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MIDTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

October - December 2004

Tuesday December 28, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
In the pre-dawn light, around 7:20am, the adult female could be seen on the south side of the CIBC building, riding out the strong north winds. She was gone shortly after 7:46am. At 10:02am, she was spotted high above Bloor and Davenport. She made a stoop to the south-west. At 3:40pm, she was over Bay and Bloor, circling and slowly drifting south above Bay.

Sunday December 26, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
The adult female was on the west side of the CIBC building from 10:55am until 12:18pm when she made a long shallow stoop to the north-west. The heavily falling snow didn`t seem to bother her. At 2:45pm, she was on the south-west corner of the CIBC roof, remaining there for just more than 15 minutes.

Monday December 20, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 2:45pm, a large adult female peregrine was circling above and east of Bay and Davenport. This is likely the same bird that Linda reported staying at the Four Seasons.

Friday December 17, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 4:15pm, an adult female peregrine was being chased from between the CIBC and Bay buildings. They got into a dog fight that continued for at least four minutes. The peregrine came back to the area, landing on the `a` of the south Bay logo. At that time, I noticed the adult male on the `B`. They were both gone by 4:30pm. Earlier in the day, around 1:30pm, a red-tailed hawk was circling just north of 100 Wellesley east. They have been seen briefly almost every day during the last two weeks.

Wednesday December 15, 2004
Linda Woods reports:
A call into the head office the morning from the staff of the Four Seasons Hotel on Avenue Road in downtown Toronto. The staff had received a call from a guest staying on the 29th floor, of an injured bird on the balcony. The hotel staff certainly remembered when Spike and Mandy were attempting to nest on the hotel, and immediately called CPF.

The report from the guest had indicated the bird had been there since before sunrise and appeared to be injured.

When I arrived, I was escorted to the 29th floor guest's room and there on the balcony ledge was a adult female peregrine. Very healthy in appearance, absolutely beautiful colouring with very little malar stripe to mention, I thought it might be "Wind" from the Sheraton Hotel. The bird did very little moving around and focused on watching me, watch her. She did not appear to be too agitated by me near the glass doors, could have been she did not clearly see me through the double doors. Finally she stretched her wings above her head indicating she did not have an wing injury, and few moments after that, she lifted her feathered pantaloons and revealed her legs, NO BANDS. She quickly settled back to her roosting on the balcony wall and about 20 minutes later, something caught her eye and she was off, towards the north-east. Many thanks to the staff of the Four Seasons hotel, for such a keen eye and ongoing concern for the resident Peregrine Falcons.

Sunday December 5, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
The two red-tailed hawks were seen circling above Bay and Bloor at 11:15am. One eventually landed on the condo spire at Bloor and Bellair. One of them spent 15 minutes on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 12:28pm.

Wednesday December 1, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 3:45pm, I noticed two red-tailed hawks on the east facing logo of the Bay building. They were taking turns diving off the logo and quickly returning. They didn`t appear to be chasing anything in particular but just looked like they were playing.

Monday November 29, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
Two red-tailed hawks were circling above Yonge and Bloor at 2:48pm while one was on the south side of the Bay. The one on the Bay was encouraged to join the other two and then there were three of them circling slowly. Pigeons were leaving the area in droves. At 2:56pm, two of the hawks started to drift south towards the roof area of 44 Charles West. The third took up the east CIBC antenna and was still there at 4pm.

Monday November 22, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A solitary red-tailed hawk was spotted on the south east corner of the Bay building roof at 8:25am. It was there again from 3:15 until 3:45pm and finally again at 4:25pm.

Sunday November 21, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 11:25am, 3 red-tailed hawks were circling above Bay and Bloor. They drifted north west but 2 shortly came back to the Yonge and Bloor area. One took up the top of the west CIBC antenna and the other, the south facing Bay logo.

Saturday November 20, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
When I was passing Sherbourne and Wellesley just after 10am, I saw what looked like a red-tailed hawk or possibly a female peregrine on the antenna of the apartment building on the south west corner. There was too much drizzle to tell for sure.

Friday November 19, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A female peregrine was on the north east corner of the mechanical room of 80 Bloor West at 7:30am -- one building west of Bay. 10 minutes later, a pair of kestrels were zipping around the west and south logos of the CIBC building. Two red-tailed hawks were on the south CIBC logo at 2:48p, when I returned to the area. A few minutes later, one of them flew to the roof area of 44 Charles West.

Thursday November 18, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
8:25am found a solitary red-tailed hawk guarding the south east corner of the Bay roof at Yonge and Bloor.

Tuesday November 16, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A male peregrine was on the south side of the CIBC building from 6:55am until 7:30am when it took off to the north towards St. Clair. An adult female was on the Bloor and Bellair condo spire at 8:05am. She was still there when I left for work at 8:35am. Through the scope, she was seen to have a salmon flush to her breast area and looked quite similar to Mandy. Yesterday, at 4:40pm, a kestrel was on a diesel vent on the roof of 55 Bloor West.

Sunday November 14, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 4:06pm, both red-tailed hawks were circling above the CIBC building, one moving slowly west above Bloor. At 4:34pm, one was on the east CIBC antenna.

Saturday November 13, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
The two red-tailed hawks were seen circling above 77 Bloor West at 7:10am. They then drifted east above Charles West, heading towards the Roger`s complex. At 1:48pm, the two hawks were sitting shoulder to shoulder on the south-west corner of the CIBC building. They remained there until 2:15pm.

Friday November 12, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 1:26pm, a red-tailed hawk was seen circling above Yonge and Bloor, slowly drifting south-east towards the Roger`s complex. Two red-tailed hawks were on the tops of both CIBC antennae at 3:50pm and remained there for five minutes. At 4:25pm a peregrine flew south from Bloor and passed the east side of 44 Charles West. At the same time, two red-tailed hawks were scattering pigeons between and to the north of the Bay and Marriott. All were in view of each other but no aggression was seen.

Tuesday November 9, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 8:40am, a red-tailed hawk was seen on the `a` of the south facing Bay logo at Yonge and Bloor. Five minutes later it was scattering pigeons on the U of T married student`s residence on Charles West near Yonge.

Monday November 8, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A red-tailed hawk was circling above Bay and Bloor at 3:10pm. It drifted slowly to the east and eventually landed on the west side of the CIBC building. It remained there until around 3:45pm, watching the first flurries in the downtown area this season.

Sunday November 7, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 1:53pm a red-tailed hawk was hovering above the CIBC building in the high winds. At 3:32pm it flew in from the west and landed on the red crane at Yorkville and Yonge. In previous weeks, the pair of hawks have been using this crane as their personal jungle gym. Later, at 4:27pm, the hawk was circling above Bay and Bloor and eventually landed on the Bloor and Bellair condo spire.

Saturday November 6, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A red-tailed hawk was spotted on the Bloor and Bellair condo spire at 7:15am. A few minutes later it flew off towards the north west. It was back on the spire at 8:03am and at 8:08 it made a long shallow stoop east past the north side of 44 Charles West. Seconds later it was heading back west with a pigeon in its talons. Not only that, it was being chased and attacked by a pigeon -- likely the mate of the unfortunate one! They flew up Bay, quite low, with the hawk`s rusty red tail clearly visible. It was again on the condo spire later at 9:22am.

Friday November 5, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
At 4:12pm, a red-tailed hawk was circling high above Yonge and Bloor. It then moved south to the roof area of 44 Charles West.

Wednesday November 3, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
Two kestrels were on the south east corner of 77 Bloor West at 8:25am. Shortly after, only one was seen on the south west corner of the same building.

Monday November 1, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A red-tailed hawk was on the condo spire at Bellair and Bloor at 7:25am.

Saturday October 30, 2004
Danielle Torres reports:
I work on the 24th floor of the CIBC building at Yonge and Bloor in downtown Toronto and we see the same pair of falcons almost every single day. They are beautiful and they come so close to our windows. Thanks.

Monday October 4, 2004
Harry Crawford reports:
A large adult female was trying in vain to land on the top of the two CIBC antennae at 7:12am. The wind was very strong and she had to settle for one of the lower cross-pieces of the west antenna instead. At 7:20am she took off to the north-east in the direction of Yonge and Church.

 

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