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Don posted a picture of Morro Rock on his blog.
My friends Nancy and Jerry moved south and to the ocean to build their dream house two years ago, where they have a beautiful view of that massive watermarked landmark that sits just off the beach.
But I’ve also long since been interested in the place because of the peregrine falcon sites there, as described by Glenn Stewart, the biologist who was crucial to bringing them back from near-extinction.To those new here, I was one of his San Jose nest-camera volunteers three seasons ago.
Normally, peregrines are very territorial and will not nest near each other’s scrape nor hunting territory. But on Morro Rock, where you have the whole ocean to feed you (they do catch fish), there’s a nesting pair on one side of the rock and there’s a nesting pair on the other side of the rock.
They do not cross paths. They do not venture into each other’s side of the rock nor water. Nor has a third pair been allowed to set up shop, just the two twosomes and to each their own, only. I’d love someday to go visit Nancy and Jerry, exclaim over their new house, and watch those falcons with their rocket-speed highdives in person.
To Morro, two, Morro, it’s only two, Morro, it’s only a Bay away.
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