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MIDTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

July - September 2004

Tuesday September 21, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
An adult female was on the top of the mast of the condo at Belair and Bloor between 5:53pm and 7:14pm with a brief disappearance between 6:12pm and 6:20pm. She spent the whole time facing south and doesn't appear to be the same bird as yesterday.

Monday September 20, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
After not seeing any peregrine activity for a week and a half, I was surprised to see a female on the north west corner of the CIBC building this morning just before dawn at 6:43am. She gradually migrated along the west roof edge to the south west corner before disappearing at 7:26am. At this time, she flew quickly to the north west, towards Bathurst and St. Clair. Even with the scope, there wasn't enough light to identify her as a juvenile, but I still think she was. The areas she stood in were not normally used by peregrines familiar with the area.

Wednesday September 8, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 8:52am, a peregrine flew north east from the roof area of 717 Bay, The Liberties condo, scattering pigeons in its path. It disappeared in the little park at College Park. Later, at 6:20pm, a peregrine was on the top of the east antenna of the Yonge and Bloor CIBC building. Five minutes later, it flew south towards the roof area of 44 Charles West.

Tuesday September 7, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
Yesterday`s adult female was back again today. She was on the west side of the CIBC building at 7am, moved to the west logo at 7:08 and finally disappeared from view just after 7:42am.

Monday September 6, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A peregrine was circling Bay and Bloor at 7:25am, moved over to Yonge and Bloor and then moved south towards the roof area of 44 Charles West. It was either a large adult male or small female. A few minutes later, at 7:34am, she was on the north west corner of the CIBC building. At 8:04am, she flew east past my window carrying prey and disappeared south towards the UofT residences at Yonge and Charles West. At 8:40am a peregrine flew from the north side of the CIBC building south, to the roof area of 44 Charles West.

Sunday September 5, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 9am, an immature peregrine was on the north west corner of the CIBC building. After a great stretch at 10:20am, it flew south towards the 44 Charles West roof. During this time, at 9:04am, an immature male was circling above 55 Bloor West, quickly disappearing to the north. There was considerable kestrel activity in the area at the same time but no interaction was seen. Yesterday, a red-tailed hawk ruled the territory.

Friday September 3, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
An adult female was on the top of the west CIBC logo from 5:18pm until around 6pm.

Tuesday August 31, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 7:27am, what appeared to be an immature peregrine was on the north west corner of the CIBC building. Unfortunately I couldn`t determine the sex. It was last seen in that location at 8:05am.

Monday August 30, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
What appeared to be an adult female was on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 6:48am. This was a brief sighting. At 6:52am a peregrine was on the Bloor and Belair condo mast. A few minutes later another bird flew in from the south and they both continued north, out of view. One was back on the mast, or whatever it`s called, from 6:55am until 7:12am. At 8:06am, one flew from the east over Bay and Bloor and landed on the mast. It left there shortly after 8:30am.

Saturday August 28, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A large peregrine, likely female, was on the north west corner of the CIBC building from 6:44am until 7:08am when she relocated to the roof corner above her. She was gone from view at 7:18am.

Linda Woods reports: "Wind is spotted in the Midtown area" An early morning phone call from Bruce alerted me to two Peregrines directly outside my apartment building. One adult is seen on the Eaton Wing of Toronto General Hospital, south side. Vocalizing could be heard from a second but not seen until a few minutes later when it flew to the area of the adult. The adult had prey and the juvenile was more than happy to take it off her "hands" While the juvenile fed I was able to see the band colours off the adult and combining that with the indistinct malar markings of the adult, I am positive it is Wind. I was able to see the juvenile had a black band. Unfortunately, with the flat light and the birds sitting just a squeak too far for the scope to read the band numbers. Both birds returned to this area of University and Gerrard Sts. again this evening only this time to the National Life building. I am slowly being convinced that the bird that has been frequenting the National Life building for the past few years may have been Wind. Wind likes to sit on the rails that are beside the logo on the north side of the building. This evening while the juvenile fed on the east side of Mt. Sinai Hospital, Wind was on the north-east corner of 425 University Ave. I am very curious as to which juvenile is still dependant on the adult for food. One interesting note for identification, this juvenile has light coloured markings on the back of the head and has the illusion of a second "face".

Friday August 27, 2004
Linda Woods reports:
2:00p.m. Peregrine on the City Hall antenna and then over to the "H" on the north side of the Hilton Hotel. 6:30p.m. After reading Harry's observations I thought I would go up to the roof of my building and take a peek. As I arrived on the roof area, an young peregrine was flying directly over my head. It was close enough to see that it was a juvenile. I tracked it as it flew on the west side of University Ave. above Mt. Sinai Hospital, Ontario Power Generation and eventually drifted north above College St. into Queens Park and north to Bloor St. Finally I was able to see two peregrines in the Bloor and Bay St. area flying between CIBC building and The Bay building. at 7:00p.m. one set down on the north-west corner of the CIBC building.

Thursday August 26, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 6:42pm a peregrine was seen chasing a gull away from the CIBC building. Having removed the gull, it then circled the building a few times and disappeared to somewhere on the north side. By 7:02pm, one peregrine was on the top of the east CIBC antenna, likely a female, and another was on the south west roof corner. They both disappeared around to the north side at 7:49pm. With the haze, it was impossible to tell the ages of these birds. At 7:56pm, what looked like an immature male, was circling the same building. It was a very dark bird.

Friday August 20, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
An adult female was on the spire of the condo at Bloor and Belair starting at 6:30am and was still there when I left for work at 8:30am. She spent the whole time facing south towards Queen`s Park.

Thursday August 19, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
The sky above Davenport between Avenue Road and Yonge was occupied by three playful peregrines for about 20 minutes beginning at 6:08pm. They were chasing each other, circling, diving and at least twice, touching talons. They were too far away to identify sex and age and they were moving far too fast. Later, at 8:20pm, a peregrine was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West for a brief time.

Tuesday August 10, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
An adult female was on the spire of the condo at Bloor and Belair from 7:19 until 7:30am. An adult female, likely the same one as in the morning, was on the south west corner of 77 Bloor West from 7:45 until 8:10pm.

Monday August 9, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 6:37am, a large female juvenile flew from Yonge and Bloor over to the south east corner of 77 Bloor West. After a few minutes, she flew back from where she came from. This was a magnificent, very large bird! Finally, she headed south, toward the roof area of 44 Charles West. At 7:20am, a peregrine was on the south west roof corner of the CIBC building. It remained there until 8am. It may have been the same bird as earlier but looked a bit smaller.

An immature female was seen midway up the east CIBC antenna at 3:48pm. She flew south, to the roof area of 44 Charles West a few minutes later. An adult female was on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West at 4:08pm. She spent a lot of time vocalising. A juvenile male joined her at 4:57pm. Shortly after, both put on an incredible display of precision flying. They even touched talons a few times. Around 5:30pm, they returned to 77 Bloor West with mother on the north east corner and son on the south east corner. They disappeared from time to time, likely taking over the roof area of the building. By 6:45pm, both were gone from view.

Sunday August 8, 2004
Linda Woods reports:
11:15 a.m. - Adult female and juvenile female are seeing in the area of University Ave. and Gerrard St. While the adult is landing on various buildings in this area i.e.: east side of Mt. Sinai (nest tray ledge), Toronto General, National Life (on the rails beside the north facing logo). I can only assume that this is Wind and the Tornado from the Sheraton site. It is curious to note that these are the same "resting spots" that Mandy and Windwhistler used in the spring time three years ago.

Harry Crawford reports: At 12:48pm, I spotted three peregrines soaring and playing just north of 44 Charles West. At times they came quite close to the windows and made sharp turns. All I could determine was that at least two of them were juveniles. Interestingly, at the same time yesterday, the territory was occupied by a red-tailed hawk.

Friday August 6, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 7:55am, a peregrine was seen hunting above Yonge and Bloor. It eventually disappeared to the west, above Bloor.

Thursday July 22, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A female peregrine was seen on the top of the east CIBC antenna at 6:34am. She spent a fair amount of time stretching her wings and then took off towards the roof of 44 Charles West.

Wednesday July 21, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 2:35pm an adult female was circling just north of 44 Charles West. It made a few landings on the roof area of 55 Bloor West but didn`t stay there. She resumed her previous activity and on her last circuit, was joined by two juveniles, male and female. All three disappeared to the south shortly after. Unfortunately, I couldn`t see if they were banded.

Tuesday July 20, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A juvenile was seen briefly on the south roof ledge of the CIBC building this morning at 7:03. At 6:23pm, an adult female was on the very top of the east CIBC antenna.

Monday July 19, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 5:03pm, I noticed two peregrines on the CIBC building roof edges. One was an adult female and the other, a juvenile male. A few minutes later, the juvenile flew off and was joined by a second juvenile, this time a female. They chased each other around and circled the building below roof level, several times. By 5:45pm, both were settled down on the CIBC roof area with their mother after making landings on both the Bay and Marriott. Then the juvenile female tried to displace her mother and all three were then off giving a spectacular aerial show of precision flying. By 5:52pm, they were gone from view.

Friday July 16, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A pair of adult peregrines were slowly circling just above the CIBC building at 5:13pm. This is the first peregrine sighting in the area in nearly a month. They didn`t land but continued slowly to the north. Earlier, a red-tailed hawk lounged on the west side of the building.

 

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