 8:10am - Mandy on the south west corner and Windwhistler-Spike on the south east.  Mandy moved to the south side of the CIBC building at 8:45 and disappeared at 9:17am.  Windwhistler-Spike took off heading east, low above Bloor at 8:15am apparently hunting.  He was on the south west balcony of 55 Bloor West at 8:28, feeding and left there at 8:45am.  Both were on the south side of the CIBC building, quite close to each other, at 9:45am.  Windwhistler-Spike left at 10:35 but returned at 11:30am.  Both were gone at 12:40pm.  Mandy was seen feeding on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza at 2:10pm.  She disappeared by 3:00pm.

Friday December 28, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was feeding on the south east balcony of 55 Bloor West at 8:40am.  He left 10 minutes later.  At 12:28pm, Mandy passed westbound above Bloor across Bay with a pigeon firmly in her talons. Just behind her came Windwhistler-Spike who took up the north east corner of 77 Bloor West until 12:50pm.  I am guessing that Mandy was on either the TD Waterhouse north logo or the edge of one of the other Bloor Street buildings.  Our friend was probably hanging around for scraps.

Thursday December 27, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:   Both peregrines were on their respective north east corners (there
are two of them) of the Renaissance Plaza at 12:35pm.  Mandy was feeding and left at 1:10pm -- Windwhistler-Spike left at 1:30pm. Mandy was on the south west corner of 77 Bloor West between 4:25 and 4:38pm.

Wednesday December 26, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza at 7:50am, feeding.  She hung around until 8:25am.  Windwhistler-Spike arrived on the other north east corner of the building at 8:10am. He also disappeared at 6:25am.  They were back on the same building between 1:28 and 2:25pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the north east corner.  Mandy started out on the north east corner of the penthouse, moved to the top of a ventilator and finally ended up on the east ledge, close to Windwhistler-Spike.

Tuesday December 25, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza between 12:28 and 2:50pm.  She was feeding for the first part of the time. Windwhistler-Spike was on the adjacent north east corner at 12:28 as well.  He moved over to Mandy's location and began feeding with her at 1:13pm.  He disappeared 5 minutes later, returning to his original location between 1:50 and 2:10pm.

Monday December 24, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 10:09am.  They occupied the west balcony:  Windwhistler-Spike on the west side and Mandy on the east, both facing each other and quite close.  At 12:04pm, Windwhistler-Spike was on the north east corner of the Ontario Government building on the north west corner of Grosvernor and Bay, 900 Bay.

Sunday December 23, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was seen circling rapidly above Bay and Bloor at 9:48am.  It made a number of passes at the east side ledge of 77 Bloor West but didn't land.  It looked like it may have taken up the top of the north TD Waterhouse logo of that building, out of view for me.

Saturday December 22, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north east penthouse of the Renaissance Plaza at 10:07am.  She was on the south west corner of 77 Bloor West between 3:25 and 4:10pm when she flew over to the west side of the CIBC building.  By 4:40pm she was gone.

Friday December 21, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the west side, then south west corner of the CIBC building from 7:10 until 7:30am when the window washers arrived.  Mandy was seen on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza at 7:48am, feeding on something substantial. Windwhistler-Spike appeared on the north ledge at 8:12 and started to inch his way over to Mandy.  By 8:20am both peregrines were vigorously pulling at the prey.  They were gone by 8:24am with Windwhistler-Spike making a brief stop to the other north east corner of the building.  Between 10:00am and 12:15pm, Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building.  Windwhistler-Spike joined her at 10:50, remaining quite close, until he was seen on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony at 11:05, feeding.  At 11:45am he was seen feeding on another bird.  He left at 12:15 (same time as Mandy), leaving quite a mess on the balcony ledge.  Both peregrines were again on the south side of the CIBC building, close together, at 12:45pm.  Windwhistler-Spike took off to the south at 1:33pm while Mandy hung around until 2:10pm.  She returned to the same spot at 2:45 and finally left at 4:25pm.

Thursday December 20, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was feeding on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony between 7:30 and 7:50am.  It was hard to see him with so little light.  He took up the south side of the CIBC building between 2:55 and 4:25pm, with a couple of excursions in the area during this time.

Wednesday December 19, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was seen briefly on the south side of the CIBC building at 7:30am.  She was in the same location between 10:25 and 11:25am despite the window washers working the west side.

Tuesday December 18, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was seen briefly on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 7:35am.  Both peregrines were on the south Marriott logo at 2:40pm.  Both were on the south side of the CIBC building at 3:30pm:  Windwhistler-Spike until 4:15pm and Mandy until 4:30pm when she took off towards the south.

Sunday December 16, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the top of the west CIBC logo at 7:30am, moved to the south west corner at 7:45 and disappeared 10 minutes later.  Both peregrines were on the west side of the same building at 9:00am: Windwhistler-Spike hung around until approximately 12:45pm, while Mandy was seen heading south at 2:03pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was back on the west side at 1:25pm, was somewhat restless, with little excursions around the complex.  He also headed to the south at 2:03pm.  Both were back on the CIBC building at 2:20pm: Windwhistler-Spike on the north west corner feeding and disappearing at 4:07pm, Mandy moving into a west slot at 3:25pm and also disappearing at 4:07pm.

Saturday December 15, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building between 7:45 and 9:02am.  She appeared on the south west corner, mid level, between 9:14 and 9:25am and in the same corner, upper level, between 11:40am and 12:05pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the same building between 8:05 and 8:45am, sharing the same segment with Mandy.

Friday December 14, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy started out on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 8:10am.  She moved into a west slot at 9:12 and remained there until 11:55am.  Windwhistler-Spike was first seen hunting above Bay and Bloor at 8:20am.  Apparently he was unsuccessful and landed on the west side of the CIBC building, close to Mandy.  He also disappeared at 11:55am.  Both peregrines were on the west side of the CIBC building at 12:45pm.  Windwhistler-Spike moved to the foot of the west logo at 1:55pm and disappeared a few minutes later.  Mandy left as soon as she arrived but was back at 2:10pm.  This time she stayed until 3:52pm, through the snow.

Thursday December 13, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Between 9:30 and 9:42am, in the fog, Windwhistler-Spike could be seen feeding on the south east balcony corner of 55 Bloor West. Both birds were on the CIBC building for 5 minutes at 2:40pm:  Mandy on the south west corner, Windwhistler-Spike on the north west corner.  Mandy reappeared on the same spot at 3:45pm and remained until 4:20pm.

Wednesday December 12, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was first seen on the CIBC building, north west corner, between 7:45 and 8:05am.  She made a brief appearance on the west side at 8:25am.  Later, she took up the south west corner between 4:15 and 4:28pm.  A check of the Yorkville area during the lunch hour didn't find any peregrine activity.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  One of the peregrines was down at Queen's Park from 3ish until at least 4pm. It was on highest of the Mowat Block antenna.

Tuesday December 11, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was seen briefly on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza 12:25pm.  She was on the west side of the CIBC building between 3:45pm and 4:10pm when she moved to the south west corner, and disappeared shortly after that.  Windwhistler-Spike was also in the area at 3:45pm -- on the south east corner of 55 Bloor West, cleaning up leftovers from the previous kill (where are the kestrels?).  He moved over to the south west corner, mid level of the CIBC building at 4:00pm and quickly disappeared.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the eastmost balcony of the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel between 12:30 and 12:45 pm.

Monday December 10, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 7:50 and 8:30am.

Sunday December 9, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Just like Friday, both peregrines were in the Yonge and Bloor area for most of the day, preferring the CIBC building.  Some highlights: Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the south west corner of 77 Bloor West between 8:20 and 8:55am.  Mandy spent a half hour at 11:15am in a concrete slot on the west side, mid level of the CIBC building.  She took up the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza between 3:15 and 3:48pm.  Between 4:00 and 4:25pm Windwhistler-Spike was feeding on the south east balcony corner of 55 Bloor West.  He then made a brief visit to the south east corner of 77 Bloor West.  Interestingly, when both birds were visible, they were in very close proximity, often occupying the same segment of the CIBC building.

Saturday December 8, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building between 7:15 and 7:48am and between 8:20 and 8:49am.  She appeared on the north west corner of the same building briefly at 9:05am.

Friday December 7, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were in the Yonge and Bloor area for a good part of the day.  Most of the sightings were on and around the CIBC building. In the late afternoon, 4:35pm, Mandy was on the top of the east antenna.  She moved into a south slot at 5:00pm and likely spent the night there.

Thursday December 6, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was seen feeding on the south side of the CIBC building at 7:35am -- she was gone by 9:15am.  Windwhistler-Spike circled the Renaissance Plaza a couple of times at 8:00am.  At 1:38pm, a male kestrel was on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony, maybe looking for Windwhistler-Spike's left overs.  He quickly stooped straight down.  I didn't see what he was after.  Both peregrines were on 77 Bloor West at 3:20pm:  Mandy on the south east corner until she took off to the south at 3:27pm, and Windwhistler-Spike on the south side until 3:43pm.

Wednesday December 5, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was feeding on the west side of the CIBC building at first light, 7:15am.  She headed west, rapidly, at 7:45am.  One of the peregrines was on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 3:08pm and then headed south towards the roof area of 44 Charles West.

Tuesday December 4, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building from when the fog lifted at 10:50am until 1:00pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen rapidly circling above the Bay and Bloor area at 12:30pm and then again a few minutes later at 12:39pm above the CIBC building.  He was probably hunting for a meal.

Monday December 3, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza between 7:35 and 8:00am -- one of them was feeding.  At 8:10am, Mandy was circling 77 Bloor West, clockwise, below roof level.  She fluttered up against a south facing window, just like yesterday.  If it wasn't the same window, it was the one directly beneath.  8:28am found her soaring above the same building, sometimes remaining motionless in the strong winds.  She briefly visited the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza at 8:40am.

Both peregrines were on 77 Bloor West between 2:12 and 2:24pm -- Windwhistler-Spike on the south east corner feeding with Mandy on the south ledge watching.  Mandy was on the south west mid level corner of the CIBC building between 2:35 and 2:58pm when she took off to the south.  She was on the bottom of the west logo of the same building at 3:55pm feeding, and left by 4:30pm.  When she finished eating, she rested on one talon.

Sunday December 2, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy took up the south west corner of 77 Bloor West at 8:20am, moved to the north east corner and finally to the south east corner. She started to circle the building, clockwise and below roof level at 8:47am.  At one point, she fluttered up against one of the south facing windows.  Windwhistler-Spike passed between 55 Bloor West and 44 Charles heading east at 10:34am.  He then turned south.  Mandy was seen feeding on the bottom of the west CIBC logo at 12:20pm.

Thursday November 29, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was seen briefly on the west side of the CIBC building at 9:30am.

Wednesday November 28, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy occupied the south side of the CIBC building between 7:15 and 7:29am.  Then she spent a good part of the day, between 11:30am and 2:50pm on the west side of the same building.  Windwhistler-Spike was there from 11:30am until 1:25pm, very close to Mandy on the west side of the CIBC building.

Tuesday November 27, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was seen feeding on the north east corner of the Renaissance Plaza between 8:35 and 9:45am.  Windwhistler-Spike spent between 8:56 and 9:06am nearby on the north ledge.  Perhaps he was looking for a handout.

Monday November 26, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Both birds were on 900 Bay Street between 12:50 and 1:00 pm, one on the northeast corner and the other on an antenna.  I was unable to tell which was which.  There appeared to be some activity on the roof of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:30 pm which may have discouraged them from perching there.

Sunday November 25, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was seen travelling west above Bloor at 7:48am.  He had a dark bird firmly in his talons.  At 1:15, a large raptor, likely a Red-tailed hawk was slowly circling and travelling east above Bloor from the Avenue Road area.  Before it reached Bay, it went into a shallow dive and rapidly disappeared behind the buildings at Yonge and Bloor.  It wasn't challenged by the peregrines.

Saturday November 24, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south west corner of 77 Bloor West between 3:15 and 3:35pm when she moved over to the west side of the CIBC building. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner, mid level, of the same building at 4:00pm.  Both birds were gone by 4:15pm.

Friday November 23, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 9:30am, Mandy was on the south side, mid level of the CIBC building eating a pigeon.  She was finished with it at 10:15 and was gone by 10:25am.

Thursday November 22, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Both birds were on separate balconies of the Four Seasons Hotel between 12:40 pm and 12:50 pm, Windwhistler-Spike on the westmost balcony and Mandy two balconies to the east.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  Mandy and Spike were down at Queen's Park at around 1pm on the Mowat Block.  They are down fairly regularly, giving me an opportunity to show them off to anyone passing by.

Wednesday November 21, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building between 7:05 and 7:18am.  At 8:55am she spent a few minutes on the mid level south side of the same building.

Tuesday November 20, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines spent most of the day on and around the CIBC building today.  Mandy was on the south side between:  8:15 and 10:50am, 11:40am and 12:40pm, 1:12 and 4:10pm and 4:16 and 4:30pm. Windwhistler-Spike was on the same ledge between:  11:40am and 12:05pm, 2:55 and 3:25pm (very close to Mandy), and 3:47 and 4:10pm (also close to Mandy).  He was seen feeding on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony between 8:30 and 9:00am, left some food and returned between 3:25 and 3:47pm to finish it off.

Sunday November 18, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north east corner of 80 Bloor West between 3:42 and 3:55pm.

Saturday November 17, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 9:37am, Windwhistler-Spike made a strike just over 55 Bloor West.  It looked like a starling.  He retrieved it as it dropped and flew off to the north west with it firmly clasped in his talons.

Friday November 16, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy started out on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 6:55am, disappeared from view at 7:34, appeared on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West between 8:00 and 8:20 when she moved to the south side of the CIBC building, finally disappearing at 9:30am. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south side of the CIBC building briefly at 7:39am, reappeared in the same location at 8:20 and disappeared at 9:22am.

When I left the area at 1:00pm, Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building.  Returning at 2:45 along Bloor West, she could still be seen in the same location.  Suddenly she flew off and was joined by Windwhistler-Spike.  I thought they were just playing but two turkey vultures came into view and the fight was on!  The vultures came in from the north east and started, or tried to circle the Yonge and Bloor area.  They were repeatedly attacked and were slowly driven southward.  This dogfight lasted about 10 minutes and attracted quite a bit of attention from the folks on the street.

3:40pm found Mandy on the south side of the CIBC building.  She moved to the top of the east antenna 10 minutes later and except for a few brief excursions, remained there until leaving the area at 4:52pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West at 4:29pm.  He also left the area at 4:52pm.

Alan Kirschbaum reports:  We've had the peregrines at Queen's Park a few mornings this week

Thursday November 15, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West at 10:20am.  His prey was smaller than yesterday's.  Both peregrines flew in from the west, above Bloor Street, and disappeared in the Yonge Street area at 2:28pm.  They appeared to be playing.

Wednesday November 14, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike caught another pigeon!  This one was pure white and was being plucked and fed upon on the south east corner of 55 Bloor West between 8:50 and 9:24am.  Mandy looked on from the mid level south west corner of the CIBC building from 9:05 to 9:24am when she flew over to the north east corner of 77 Bloor West.  She disappeared a few minutes later.  Both were on the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:25pm:  Mandy on the north side and Windwhistler-Spike on the east side -- they swapped their usual positions.

Sunday November 11, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy spent between 6:58 and 8:27am on the south west corner of the CIBC building before she took off to the west, towards Bloor and Avenue Road.  Windwhistler-Spike flew in from the west at 7:36am and took up the top of the south CIBC logo until 8:15 when he was seen with prey on the south east balcony corner of 55 Bloor West.  He wasn't doing anything with it and took off to the west at 8:27am. The prey wasn't left and he wasn't carrying it so he may have stored it somewhere.  At 9:44am a raptor was seen soaring just below cloud level north and east of the Yonge and Bloor intersection.  It was likely a Red-tailed Hawk.  It hung around for about 15 minutes, disappearing and reappearing behind the low clouds.

A large hawk, likely a Red-tailed, was being escorted out of the area by one of the peregrines at 1:38pm.  They were heading rapidly west past the intersection of Bay and Bloor.  The peregrine was repeatedly coming in from above and behind the fleeing hawk.  It was probably Mandy.

Saturday November 10, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  A quick trip to Yorkville found both peregrines on the Four Seasons Hotel top balconies:  Windwhistler-Spike on the north side, west balcony and Mandy on the east side, north balcony.  They were still there 15 minutes later.

Friday November 9, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  One peregrine was seen on the floor of the northmost balcony on the east side of the Four Seasons Hotel at 2:30 pm.  The bird was difficult to identify because I had to be at least as far east as Bellair St. to see it. By 2:53 pm, Windwhistler-Spikehad appeared on the ledge of another east balcony of the same building.  Both birds were still in the same locations at 3:30 pm.

Thursday November 8, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was seen on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 7:40 and 7:47am and on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West between 8:58 and 9:14am when she flew off and circled just west of the CIBC building.  At 1:45pm, Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on a small black bird, likely a starling, on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West.  Suddenly Mandy flew down and chased him away.  He obviously retrieved his meal and was seen feeding on the south east corner of the 55 Bloor West balcony between 2:00 and 2:12pm.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on an east balcony of the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:33 pm.  A female peregrine was on the westmost balcony on the north side of the same building.  I assume this was Mandy, but her appearance seemed somewhat different:  instead of fine horizontal bars on her breast there were blotchy vertical markings.  She flew off at 12:43 pm and disappeared to the west over the Hyatt at 170 Bloor W.  Windwhistler-Spike had disappeared from the east balcony by 12:40, but I noticed him on same north balcony the female had vacated seconds after she departed;  he may have been on the balcony floor.  I wasn't able to find the female again, but I may have caught a glimpse of her on the roof of 208 Bloor W.  Windwhistler-Spike was in the same spot at 12:55 pm.

Wednesday November 7, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  While walking up Bay around 10:45, I spotted both Windwhistler-Spike and Mandy on the south side of the south building at 900 Bay.  One was in the south west corner and the other in the south east one. At 4:43pm, Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building, moved to the mid level at 4:50 and left the area at 5:04pm.  At 4:49pm Windwhistler-Spike was circling the CIBC building at roof level and then made one huge stoop all the way from Yonge to the Renaissance Plaza, north east corner, at Avenue Rd.  This whole thing must have taken under 10 seconds!  He then quickly disappeared.  This is the first time in a long while that I've seen any peregrine activity at the Renaissance Plaza.

Tuesday November 6, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  8:15am found both peregrines on the CIBC building at Yonge and Bloor:  Windwhistler-Spike on the south east corner and Mandy on the south west.  Windwhistler-Spike disappeared at 8:45am and Mandy hung around until 9:55am.

Monday November 5, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was slowly circling just north of the Four Seasons Hotel, slightly above roof level, at 8:42am.  When I was able to view the north side, Windwhistler-Spike was on the west balcony, squished into the corner.  He was gone from view at 9:00am. 

Sunday November 4, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  When I first looked, at 7:30am, Mandy was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West.  She remained there until 7:43am.  Later she occupied the south west corner of the CIBC building -- between 8:15 and 8:30am.

Saturday November 3, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 6:18am a large 'lump' could be seen in the dark on the south side of the CIBC building.  At dawn, it turned out to be Mandy.  She left the spot at 6:52 to later occupy the south west corner between 7:35 and 7:48am.  She was on the south west corner of 77 Bloor West between 4:05 and 4:39pm when she took off to the north west, slow, with landing gear down.  She was on the south east corner of the same building between 5:10 and 5:45pm, again in the dark. Yesterday, she was briefly on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West at 7:44am.  There was no sign of Windwhistler-Spike the last couple of days.

Thursday November 1, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was circling 77 Bloor West below roof level at
7:25am.  Both were circling high above the Yonge and Bloor area and appeared to be playing at 9:20am.  Windwhistler-Spike took off to the west at 9:25am flying quite fast.

Wednesday October 31, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Both peregrines were on separate balconies on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel between 12:35 and 12:40 pm.

Harry Crawford reports:  6:30am found Mandy in a west CIBC slot, again likely having spent the night there.  She was feeding on the south west corner of the building at 7:15 and was gone by 7:40am.  At 7:58 she was circling north of the CIBC building but returned to the west side and remained there until 9:45am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on various locations of the CIBC building between 6:40 and 7:30am and between 8:05 and 9:20am, often quite close to Mandy.

Sunday October 30, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was seen in a concrete slot on the south side of the CIBC building at 6:35am, likely having spent the night there.  She moved to the bottom of the south logo at 7:35, to the west side of the building at 7:55 and finally disappeared from view at 8:35am.  She was later seen on the south west corner of 77 Bloor West between 5:15 and 5:45pm.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the top of the south CIBC logo between 6:50 and 7:00am.  Between 8:22 and 8:35am he was feeding on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West.

Monday October 29, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines were on 77 Bloor West between 6:31 and 7:35am. Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner while Mandy started out on the north east corner and quickly joined her mate on the south east corner.  They have been spending an awful lot of time together these past days.  Mandy spent 10 minutes on the top of the south Marriott logo at 7:55am.  She was seen briefly on the south side of the CIBC building, mid level at 8:22am.  Both peregrines were again back on 77 Bloor West, this time between 4:12 and 4:30pm. Mandy was feeding on the south west corner while Windwhistler-Spike took up several different positions, including flying around the building a couple of times.

Sunday October 28, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West between 6:50 and 7:25am, initially feeding on a pigeon -- it looked like one of the chocolate brown ones.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the same building between 7:05 and 7:25am.  Remnants of Mandy's meal remained on the corner.  Mandy appeared on the west side of the CIBC building between 8:00 and 8:40am. Windwhistler-Spike circled 77 Bloor West twice, clockwise, at 9:56am.  He was below roof level.  He then flew over to the CIBC building, circled it at mid level and then flew west past Bay, out of view.  The remains of Mandy's meal had disappeared by then.  Both peregrines were close together on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West between 10:45 and 11:20am.

Saturday October 27, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south side of the CIBC building, mid level, between 9:50 and 10:00am.  At 1:15pm, what was probably a turkey vulture, was seen circling slowly above Bloor and Sherborne.  It gradually drifted south.  About 5 minutes later, another followed.  This
one was not circling and was very high.

Friday October 26, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was circling above Bay and Bloor at 1:43pm.  He gradually drifted over to Yonge and slowly returned to Bay.  The winds were very strong and he seemed to be enjoying himself. 

Wednesday October 24, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was circling high, just south of the CIBC building at 8:50am, then headed south.  What looked like Mandy occupied the north and south west corners of the CIBC building between 9:10 and 9:50am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West at 4:10pm.  He took off to the east 7 minutes later.  He was on the west side of the CIBC building at 4:26pm, joined by Mandy at 4:34 with both circling and playing tag south of the CIBC building.  He flew over to the top of the 'y' of the south facing Bay logo for a few minutes at 4:38pm.

Tuesday October 23, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy occupied various locations of the top ledge of the CIBC building between 7:10am (still dark) and 7:28am when she flew south to the roof area of 44 Charles West.  She was back on the west and south sides of the CIBC building between 9:30 and 11:35am.  Between 10:12 and 10:21am Windwhistler-Spike was on the south west corner of the CIBC building.  At 11:30am he spent 8 minutes on the west side of the building before heading high and fast to the south west. 4:07pm found him on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West, remaining there until 4:20pm.

Monday October 22, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 7:06am (still dark) and 7:45am.  At 10:55, a kestrel was feeding on the remains of what probably was a pigeon of Mandy's left on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West.  By 4:45pm the remains had been moved and Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on what was left on the middle level, west side of the CIBC building.  He was gone a short while later.  He was on the south east corner of the same ledge between 5:05 and 5:45pm, sporting a full crop.

Sunday October 21, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was on the north west corner of the CIBC building between 7:30 and 7:45am, flew from east to west north of 44 Charles West at 8:12, was on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 8:25 and 8:50am and finally was seen feeding in the same location between 9:16 and 9:35am.  Later, 5:58pm, he was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West, moved to circle the CIBC building a few times beforesettling down on the top of the south logo at 6:09 and eventually disappeared at 6:25pm.  Mandy was on the top of the east CIBC antenna for 6 minutes at 6:12pm.  This used to be one of her favourite spots but hasn't been seen there in some time -- likely because of the roof activity on the Bay building.  Nothing was seen yesterday, Saturday.

Friday October 19, 2001
Alan Kirschbaum reports:  After what seems like a long time I made my walk up to Yorkville on Thursday.  Spike and Mandy were on the North Side of the Four Seasons hotel over lunch. Very little movement, with one on the east end of the north side and the other on the west.

Mandy is currently (8:30 am) on the antenna of the Mowat block.

Harry Crawford reports:  A quick trip to Yorkville at 11:25am found Windwhistler-Spike on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel.  He was on the west most balcony and Mandy didn't seem to be around.  At 1:20pm he flew from west to east, past the north side of 44 Charles West.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Both birds were on separate balconies on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel between 12:30 and 12:45 pm.

Thursday October 18, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was seen feeding on the west side of the CIBC building between 7:45 and 8:00am.  He flew, west to east, past the north side of 44 Charles West at 1:50pm.  Nothing was seen yesterday, Wednesday.

Tuesday October 16, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Both peregrines occupied several locations on the west side of the CIBC building between 7:10 and 9:35am.  Windwhistler-Spike wasn't around for the whole time but when he was, he was very close to Mandy.  There may have been some left over food on the north west corner as they took turns there, appearing to feed on something.

Monday October 15, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy appeared on the south side of the CIBC building at 7:45am and remained there until 8:48am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of the same building between 8:05 and 8:35am.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Mandy was on the south-west ledge of the CIBC building at 7:57 am.  At 8:00 am, Windwhistler-Spike approached the building from the south, fluttered up against the windows, then flew behind the Manulife tower.  He repeated this display, and did a bit of soaring before settling on the south-east ledge.  Mandy was on an east balcony of the Four Seasons Hotel between 12:30 and 12:55 pm.

Sunday October 14, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 8:45am both peregrines were in the air north of 44 Charles West,  diving and chasing each other, quite playfully.  Five minutes later, Windwhistler-Spike was on his own, circling in the same area.  He eventually settled on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 9:50 and remained there until 10:20am.

Saturday October 13, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike flew in from the west at 8:45am, passed 55 Bloor West and continued on.  He was circling low south and west of the CIBC building at 9:05am probably hunting for breakfast.  This was repeated at 9:30am.

Friday October 12, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines was circling just north of the CIBC building at 10:48am.  Yesterday, Thursday, Windwhistler-Spike was circling and hunting above Bloor West between Bay and Yonge at 8:48am.

Wednesday October 10, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy flew in from the east and landed on the top of the south CIBC logo at 5:01pm.  She was gone by 5:30pm.  Yesterday she was on the south west corner of the same building for a brief time at 7:35am.

Tuesday October 9, 2001
Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Both birds were on separate balconies on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel between 12:30 pm and 12:48 pm.

Monday October 8, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  At 6:30am, Mandy's profile could be seen in the dark on the west side of the CIBC building, likely having spent the night there.  She moved to the south east corner at 7:15 and disappeared 15 minutes later.  Both peregrines were on the same building at 8:00 - Mandy on the top of the south logo for 10 minutes and Windwhistler-Spike on the south side until 8:30am.  He was back on the mid level west side for 10 minutes at 8:45am.  Mandy was on the west side of the building between 10:15 and 11:50am.  She fluttered up against an east window of 77 Bloor West at 2:15pm and then flew around to the north, quite low.  She was on the south side of the CIBC building between 6:55 and 7:05pm.

Sunday October 7, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Three groups of turkey vultures flew from the north east to the south west just above Yonge/Bay and Bloor.  They started at 1:20pm and were approximately 5 minutes apart.  There were 4 vultures in the first group, up to 8 in the second and more than 20 in the third.  Mandy took off after the second group and stooped on several of them.  Unfortunately it was all out of view too soon!  She was later seen on the south side of the CIBC building at 6:35pm and Windwhistler-Spike was on the top of the south CIBC logo at the same time.

Saturday October 6, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was the only peregrine observed today.  She was on the mid level, south side of the CIBC building from 8:00 until 8:20am when the work crew next door set up their crane.  At 9:20 she was on the south east corner of the building and quickly dove off the building, circled the Bay and disappeared to the north side of the buildings. She was on the south east corner, mid level of the CIBC building, for 10 minutes at 10:00am.

Friday October 5, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the mid level south side of the CIBC building between 8:25 and 11:20am.  Windwhistler-Spike was on the upper level, directly above her between 10:05 and 10:20am when he moved to the bottom of the 'y' of the south facing Bay logo.  He was gone at 10:45 but returned to the bottom of the 'y' at 12:25pm, and remained there until 12:50pm.  Both were back in view at 1:50pm:  Mandy on the south side of the CIBC building until 2:40pm and Windwhistler-Spike on the bottom of the south Bay 'y' until 2:35pm.  Again, both were back at 3:50pm and occupied the bottom area of the south Bay 'y' until 4:15pm.  They spent quite a bit of time close to each other today.  Mandy was by herself on the south west corner of the CIBC building between 4:50 and 5:15pm.

Thursday October 4, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the south east mid level corner of the CIBC building between 6:40 and 6:55am.  It was still dark but her profile could be seen because she was in front of the lit windows of the Bay building.  Windwhistler-Spike briefly visited the south east corner of 77 Bloor West at 10:30am.

Wednesday October 3, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  One of the peregrines, likely Windwhistler-Spike was circling above Yonge and Bloor at 7:45am.  I thought he was dealing with prey but in fact was cleaning his talons in flight -- weird.  He then headed west towards Avenue Rd.  He was later seen on the north west corner of the CIBC building between 8:50 and 9:15am.  Yesterday, Tuesday, Windwhistler-Spike was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West between 5:30 and 5:50pm.

Monday October 1, 2001
Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the west side of the CIBC building at first light, 6:45am and disappeared 15 minutes later.  At 8:33am a kestrel was on one of Mandy's favourite feeding spots, the south west corner of 77 Bloor West.  It might have been yesterday's bird, again looking for scraps.  I've never seen anything like this before.  Mandy was on the south west corner of the CIBC building briefly at 4:15pm and Windwhistler-Spike was on the north west corner of the same building briefly at 6:40pm.

Brian Tjernstrom reports:  Both birds were on the west side of the CIBC building at 12:08 pm, Windwhistler-Spike on the northwest corner and Mandy on the southwest corner.  Mandy was gone by 12:15 pm.  Windwhistler-Spike appeared to be picking over the remnants of a meal.  At 12:20 pm, he walked around the corner to the north ledge of the building, and was still there at 12:58 pm.

 

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