An evening flight, and disappears

June 29, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Sandy took off for a direct flight  attempt to return to the Sheraton.  Not going to make as she was not high enough. She grabbed onto a window frame of the Sheraton and quickly let go and flew across Richmond St. and out of view.  A search was done and no sightings of her at dark.  Wait till morning, I’m sure she’ll pop up.

Sandy Fledges

June 29, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Harry Crawford Reports:

Sandy went into hiding around 7am, hiding behind the webcam camera.  Not knowing this, I did a ground search when I got down to the watch.  At 8:50am, she took off towards the Hilton and then came back east maintaining good height.  I finally spotted her around 10am.  I was on Sheraton 43 and the light was correct to spot her.  She was trapped on the north side of the penthouse of 120 Adelaide W.  behind those black vertical slats.  She was flapping occasionally.

With the assistance of four Oxford building staff,  up to the penthouse roof we went.  We saw where she was and she obviously got out at the west end of this very narrow ledge.  We then checked the main roof area but she was gone.  When we were on the west side of the roof, Rhea-Mae was seen in the nest ledge and Tiago was on the east side of the Hilton facing in.  Then we could hear her but not see her.  By the time I got back up to Sheraton 43, Tiago had disappeared.  I couldn’t see Sandy.  After checking the Hilton courtyard and one more trip to Sheraton 43, I went back to the south side of 120 Adelaide W and met up with Bruce and Alex.

Soggy, wet weekend

June 28, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Finally a break in the weather just as the sun is setting. Sandy is still unfledged, but she is showing more interest in leaving. No flight lessons from the adults today, but they are sitting in places where she can see them flying around and showing interest in joining them. Lots of flapping and screaming today, more than I have seen since the start of the watch.  Bed time food delivered by both Rhea Mae and Tiago around 8:30 this evening. Good, eat and go to sleep, Sandy.

Rain, rain, fog and more rain.

June 27, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Sandy remains unfledged. Good thing, not a good day to be taking a first flight. Rain, heavy at times, wind and cool temperatures and then fog rolled in, blocking the view of the ledge from ground level. Sandy spent a lot of time sitting in the frames of the ledge looking out, probably watching for Rhea Mae and Tiago. No food to the ledge this afternoon/evening as far as I could see.  When the fog rolled and the view disappeared, I closed the watch for the night. On web cam view at 9:30, Sandy is seen sitting on the nest tray near the camera.

Much More Active this Morning

June 27, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Harry Crawford Reports:

By 8am, I had Rhea-Mae on the northwest corner of 130 Adelaide W.  Sandy was on the nest ledge.  By 9:30am Sandy was flapping madly and running back and forth behind the nest ledge.  When she stood still long enough, both parents would fly by and try to encourage her off.  Rhea-Mae even flew by with prey - large prey, but no go.  At 10am, both adults joined her on the nest ledge.  Mom stayed for about 15 minutes.  My guess is that Sandy was fed well and she was not seen from street level.  When Alex arrived near noon, he could see someone on the old webcam box using his cell phone.  Then the rain came.

Another Quiet Evening

June 26, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Another quiet evening for the Sheraton Watch. Rhea Mae and Tiago were not seen in the direct area of the Sheraton all evening, but they are sitting high in the neighbourhood.

Sandy did  a very short session of flapping, but that was it. No food to the ledge, no flight lessons. Finally at 9pm, Sandy disappeared out of view, probably went to her ‘bed” for the night.

Rain, steady rain and cool temps are predicted for the weekend.

Afternoon Encouragement

June 26, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Harry Crawford Reports:

From Alex Stepniak

I just got back from the Sheraton. The parents were flying to the ledge and away to coax Sandy. She then went to sleep from 2-3:30 but after that there was some flapping and some running around.

Another Quiet Morning

June 26, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Harry Crawford Reports:

By 8:10am, I had both adults and the juvenile in view.  It looked just like yesterday with a couple of very small early feedings.  By 9:30am, the adults had disappeared from view.  A check from Sheraton 43 couldn’t spot them either.  Sandy spent most of the rest of the morning lying down out of view.  Briefly, around 11am, Rhea-Mae went into the nest ledge and left quickly.  Sandy made an appearance and made a couple of brief vigorous flapping attempts.  I passed the watch to Alex at lunchtime.

Quiet Evening

June 25, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Linda Woods Reports:

Evening two of the Fledge Watch had Sandy doing much of nothing. Sitting around enjoying the view. Rhea Mae and Tiago did not visit her this evening, no food drops, no flight training, but they did have her in view most of the time. She did show some ambition when Rhea Mae and Tiago took a” couples flight” over the east side of the hotel, but that was short lived, and Sandy quieted down and no more activity for the remainder of the evening.

At the close of the evening shift, adults had Sandy in view as she moved away from the open slots and settled down for the night.

Very Quiet Morning

June 25, 2015 - Toronto - Sheraton Centre

Harry Crawford Reports:

Today is the first full day of the Sheraton watch.  By 8am, I had Tiago on the northeast corner of 130 Adelaide W, with Rhea-Mae on the northwest corner of the same building.  Sandy showed herself 10 minutes later on the nest ledge.  About 9am and again a half hour later, it looks like Rhea-Mae made a very small food drop near the nest box.  Sandy disappeared for 10 minutes each time.  Sandy spent a lot of time out of view, probably lying down.

Later in the morning, Sandy could be seen flapping but standing in the same position - not running and flapping.  This happened briefly twice.  Around 11am, Rhea-Mae made two quick trips from 130 Adelaide to the nest box area.  I’m not sure what this was about as it wasn’t a food drop.  Sandy appeared unconcerned.  When I got home at lunchtime, the webcam showed Sandy lying down just east of the big pipe.