Last year –thanks to Milton, my neighbor– I became aware of the Peregrine Falcon activity in our neck of the woods in Staten Island, and I have been watching them get going again this spring –some of you will have seen my brief report of coming across a clump of pigeon feathers in the bottom of the garden last week (an unmistakeable sign).
I do of course feel very privileged to be so situated as to be able to observe the falcons ongoingly, and have a number of friends who have drawn my attention to various aspects of falcon life in and around New York City.
If you are interested in learning more about the falcons of NYC, you may wish to explore this site which I just came across:
“Peregrine Falcons in the City
Guide: Gabriel Willow
The Peregrine Falcon is a remarkable and charismatic bird, and a great conservation success story. It is a top predator and the fastest bird in the world; it can reach speeds of nearly 250 MPH. It was nearly driven to extinction by the use of the insecticide DDT, but has staged a remarkable comeback in recent years; NYC is now the proud home to over 15 pairs, the highest population density in the world of this species! Come on an early spring walk to seek our local nesting falcons on the Brooklyn Bridge and learn more about their urban habitat. Limited to 15. ”
[For some reason the link hasn’t reproduced here, but if you Google on –falcons new york gabriel willow– it should take you to a site advertizing Falcon Walks starting at Brooklyn Bridge. Gabriel Willow is the name of the person who leads the walk. Do note: Gabriel seems to charge $20 per person for his “Guidance”.
Good luck! Let me know how it goes. And do add your comments here.]