Peregrine’s Perch and Other Raptors

IMG_5121On the afternoon of December 5th, I noticed a Peregrine atop St. Michael’s. The bird was eating; you can just barely see the prey; it also looks like something is on the far cross arm as well. (Note that these shots are at the limits of my optics, from two long avenue blocks and one street block away, and through the cleanest part of the window I can find.)IMG_5133The next day, crows came to clean up the remains.IMG_5140Here are more details about this falcon perch from October.
IMG_5151This photograph was from the morning of December 7th. I’d noticed a crow up there again, and soon afterwards this falcon. IMG_5206Tuesday, 12/8, around 4 p.m.: another kill being dispatched. Peregrines generally eat just the breast meat of their prey, leaving the wings and the rest. The next morning, the 9th, a crow was again seen up there, finishing off the previous day’s scraps.

12/10, Thursday afternoon 3:30 p.m.-ish: Peregrine again atop the cross, which makes a fine lookout and butcher’s block.
12/12, Saturday, the falcon was up there least a half hour 3;30-4 p.m.
IMG_529012/13 Sunday: 9:15 a.m. So ridiculously mild out I opened the window for this shot.The bird is looking away from us. Within a few minutes of my noticing it, it dropped off the cross out of sight towards the northwest.

Falco columbariusOn Monday afternoon, there was a Merlin (Falco columbarius) perched on a tall antenna at 5th and 40th.

And a final note before we put this post to bed: on Tuesday afternoon, an Accipiter sailed over the roof downhill, and I thought it was a pigeon until it started to chase something upwards. Didn’t get enough of a bead on it to tell if it was Cooper’s or Sharpie.

4 Responses to “Peregrine’s Perch and Other Raptors”

  1. 1 elwnyc December 16, 2015 at 10:26 am

    The wonders of modern cameras! I have two windows in my apartment where the screens are pushed up to the top, so I can open the lower part for clearer views. I don’t wash the windows often enough to take pictures through the glass.

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