The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

DOWNTOWN TORONTO - SHERATON CENTRE ARCHIVES

March - April 2005

Friday April 29, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
08:30 - 09:20
Wind remains on the eggs. She moved only once, turned the eggs and then settled again. Windwhistler not in sight during my visit. I thought I might catch a changing of the guards, but not this morning. Perhaps Windwhistler is over incubating at King St. and that is why I don't see him in this area.

Thursday April 28, 2005
Special report:
Many, many thanks to staff and management of the Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto for the generous donation of "retired bath towels." The towels provide a soft "net" should a trapped or injured Bird Of Prey need our assistance. They will also provide warmth for any bird needing transportation to medical treatment.
Linda Woods
Canadian Peregrine Foundation

Thursday April 28, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
From 8 a.m. until I stopped watching at 5:30, Wind remained on her eggs. I never saw her leave them once! However, between 9:50 and 10:45, two falcons were playing talon tag between Scotia Plaza and First Canadian Place. I could not definitely identify either bird. However, this is the second day in a row two adults have been seeing playing like this. Linda has more information for Thursday evening...

Linda Woods reports: 5:00p.m.- 6:10p.m.
Viewing from the 43rd floor, I found Wind tight on the eggs. She did get up and rearranged and then settled down again. In the mean time, two other peregrines were seen soaring high above the Bank of Montreal building. Don't know if these birds were interlopers or resident birds. I did not see Windwhistler in the area.

Wind eventually got up and walked to the edge of the ledge looking out towards the south-east, (18 King direction) leaving the eggs uncovered, ALL THREE EGGS! She began to vocalize, and I am assuming she was calling him to come relieve her.

I changed positions, in hopes that I could spot Windwhistler in the area. During that time I did see a peregrine flying low and heading south. I think this was Wind leaving the nest ledge, although I can not be certain, and I certainly did not see a peregrine heading towards the nest ledge.
I went back to the monitor, and there was a bird back on the eggs. I think it's Windwhistler, not sure. Notice the red pigeon band near the closest egg.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the Photo Gallery.

Wednesday April 27, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
A check at 7:30 found Wind sitting on her eggs. At 8:15 she remained on the eggs and at 8:25 had moved to the edge of the ledge. I could not check again until 9:35 at which point no bird was in sight. At 10:10 as I checked, no bird was on the scrape or on the ledge but as I watched a bird came flying fast from my 1 o'clock swooped down behind the Sheraton where I lost it. On straightening up after writing the note, Wind was settling herself on her eggs. Between 10:30 and 11:30 Wind remained on her eggs and as I checked at 11:30, I also spotted Windwhistler on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide looking over at the Sheraton. At 11:40, he was on the nest ledge observing his eggs. Wind had obligingly stood to give him a peek - it appeared to me there were now 3 eggs in the scrape!! (Not yet confirmed) I immediately called Linda to let her know. Spike flew off and appeared to have the remains of something in his beak. Wind settled back down on her eggs where she remained for the balance of the day. However, the rest of the day was not uneventful. I left at 1 p.m. for some air and to check the King Street site, where I observed nothing. On returning to the office at 2 p.m. I picked up a voicemail from a colleague on the east side of my floor which had been left at 12:50. She advised that two falcons were chasing and talon touching in the air space between Scotia Plaza and First Canadian Place. I checked the Sheraton and Wind was still on her eggs. At 2:40 as I checked in on her, an adult soared by by window about 20 feet above me and flew over First Canadian Place. At 2:45 I went around to the east wall to see if it was there. Nothing in sight but within two minutes two birds appeared and chased and talon touched!!. Back to my office and Wind still sitting on her eggs. At 3:05 I spotted an adult riding the thermals from east to west. As I called this in to Linda a second bird went passed my eyes very fast, east to west. Wind has remained on her eggs as I check out at 5:30.

Linda Woods reports: 5:00 - 6:30p.m.
After receiving Jan's call, I made my way downtown and sat and watched. And I sat some more and watched. Wind was not going to show me anything! She was glued to the eggs. She did rearrange herself and turn the eggs (fascinating to watch) but she did not come off the nest in order for me to see if there was a third egg.

Jan has hawk's eyes and I am sure she just wasn't seeing things. I will be down to the Sheraton in the a.m and hopeful will catch a changing of the guards and at that time will be able to confirm a third egg.

Tuesday April 26, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
I was down to the Sheraton early this morning. Initially I didn't see either bird, so I waited and scanned the roof tops. Eventually, Wind appeared on the ledge with fresh prey. Took off again and out of sight. Later I spotted a bird on the north-east corner of 130 Adelaide, it was Windwhistler. Wind returned to the ledge, with a full crop, and with Windwhistler in view, she settled down on the two eggs. This all happened in the span of just over an hour. Pictures attached. Looks more promising than earlier this month.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the Photo Gallery.

Jan Chudy reports: Checking in at 8:15, an adult was on the NE corner of the Sheraton roof and no bird was in sight on the ledge. Could not check again until 9:40 at which time I found Wind sitting on the eggs. She remained on them for the balance of the day. In addition, at 12:40 while she was on the eggs, Windwhistler was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide, facing south east but craning his neck to watch the Sheraton. They both remained like this until I checked at 3:15, at which time Windwhistler had gone. As I said, Wind remained on the eggs all day. At 5:25, she had moved to the edge of the ledge and was looking around. However, at 5:35, she was back on the eggs.

Monday April 25, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
Arriving at the office at 8:40 I found Wind on the scrape with one egg visible. For the balance of the day, Wind sat on the egg with brief periods of standing on the nest box or at the edge of the ledge. As I was about to leave my office for a meeting at 3 p.m I noticed she was on the edge of the ledge. When I trained my telescope on her, I found TWO eggs in plain sight in the scrape! Returning from my meeting and checking in at 4 p.m. Wind was sitting back on her eggs and remained there until I left at 5:30.

Friday April 22, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 10:20 when I splotted Wind behind the nest box. She spent the next 10 minutes going from the box to the egg, rolling it, sitting on it, back to the box, back to the egg. Very restless. I wondered if she was going to lay a second egg in the scrape but I don't see a second one. She then moved to the very east side of the ledge and out of my line of sight. She then popped back out to the east edge of the ledge and at 10:50 was stilll there. No further sightings until 11:35 when I got a call from a colleague on the east side of the building to advise a peregrine was standing on the NW corner of Scotia Plaza. I went around with my binoculars but the bird was facing away from me (towards 18 King) so I could not positivly identify it. I went back to my office to get my telescope. When I went back and trained it on the bird, I was almost positive it was Wind. As I watched, another peregrine flew in to sight, slowly flew by the first bird and came to rest on the SW corner of Scotia Plaza. It was Windwhistler. After a few minutes, he flew further along the roof to be closer to Wind At noon, I had to leave and they were both is their same spots. My colleague later advised that they took off flying about 12:05 and she lost sight of Windwhistler and that Wind was still circling around. No more sightings until 4:05 when I spotted and adult on the ledge peering in. At 4:30 it was in the middle of the ledge by the standpipe and as I watched it hopped to the east side out of view and then popped back out to the edge of the ledge. Checking at 5 p.m. Wind is on the east side of the ledge peering out.

Thursday April 21, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:05 Wind was on the ledge peering in. At 9:25 I spotted an adult on the SW corner of 390 Bay. I could not confirm its identity since its back was towards me. At 11:00 Wind was on the scrape with the egg showing under her chest. At 11:30 she was on the edge of the ledge scanning the skies. No other sighting until 1:35 when I saw Wind sitting on the egg. She remained there until 3:25 and which point I spotted a second adult on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 5 p.m. Wind was still on the egg and there was no sign of the second bird. At 5:20 a bird was on the ledge peering in and at 5:30 Wind was back on the egg where she remained when I left at 5:40.

Wednesday April 20, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
Checking in at 8:40, Wind was on the scrape sitting on the egg. She was still there at 9:05. At 9:15 she was standing on the nest box and at 9:25 had moved to the edge of the ledge. At 10:30 she was back on the nest box. At 10:45 she was still on the nest box and was preening. At 11:10 she was sitting on the egg. No more sightings until 12:55 when she was on the nest box, She was still there when I checked at 1:20. At 1:30 I saw her on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. No more sightings until 2 p.m. when I saw her back on the nest box. At 3 p.m. she was sitting on the egg and was still there at 3:25. Checking at 4 p.m. she was not in sight. No sightings until 5:05 when I found her on the standpipe. At 5:20 as I checked she came off the standpipe, went to the scrape, did some adjusting and settled herself on the egg.

Tuesday April 19, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
As I walked in to my office at 9:10 I checked the ledge first, as I always do. I saw Wind squatting and I wondered if she was trying to lay. As I looked, she moved to the side and there in full view is one new egg!! She then moved to the side and turned it with her claw and then nestled up to it. As I write this, she has moved off to the side and is preening. A third egg - and one I can see directly from my office! Fingers crossed for incubation.Wind was visible on the ledge until 10:55. Checking in at 12:15, no birds in sight. At 12:28 and 1 p.m. I had calls from colleagues to advise two birds were soaring between First Canadian Place and Scotia Plaza. At 1:08, a colleague noted an adult was on the ledge. As I checked at 1:25, a bird arrived on the ledge and then went to check the egg in the scrape and then went behind the nest box. At 1:35, the bird went and stood on the nest box. It appeared to be Wind. It remained there until 2:25. Checking at 3:05, no bird was visible. At 3:25, Wind was on the scrape then the nest box. At 5:05 a bird arrived on the ledge and as I watched it I spotted Linda in the machine room next door taking photographs. Her report of last night confirms it was Wind returning. At 5:10, Wind walked to the scrape and vocalized. She stood on the east side of the scrape looking at the egg. At 5:20 she moved to the edge of the ledge and was scanning the skies. She was still there as I left at 5:30.

Linda Woods reports: 4:50p.m. - 5:30
A phone call to the office this morning from Jan, with news she sees a egg on the Sheraton ledge. Knowing Jan is not able to see the current eggs, it has to be egg # 3. Way to go Jan!
It is confirmed, egg # 3 and yet again, in scrape # 3 as well. Wind was not on the nest ledge nor was she in view when I arrived, this gave me time to take pictures. I was not able to capture all three eggs in one shot, since they are in different areas of the ledge. Finally she arrived ( confirmed by the bands) and began softly vocalizing. With little "cherups" she stood near the 3rd egg, and then her vocalizing became a little louder and she then moved to the lip of the ledge looking south. I was expecting to see Windwhistler but he didn't appear during my visit.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos have been added to the Photo Gallery.

Sunday April 17, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
11:30am
There has been no change in the status of this nest. Both eggs remain at either end of the ledge. Wind was in view on the north-west corner of 130 Adelaide St.
Windwhistler was not in sight.

Friday April 15, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
As I write this note on April 15 at 8:15, Wind is perched on the very SW corner of the Sheraton roof looking east. She is quite beautiful with the morning sun on her, feathers ruffling in the breeze.


At 8:05 Wind was on the SW corner of the Sheraton roof. Between 9:20 and 10:25 Wind was on the standpipe - for a great part of the time sleeping. No further sightings until 2:10 when I spotted an adult on the ledge peering in. At 2:40 a bird was in the scrape. At 3:05 the bird was on the ledge with its feathers ruffling in the wind. No more sightings for the day.

Thursday April 14, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
08:15 - 08:55
Viewing from the 43rd floor, I didn't see Wind nor Windwhistler. The ledge, however has been disturbed again, from the same time yesterday. Debris has been moved around and indication of scraping is apparent. After not seeing any activity in the area, I had moved to another area, when I heard a lot of loud "chirping."

I ran back to the monitor and Windwhistler had come to the edge of the nest tray. I guess he was calling Wind, but she did not appear and he took off again. The glare of the windows prevented me from seeing his flight direction. No additional eggs have been added. Wind does not seem to be in attendance at the ledge as frequently as last year, but it's still early.

6:15p.m.
Since about 6:00p.m. I have been watching two peregrines from my living room window. One is on the antenna of the East tower of New City hall,( possibly Windwhistler, with the malar stripe) and the second one is sitting on the upper cross bar of the east antenna of the Sheraton Hotel, Wind I would assume.

Jan Chudy reports: At 8:37 I spotted an adult arriving at the ledge. It then took off soaring aroung the Sheraton and University then flew off due south. Based on Linda's report of yesterday, it was Windwhistler. At 8:40 I spotted an adult on the SW corner of 390 Bay. No other sightings until 10:55 when I spotted an adult soaring around. At 1:25 I spotted an adult on the ledge. Shortly after I noted it, it flew off. At 3:20 I found Wind in the scrape fussing about. She then went behind the nest box. Ay 3:25 she came out from behind the nest box to the ledge. At 4:05, she was still on the ledge. At 5:15, an adult was on the ledge peering in but since its back was to me I could not identify it.

Wednesday April 13, 2005
Webmaster's note
: We have received the following bulletin, which, while not reporting on the peregrines themselves, contains news that may affect the birds. While we cannot caution them to "avoid any undue panic or concern," we can hope that they are not affected too significantly by the noise levels.

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING LOW FLYING AIRCRAFT ON THURSDAY OR FRIDAY

The Building Owners & Managers Association of Toronto have just notified us that they have been advised ... that on Thursday afternoon, April 14th, or Friday, April 15th, weather permitting, Airborne Sensing will be flying low over the downtown core mapping the area. They will be flying a few hundred feet above the buildings and will be flying below the level of the CN Tower. We are told that one of the requirements of Transport Canada was to notify the City that they would be flying. Airborne Sensing sent Survey & Mapping an after-hours email yesterday informing them of the plan. No permission from the City apparently is required to fly over. However, people may be concerned seeing a low flying aircraft over the downtown core.

Please advise your employees immediately to avoid any undue panic or concern.

Wednesday April 13, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
08:15 - 08:55
Arriving on the 43rd floor, I finally saw Wind in the nest ledge near the nesting tray.(confirmed by the led bands) It appears she has been creating new scrapes in the dirt.

I sat very quietly to watch and she began to vocalize, soft "barking" with brief sessions of "chittering". When she finished her little songs, she began to pick at the debris on the ledge. There are certainly "left-overs" from long ago meals, various sizes and shapes of avian foot wear scattered about the ledge. I guess a little more house keeping was in order on this bright and sunny morining. She eventually made her way to the ledge, where her soft vocalizations changed to loud "calls" ( guess she was calling Windwhistler as the calls were not of the "alarm" nature) A few moments later she flew off.

Jan Chudy reports: No sightings until 1:50 when a colleague called to say a peregrine was flying around between First Canadian Place and Scotia Plaza. When I got over to the east side of FCP, the bird had landed on the NW corner of the roof. As I watched (about 1:57 p.m.) it took off fast and flew west. I came back to my office on the north wall but could not find any peregrines. No sightings until 5:05 when I spotted an adult on the ledge. As I watched it went to the scrape and spent five minutes tidying and moving stones around. At 5:10 it was on the edge of the ledge scanning the skies. I believe it is Wind. At 5:30, the bird moved to the scrape and I saw some vocalizing. As I leave at 5:30, it has moved back to the ledge and is scanning the skies. I checked one last time, 5:37, and no bird is in sight.

Tuesday April 12, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
08:10 - 09:00
Upon arrival on the 43rd floor,I checked the ledge and the buildings south of the Sheraton Centre, Wind was not in view. The nest ledge does not look like it has been disturbed for a day or so. The single egg remains in the nest tray (undisturbed) and the second egg? remains undisturb as well at the other end of the nest ledge. I checked the usual perching spots for Wind, but did not see her. However, just as I was about to leave, I noticed a peregrine perched on the south-west corner of the TD Bank Tower. It took off approx. 10 minutes later and did not come into my view near the hotel.

Jan Chudy reports: No sightings until 12:10 when I spotted an adult on the ledge. I could not positively identify it. No further sightings until 2:45 when I found Wind on the ledge. No sightings until 4:35 when I spotted Wind on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. She remained there until I left at 5 p.m.

Monday April 11, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings all morning. At 2:35 I received an email from a colleague that a peregrine was soaring between Scotia Plaza and First Canadian Place. At 3 p.m. I just happened to see a peregrine flying around below me (I am on the 61st floor). At 3:30 as I was on the east side of First Canadian Place I spotted a peregrine on one of the west ledges of Scotia Plaza. I could not identify it since I did not have my binoculars. No other sightings until 5 pm. when I spotted and adult on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 5:10, there was an adult on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and one on the nest ledge. I could not clearly identify either bird.

Sunday April 10, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 3:15 a colleague spotted Wind on the east side of the ledge.

Saturday April 9, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
08:15
Peeking in on Wind at the Sheraton, I found her at the far end of the nest ledge lying down in the dirt. After a few minutes she got up and flew over to the north-west corner of 130 Adelaide St. There, in the dirt was at least one other egg, I could barely see it, as she covered it up before she left. This is the second egg for her, although the first egg that was put down in the nest tray itself, can no longer be considered viable.

Here is a photo of the second egg that was laid at the other end of the nest ledge. When checking on the ledge, I found the adult female lying down in the dirt next to or on the area where the egg was laid. I would not have seen the egg, had she not been down at that end of the ledge. I don't recall seeing her lying down in that area last year either.

Friday April 8, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:25 I spotted Wind on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. I had no more sightings until 2:15, when I saw an adult come out from behind the nest box and go to the ledge. I could not clearly identify it. No sighting until 4:40 when I found Wind on the east side of the ledge. She remained there until I left at 5:30.

Linda Woods reports: 08:30
Found this to be very odd, When I checked on the status of Wind's nest, all around the egg were , what appears to be, raw food bits. It looks like the little bits of food the adult tears off to feed the young. I, personally have never seen this. However, it also may be regurgitated from the adult. Why? Without witnessing what had occurred, we won't know. I checked on the nest later in the day, and food bits were gone and the egg in the nest tray was still intact.

(Webmaster's note:) Photos of this interesting sighting have been added to the Photo Gallery.

Thursday April 7, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
09:00 - 09:30
As I was walking through Nathan Phillips Square towards Queen St. I noticed one peregrine on the north-east corner of 130 Adelaide. I then saw another peregrine fly up to the antenna of the Sheraton Hotel. When I arrived on the 43rd floor, an adult was in the nest try beside the single egg, the second peregrine was still on 130 Adelaide. A closer look at the one on 130 Adelaide gave me the impression that this was not a resident bird. This bird looked almost sub adult or more brown on the chest than Wind or Windwhistler. The adult came off the nest tray and to the ledge, flew off, with some kaking. It appeared to fly up to the south facing "Sheraton" letters. I am confident the bird that was in the nest area was Wind or Windwhistler. Not sure about the one across the street though. I did not see any aggression nor "dog fights".., while I was observing.

Jan Chudy reports: At 8:10 Wind was on the ledge. At 9:15, she had moved to the NE corner of 130 Adelaide, facing the Sheraton. At (9:30, she was on the ledge and at 10:25 was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. No further sightings until noon when I found her standing on the nest box. As I checked at 12:20, I just caught her moving in behind the nest box (where she cannot be seen from here). At 1:30, she was on the ledge and at 3:35 was in the nest box. At 4:40, I found an adult on the ledge peering in and one flying off low to the east along Richmond Street. At 5:10, the first bird was still standing peering in to the ledge. At 5:15 it turned around and proved to be Wind. No more sightings for the day.

Linda Woods reports: 6:30
A quick check on the Sheraton ledge, was in order after what had been reported earlier in the day. I found Wind on the ledge, sitting very quietly. She appears to be very sleepy, slow moving and "full" and every so often she would look towards the nest tray. A second egg is expected during the night or the wee hours of the morning. Windwhistler was not seen at this time.

Wednesday April 6, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
First Egg!!
08:30
A quick "look-see" at the Sheraton Ledge, I found Wind standing in the nest box and her behaviour indicated that she had either put down the first egg, or was in the process of doing so. I waited and held my breath and when she repositioned, THERE IT WAS!, the first egg of 2005 for the Sheraton site. Shortly after, Windwhistler arrived on the nest ledge with a beautiful food package for Wind, a woodpecker! He took the food off the nest ledge to another roof-top, but I was too excited to watch where he took it. I left Wind to tend to her egg and will revisit later on today.

Jan Chudy reports: No sightings until 11 a.m. when I spotted Wind on the ledge. At 11:30 she had moved to the NW corner of the Simpson Tower. At 11:55, both Wind and Windwhistler were on the nest ledge. Windwhistler flew off and spent 10 minutes flying around in view of Wind - back and forth and around the towers. I finally lost him north of City Hall after 10 minutes.. At 12:10, Wind took off but at 12:20 she was back on the ledge. At 12:35 she was on the nest box. No more sightings until 1:20 when Wind was on the ledge clearly vocalizing. At 1:25, she was back on the West side of the Simpson Tower. Between 3 and 4:30, Wind was either on the ledge or in the nest box. At 5:15, no one was in sight but at 5:30, Wind was on the West side of 390 Bay, above the "9".

Linda Woods reports: 6:10p.m.
Photos of the first egg in the nest tray. It is confirmed that Windwhistler is the male attending this nest. Windwhistler came to the nest ledge, after a "rendezvous" with Wind on 130 Adelaide St. Wind remained on 130 Adelaide while Windwhistler guarded the nest site.

Tuesday April 5, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:20 a.m. I spotted an adult on the ledge. I could not clearly identify it. At 9:35 I spotted an adult on the SW corner of the Simpson Tower. As I checked at 9:55 a bird had just arrived at the ledge and scurried behind the nest box. At 10:25, I spotted a bird arriving and it (again) went behind the nest box. At 10:45, I spotted an adult on the SW corner of 390 Bay Street/ It was still here at 11 a.m. However, as I checked at 11:05, the window washing equipment was being moved to the SW corner and the bird had gone. At 11:20, Wind was on the ledge. I was away from my office for some time and had no sightings until 1:20, when I found Wind on the standpipe. She was still there at 1:50. At 2:10, she had moved to the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. At 2:55 she was on the edge of the nest ledge. No more sightings until 4:35, when I spotted Wind on the east side of the nest ledge. She was still there at 4:55. At 5 pm. I spotted her in the scrape. She then moved to the edge of the ledge, and at 5:15 was on the nest box. No more sightings for the day.

Friday April 1, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
I checked on the Sheraton ledge, and it does appear that Wind has been digging around behind the box and a small indentation can be seen in the gravel of the box itself. When I was there I did not see either bird in the area, but on closer looking on found a Male and Female on the north west corner of the Bank Of Montreal building.

It took a while before Wind came down to the ledge 'screaming" I guess she saw me in the window. She sat on the ledge for awhile telling everyone to stay away. and then she settled down across the street on 130 Adelaide. Don't know if that was Windwhistler. He remained up there while Wind being very vocal. I am assuming it was Windwhistler.

Jan Chudy reports: At 7:30 a.m. two adults were flying low around Richmond/Adelaide. One went to a column on the east side of 120 Adelaide and then took off. I lost both after that. No other sighting until 10:55 when I saw a bird arrive at the ledge. It went straight to the scrape, then to the edge of the nest box. No more sightings until 1:05 when I spotted a bird on the ledge. As I watched, a second bird arrived. After writing this down when I looked back only 1 was visible on the scrape. It then moved to the edge of the ledge and took off. At 1:15 I spotted two birds flying counter-clockwise together around 120 and 130 Adelaide. As I watched, a colleague went by and said he had seen two birds flying around together 45 minutes earlier. At 2:15, both birds were on the ledge. One took off and went to the SE corner of the Sheraton roof and the other went to the scrape. It then went to the centre of the ledge and then to the edge of the ledge. The bird on the roof had gone. No more sightings until 3:15, when an adult was on the ledge. No more sightings for the day.

Thursday March 31, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 10:00 when I spotted a bird arriving at the ledge. It went straight behind the nest box then back to the ledge. At 10:10 I spotted Windwhistler on 390 Bay Street. At 11:15 I saw a bird arrive at the ledge then go and stand at the back of the nest box. The rain began and the bird stayed behind the nest box until 1:45. I could not check again until 3 p.m. at which time no birds were visible. At 3:40 an adult was visible on the SW corner of 390 Bay but I could not clearly identify it. At 4:20 an adult was in the back west corner of the ledge behind the nest box. At 4:30, Wind was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. Windwhister arrived and there was a "personal intimate" moment then Windwhistler took off to the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. At 4:35 Wind flew off low to the south. No further sightings for the day.

Wednesday March 30, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
6:15p.m.
Approaching the north side of Queen and Bay St., an adult Peregrine is seen touching down on the north west corner of 390 Bay St. While I was viewing from the 43rd floor of the Sheraton Centre, Wind is seen with prey on the north-west corner of 120 Adelaide St. and a food cache is spotted on the north pillar of the same address. An adult male, presumably Windwhistler is seen flying in the are a few moments later. The condition of the nest ledge remains unchanged since my last report.

Jan Chudy reports: Between 9 a.m. and 9:15, Wind was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide and Windwhistler was on the SW corner of 390 Bay Street. At 9:55, Wind was still on 130 Adelaide when I had a colleague from the east wall call to tell me a falcon was circling between First Canadian Place and Scotia Plaza. By the time I got around with my binoculars, it had gone. However, on returning to my office, Windwhistler was just landing at the nest ledge. He promptly moved to the nest box and Wind flew over and landed on the east side of the ledge. Checking at 10:20, no birds were visible. At 11:45, an adult was on the ledge and a second bird was circling in front of the Sheraton. The second bird then landed on the ledge and went straight to the scrape, at which point the first bird took off, followed by the second bird. At 12:10, I found Wind on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. I noticed a second bird circling her. It (turned out to be he) joined her and they shared an "intimate" moment before he flew off. At 1:15, Wind was on the NW corner of 390 Bay Street and at 1:25 was back on the ledge. At 1:30, one bird was on the ledge and one was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. At 1:45, only a bird on the ledge was in sight. At 2:15, an adult was on the NW corner of 390 Bay Street. Between 2:25 and 4:10, a bird was in the ledge, either on the ledge or in the scrape. At 4:10, a second bird was flying around. At 4:45 while in a meeting in an office on the east side of the 64 floor, I watched two birds having a fast game of tag between Scotia Plaza and First Canadian Place. At 5 p.m. an adult flew very fast past my window heading east and at my level (61 floor). At 5:20 I observed a bird flying south past the west side of First Canadian Place about five floors below me.

Tuesday March 29, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 11:00 a.m. when I spotted Wind on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide with a small kill. No more sightings until 1p.m. when I spotted Windwhistler on the ledge and Wind on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. He took off towards her, then flew around to the NW corner of 130 Adelaide at which point Wind took off. At 3:05 Wind was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. Between 3:20 and 4:25, she was either on the ledge or tidying the scrape. At 4:35, I found her on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide where she remained until I left at 5:45.

Monday March 28, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
When I arrived on the 43rd Floor, Wind was already on the ledge, she sat on the gravel for a while and then moved to the "sandpipe". She preened and then made herself comfortable. I did see the colour of the leg bands when she stretched out her legs A partial number on the faded purple USW (80) of the right leg. The left leg, black over red , 7 on ? I am assuming this is "Wind" . Comparing her, physically to other females during this time of the year, she doesn't look ready to put down eggs as yet.
I'll keep watching.

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Jan Chudy reports: At 7:50 a.m. an adult was on the SW corner of the Simpson Tower. It was still there are 8:30. Checking in at 8:50, I found an adult on the SW corner of 390 Bay Street. It was still there at 9:10 and was preening. Fog rolled in and I had no visibility until 10:50 at which time I found an adult on the SWcorner of the Simpson Tower. At 2 p.m. I spotted an adult on the SW corner of 390 Bay Street and at 2:20 one was still there and a second adult was on the ledge. At 2:45, I had no birds in sight. At 3:10, an adult was on the SW corner of the Simpson Tower and was still there at 3:45. At 4:15, an adult was on the nest ledge looking in. It had gone by 4:30. At 4:40, an adult was again on the ledge peering in. At 5:13, an adult was on the east side of the ledge. As I looked it took off and I lost it. However, at 5:20, I identified Wind on the SW corner of 390 Bay Street.

Friday March 25, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
10:45 am - 11:00am.
No peregrine activity on the nesting ledge of the Sheraton Centre Hotel. Wind was not in view on any of the other usual perching spots.during my short observation time. The nest ledge does look like "material" has been shuffled about in the nesting area, but it doesn't look like Wind has made a fresh scrape in the dirt in some time. It appears to be routine behavior, for this time of year, and the absence of Wind during my short observation time is of no concern. Jan and I will keep watching.

Thursday March 24, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 11 a.m. when Wind was spotted on the nest box. As I watched, she moved to the standpipe. Between then and 11:45, she remained on the standpipe. At 1:40, I found her on the nest box. She remained there until 2:10. At 3:30 she was on the ledge. No more sightings for the day.

Wednesday March 23, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:05 a.m. Wind was on the ledge. Between then and 10:10, she was either on the ledge or on the nest box. Checking at 12:30 no birds were visible. At 1:20, Wind was on the ledge. No more sightings until 4 p.m. when I managed to see Wind through the driving snow sitting on the ledge. At 5 pm. she had moved to the standpipe. At 5:35, I spotted her standing at the back of the nest box. No more sightings for the day.

Tuesday March 22, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:15 a.m. Wind was on the standpipe. At 9:35, I spotted her on the SW corner of the Simpson Tower. No more sightings until 11:20 when Wind was back on the standpipe. At 11:35, an adult was on the SW corner of 390 Bay enjoying a small kill - it looked like a starling - the bird was tossing it around. At 2:30 an adult was on the nest box but because of the shadows I could not identify it. At 3:25, Wind was on the ledge. No more sightings until 5 p.m. when Wind was spotted on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof.

Monday March 21, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:00 a.lm. Wind was on the ledge and at 9:40 had moved to the standpipe. No more sightings until 1 p.m when an adult was on the ledge. Could not confirm who it was. No sightings until 3:15 when an adult was on the ledge. It remained there until 3:50. Checking at 4:45 the bird was on the ledge and clearly appeared to be Windwhistler. No more sightings.

Friday March 18, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9 a.m. Wind was on the ledge. At 9:30 an adult was on the SW corner of 390 Bay with a kill. I took my 'scope to an office further east on my floor to try to get a better view. I still cannot be sure which adult it was but it was having great fun tossing around what looked to be a starling. By the time I got back to my office it had gone from 390, but I spotted an adult on the West side of the Simpson Tower on the window washer tracks. Checking at 9:55, this bird was still on the tracks and Wind was on the nest ledge. At 10:40, they were both in the same places. At 10:50, only Wind was in view and was still on the ledge. No more sightings until 2:10, when I spotted Wind back on the ledge. At 2:15 she had moved to the standpipe. At 3:05, a bird rocketed past my window. It flew very fast anti-clockwise to me and then settled on the upturn of the "S" on the hotel sign. It was Wind. At 4:15, Wind was on the ledge. Between 4:20 and 5:00 p.m. Wind was on the NW corner of 130 Adelaide. Checking again at 5:20, she was still there, and Windwhistler was standing on the nest box. I left for the day at this point.

Thursday March 17, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 8:35 a.m. as I watched, Wind arrived at the ledge and went to the scrape. She spent a fair bit of time tidying - including picking something up and dropping it over the ledge! She sat on the edge of the nest box briefly, then back to the scrape and then back to the ledge, where she scanned the skies. At 10:15, I again found her tidying the scrape and re-arranging the stones. Checking in at 10:50, I saw her fly off the ledge to the south west. At 12:50, she was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. Checking again at 1 p.m., both Wind and Windwhistler were in the scrape. One took off and the second bird remained tidying for a few minutes before it also took off. At 1:10, one adult was on the SW corner of the roof of 390 Bay Street.. At 1:25, an adult was on the ledge and as I watched it took off and soared very high around the building before going out of my sight over my head in First Canadian Place. At 2:30 Wind was on the ledge. Between 2:50 and 3:55, each time I checked, Wind was on the NW corner of the roof of 390 Bay Street. No other sightings. I believe there is a clear line of sight from this corner of 390 straight to the other nest site.

Wednesday March 16, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
First sighting was 9:10 when I found Wind on the standpipe. At 9:20 she had moved to the ledge and as I watched she took off and landed on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof and stood facing east (looking for Windwhistler?). At 10:30 I found Windwhistler on the ledge peering around and then calling. He then took off and flew directly towards 18 King - I lost him as he flew behind Scotia Plaza. At 10:50, Wind was on the ledge scanning the skies. As I checked at 11:30, an adult took off from the ledge and flew directly towards 18 King - must have been Windwhistler again. At 12:15, Wind was on the standpipe. At 2:45 an adult was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof but was facing north west so I could not tell who it was. At 3:30, Wind was on the ledge. Checking at 4:55, an adult flew off the ledge, flew south over Richmond then flew around to settle on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. No other sightings.

Tuesday March 15, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
Between 7 a.m. and 10:15, there were no sightings. At 10:15 Wind was on the standpipe in the middle of the ledge. At 11 a.m. she was on the ledge and at 11:30 was on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. No sightings until 3:20 when an adult was on the ledge and then moved to the standpipe. At 4:05, an adult was soaring above University and Queen. I lost sight of it over Spadina and Adelaide. At 5 p.m. Wind was on the NE corner of 130 Adelaide. As I checked at 5:20, an adult flew off the ledge to the south west and I spotted a second on the NW wall of 130 Adelaide Street facing west so I could not identify it. No more sightings.

Monday March 14, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 3:30 when I spotted an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. No more sightings until 5:20 when the adult was back on the SE corner of the roof.

Saturday March 12, 2005
Linda Woods reports:
10:45a.m.
Wind is seen on the north-west corner of 130 Adelaide St., preening. Windwhistler is not seen in the area at this time. 130 Adelaide St. is directly south of the Sheraton Hotel.

Friday March 11, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:10 an adult was on the ledge. No further sightings for the day.

Tuesday March 8, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
At 9:45 I spotted a bird on the standpipe but could not clearly identify it.At 11:20 an adult was on the ledge. At 2:10, one adult was on the ledge and one was on the standpipe. I then had to leave to go to Calgary so no more checks until March 11.

Friday March 4, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
Just like yesterday, as I drove by 18 King at 8:10, Spike and Mandy were visible and when I arrived at my office, Wind was on the Sheraton ledge. I have no other Sheraton sightings up until 3 p.m. when I had to leave the office.

Thursday March 3, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
As I drove by 18 King at 8 a.m., both Spike and Mandy were visible on the ledges. As I arrived at my office at 8:10, Wind was visible on the Sheraton ledge. She remained on the ledge until 10:35, at which time I found her in the scrape and Spike on the ledge. As I watched, Wind moved to the ledge just two openings east of Spike. At 10:45, Wind flew off to the SW then settled on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof. Spike remained on the ledge. At 10:50 he took off, flew over Nathan Phillips Square and then to the SW corner of 390 Bay. Wind remained on the Sheraton. Checking again at 11:55, one adult was on the standpipe and the other was on the ledge. Various sightings of one adult for the remainer of the day, either on the ledge or the SE corner of the roof.

Linda Woods reports: 15:30 hrs. After spending a few minutes watching two peregrines on Mt.Sinai Hospital (See the sighting report) I made my way south to the 43rd of the Sheraton Hotel Toronto. I was only there a few minutes when one peregrine arrived and was softly vocalizing. I think it may have been "Wind" but could not identify, the bird's head was behind the pillar. She sat there for a few minutes and took off. Moments later Windwhistler showed up and sat on the ledge closest to the nesting tray looking directly towards the access door. There is a small viewing hole in the door and I don't know if he can see me but the view is limited for the basic digital camera. After he sat for a few minutes and gave me the opportunity to snap a picture or two, he took off towards 390 Bay St.. ( east of the Sheraton) He may have been heading towards the King St. nest.

Wednesday March 2, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
No sightings until 11:20, when I found Wind sitting in the scrape in noticed on Friday, and Windwhistler-Spike (I believe) was on the standpipe. They both remained in their places until 12:15. When I checked again at 12:30, W-S had gone and Wind was on the ledge. At 12:35 she took off, flew to the south west corner of 390 Bay then across to the SE corner of 120 Adelaide. Checking at 1:20, Wind was on the standpipe. She had moved to the edge of the ledge by 1:30. As I looked out at 2:45, a bird was on the ledge peering down and a colleague called me to say a falcon was circling between First Canadian Place and Scotia Plaza. At 3 p.m. a bird was on the standpipe. At 3:15 I had the joy of watching two birds soaring around Nathan Phillips Square. As I watched, one went to the nest ledge and sat down in the scrape and was shortly followed by the second bird who settled on the ledge. At 3:30, only one bird was visible on the ledge. At 3:40 I had my last sighting of the day when I spotted an adult on the SE corner of the Sheraton roof.

Tuesday March 1, 2005
Jan Chudy reports:
Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. the visbility was very bad because of snow, so no sightings. At 10:05 I spotted a bird on the standpipe in the middle of the ledge. It remained there until at least 11 a.m. Checking in again at 1:50 no birds were visible. No sightings until 4:45 when I spotted a bird on the ledge peering in. It was still there in the same position when I left at 5:25.

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