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MIDTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

January - February 2005

Sunday February 27, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 6:30am, an adult peregrine was again on the south side of the CIBC building. It was gone by 6:50am and was too small to be the local female. At 11am, the adult female was on the Bloor and Bellair condo spire -- she was gone at 11:25am. For most of the morning before this, this favoured spot was occupied by a crow. From 12:03pm until 12:20pm, the east CIBC antenna was occupied by a red-tailed hawk. The adult male and female peregrines flew in from the west at 5:40pm -- the male to the north-west corner of the CIBC roof and the female to the top of the east CIBC antenna. She moved to the north-west ledge just under the male, at 5:55pm. The male was gone from view at 6:25pm, while the female stayed until well after dark, at 6:40pm.

Saturday February 26, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
An unidentified peregrine was on the south side of the CIBC building briefly at 6:25am before daylight. At 2:38pm, a red-tailed hawk took off from the south-east corner of 77 Bloor West, heading east past the north side of 44 Charles West, and then south near Yonge.

Thursday February 24, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The adult female peregrine was on the Bloor and Bellair condo spire from 7:12am until 7:37am. At the same time, two long blocks away, an adult male was on the top of the east CIBC antenna. The female was back on the condo spire from 5:35pm until 6:05pm.

Monday February 21, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
One of the red-tailed hawks was on the east CIBC antenna at 2:20pm. After a few minutes, it circled above the building and then slowly made its way south-west towards the roof area of 44 Charles West. Seconds later, the adult female peregrine was spotted on the top of the same antenna. She was gone by 3pm.

Sunday February 20, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The adult female peregrine was seen briefly on the north west corner of the CIBC building at 7:00am. Later, at 4:22pm, two adult peregrines were on the west side of the same building -- a male and a female. The female flew around a few times trying to get the male off the ledge but was not successful. She disappeared around 5:20pm and he was gone five minutes later. Yesterday, the female falcon was seen briefly on the top of the south Bay logo at 6:55am.

Friday February 18, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 4:20pm, a red-tailed hawk was circling the CIBC building. It continued this for five minutes and then disappeared around the north side of the building. Just then, the female peregrine zoomed in from the west, circled the CIBC building a couple of times and then spent five minutes hovering motionless above the building. She then slowly headed west, changed her mind by the time she got to Bay Street and took off in a rapid shallow stoop to the south east.

Wednesday December 15, 2004
Brian Campbell reports:
Reports from the Four Seasons Hotel sheds some interesting light on the infamous mid town Toronto peregrines.
After several calls from hotel guests of a feathered visitor spending many hours on their hotel balcony, the staff at the Four Seasons Hotel investigated. while the photo's are not the best, due to the bright sunlight in the background, a few pictures were snapped of one of the adult peregrines roosting on the balcony rails. It was there for several hours, not at all bothered by all the attention from both hotel guests and staff.
(Sadly, it flew off AGAIN before we could get a band number)!!

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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.

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Sunday February 13, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The two red-tailed hawks were in the area today from 11:56am until just after 12:28pm. One was on the north west corner of the CIBC building and the other was on the south Bay logo.

Friday February 11, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 4:17pm, two peregrines, one male and one female, flew from the roof area of the CIBC building south west to the roof area of 44 Charles West.

Wednesday February 09, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The adult female peregrine was on the south west corner of 55 Bloor West from 7:20 until 7:44am. She was on the CIBC building later from 5:20 until 5:34pm.

Monday February 07, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
Two red-tailed hawks were circling above Bloor, between Yonge and Bay at 1:10pm. They were quite low, made a brief stop at 55 Bloor West and then moved to the mid level ledge of the CIBC building on the west side. When I next looked at 1:20pm, the hawks were nowhere to be seen but the adult female peregrine was on the top of the east CIBC antenna. She remained there until 2:10pm.

Sunday February 06, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The adult female peregrine was on the top of the Bloor and Bellair condo spire at 4:05pm and was still there at 4:20pm when I last checked.

Saturday February 05, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
In the early morning light, 7am, the adult female peregrine was on the top of the west CIBC antenna. She was gone by 7:25am. At 5:50pm she was on the top of the condo spire at Bloor and Bellair and was still there at 6pm when there was almost no light.

Friday February 04, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
From 7:08 until 7:50am, the adult female peregrine was first on the south Bay logo and then the top of the east CIBC antenna. The two red-tailed hawks were in the area at 3:58pm. One was on the CIBC building and the other was on the Bay. They were replaced by the adult female peregrine at 4:33pm. She remained visible for only 10 minutes.

Thursday February 03, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The adult female peregrine was on the top of the west CIBC antenna at 5:50pm. She could still be seen 10 minutes later when most of the light was gone.

Wednesday February 02, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 3:10pm, two red-tailed hawks were in the Yonge and Bloor area: one on the south-west corner of the CIBC building, remaining there until 3:45pm, the other on the south-east corner of the Bay roof until at least 4:30pm.

Monday January 31, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 4:40pm, the adult female peregrine flew from the east side of the CIBC building to the roof area of 44 Charles West. At 4:52pm, she was on the condo spire at Bloor and Bellair -- flying south at 5:22pm.

Saturday January 29, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The two red-tailed hawks were on the south balcony of 55 Bloor West at 2:45pm. One of them flew in from the north side of 44 Charles West.

Friday January 28, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
A red-tailed hawk was on the `a` of the south Bay logo at 1:36pm. The female peregrine was on the condo spire at Bloor and Bellair at 3:06pm.

Monday January 24, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The adult female peregrine was on the Bloor and Bellair condo spire at 3:17pm. Shortly after, she circled south and then came back towards the Four Seasons. At 5pm, she was seen circling the CIBC building at Yonge and Bloor, then moving south towards the roof of 44 Charles West.

Sunday January 09, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 11:35am, the adult female peregrine was spotted on the top of the east CIBC antenna. At 12:16 she took up a lower position, probably because of the thick fog. She was gone by 3:15pm.

Saturday January 08, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The female peregrine was standing on the condo spire at Bloor and Bellair in the falling snow from 9:23 until 9:57am. Lessons unlearned, the two red-tailed hawks were back on the east CIBC antenna, a bit lower this time, at 3:50pm. One disappeared shortly after while the remaining one stayed put until 4:10pm when it headed north-east. At 4:35pm, one of the hawks was briefly on the condo spire at Bloor and Bellair.

Friday January 07, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The two red-tailed hawks were on the east CIBC antenna at 1:50pm, one above the other. When I checked ten minutes later, they were gone but the adult female peregrine was slowly circling the building where the hawks were. Satisfied that they were gone, she slowly flew back towards Bloor and Avenue Rd about five minutes later.

Monday January 03, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
Around 9:45am as I was passing Sherbourne and Wellesley, I spotted a red-tailed hawk on the antenna of the apartment building on the south-west corner. At 2:55pm, the adult female peregrine was on the top of the condo spire at Bloor and Bellair. She remained there until just after 3:20pm.

Sunday January 02, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 12:50pm, a red-tailed hawk came in from the east and passed just north of 44 Charles West around the 20th floor level. It started circling above Bay, getting higher and higher. When it passed the 51st floor level it disappeared onto the roof area.

Saturday January 01, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 12:10pm, the adult female peregrine flew from the CIBC building to Bay and Bloor where it started circling. It continued to gain height and eventually moved south to the roof area of 44 Charles West. At 2:47pm, she made a long stoop from there to the roof of the parking garage at the Marriott, two blocks away. She scattered the pigeon population on the way but I couldn`t tell if she was successful as she didn`t reappear.

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