Pigeons should take cover. A large Arctic falcon has been spotted soaring over a Scarborough parking lot snacking on smaller birds.
A member of the Ontario Field Ornithologists has confirmed that a white gyrfalcon has been circling the Golden Mile Shopping Centre, near Eglinton Ave. E. and Pharmacy Ave.
Some people reported first seeing the bird a month ago. Mark De Abreu, who works in the Golden Mile area, has been a birder for the past 40 years. He spotted the falcon in the mall’s parking lot. “To see a white one is like winning the lottery,” De Abreu said.
White gyrfalcons are commonly found in Greenland, and sightings south of James Bay are rare. De Abreu wanted another glimpse of the gyrfalcon, so he spent four lunch breaks in a row parked in the lot, binoculars in hand.
On his fourth stakeout, he got lucky. The gyrfalcon swooped over the strip-mall and decided to join him for lunch; it had pigeon.
“Pigeons are pretty much cake” to a falcon, De Abreu said.