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Posted by: atowhee | February 13, 2009

Peregrines score big in Big Apple

It’s  good news for America’s fastest falcon, and bad news for sidewalk rock pigeons.  The number of breeding pairs of Peregrines in New York State and New York City is up.  The count is the highest on record since the bird was nearly wiped out by DDT in the 1950s and 60s.

Last year there were 67 known territorial Peregrine pairs in New York State.  The Peregrine remains on the endangered species list.

peregrin-falgon-3946Photo of juvenile Peregrine taken in Oregon by Gene Austin.  You can see more of his bird pics here.

 

 

 

 

BNA tells us the Peregrine usually doesn’t breed until its third year and in rare cases can live sixteen years or more in the wild.  Adult birds do not winter or migrate together but show strong preference for re-nesting in same location thus pair bonds tend to endure more than one season.  Some northerly Peregrines strongly migratory and may travel over 15,000 miles round trip.  Non-migratory birds along Pacific Coast have longevity advantage.

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