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MIDTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

March - April 2003

Wednesday April 30, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: A male and female peregrine were circling just to the west and then north of the CIBC building for about a minute at 5:15pm. I thought they were just playing until a few minutes later, at 5:36pm, the male was vigorously chasing the female to the west. He dove on her three times, possibly striking her twice. It must have been an intruder. He spent a brief time on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 5:41pm.

Sunday April 20, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: At 7:38am, the female peregrine was on the north west corner of the CIBC roof. She was bobbing her head quite a bit and quickly moved to the north west corner ledge, disappearing at 7:52am. The male took up the same location from 9:58am until 10:25am. He was back in the same spot at 3:02pm, moved to the west ledge for 5 minutes of sunbathing (lying completely down on his chest with wings outstretched), moved back to the north west corner and disappeared from view at 3:43pm. At 5:25pm he shared the south roof ledge with two nervous pigeons for a couple of minutes and finally took up the north west corner again between 7:28pm and 7:45pm. Earlier in the morning at 7:15am, a female kestrel was on 77 Bloor West.

Saturday April 19, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The male peregrine was on the north west corner of the CIBC building from 9:38am until 9:56am. He was back in the same location at 8:31pm and could still be seen there at 8:45pm, well after dark.

Thursday April 17, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The male peregrine was feeding on the west side of the CIBC building at 2:30pm. He left just after 3:00pm, leaving a portion of his meal behind. He returned at 6:21pm to continue feeding, moved to the top of the west logo at 7:40pm and went back to feeding at 8:00pm. At that point, the female flew in and landed on the west side of the CIBC building also. Both were gone from view in about a minute and a half. At 8:16pm the male returned and moved into a west concrete slot for the night. He could still be seen after dark, at 8:35pm.

Tuesday April 15, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The male peregrine was on the west side of the CIBC building at 7:58pm. He was still there at 8:50pm, long after dark. Earlier, at 2:30pm, 3 turkey vultures were slowly circling above Bay and Bloor. They slowly moved to the north west.

Monday April 14, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: An unidentified peregrine flew from the north side of the CIBC building in a north westerly direction towards St. Clair and Avenue Rd. at 6:40am. The male was on the north west corner of the CIBC building from 3:05pm until 3:17pm and in a west CIBC slot from 6:03pm until 6:32pm. One of the peregrines was 'hanging' in the wind above the CIBC building at 6:43pm, likely the male.

Monday April 7, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The female peregrine was circling just west of the CIBC building at 1:45pm. She eventually took up the west CIBC logo and remained there until just after 3:45pm. She was back in the same location at 4:12pm in the driving show, remaining there until after 6:30pm. The male appeared on the same spot at 7:15pm and moved into a west slot at 7:35pm.

Saturday April 5, 2003
Margaret Omnet reports: 1.30 pm: a falcon was sitting on the antenna of 44 Dundonald. It was being dive bombed by a few irate seagulls but they didn't get too close. Shortly after, it flew around sending all the pigeons into a tizzy. It flew off to the north east and I lost sight of it. Don't think it caught a pigeon, it didn't seem to be trying very hard. That is the first sighting in quite a while, I expect it was one of the Yonge/Bloor falcons.

Sunday March 30, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: At 8:07am, the female peregrine was on the top of the south CIBC logo. At 8:25am she was circling above her previous location and then headed south towards the roof of 44 Charles St. West. The male was seen feeding on the south side of the CIBC building from 2:16pm until 2:32pm. He was replaced by the female at the same location, who remained there until 4:51pm. The female was on the top of the south CIBC logo from 6:31pm until 6:58pm.

Saturday March 29, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The male was seen briefly on the north west corner of the CIBC roof at 2:58pm.

Friday March 28, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The female peregrine arrived on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 7:38am. She was joined by the male at 8:31am and they chased each other around for a while before returning to the building. He went into a concrete slot just above her. The male disappeared from view at 9:40am and the female at 9:56am, likely to the north side of the building. One peregrine flew from the north side of the CIBC building towards Bloor and Avenue Rd. at 9:22am. Later, at 10:56am, I found the female on the top of the Bay antenna. She left there at 11:05am. The male occupied the north west corner of the CIBC building from 2:55pm until 3:40pm.

Monday March 24, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The local female was on the north west corner of the CIBC building from 9:35am until 9:40am. A check of the Yorkville area didn't turn up any peregrines. There is window washing equipment hanging down the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel, on the adjacent balcony to the west of the potential nest balcony.

Sunday March 23, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The male peregrine was on the north west corner of the CIBC building from 5:58pm until 6:15pm. I didn't see the female around.

Saturday March 22, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The female was seen on the north west corner of the CIBC building from 7:24am until 7:38am and on the north west corner of the roof of the same building from 2:14pm and 3:22pm.

Friday March 21, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The female was first seen on the west side of the CIBC building in the fog at 8:43am. She was joined by the male at 9:16am. They made a couple of trips to the east, circling and playing with each other, returning to the CIBC building each time. The male flew over to the TD Waterhouse logo on the north side of 77 Bloor West at 10:30am while the female was gone by 11:40am. The female was back in the same location from 12:28pm and 4:45pm and again briefly at 5:28pm.

Thursday March 20, 2003
Alan Kirschbaum reports: 11:20 A.M. One of the peregrines just visited Queen's Park. It was sitting on the Whitney block and was vocalizing loudly before it flew off.

Harry Crawford reports: The local female was briefly seen in the fog on the west side of the CIBC building at 8:00am; on the south Bay logo at 8:49am; on the west side of the CIBC building from 9:53am until 10:19am and on the north west corner of the CIBC roof at 10:42am, just beside the unused swing stage. Later, at 1:50pm, she was on the west side of the CIBC building, remaining there until disappearing from view at 6:20pm.

Wednesday March 19, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The adult female spent a good part of the day on the west side of the CIBC building just under the swing stage that was hanging from the roof. She was first seen at 8:55am and last at 3:42pm. At 12:47pm she was circling and playing with a male peregrine. This apparent courtship behaviour lasted about 10 minutes. At 2:15pm a large raptor was seen circling just north of Sherborne and Bloor, likely a red-tailed hawk. At 5:42pm, both the male and female were on adjacent segments on the west side of the CIBC building. After dark, one could be seen in a west concrete slot.

Tuesday March 18, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: At 10:50am, a red-tailed hawk was scattering pigeons above Charles and Yonge. Yesterday, the female falcon was seen briefly on the north east corner of the CIBC roof at 1:19pm. Workers are on both the CIBC and Bay buildings, complete with swing stages, keeping the falcon away. I checked Yorkville and found fresh wash on the north side of the Four Seasons Hotel.

Sunday March 16, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The local female started out on the north west corner of the CIBC roof at 6:08am (somewhat unusual), moved to the top of the west logo at 6:22am and disappeared from view at 6:50am. She was on the west side of the building at 7:08am and disappeared from view to the north at 7:22am. 7:38am found her on the top of the west CIBC antenna, remaining there until 8:11am. She was seen circling around the CIBC building at 12:12pm.

Saturday March 15, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: Today, the local female was on the top of the west CIBC logo from 6:04am until 7:18am. She was on the north east corner of 77 Bloor West at 1:37pm, moved to the south west corner of 55 Bloor West at 1:48pm and quickly flew down to the centre of the roof of that building a few minutes later, presumable to play in the water there.

Friday March 14, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: At 6:22am the local female was on the top of the south Bay logo, moved to the top of the west CIBC logo at 6:38am and disappeared from view at 8:43am. She was back in the same location at 10:38am with a full crop and was still there at 12:54pm when I left the area. At 6:20pm she moved into a south CIBC slot for the night.

Thursday March 13, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The local female was on the west side of the CIBC building from 6:25am until 11:20am. She was back in the same location at 12:27pm sporting a full crop, indicating a successful hunt and feeding. She moved to the top of the west logo at 2:15pm, the south side of the building at 4:12pm and finally into a south concrete slot for the night at 6:20pm.

Wednesday March 12, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The local female was first seen at 8:46am, on the south Bay logo. She moved to the south CIBC logo at 11:30am, remaining there until 6:02pm when she moved into a south slot for the night. I first spotted the male at 9:00am on the south CIBC logo. He quickly moved into a south CIBC slot, changed slots at 11:00am and finally disappeared from view at 11:30am.

Monday March 10, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The local female was on the south side of the CIBC building from 8:06am until she moved to the top of the south Marriott logo at 8:30am. She was gone from view at 9:30am.

Sunday March 9, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The local female was on the top of the south CIBC logo from 6:45am until just after 8:00am. Later, at 9:53am she was on the south Bay logo, moved to the south Marriott logo at 11:50am and finally disappeared from view at 4:10pm. Yesterday, I found her on the north TD Waterhouse logo, 77 Bloor West, at 12:54pm.

Friday March 7, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The local female was first seen circling the Yonge and Bloor area, disappearing to the north side of the CIBC building. She was on the north east corner of 77 Bloor West at 8:28am and disappeared off the north end of the building at 8:54am, likely to the TD Waterhouse logo there. She was briefly on the top of the west CIBC logo between 9:08am and 9:18am. At 6:12pm she moved into a south CIBC concrete slot, quickly changed slots and was there for the night. I didn't see any evidence of the male being around, after a search of the area earlier in the day.

Thursday March 6, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The local female was on the west side of the CIBC building at first light, 6:30am and remained there until 10:05am. She was back in the same location at 10:28am and was joined by a male at 11:08am. He shared the same ledge segment with her. At 11:15am he moved to the north west corner of the roof and disappeared 5 minutes later. At 11:15am she moved to the top of the west CIBC logo and remained there until around 1pm. She was back in the area from 2:15 until 3:14pm and from 5:12pm until 6:16pm when she moved into a south CIBC slot for the night, alone. I couldn't tell if it was the same male as last year but she certainly didn't seem to mind his presence.

Wednesday March 5,, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The female peregrine spent the morning trying to stay out of the falling snow. At first light, 6:40am, she was on the bottom of the 'B' of the south facing Bay logo. She disappeared around 11:22am. She was on the top of the south CIBC logo from 3:00pm until 4:30pm and back on the south side of the same building at 4:45pm. When I last checked at 6:00pm she was still there.

Tuesday March 4,, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: At 10:03am the female peregrine was feeding on the north east corner of 77 Bloor West, TD Waterhouse. At 12:10pm she put on a rather spectacular aerial show: She would pick a bird off the top of the CIBC building and chase it for a while. When the panicking pigeon disappeared, she would go back for another. This was repeated four times. Between bouts she rested on the top of both antenna tops on the CIBC building. She finally chased one out of view, towards Bloor and Avenue Rd. It looked like she was just practicing or playing or perhaps, just exercising her pigeons. There didn't appear to be any serious attempt to actually capture any of them.

Monday March 3,, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The female peregrine was seen at dawn (6:32am) on the top of the 'y' of the south facing Bay logo. She remained there in the absolute bitter cold until almost noon. She later made a brief appearance at 5:01pm, flying in from the west to the north side of the CIBC building out of view. Unfortunately, I didn't see where she was planning to spend the night.

Sunday March 2,, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The Yonge and Bloor peregrine was on the south side of the CIBC building from 2:50pm until 5:27pm when she moved into a south CIBC slot for the night.

Saturday March 1,, 2003
Harry Crawford reports: The female peregrine was on the west side of the CIBC building from 10:33 until 11:52am. Between 2:43 and 3:55pm she was on the north east corner of 77 Bloor West before moving to the top of the west CIBC logo. She was out of view at 4:58pm. She took up the top of the west CIBC antenna from 5:09 until 5:44pm.

 

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