The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

MIDTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

May - June 2002

Monday June 17, 2002
Harry Crawford reports:  At 7:56am, what looked like a female peregrine, flew from the Yonge and Yorkville area west, towards Avenue Rd.  She had prey in her talons and it looked like she was also being chased by a kestrel.  I couldn't tell if it was an adult.  I checked the Four Seasons Hotel area around 1pm and didn't see any activity.  The wash around the west balcony, north side, looked fresh, however.

Tuesday June 4, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:30 Mandy is seen on the 3rd ledge, east side of Mount Sinai Hospital. Windwhistler not seen.  Mandy was then seen heading towards the north east short while later.
09:15 Mandy has returned to the east side of the hospital.  

8:00p.m. Mandy is again in the area and on the upper ledges on the east side of Princess Margaret Hospital.  I have not seen Mandy and Windwhistler together for days.

Monday June 3, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  0630 Mandy is seen on the 7th ledge of the east side of the hospital. Windwhistler was not seen. I'm seeing less and less of them in the area and haven't noticed any food packets stored on the secondary ledges of the hospital or on any other roof-tops in the area. Mandy headed towards the north-east after leaving the ledge. I suppose she was headed towards Bay and Yonge area.

Sunday June 2, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:00 One adult seen on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital. Second adult not in view.  07:50 Mandy is seen on the 4th ledge, Windwhistler not in view.  6:50p.m. Mandy is on the 1st ledge. I still have not seen the two adults together at the same time.

Saturday June 1, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:50 Mandy is seen on the 3rd ledge. I usually see her facing into the ledge, today she is facing out.  1:30p.m. Mandy is seen again on the east side of Mount Sinai on the 5th ledge. Windwhistler has not been seen.  7:30p.m.-8:20p.m. Mandy remains of the 3rd ledge of Mount Sinai Hospital. I have not seen Windwhistler at all today.  9:00 p.m. Mandy is still sitting on the 3rd ledge of the east side Mount Sinai Hospital. I have not seen Windwhistler.

Friday May 31, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  08:00 Adult on the 4th ledge, east side Mount Sinai Hospital.  08:22 Adult still on the 4th ledge, kestrel is on the south-east corner of 505 University Ave.  09:50 Mandy on the 2nd ledge. Windwhistler not seen.  11:20 - 12:45p.m. Mandy has moved to the 3rd ledge. I haven't seen either adults on this ledge in a while. Windwhistler not seen.

6:30p.m. - 7:45p.m. Adult ( looks like a male) on the 7th ledge. Appears he may have had a meal there. He finally took off towards the east at 7:45p.m.

Thursday May 30, 2002
Marcel Gahbauer reports:  Puzzled by the lack of any clear indication of hatching at Mount Sinai, an exploratory trip was arranged for this morning.  Mark Nash, Linda Woods, and I were accompanied by Mark Heaton of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, as well as Alan Roy and Kathy Pyatt of Mount Sinai Hospital.

The challenge until now has been finding a way to see into the corners of the ledges where nesting was thought to be taking place (i.e. the second ledge, where most of the activity has been recorded, and the third ledge, where the nest tray was installed earlier this year).  Mark Heaton solved that by bringing a small camera which was lowered over the edge with fishing line, and was connected to small viewer we held on the roof.  Using this contraption, we were able to see that there were no eggs or chicks on these two ledges, but that the peregrines had scraped a nice bowl out of the nest tray.

It appears therefore that there are not currently eggs or chicks; however, the behaviour of the birds over the past several weeks suggests that at one time there likely were eggs.  If these are indeed the same two birds which attempted to nest at the Four Seasons Hotel slightly to the north in 2000 and 2001, it is possible that the eggs again cracked prematurely as they have in the past.

While the prospects for this year do not look good, the fact that they have remained faithful to the site and active in the area suggest that we cannot be certain the pair has failed yet.  There remains a slight possibility that they have nested elsewhere and have eluded our sight, and though it is getting late in the season, it is also not impossible that they will still lay a second clutch.  The site will continue to be monitored fairly closely over the next couple of weeks to evaluate whether there remains any likelihood of nesting success in 2002. 

Wednesday May 29, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  05:45 Mandy is seen on the 5th ledge from the north, east side Mount Sinai Hospital. Windwhistler not in view.  07:45 Mandy's now on the 1st ledge and takes off at 08:00 to sit on the north-west corner of 505 University Ave. Windwhistler has not been in view.

11:50 Mandy is seen on the lower east side of Princess Margaret Hospital. I still haven't seen Windwhistler.  12:00 Mandy leaves the east side of Princess Margaret Hospital and enters the back area of the 2nd ledge on the east side of Mount Sinai Hospital. Windwhistler is not in view. 12:40p.m.Windwhistler is sitting on the 2nd ledge, just outside the south corner of the ledge( this is the direct area of the nest) He appears to be very relaxed and calm and resting quietly. Mandy is seen at the same time on the east side of Princess Margaret Hospital. Windwhistler turns and enters the back corner of the second ledge, while Mandy remained on her spot. I can see a lot of movement from what I think are tail feathers from Windwhistler.

1:00p.m. Viewing from my roof-top I can finally see one of the adults in that back corner of the second ledge. Although it's only the yellow around the beak, I can see the adults head moving. It's not as tucked into the back corner as previously and it appears to have it's tail feathers in the air.  3:30p.m. Mandy and Windwhistler not in view.  5:50p.m. Mandy on the south-west corner of Mount Sinai Hospital. Windwhistler not in view.

Tuesday May 28, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  07:00 Mandy is seen on the 8th ledge from the north, east side Mount Sinai Hospital (I'm counting the ledges from the north end of the hospital) Windwhistler not in view.  No activity was seen all afternoon.

6:15p.m -7:30p.m. Mandy is seen on the 9th ledge. Windwhistler not in view, no movement noted in the nest ledge.  7:50p.m. Mandy takes off the 9th ledge and lands on the north-east corner of Princess Margaret Hospital and then off towards the west. She circles back towards and circles once around the nest ledge and continues on to the south-east corner of Princess Margaret Hospital.  8:00p.m. Mandy is on the move again and disappeared form view for a few minutes. She returns to the upper north east ledges of Princess Margaret Hospital with a very large bird in her talons! She begins to clean her catch and as Harry would say, "It looks like a pillow fight" with the sunlight catching each feather as it floats away. Thought this might be the night she takes food into the ledge, but once again she begins to feed.

8:12p.m. A new sighting! Windwhistler is on the 1st ledge of Mount Sinai, while Mandy is on the upper ledges of Princess Margaret Hospital. Both remained in view until Windwhistler took off at 8:33p.m. I checked the nest ledge but no movement was detected. Mandy took off shortly after and was last seen on the south-west corner of Princess Margaret Hospital at 8:45p.m.

Monday May 27, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:10 Adult on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital.  06:30 - 08:30 Adults not in view.  09:35 Mandy on the 5th ledge. Windwhistler not in view.

5:00p.m. Mandy on the 6th ledge.  7:30p.m. Adult on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital.  

Sunday May 26, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  12:00 Just happen to catch an adult going into the corner of the 2nd ledge. I think it was Windwhistler.  1:30p.m. Mandy is seen on the 7th ledge. Windwhistler not in view.  1:45p.m.  Mandy off the east side of Mount Sinai Hospital and over to the rails on the north side of National Life building.  2:20p.m.- 3:30p.m. Mandy on 1st ledge. Windwhistler not in view.

3:30p.m. Mandy off the 1st ledge and over to the north-west corner of 505 University Ave. Windwhistler is seen on the 2nd ledge at the same time. Windwhistler takes off and over to the south-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital. Mandy leaves the north-east corner of 505 University Ave and circles in the area of the nest and eventually enters the 2nd ledge. Windwhistler remained on the south-east corner of the hospital for a few more minutes and then he took off.  

5:25p.m. Mandy is on the 5th ledge, Windwhistler not in view.  6:00p.m. Mandy is seen on the upper ledges of Princess Margaret Hospital, moments after she is seen heading for the east side of Mount Sinai and entering the nest ledge. Didn't see Windwhistler come out.  6:10p.m. Adult on the south-east corner of the Hydro One building. The glare of the sun and the reflection off the glass building, can't tell which one it is.  6:45p.m. - 8:00p.m. Adults not seen.

8:30p.m. Mandy on the north-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital. Windwhistler not in view. No activity seen in the nest ledge.  8:40p.m.  Mandy off and over to the north-west corner of 505 University Ave.  9:00p.m. Mandy flies off and heads to the east side of National Life. She was still there and barely visible at 9:15p.m.

Saturday May 25, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:25 Mandy is seen on the 1st ledge, she takes off and heads towards the south-east in the direction of City Hall.  08:00 Viewing from University and Gerrard St., Mandy appears out of the south-east and over towards the east side of Mount Sinai. She flies past the second ledge, circles back and then Windwhistler appears on the ledge. Mandy is circling the south-east area of the hospital with prey in her talons. Windwhistler takes off and attempts a mid-air food exchange, but Mandy does not give up her prize. Mandy continues on and sets down on the north-west corner of 505 University Ave. Windwhistler circles back and enters the 2nd ledge. Mandy begins to clean the prey and then she stopped. Could this be it! Is she finally going to take prey into the nest? She takes off with prey in her talons and heads for the east side of Mount Sinai and continues past the 2nd ledge. She turned west at the north end of the Hospital and disappeared from view. She reappears moments later without the prey. I think she may have stashed it on one of the north facing ledges. She sets down on the south-east corner of Princess Margaret Hospital. Windwhistler does not appear.  Mandy was still on the south-east corner when I left the area around 08:30. I still have not seen food go into the ledge as yet.

Harry Crawford reports:  An adult male peregrine was on the west side of the CIBC building at 1:47pm.  He was gone by 2:07pm.

Friday May 24, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:30 Mandy on the secondary ledges of the east side Mount Sinai feeding on previously stashed food. Windwhistler not in view.  08:10 Mandy and Windwhistler not in view. Maintenance person on the top levels east side Princess Margaret Hospital.  

12:30p.m. Mandy and Windwhistler not in view.  1:00p.m. Maintenance people on the upper levels east side Princess Margaret Hospital. Mandy and Windwhistler not in view.  4:00p.m. Mandy is on the 1st ledge and Windwhistler appears on the ledge beside her. They are seen together for about 30 seconds. Windwhistler takes off and circles the nest area. Mandy takes off and sets down on the ledges on the south side of Mount Sinai Hospital. Windwhistler not in view and I assume he went into the nest area and out of view.  4:40p.m. Adults not in view.

5:05p.m. Mandy on the lower south-west Princess Margaret Hospital. Windwhistler not in view.  6:45p.m. - 7:30p.m. Mandy and Windwhistler not in view.

Thursday May 23, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:10 Mandy on the 5th ledge. Windwhistler not in view.  07:30- 08:00 Mandy remains on the east side of Mount Sinai Hospital, she is now on one of the secondary ledges, near the nest.  08:30 Windwhistler and Mandy are not in view.  09:20 Adults not in view, but there are two pigeons checking out the nest tray on the 3rd ledge. Hope the pigeons know they're moving into a tough neighbourhood.

10:15 Mandy and Windwhistler not in view.  10:30  Windwhistler appears on the 1st ledge from the north. Must have been up in the Bloor/Yonge Area.  Mandy not in view.  11:00 Windwhistler off towards the south in a leisurely flight. He's flies out of my view at Edward St.  11:08 Windwhistler has returned to the 1st ledge east side Mount Sinai Hospital and he has prey with him. He begins to clean the prey and then feed. Mandy not in view.  11:19 Windwhistler off again and out of view. No activity noted at nest area.  11:25  Windwhistler has returned to the upper ledges of Princess Margaret Hospital. It's the same ledge he stashed prey into yesterday, but this time he looks like he's waiting to hunt again.

11:30  Windwhistler off towards the south-east over Elm and Bay St. and he's moving fast this time.  11:33 Windwhistler returns to the 1st ledge with prey again. He cleans the second catch and then takes off with it. He circles in the area of the nest and very close to the 2nd ledge, circles back and lands on the 2nd ledge near the nest. Mandy is seen making her way out from the back corner. She takes the prey in her beak, but Windwhistler won't give it up. Mandy tries again and still Windwhistler won't give it up. Looks like a tug-of-war going on. Finally he releases his grip on the prey and Mandy takes it over to the 6th ledge. Windwhistler enters the second ledge and into the back corner out of view.

11:47 Mandy, on the 6th ledge doesn't appear interested in her food after trying to get it away from Windwhistler. She picks at it, moves it around with her talon. She pick the prey up and carried it to the south area of the 6th ledge and tucked it just over the lip. She is seen coughing up a pellet and now she is ready to have her meal.  11:55 Mandy finishes her meal and heads for the 1st ledge. Windwhistler not in view.  12:30p.m. Not in view.  1:45p.m. Mandy and Windwhistler not in view.

2:15p.m. Windwhistler on the 1st ledge. Mandy not in view.  2:22p.m. Windwhistler remains on the 1st ledge. I thinks he's picking at left-overs.  2:44p.m. Windwhistler into the 2nd ledge, Mandy out and over to the 5th ledge.  5:00p.m. Adults not in view.  5:22p.m. Mandy on the upper ledges east side Princess Margaret Hospital feeding. She finishes and settles up against the centre pillar. Windwhistler not in view.

Wednesday May 22, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:30 - 08:35 Mandy on the 1st ledge, Windwhistler not in view.  08:40 Mandy off the 1st ledge and heads south. It appears she may have landed on the south-west corner of 505 University Ave, but it's out of my view.  08:55 Adult on the upper ledges of the east side of Princess Margaret Hospital, it was not there long after I spotted it and it flew off towards the south along University Ave. I lost track of it past Dundas St and it was still moving fast. Second adult not in view.  09:15 Mandy and Windwhistler not in view.  09:30 Adults still not in view. Maintenance person on the east side of Princess Margaret Hospital.  11:00 Have not seen Mandy or Windwhistler.  11:30
Mandy on the 6th ledge, east side Mount Sinai Hospital.

4:00p.m. Mandy on the 5th ledge, Windwhistler not in view.  6:15p.m. Mandy on the 4th ledge, Windwhistler not in view. Have not seen any food go into the ledge as yet, nor have I seen both adults together outside the nest area.  7:30p.m. Not in view.

Tuesday May 21, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:00 Adults not in view.  06:50 Mandy on the south-east corner of the Hydro Building. Windwhistler not in view.  07:30 Mandy has now moved to the secondary ledges on the east side of the hospital, and then over to the upper ledges on the east side of Princess Margaret Hospital.  08:30 Mandy leaves the upper ledges of Princess Margaret Hospital to the 2nd ledge of Mount Sinai Hospital and enters the nest area. Windwhistler out of the nest and sets down on the 1st ledge.

09:45 Adults not in view.  10:05  Windwhistler into the nest area and Mandy appears on the ledge and over the south-east corner of the Hydro Building.

2:40p.m. A Turkey Vulture has wandered into the area of Elm and McCaul St. and it appears very low.  It's too close for Mandy and she is very aggressive in chasing this bird out of the area. Crows are nearby and they join in on the attack of the turkey vulture, but Mandy doesn't like this and she eventually turns on the crows. After all the intruders are out of the area, Mandy sets down on the lower south side of Princess Margaret Hospital. Windwhistler not in view.

Harry Crawford reports:  An adult male peregrine was on the south side of the CIBC building from 3:07pm until shortly after 3:35pm.  A red-tailed hawk was on the CIBC east antenna at 4:20pm and was repeatedly being attacked by a crow.  The crow was successful about 3 minutes later; both were gone from view.

Linda Woods reports:  4:15p.m Mandy (I think) on the upper ledges east side Princess Margaret Hospital. She has just begun to clean the prey she has with her. Mandy stops cleaning the prey picks it up with her beak carries to the other side of the ledge, drops it, flips it over, cleans it a bit more. She then picks it up again and carries it back to the other side of the ledge. She drops it again, jumps on it's chest and then begins to feed. She didn't feed very long and she picked up the prey and took it to the back of the ledge and stuffed into the corner. She then left the Princess Margaret ledges and over to the east side Mount Sinai and entered the nest area and disappeared from view. Windwhistler did not come out after Mandy went in.  4:35p.m. Adults not in view.

5:45p.m. Adult on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital. It took off  to chase a gull, it was a clear hit, the gull is now missing a few feathers but stayed around long enough to be swiped again. Finally the gull left the area and the adult was last seen heading south to the Dundas and Bay St. area.
7:00p.m. Adults not in view.

Monday May 20, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  10:55 Adult on  south-east 505 University Ave, feeding.  12:00 - 1:20p.m.
Mandy on 1st ledge, Windwhistler not in view.  

Harry Crawford reports:  An adult peregrine was spotted on the south side of the CIBC building at 2:33pm.  It took off to the west at 4:10am and was likely a female.

Linda Woods reports:  4:20p.m. Adult on the south-east corner of 505 University Ave. It sat there for about 40 minutes.  5:10p.m. Mandy on the north-east corner of 505 University Ave, cleaning prey and then feeding.  5:30p.m. Mandy of 505 and over to the 1st ledge.  6:50p.m. Mandy and Windwhistler not in view.

Sunday May 19, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  12:32p.m. Windwhistler on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital. Mandy not in view.  1:00p.m. Both Mandy and Windwhistler not in view.  1:43p.m. Windwhistler over to the north-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital.  1:50p.m. Windwhistler off chasing a gull (a little more territorial behavior seen recently.)  After the gull flies out of the area Windwhistler stops on the second ledge briefly and is off again and not in view.

2:43p.m. Windwhistler on the south-east side of Toronto General Hospital. Looks like he has just stashed some prey and there's a gull interested in Windwhistler's catch. The gull dives and swoops at Windwhistler numerous times before he takes off and heads for the antenna of the Eaton Wing. 3:00p.m. Windwhistler off the Eaton Wing and not in view.  3:35p.m. Windwhistler to the 1st ledge, east side Mount Sinai Hospital and then over to the 2nd ledge. Mandy appears from the south corner and Windwhistler enters the ledge.

5:30p.m. Mandy on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai. Windwhistler not in view.  6:10p.m. Mandy of the south-east corner and over to the south-east side of Toronto General Hospital. She begins to feed on the previously caught prey. After she done feeding she cleans her beak against the roof-top flashing and takes off towards the south-west.  7:10p.m. Mandy on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai. Windwhistler not in view.

Saturday May 18, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:00 Adult on 1st ledge, Mandy I assume. Windwhistler not in view.  06:15- 07:10 Mandy is now on the south roof-top of Mount Sinai Hospital.  07:15 Mandy leaves the south side of the hospital and over to the 1st ledge and then enters the second ledge. Windwhistler appears on the ledge and takes off to the south-east corner of Princess Margaret Hospital.  

08:20- 09:20 Adults not in view.  09:30 Windwhistler on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital. Mandy not in view.  09:40 Windwhistler off towards the south, lost track of him near National Life.  10:28 Windwhistler on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital. He then takes off towards the north and is seen again hunting high over the Hospital for Sick Children drifting northwards.  10:50- 11:30 Adults not in view.

11:40 Windwhistler on south roof-top of Mount Sinai Hospital.  12:00 Windwhistler on the 1st ledge of Mount Sinai Hospital with prey. Mandy makes her way out from the back corner of the 2nd ledge and over to the 1st ledge. Windwhistler takes off and I didn't track him. Mandy picks at the prey Windwhistler had delivered and it's not long before she pushes the remains further back into the ledge and takes off landing on the 9th ledge. She retrieves, another previously stashed food packet (a very dark coloured bird, perhaps that pesky crow they have been chasing recently) and heads for the north-west corner of 505 University Ave. She begins cleaning the bird and then feeds. Once again she pushes the left-overs onto the roof area and then relaxes on the corner. Windwhistler not in view during this time. No movement noted in nest area from my angle.  12:18p.m. Mandy heads for the south ledges of Mount Sinai Hospital. Windwhistler not in view.

3:00p.m. Adult on south-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital.  4:30p.m. Adult back on the south ledges of the hospital.  5:50p.m. Adult gone from the south ledges and is seen heading fast southward past Dundas St. and out of view.  6:30p.m. Both Mandy and Windwhistler are not in view. No movement noted at nest area.

Friday May 17, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  07:00 Windwhistler on the 3rd ledge cleaning prey. Twice he picked the prey up with his beak as if he was going to take off with it and placed it back on the ledge. The third time he took off with it to the north side of the 2nd ledge. Mandy appears from the south corner of the same ledge, takes the prey from Kingsley and she takes off and lands on the 7th ledge and begins to feed. 07:40 Mandy leaves the 7th ledge and is sets down on the secondary ledges, east side Mount Sinai Hospital.  08:00 Both adults not in view.

12:45 Mandy on the 6th ledge, Windwhistler not in view.  2:15p.m. Maintenance personnel on the roof of the hospital. Mandy and Windwhstler not in view.  2:30 - 2:40p.m. Maintenance continues, Windwhistler is on the 1st ledge, Mandy not in view.  2:55p.m. Windwhistler over to the 3rd ledge, back to the 1st ledge, over to the 3rd ledge and then off towards the north. Mandy not in view. 3:10p.m. Maintenance continues on roof. Adult peregrine is flying from the 1st ledge to the 3rd ledge and back again. I believe it's still Windwhistler. Second adult not in view.  3:15p.m. Adult peregrine on the upper north-east corner of Princess Margaret Hospital, facing east can't identify if it's Windwhistler or Mandy.  3:17 Windwhistler enters the 2nd ledge makes it's way to the south corner. I did not see Mandy emerge from the nest area, perhaps she was already out.  3:30p.m. Mandy seen circling high in the air above University and College St. heading north.

4:50p.m. Mandy chasing a crow over University and Elm Sts, just south of Mount Sinai Hospital. She then flies over to the 3rd ledge on the east side of the hospital. She takes off again and then enters the nesting area of the 2nd ledge. I can see her tail feathers in the back corner, but I can't see what she is doing. She comes out on the ledge again and takes off, taking a swipe at a gull in the area and then sets down on the 6th ledge. Windwhistler not seen at this time.

5:30p.m. Adults not in view.  6:20p.m. Adult on lower south-west corner of Princess Margaret Hospital and is gone a few minutes later.  7:15p.m. Adult (I think it's Mandy) on the south area of Toronto General Hospital, feeding on prey that was placed there yesterday afternoon.  7:28p.m. After Mandy finished feeding it was time to chase the crow out of the area south of Mount Sinai Hospital. Mandy sets down on the lower ledge, north side of National Life, beside the "Canada Goose" logo and steps out of view.  7:45p.m. I think Mandy is still on the north side of National Life. A pigeon is still on a ledge nearby and hasn't moved since Mandy landed.  8:00p.m. Both Mandy and Windwhistler not in view.

Harry Crawford reports:  Windwhistler-Spike was spotted on the south side of the CIBC building at 1:40pm.  He was sunbathing, lying flat on his chest with wings outstretched.  Occasionally, he would stand up and take some gigantic stretches.  By 2:05pm he was gone from view.

Thursday May 16, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:25 Mandy on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai  07:36 Mandy on the 4th ledge. Windwhistler not in view. No movement detected at the nest area.  07:55 Mandy into the 2nd ledge, Windwhistler out and over to 10th ledge momentarily and takes off towards the south heading for Dundas St.  08:40 Adult on the north-east corner of 505 University Ave.  08:50 Raining again, adult gone from 505 University Ave.  No movement noted at the nest area.

11:00 Windwhistler on the 1st ledge. Mandy not in view.  11:20 Windwhistler on the upper south-west corner of Princess Margaret Hospital.  Maintenance person is seen on the south-west lower roof-top of Princess Margaret Hospital. The gentleman spots Windwhstler sitting on the corner roof-top and tries to get a better view. Windwhistler takes off and out of my view. Maintenance person returns indoors.  11:50 Windwhistler and Mandy not in view. Maintenance person has returned to the same area appearing to look for Windwhistler. Windwhistler remains out of view.  

12:30 Windwhistler has returned with prey and is on the 1st ledge east side Mount Sinai. Mandy is seen making her way out from the south corner of the 2nd ledge. Mandy takes off and sets down on the 1st ledge beside Windwhistler. She snatches the prey from him and takes off to the 5th ledge. She begins to clean the prey and takes off again to the north-west corner of 505 University Ave. 1:00p.m - 2:27p.m. Mandy on the secondary ledges east side Mount Sinai stashing prey in the far corner. When the meal is safely tucked into the far corner of the small ledge, she makes her way to the opposite side of the ledge and relaxes.  2:28p.m. Mandy off towards the south and out of view. Windwhistler not in view.

2:55p.m. Mandy is on the north rails beside the logo of National Life building. Windwhistler not in view.   I met up with Bruce Massey with hopes he might be able to detect movement in the back corner of the second ledge. Even with my scope, he was not able to see anything.  3:30p.m. Mandy off National Life and to the east side Mount Sinai. She has returned to the previously stashed food packet on the secondary ledges. She takes off with the prey to the south side of the Eaton Wing at Toronto General Hospital. She tucks the prey at the edge of the roof and she takes off again heading south. She is now giving chase to a gull and not all that aggressively, more like "get out of my way" She then flies out of view.

4:10p.m. Must have missed the "hand-off" Windwhistler is now spotted on the north-east corner roof-top of 505 University Ave. Mandy not in view.  5:45p.m. Windwhistler has now moved to the 1st ledge. Mandy not in view.  5:49p.m. Windwhstler is not in view and Mandy is seen making her way out from the 2nd ledge and over to the 5th ledge on the east side of Mount Sinai Hospital.  6:00p.m. Raining again. Mandy remains on the 6th ledge. Windwhistler not in view. Have yet to detect movement in the second ledge aside from the adults entering and exiting. Have not witnessed food being taken in by either Windwhistler or Mandy.

Wednesday May 15, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:10 Adult on the south ledges of Mount Sinai Hospital.  12:00 Windwhistler into the second ledge and Mandy out and over to the 5th ledge. 

12:43p.m. Adult into the nest. I didn't see the second adult come out. Must have slipped out earlier. I watched by didn't see anything more.  1:50p.m. Adult out of the nest and over to the south-west corner of Princess Margaret Hospital. Second adult not in view.  2:05p.m. Mandy directly into the nest without stopping on the ledge. I didn't see Windwhistler come out, the nest must have been left uncovered. Windwhistler not in view.  

4:15p.m. Windwhistler on 1st ledge. Mandy not in view.  5:10 Adult on the 6th ledge, facing east. I going to assume this is Mandy since she likes this ledge for some reason. 6:10p.m. Mandy on the 1st ledge. Windwhistler is seen flying directly into the nest. Too fast to tell if he had food with him. Mandy follows a few seconds later. He's there only a few seconds and then takes off again. Mandy makes her way to the back corner and I can see her back there doing something. I can see her tail feathers and the length of her back, but not her head. She remains in view for about 7minutes. She then settles back out of my detection.  7:25p.m. Both adults not in view.  8:00p.m. Not in view.

Tuesday May 14, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  07:15 Adults not in view.  08:20 I can just make out tail feathers hanging over the south ledges of Mount Sinai.  08:35 It was Mandy sitting there, she heads for the 2nd ledge and Windwhistler appears and takes off to the 1st ledge. Mandy is taking her time settling down in the back area. A lot of bobbing of the tail feathers can be seen, but can't see her head.

10:15 Windwhistler is approaching the east side of the hospital from the east. He sets down on the far south ledge on the east side and is off again minutes later.  10:30 Raining heavily and gusty winds. Windwhistler is on the south ledges of the hospital.  11:00 Windwhistler has moved to the 1st ledge east side. Mandy not in view. No movement noted in the 2nd ledge corner.

3:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. Adults not in view. No movement noted in the south corner of the second ledge.
7:50p.m. Adult on the north-east corner of National Life ( turns out to be Windwhistler) He is off and sets down on the south corner of the second ledge, but does not enter the ledge itself. He then flew over to the 1st ledge. He wasn't there long and went out of view. Mandy not in view. No movement detected in the far south corner of the second ledge.

Monday May 13, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  11:40 Windwhistler is on the 1st ledge, east side Mount Sinai Hospital. Mandy not in view. No movement noted in back area of the 2nd ledge.  12:00 - 1:00p.m. Adult on the south ledges of Mount Sinai Hospital, I can see the tail feathers hanging over the edge.  1:05p.m. Adult off the south ledge ( it's Mandy) and over to the 2nd ledge on the east side of the hospital.  Windwhistler out and off towards the south and out of view.

3:40p.m. Adults not in view.  5:30p.m. Adult back on the south ledges of Mount Sinai Hospital, getting out of the constant rain and drizzle.  7:00p.m. Adult remains on the south ledge. No movement noted at the 2nd ledge. The rain and cool weather continues.

7:20p.m. It's Mandy that has been sitting on the south ledge. She takes off towards the south-east and back again to the south ledge of Mount Sinai Hospital. A lot of pigeons roost on the east side of Sick Children's Hospital. Perhaps this is where she headed. It's still raining and not many birds out flying around.  8:10p.m. Mandy off the south ledge towards the east side Mount Sinai. She enters the 2nd ledge and Windwhistler appears from the back area of the ledge. He takes off and sets down on the north side of the 1st ledge.

Sunday May 12, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  07:50 Adult into the 2nd ledge, second adult out and off the ledge.  08:30 Adults not in view. No movement noted in 2nd ledge.  09:20 Windwhistler approaches the east side Mount Sinai and lands on the north end of the 2nd ledge. He has prey (wings attached) with him. Mandy makes her way out from the south corner of the ledge and approaches Windwhistler. She takes the prey from him and takes off and out of my view. I think she may have taken it to the University side of Sick Children's Hospital. Windwhistler took off and back into the 2nd ledge and back out again and out of view. This was all the activity I saw from them today until 7:55 - 8:15 pm, when there was an adult on the north-east corner of National Life building feeding and then took off towards the east. Didn't see it head back to the ledge.

Saturday May 11, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:00 - 07:00 Mandy on the 5th ledge, east side Mount Sinai Hospital. Windwhistler not in view.

3:00p.m. Mandy on north-east Mount Sinai Hospital. Windwhistler not in view.  4:00p.m. Mandy off the north-east corner and into the 2nd ledge. I can see her in the back corner as she watches Windwhistler take off out of the ledge. He heads to the south corner of the Hydro Building. Mandy settles back into the back area of the 2nd ledge and out of view.  4:30p.m. Adults not in view.  7:45p.m. Have not seen either adult since they did the handing off at the 2nd ledge.

Friday May 10, 2002
Harry Crawford reports:  At 8:06am, an adult male flew in from the south and landed on the south side of the CIBC building.  He disappeared 5 minutes later.  

Mandy appeared on the 1st ledge, east side, of Mount Sinai at 11:08am.  She wasn't there a few minutes earlier.

Margaret Omnet reports:  At 8.30 a.m. today, one of the peregrines was flying around the east side of Mount Sinai. It was circling very close to the building and a couple of times I thought it was going to land on one of the lower ledges but it kept flying around. I lost sight of it when it was right above my head.  It may have eventually landed on the nest ledge.

Marcel Gahbauer reports:  Glenn Coady has provided us with some insights into the occasional sightings of a third peregrine in the midtown Toronto territory.  He has confirmed that the male frequenting the nest has a black band on its right leg, which would be consistent with it being Windwhistler-Spike.  However, we have yet to have a full confirmation of his band numbers this year.

The female at the nest, presumed to be Mandy, has a red/black band on her left leg, but likewise the number has not been read yet, as she is rarely in one spot for long, usually seen on the hunt instead.  In addition, there is a female with an all-red band on her right leg; Glenn has seen this bird near Mount Sinai once, but since then has observed it only twice, both times near the University of Toronto Medical Sciences building.  Again, no band numbers have been confirmed yet, but with an all-red band, she is probably a hack-released bird, and likely of Ontario origin.

Linda Woods reports:  06:00 - 07:00 Mandy on the 5th ledge, Windwhistler not in view at this time.
08:15 Adult on 1st ledge, east side Mount Sinai Hospital.  09:00 Adult on the top ledge, east side Princess Margaret Hospital.  09:30 Mandy on the 4th ledge east side Mount Sinai Hospital.  10:10 Mandy enters the 2nd ledge, Windwhistler out and circling towards the north-east.

2:00p.m. Both Windwhistler and Mandy are  on the 3rd ledge. Mandy takes off and enters the 2nd ledge.  4:30p.m.-5:50p.m. Windwhistler on the 6th ledge. Mandy not in view.  6:05p.m. Mandy is on the 8th ledge. Windwhistler not in view.  6:10p.m. Mandy enters the 2nd ledge, Windwhistler is out onto the ledge and takes off towards the north-east.  7:00p.m. Adults not in view.

Report from the crane operator at the construction site at Toronto General Hospital: Walter (the crane operator's name) stated that he can see them go into the 2nd ledge and he can see them in there. He sees the adults fly by him throughout the day. Hopefully he'll be able to spot any activity in that back corner of the 2nd ledge.

7:30p.m. Adult on lower south-west Princess Margaret Hospital.  8:00p.m. Adult on south-east Mount Sinai Hospital.

Thursday May 9, 2002
Linda Woods reports: 
07:00 - 08:55 Adult (Mandy) is on the north rails of National Life building. She took off and set down on the 1st ledge of Mount Sinai Hospital. She wasn't there long and took off again towards the north.  09:00 Adult into the 2nd ledge. I watched with my scope to observe a "handing off" but a second adult did not come out onto the ledge and the adult that entered the nest area did not reappear.  09:15 Rain and fog. Once again an adult is seen on the north rails of National Life.  09:55 Observing from University Ave. Adult  off the north rails seen heading east along Gerrard St. and set down on the residential building at Bay St. south-west corner.  10:45 Adult has returned to the north rails of National Life. Thunderstorm has moved in with heavy rain.  12:20 Adult on the south-west corner of Princess Margaret Hospital.

3:15 - 3:45 Windwhistler on the 3rd ledge. Mandy not in view.  4:30p.m. Adults not in view.

Wednesday May 8, 2002
Harry Crawford reports:  Between 7:43 and 8:24am, an adult male was seen in various locations on the CIBC building.

Linda Woods reports:  07:10- 07:25 Adult seen on the south roof-top of Mount Sinai Hospital. No movement noted in nest ledge area.   09:15 Adult on the 4th ledge and flew off shortly after I noticed it sitting there. Can't be sure if it was Mandy or Windwhistler.

3:00p.m. The adults have been strangely absent today, either I just miss them or they are spending more and more time away from view. I haven't seen a handing off of the nest today.  5:00p.m. Still have not seen either adult.  6:30p.m. Mandy is on the 1st ledge and of towards the west side of the hospitals and out of view. While trying to track her, I took a quick look at the nest ledge. An adult is seen entering the nest area and promptly returned to the ledge and off again. I stayed focused on the nest area to detect any movement but none was seen.  6:35p.m. Mandy on the north-west corner of National Life facing east.She took off towards Bay St.about 5 minutes later.  7:25p.m. Adults not seen and no activity noted at the 2nd ledge.

Tuesday May 7, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  08:20 Mandy is seen on the 6th ledge east side Mount Sinai Hospital and then over to sit on the south-east corner roof-top.  09:15 Mandy remains on the south-east roof-top, she then takes off and into the 2nd ledge. Windwhistler out and over to the 9th ledge.  10:15
Adults not in view.

12:50 Windwhistler on 1st ledge. Mandy not in view.  1:05p.m. Windwhistler into the 2nd ledge.Mandy out and over to the 5th ledge.  2:30p.m. Adult on the south-east corner roof-top.  3:30p.m.  Adults not in view.  4:00p.m. Pigeon on the 1st ledge. Adult peregrine is seen in the background sitting on the lower south-west corner of Princess Margaret Hospital.  4:30p.m. Either Mandy or Windwhislter is seen standing in the unused nesting tray on the 3rd ledge. It is scraping the gravel with it's beak. I don't know how long it was there or how long it has been scraping the gravel. It was in the tray a few minutes after I spotted it. As I was checking for movement in the 2nd ledge, it took off and out of view.

4:45 - 7:30p.m. After not seeing either adult sitting on one of it's usual perches I walked around the area. No activity seen.  7:47 Adult out and off towards the west, adult seen on the 2nd ledge and then entering the nesting area.  8:30p.m. Adult on the south-east corner roof-top of Mount Sinai Hospital and gone at 8:45p.m.

Monday May 6, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  07:30 - 08:45 Mandy is on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital, Windwhistler not in view.   08:50 Mandy's off the south-east corner and into the 2nd ledge. Windwhistler appears from the back of the ledge and takes off the south-east corner of the Hydro Building.

13:00 Mandy is on the 5th ledge. Windwhistler not seen.  17:00 Adult on the north rails of National Life building.  Second adult not in view.  19:15 Mandy on the 1st ledge. She is next seen on the south-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital at 19:35hrs. She was still there at 20:15hrs.

Sunday May 5, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:40 Mandy is seen on the 5th ledge. Windwhistler not in view.

12:45p.m. Adults not in view.  1:45p.m. Adult seen on the 8th ledge facing eastward, and took off about 5 minutes later.  2:20p.m. Adults are not in view at this time.  2:45p.m. Adult peregrine approaching the hospital from the west and directly into the nest on the 2nd ledge. Too fast to identify and the second adult did not appear on the ledge after the first one entered.

4:50p.m. Windwhistler on the 1st ledge. Mandy is not in view.  5:20p.m. Windwhistler is seen sitting on the 2nd ledge. A little unusual for this pair, Windwhistler entered the ledge and Mandy hops up onto the ledge and off to sit on her favourite spot.. the 6th ledge.  6:20p.m. Mandy is still on the 6th ledge and Windwhistler is out of view and probably in the nest area.

Saturday May 4, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:50 Mandy on the north-east corner of Mount Sinai Hospital. Windwhistler not in view.  07:05 Mandy off the north-east corner towards the north in a low stoop.  08:15 Not in view.  08:30 Viewing from north side of  Elm St. Windwhistler is on the north-east corner of 505 University Ave. Mandy is not in view.

Harry Crawford reports:  Mandy was on the north side of Mount Sinai in the east ledge at 11:30am.

Linda Woods reports:  2:00p.m. Adults not in view.  2:30p.m. One adult seen on the 6th ledge of Mount Sinai Hospital. I think it's Windwhistler.  3:10p.m. Windwhistler off towards the north and out of view.

5:10p.m. Adults not in view.  5:30p.m Adult on the upper south-east corner of Princess Margaret Hospital. I think it's Mandy, she's not there long and off again to sit on the north-west corner of 505 University Ave. Two pigeons have arrived to keep her company. Mandy begins to preen and she is making like she doesn't notice the pigeons staring at her. As the pigeons try and sneak away along the ledge, Mandy glances over and the pigeons freeze in their tracks. Eventually the pigeons take off without Mandy following.  5:50p.m Mandy gone from 505 University Ave.

6:20p.m. Mandy has returned to the 1st ledge and she has prey with her. She then takes the prey to the secondary ledges on the south-east side of the hospital and stores in the back area. She then returns briefly to upper ledges and then over to north-east corner of 505 University Ave.  

7:00p.m. Mandy off 505 in a hurry towards to east side of the hospital. As I track her I discover what the hurry is about. There are two strange birds sitting on the 3rd ledge. Both intruders looked alike and it was to quick to identify if they were misguided pigeons or another species of bird. Mandy was in hot pursuit. One bird took off before Mandy reached the third ledge, but I think the second one might have been tagged. It was so quick I can't be sure, but I think both Mandy and Windwhistler were out of the nest. Windwhistler returns to the 1st ledge and sat near the pillar. No movement noted at the 2nd ledge so I don't know if an adult entered.

7:30p.m. Mandy on the 1st ledge east side Mount  Sinai. Windwhistler not in view.  7:50p.m. Mandy off 1st ledge and over to the north-west corner of 505 University Ave.  8:20p.m. Mandy gone from 505 University and I missed her departure.

Friday May 3, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  05:55 Mandy is seen slipping out of the 2nd ledge and over to the 5th ledge. Windwhistler not in view at this time.  06:30 Mandy has moved over to the 3rd ledge. Windwhistler not in view. No movement noted in the south area of the second ledge.  07:00 Mandy has breakfast and is feeding on one the secondary ledges on the east side of Mount Sinai Hospital.  07:20 Mandy finishes her meal and is off  to sit on the 4th ledge. Windwhistler remains out of view.  08:30 Both Windwhistler and Mandy are out of view at this time.

1:40p.m. Mandy is seen on the 8th ledge of the hospital. Windwhistler not in view.  2:30p.m. Mandy on the 1st ledge.  3:30 - 5:00p.m. Mandy remained on the 5th ledge during this time period. I still haven't seen Windwhistler today he's probably tucked away in the back of the 2nd ledge.

5:30p.m. Mandy has moved to the south-east corner of National Life building. She wasn't there long and she was off again to 10th ledge of Mount Sinai.   Between 7:00p.m. and 8:15p.m. I didn't see either adult in the area and didn't detect any movement in the back of the second ledge.

Thursday May 2, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  07:30- 08:00 Raining, both Mandy and Windwhistler are not in view.  09:20
Adults remain out view.  10:00 Adult on the north rails of National Life. I can just see it sitting there and I can't  identify which one it is.  10:10 Adult off the rails and directly  into the second ledge. Didn't have my scope in place, not sure of a handing off of the nest. An adult did appear on the nest ledge and flew directly to the north rails of National Life. My guess it was the same adult returning to it's previous perch.

1:30p.m. Adults not in view.  3:00p.m. Not seen at this time.  3:35p.m. Adult on the 1st ledge, I thinks it's Windwhistler.  4:00p.m. Mandy is on the 5th ledge of Mount Sinai Hospital, Windwhistler not in view.  5:30p.m. - 7:20p.m. Mandy remains on the 1st ledge east side Mount Sinai until 7:20p.m. She then took off to sit on the south-east corner roof-top of the Hospital. She was still on the corner when I left the area at 7:30p.m.

Wednesday May 1, 2002
Linda Woods reports:  06:45 Adult on the 6th ledge, east side Mount Sinai. Second adult not in view.  07:30 Adult on National Life feeding. Second adult not in view.  08:30 Adult  finished it's and over to the 9th ledge. Second adult  not in view.  08:45 Mandy takes off from the 9th ledge and lands on the 3rd after a couple of passes on the east side of Mount Sinai. After she lands on the south portion of the ledge,  looks around and takes off again. She makes a few more passes of the top ledges. As she approached the 2nd ledge she moved in closer and fluttered her wings directly over the 2nd ledge and then took off and landed on the south-east corner roof-top of Mount Sinai.  09:05 Adult into the nest and second adult appears on the ledge. Not sure which adult went in and which came out, but a clear handing off of the nest area was seen. 09:25 Adults not in view. A food packet is sitting,...lying on the 9th ledge.  It's light brown in colour, might be a small pigeon or large sparrow.

Margaret Omnet reports:  I went out for lunch at 1 pm today,  saw an adult peregrine sitting on the east side of Mount Sinai with it's back to the street. It was looking a little dishevelled, maybe it had just had lunch.  1.20 pm, adult still preening on Mount Sinai.  

Linda Woods reports:  1:25p.m. Adult on the east side roof top of Mount Sinai sitting a little north of the south-east corner. Maintenance personnel are out on the east side of Princess Margaret Hospital.  1:30p.m. Adult peregrine gone from the previous perch. Maintenance personnel remain on Princess Margaret.(workers out on a coffee break)

Margaret Omnet reports:  Walking up University Ave. at 5.05 pm on Wednesday, I am pretty sure a peregrine was circling the area above Queen's Park, it flew north then went into a dive so I lost sight of it behind the Parliament buildings. 

Linda Woods reports:  5:05p.m. Finally an appearance. I just happen to see one adult approaching the east side of Mount Sinai from the south. Too fast to identify and went directly into the 2nd ledge and second adult out and over to sit on the south corner of the Hydro Building.  7:00p.m. Once again I have not seen either adult for the past two hours. They certainly haven't been sitting in the usual places and can't figure where they are hiding out after coming out of the 2nd ledge.  7:10p.m. Hello Mandy sitting on the south-east corner of 505 University. Windwhistler not in view.  7:25p.m. Mandy takes off in a low stoop towards the south-east. I expected her to reappear from between the buildings but once again she eludes my view.  7:40p.m.  Mandy has not reappeared. Her hunt must have been successful and she is enjoying her meal out of view. Windwhistler is not in view.

Harry Crawford reports:  At 9:51am, an adult male was on the mid level south side of the CIBC building feeding.  He took off towards the south at 10:03am.  An adult female took up the upper level of the south side of the same building from 1:58 to 3:50pm.  The male returned to the same spot with prey at 5:16pm and disappeared at 5:34pm.

 

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