A peregrine!!
Wednesday September 02nd 2009, 1:32 pm
Filed under: Wildlife

We just had a peregrine falcon in our backyard!!! Michelle saw it first and got my attention. I’d seen some kill in the grass earlier today, and the thing came back to snack; it was tugging at black feathers–maybe a crow?  And maybe that’s the predator that made it so we’ve had one black squirrel instead of two since last week. (We saw just a bit of the aftermath…)

We have a good camera on a tripod aimed at the birdfeeder, but the battery seemed to be dead; I grabbed my little point-and-shoot and tried. It’s a terrible picture, and nothing like Eric’s photos from the Peregrine group, but it’s what I could get.  Veer? Is that you?  (Probably not, but…!) I snapped again as it flew past the porch, clearly a peregrine in all its glory, but I missed.

As did, to the relief of the mourning dove and the other black squirrel racing away, the peregrine.

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How exciting that it found your yard. Your neighbors might not have recognized this special visitor.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 09.02.09 @ 2:18 pm

How cool is that??!!!

I still say it stopped by to say thanks :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 09.02.09 @ 4:24 pm

How very exciting!

I hope neither of you hurt yourself rushing to take the picture…

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 09.03.09 @ 5:21 am

You are running quite the bird sanctuary. Special people deserve special treats!

Comment by Channon 09.03.09 @ 8:16 am

So Cool! Love watching birds. We had a nest of Cooper Hawks in the trees beside the house this spring. They grew up and left, so sad. Every once in a while I hear one call and I know they came back for a visit. I really should post the one picture that I have on the baby.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Comment by Ahrisha 09.03.09 @ 10:43 am

Wow! A peregrine falcon, yet! That’s exciting!


My wife and I are a forgiving couple.  Years ago she forgave me for not being Robert Redford.  On her birthday, I forgave her for not being Dolly Parton!
~ Rodney Dangerfield 

Comment by Don Meyer 09.03.09 @ 11:23 am

Maybe not The Greatest Picture of a Peregrine ever, but definitely a cool picture!

Comment by twinsetellen 09.05.09 @ 5:10 am

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