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DOWNTOWN TORONTO - SHERATON CENTRE ARCHIVES

January - February 2005

Monday February 28, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was at 9:55 when I spotted an adult on the standpipe in the middle of the Sheraton ledge. Checking five minutes later an adult was on the edge of the ledge and as I watched it flew off. At 10:30 an adult was back on the ledge. At 12:30 two birds were on the ledge!! At 12:40, one of the birds had gone but the other was sitting in the middle of the scrape I noticed on Friday. It was still there at 12:55 but as I looked it got off the scrape and went to the edge of the ledge. It remained there until at least 1:35 and I could see that it was vocalizing and looking around. It certainly looked like Wind. As I checked in at 2:15 I found an adult on the SW corner of the roof of 390 Bay. The weather then socked in and I had no more sightings for the balance of the day.

Saturday February 26, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
07:15 hrs - Adult seen on the south-east corner roof top of the Sheraton Hotel. This is becoming a daily sighting.

Friday February 25, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 9:30 when I spotted an adult on the ledge. It remained there until at least 10:55. At 12:45 an adult was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. As I watched it flew over to the Sheraton ledge then back to the NE corner of 130 Adelaide AND a second bird was on the NE corner of 390 Bay. Both birds spent considerable time staring at each other. They were still in place at 1:15 but on checking at 1:25, they had both gone. No further sightings for this day.

Thursday February 24, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 10:15 when an adult was on the standpipe in the middle of the Sheraton ledge. It remained there until at least 11 a.m. Checking at 11:55 no birds were in sight. At 1:40 an adult was on the ledge. At 2:25 I spotted an adult on the NW corner of the roof of 390 Bay. It remained there until I left at 5:20.

Wednesday February 23, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
No sighting until 10 a.m. when I spotted an adult on the Sheraton ledge. It remained there until 11 a.m. Checking at 11:52 no bird was in sight but as I watched, an adult arrived on the ledge. No more sightings until 3:55 when I found an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 4:15 one of my colleagues from down the hall ran down to tell me one of the birds was soaring above the Sheraton and FCP - it was quite beautiful and it was the first time he had seen a falcon in flight so he was very excited. At 4:25, one adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof and one adult was on the nest ledge. The adult on the ledge took off over Univerasity and was quickly followed by the adult from the roof. I lost them shortly after that. Checking at 4:35 I spotted an adult flying around the Sheraton from the east. It then went to the nest ledge. I spotted a second adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. Both birds stayed there until 5:15. On checking at 5:20, no birds were in sight.

Tuesday February 22, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:20 an adult was on the SW corner of the roof of 390 Bay and remained there until 9:30. No sightings until 12:05 when an adult was on the Sheraton ledge. As I watched it took off to the SW corner of the roof of 390 Bay. No more sightings until 4:20 when an adult was on the Sheraton ledge. I did see a very nice scrape on the Sheaton ledge, though. At 4:25 an adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof.

Monday February 21, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:45 I spotted an adult on the standpipe in the middle of the ledge. At 10:10 this bird was still in place and a second adult was on the ledge and flew off as I watched. At 10:45 the adult was still on the standpipe. Checking at 11:15 there was no visibility due to the snow. At 12:25, the snow had cleared and an adult was on the edge of the ledge. At 12:40 an adult was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide and was still there at 12:50. No more sightings from then until 5 p.m. when an adult was on the edge of the ledge facing inwards. Checking at 5:10 it had gone but at 5:20 it was back on the ledge.

Friday February 18, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:10 I found an adult on the standpipe in the middle of the Sheraton ledge. At 9:30 it was at the end of the ledge. At 10:55 I still had an adult in sight on the edge of the ledge. At 1:15, two adults were on the ledge. At 1:30, one bird flew off leaving one on the ledge. As I checked again at 2 p.m., the one on the ledge took off. Checking at 3 p.m. there was a bird on the ledge again where it remained until 4:10. At 4:55 an adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. Checking at 5:25 before I left for the day, no bird was in sight.

Thursday February 17, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:20 an adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 10:45 an adult was soaring around. At 11:10 an adult was on the Sheraton ledge. It flew off at 11:20 towards the SE between First Canadian Place and Scotia Plaza. At 1 p.m. two adults were on the Sheraton nest ledge pecking away at something at the rear left of the ledge. One took off and flew to the SW corner of the roof of the Simpson Tower. Looking back to ledge, the other had gone. At 3p.m. I spotted an adult with a fresh kill on the top of one of the columns on the east side of 120 Adelaide. No more sightings until 5:20 when I spotted an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 5:40 an adult was visible on the Sheraton nest ledge.

Wednesday February 16, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 10:45 I spotted an adult on the south side of the roof of 390 Bay Street. No other sightings until 3:05 when I found an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. It was still there at 3:30 but had gone at 3:40. At 4:30 I spotted an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof where it remained until 4:50 at which time it flew off, made a couple of small loops and landed on the west logo of 390 Bay Street, then crossed over the ice rink at City Hall, round the north side of the Sheraton and then finally landed on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. No other sightings for the day.

Tuesday February 15, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 7:35 an adult was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 7:40 it flew over to the Sheraton ledge and was joined seconds later by another adult. At 8:55 only one bird was in sight on the ledge. Checking again at 9:55, no bird was in sight. At 10:25 I found an adult on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 10:45 no adult was in sight. At 11:25 I spotted an adult on the NE corner of the ING building. As I watched it flew to the SE corner. No other sightings.

Friday February 11, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
A disappointing day. No sightings until 11:35 when I spotted an adult on the standpipe. No other sightings until 3:50 when I spotted an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. At 4:35 it was on the east side of the roof. Checking at 4:45, no birds were in sight. Last check at 5:15 and no birds in sight.

Thursday February 10, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:35 I spotted an adult on the standpipe and a second on the last "e" of Centre. Both were still in their respective spots at 10:15. As I checked at 10:30 both birds were flying around chasing each other in front of the Sheraton. As I watched, a man came out on to the roof of 130 Adelaide and appeared to have binoculars and a camera. He watched the birds for some time. I thought it might be Paul (Marshman) but he confirmed it was not. The birds then went back to the nest ledge - one behind the nest box and one in the middle of the ledge. At 10:45 both birds were flying low over Sheppard and Adelaide. Checking at 11:30 I found one on the standpipe. At 2:10 one adult was on the standpipe. At 3:10, one adult was on the ledge and one was on the SW corner of the Thomson building with a kill. The adult on the ledge flew off but I could not follow it. At 3:35 both birds were together on the Sheraton ledge. No birds in sight at 4:45. At 5:35 one adult was on the Sheraton ledge.

Wednesday February 9, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
No bird spotted until 11:00 when I found one adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. It was still there at 11:25 when the snow started. At 1:35 I spotted an adult on the standpipe in the middle of the Sheraton ledge, where it remained throughout the afternoon. Checking at 5:50 it was still there AND a second adult was on the west edge of the ledge facing inwards and preening. At 5:20 the one on the edge of the ledge had gone and as I watched the one on the standipe took off and flew across Nathan Phillips Square heading off NW.

Tuesday February 8, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 10:15 ans I checked out my window, an adult flew on the SE corner of the Sheaton roof. It was still there at 11:20. Checking in at 11:35, no birds were in sight. At 1:30 I found a bird on the east rail of the window washing track on the Sheraton roof. At 1:40 the bird moved to the SE corner.

Monday February 7, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 8:15 I spotted two adults on the Sheraton. At 11:40 one adult was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and an other was on the NE corner. At 12:35 no birds were in sight. At 12:55 I spoted an adult flying in low from the east. It flew around the Hilton, across to the Sheraton and then over University Avenue. I lost it over around Spadina and College.

Monday January 31, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
I did not want to wait to send this. At 3:15, I spotted a bird that looked like Wind on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. On checking at 3:45 I had one peregrine on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and one on the SW corner of the Sheraton hotel. The interesting things is, they both looked like Wind - i.e. kind of a helmet head. Checking now at 4 p.m. the one on the Sheraton has gone.

Tuesday January 4, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 3:15 I spotted an adult whom I believe was Wind sitting on the south east corner of the Sheraton roof. She stayed there until 4:55. As I checked at 4:55, she turned to face the east, vocalized a few seconds (I obviously could not hear her but I could see her beak opening and closing), then flew off down and to the south west across the Sheraton building. The light was fading so I lost her very quickly and could not see where she went.

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