. . . What are the falcons doing? That’s all I really care about, right now. Certainly, that’s all my wife cares about. We’re waiting for eggs to hatch and maybe catch them in the act like we did last year. This year, we’re going to have some competition in terms of being the first to publish pictures of the new arrivals: the Rochester Audubon Society has a new, highly-informative blog dedicated to our favourite Peregrines (Took, not withstanding), Caver and Mariah:
Peregrines are creatures of habit. Like tony jet-setters with expensive apartments and high-rise condos scattered through midtown Manhattan, wild Peregrines typically select two or three nest sites within a given territory, and move among them from year to year. Mariah bucks this trend, as do many of her urban-dwelling cousins. It turns out that the nest boxes set up by their human benefactors on the tops of buildings, smokestacks and other lofty structures are so ideally placed that there’s little need to wander around– a bit of a contradiction for a bird whose name means “wanderer”.
If you have a chance to do some reading, check out this post. It’s fascinating. Peregrine Falcons are really interesting birds! I did manage to snap off a good screen grab this morning, but I’m not sure if it’s Mariah or Caver that I’ve got, here.
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