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MIDTOWN TORONTO ARCHIVES

October - December 2005

Saturday December 31, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The adult male was seen on and around the CIBC building starting at 11:08am until 4:26pm. The female did not appear to be in the area during that time.

Friday December 30, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
Both adult peregrines were seen in the area almost continuously from 7:32am until 4:36pm. This conflicts with sightings from Jan and Linda where they had the downtown birds in view at the same time. Therefore, the Yonge and Bloor birds are not the downtown ones! I guess we will now have to find out if they are the ones from Yonge and Eglinton.

Today, the birds' base of operation was again the CIBC building. They did move around a lot and at one time, the female was trying to land on a window ledge at 77 Bloor West. The male was seen feeding earlier at 7:32am. Feathers were raining down on the Yonge and Bloor intersection.

Thursday December 29, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
The red-tailed hawks have now been replaced by a pair of peregrines. At 8:00am, the adult male was in a south CIBC slot, quickly moved to the south ledge and then was gone from view by 8:20am. The adult female was circling above and south of the CIBC building at the same time and by 8:20am, was on the south west corner of the roof. She was still there when I left the area at 8:30am. Later, the male was on the south side of the same building at 1:30pm.

Wednesday December 28, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
Both red-tailed hawks were slowly circling above Bay and Cumberland at 9:45am. One eventually landed on the north Bay logo and the other retired to the north east corner of 60 Bloor West. At 1:45pm, they were both on the south west corner of the CIBC building, mid way up the building.

Monday December 26, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
An adult male peregrine has been hanging about the area for the last three days. Today, he was first seen on the south side of the CIBC building from 7:54 until 8:42am. Later, he was seen scattering pigeons in the same area around 2pm. At 3:35pm, he was with an adult female on and around the CIBC building. The female was somewhat darker in the chest area and looked very much like Mandy. Perhaps Windwhistler-Spike and Mandy were back, checking out their old territory. Yesterday, the male was on the west CIBC logo at 4:18pm and Saturday, on the east CIBC antenna at 8:25am.

Wednesday December 14, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
A red-tailed hawk was seen slowly making its way from Bay towards Yonge above Bloor at 8:25am. It then turned south. I have had a number of reports of hawk sightings in and just south of Queen's Park in the last seven days.

Monday December 05, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
Well, it appears that we have a peregrine spending his nights on the CIBC building at Yonge and Bloor. It looks like a male but could be a small female. He arrives after dark and moves into one of the concrete slots on the south side of the building and he is gone before dawn. I'm not quite sure what made me look last Friday but there he was. This was repeated up to and including last night. He is probably the adult male from King Street as I seem to recall seeing this sort of thing last winter.

Monday November 07, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 7:22am, a red-tailed hawk hung motionless in the strong wind above the CIBC building. An adult male kestrel was on one of the ventilators on the top of 55 Bloor West at 3:32pm. Yesterday at 1:25pm, a red-tailed hawk was circling slowly above Yonge and Bloor. All sightings were brief.

Saturday November 05, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 8am, both red-tailed hawks were on the west side of the CIBC building. When I was at Yonge and Wellesley at 8:50am, I saw that one had moved to the top of the Bay antenna and the other one was on the top of the tallest antenna of 44 Charles St. W (Manulife Centre). 3:48pm found an adult peregrine falcon circling above the CIBC building, drifting north in ever larger circles, likely hunting.

Sunday October 30, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
An unidentified adult peregrine was on the top of the Bloor and Bellair condo spire for about 20 minutes at 7am. Yesterday, the two red-tailed hawks were on the south east corner of the CIBC building from 1:25 until 1:50pm.

Wednesday October 26, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 9am, two red-tailed hawks were circling above Jarvis and Carlton, scattering the local pigeons. Shortly after, two red-tails were seen circling above Bay and Davenport, likely the same hawks. At 1:25pm a single red-tail was hovering above the CIBC building. Yesterday at early dawn, 7:35am, a raptor was on the west side of the CIBC building. It was smaller than the hawks and likely a peregrine. As soon as it was light, it was gone from view.

Monday October 24, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
Both red-tailed hawks were in the Yonge and Bloor area again today. They were around the CIBC building from 7:55am until 8:30am. One was on the south CIBC logo for about 10 minutes at 2:25pm and both were back in the same area for a brief time at 3:37pm.

Sunday October 23, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
Both red-tailed hawks were visible on the west and south sides of the CIBC building between 1:18pm and 2:50pm. They took up various positions.

Saturday October 22, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
One of the red-tails was on the south west corner of the CIBC building at 11:05am in the drizzle. It was joined by the second hawk at 11:30 and both of them moved to the top of the west facing logo. They were gone from view by 12:30pm. At 3:06pm, both hawks were on the south west corner, mid way up the CIBC building. At 3:25pm, only one was visible, this time on the west CIBC logo. It was out of view shortly after. Yesterday, the male peregrine was seen briefly on the top of the CIBC east antenna.

Thursday October 20, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
An unidentified peregrine falcon, likely an adult male, was on the south side of the CIBC building in the early dawn at 7:15am. He may have spent the night there. At 8:20am, he had moved to the top of the Bloor and Bellair condo spire and was still there when I left for work at 8:35am. When I returned at 5:30pm, he was midway up the west CIBC antenna. He was gone from view by 6:40pm.

Tuesday October 18, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
When I got home at 5:30pm, there was a red-tailed hawk sitting on the lower part of the second 'C' of the south facing CIBC logo. It was gone by 6pm. Yesterday, a red-tail was circling above the CIBC building at 4:30pm.

Sunday October 16, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 4:23pm, a red-tailed hawk was in the sky above Bloor Street, heading from Yonge towards Avenue Road. It was slowly circling and probably hunting. At 5:02pm, a kestrel was seen chasing a flock of small birds above Bay and Bloor. Both red-tails were circling high above Bloor and Avenue Road at 5:53pm.

Saturday October 15, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 8:30am, a red-tailed hawk was hovering motionless over the CIBC building. It eventually spent time on the top of both CIBC antennae. 12:05pm found one red-tail slowly circling above Bay and Davenport and the other red-tail hovering over the CIBC building. This was again seen at 5:15pm with both hawks. At 5:38pm, one hawk was circling the CIBC building below roof level with a huge bright rainbow as background in the eastern sky.

Wednesday October 12, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
At 4:00pm, I spotted the two red-tails on the west side of the CIBC building. They disappeared from view around 4:45pm. Yesterday, one was on the top of the south CIBC logo at 1:25pm

Zoe Berger reports: Around 4pm I was walking on Church east of Yonge (past the Canadian Tire parking lot) and I looked up to see a flock of pigeons being chased by both red tails. In the background was the CIBC, Bay and that huge condo building. They swirled around and around - it was like ballet. The hawks were on opposite ends of the flock. This went on for a long time - with no kill (thankfully). The flock finally disappeared and the two hawks took off west and quickly came back and went west again out of sight. I started walking and turned around to see one come back and land on the bottom of the "y" of the Bay. About a minute later the other one came back and landed in the "v" of the "y", just above the other one. Stunning!!

Monday October 10, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
A red-tailed hawk was seen briefly at 7:45am on the CIBC building. At 2:26pm, an adult female peregrine falcon was slowly circling above the CIBC building. It appeared to be hunting. She eventually landed on the top of the east CIBC antenna and remained there for about fifteen minutes.

Sunday October 09, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
Today was a repeat of yesterday. Both red-tails were on the CIBC building most of the day, starting at 8:25am and last seen around 3:20pm. One of them spent a lot of time lying down. You would not have been able to see it from street level.

Saturday October 08, 2005
Harry Crawford reports:
Red-tailed hawks have returned to the Yonge and Bloor area once again. One was seen on and around the CIBC building beginning at 1:47pm. It was joined by the second one at 5:10pm. Both were gone from view by 6:20pm. The second bird spent most of the time lying down on the south west corner, taking in the sun.

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