Nesting Turkey Vultures in Toronto

by Anonymous
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Turkey Vulture in flight

Turkey Vulture in flight

A pair of Turkey Vultures are nesting on one of the lower (layered) roofs of the office building on the SE corner of Sherbourne and Bloor, in Toronto.

I was walking on the other side of Bloor when I noticed one of the birds stretching its wings, as it perched on the edge of the roof and surveyed the area.

Then it took off. While its partner took up the watching location, small, fluffy white feathers rose from the roof area.

Obviously there is a nest, perhaps with babies.

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Lone Turkey Vulture at Wonderland
by: Steve

I saw a Turkey Vulture snacking on roadkill on the road leading out of Wonderland, toward the highway. It was in the middle of the road, and flew toward the park as I approached.

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Turkey Vultures near Bellwoods Park Toronto
by: Anonymous

I saw a pair of Turkey Vultures on top of a Queen West apartment building across from Bellwoods Park on June 8th 2022

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West End
by: Anonymous

There is a large family of about 10 Vultures I see flying every day by the Humber River, Dundas west area.

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Urban Turkey Vulture
by: Anonymous

Just saw a lone Turkey Vulture at the level of 40th floor soaring between the condo buildings at the bottom of Yonge St at the lake. Never noticed them in the area before.

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West Humber Trail, south of Rexdale Blvd north of 401
by: Steve

Largest bird I've ever seen. It was standing next to the path, foraging, perhaps for carrion. Not much bothered by my presence, but as I fumbled to get my phone out to take a pic, it ran off into the bush, didn't take flight, just flutterd a bit and continued foraging. I thought it was a Wild Turkey but multiples the size of the largest I've ever seen. It had a red head, but body not deep black. In retrospect, it was hunched over just like the ones you see in Far Side. No sign of partners, it may have been recently eased from the nest.

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Toronto Island Spotting
by: Ares

Couldn't believe my eyes, spotted two on the Toronto Island during the early afternoon on May 6 2021. They are quite majestic!

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Vultures in Pickering, Ontario
by: Anonymous

Saw 4 Turkey vultures in Pickering, Ontario.
They were literally crossing the street. This is my second encounter with them. Caught on camera!

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Turkey vulture in Parkdale on Sept 16
by: Anonymous

Juvenile turkey vulture flying in the sky around Queen and Beaty Ave. Head wasn't reddish yet, still closer to brown. Perched on the church on the corner and was flying around from north to south. Had an interaction with the Parkdale hawk it seemed, too, although I didn't get a good look at the hawk because of the sun. Possibly what I thought was the hawk was another younger, smaller turkey vulture. Beautiful bird.

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Mt Pleasant Cemetery
by: Anonymous

Saw one settling in on the north edge of Mt Pleasant Cemetery this evening at about 7:30 pm

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Turkey Vulture in Regent Park
by: Anonymous

I just saw a Turkey Vulture circling in Regent Park and then it headed north to Cabbagetown.

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Turkey Vulture In North York
by: Bird Man

Today I saw two Turkey Vultures just off of the bike path that runs under the hydro lines between Finch and Cummer. I was riding my skateboard when I saw two huge black birds in the middle of the big field. At first I was like wtf? Is that a turkey? Cuz it looked just like one. Then they both flew away as I got closer on the path. I tried to get a picture but I was unsuccessful at getting a good one. Largest bird in the city by far. Crazy wing span.

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4 Turkey Vultures in Parkdale
by: Lena

Around 6 pm today soaring above Queen by Landsdowne 4 Turkey Vultures! They were flying low and you could really see their wingspan. They were heading west, circled the apartment building parking lots on Triller off of Queen, then went towards High Park. I didn't notice them flap their wings once. They were awesome!! Was able to get a decent phone pic when one of the birds flew above me :)

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3 turkey vultures in North York
by: Anonymous

We watched 3 Turkey vultures from our backyard in North York today for about 30 minutes. Perching on top of a large weeping poplar and cavorting in the branches of a large pine. I captured a video of them soaring through our yard about 50 feet in the air. Spectacular creatures.

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Turkey Vultures at Bloor and Jarvis
by: Anonymous

I saw 6 turkey vultures circling Jarvis and Bloor today. They’ve been here for at least a couple of years but there were only two until this sighting.

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Turkey Vulture?
by: Meaghan

Im pretty sure I saw a turkey Vulture flying around the Campbell Soup factory in Etobicoke.

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Turke Vulture Pair at Yonge and York Mills
by: Anonymous

Pretty sure I saw a nesting pair of Turkey Vultures on top of the green office building that houses a Good Life at Yonge and York Mills. North east corner across from the Shell station.

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Turkey vulture!!!!
by: Kay

Saw one at Yonge & Weldrick in Richmond Hill, it picked up a squirrel. Took a video.

Wow! I understood that Turkey Vultures only eat carrion, but Black Vultures do hunt. I wonder whether you saw a Black Vulture? They are being observed in Southern Ontario these days.

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I saw easily 20 in the sky today around Yonge & Lawrence..
by: Anonymous

I’m fascinated by birds and there intuitions, I’ve never experienced a sight like this in Toronto (anywhere for that matter, I’ve seen less even circling the dump or up north over a carcass) almost thought I should be following them to potentially get away from some pending danger (again, their intuition far supercede ours). I wish I could post the video... anyone with any clues as to what was up today?

My guess would that be that they are in the process of migrating south now that the weather is cooling down. They gather in large groups, called "Kettles" and drift south-ward.

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Turkey Vultures in High Park
by: Denise

This is going to sound unbelievable, but it's true!
Yesterday we saw 17 (yep, that's SEVENTEEN!) Turkey Vultures cruising east to west!!! We live on Roncesvalles Avenue near High Park. I've traveled extensively in the southern U.S.- and the only time the count was that high was in southern Texas - a huge group of vultures were enjoying cleaning up an entire cow. My theory is that these wonderful Toronto Turkey Vultures are roosting in High Park. I love watching them settle in for the night - mostly in the branches of large trees. They don't glide in and gracefully perch. They come zooming in and when they're close to a good looking branch they just CRASH into it! They are fantastic raptors with the most acute senses of sight and smell. I'm thrilled we saw them - and doubly thrilled they're here in Toronto!

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Bathurst and Sheppard (Turkey Vulture)
by: Anonymous

I saw a turkey vulture at Sheppard and Bathurst. It picked up some type of carcass on the roadway (during traffic 4:40 pm) and then perched itself on the roof of a home. Its red featherless head was unmistakable.

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Turkey Vulture
by: Tony

I sighted a Turkey Vulture perched on a school yard fence at St Elizabeth Catholic HS in Thornhill.

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Pickering Vultures
by: Anonymous

There are currently four Turkey Vultures spiralling around at Brock and 401. This terrifies my parrot who is convinced they will eat him!

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Flock of Turkey Vultures
by: Anonymous

I counted at least 9 birds flying over the bridge at Castle Frank. Never seen so many at once.

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Vulture sighting
by: Anonymous

2 birds spotted perched on top of the building. One with wings outstretched the other was laying belly down with it's wings draped over the walls. Coolest bird scene ever. This was at 16 York Mills Center April 3rd 2018 0745 hrs.

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Welcome back Turkey Vultures
by: Caroline

I'm so glad to hear that these wonderful birds are nesting in downtown Toronto. They'll be good company for the Peregrines and Red Tailed Hawk - some cleanup to go with the pest control. The first one I ever saw in Canada (about 20 years ago) was in downtown Toronto, cruising majestically past my 66th floor window in the Scotia Tower. This week I've seen singles or small groups most days cruising my neighbourhood - Leaside, in mid-town Toronto. Maybe they've established a colony in Sunnybrook Park?

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Turkey Vulture in Rosedale, Toronto
by: Anonymous

I saw one sitting on the gatepost of the University of Toronto's residence near Glen Road, on April 10, 2018.

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Turkey Vulture sighting
by: Wendi

I saw a Turkey Vulture today munching on a carcass on Kennedy Road in Scarborough today. Wow!

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Turkey has landed in Don Mills - Toronto
by: veronica

One soared past my head and landed on my garden shed to jump down on the other side. I grabbed my camera and ran around my house (I'm beside a parquette) and there he was eating his mouse lunch.
DON MILLS! By The Shops! In Toronto!

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Where is the picture?
by: Anonymous

I am looking at this page in Google Chrome and there is no picture? Do I need a plugin for this page?

Hi Anon, no there is no picture with this report - the person who wrote in to tell us about the nesting Turkey Vultures in Toronto, didn't get a picture.

I might add a picture of a Vulture when I have a minute!

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