And Another Thing

falcoIt’s good to be the tallest thing in the neighborhood. Everybody wants to be king of the spire.

If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know the cross atop St. Michael’s at 4th and 42nd is a regular perch for Peregrine falcon(s). My latest sighting was the tail end of a drama: a Peregrine taking off from the cross with its prey and flying north.

This however, is a smaller falcon. It was getting near dark, and of course the two long block distance from here to there doesn’t help, but I believe it was a Merlin. The bird looked darker than a Kestrel would. It made two sorties from up there, which confirmed the Falco part anyway: the little boomerang-shape is distinctive. And Merlins like to hunt from a perch they will sit atop for long periods. It’s not the first Merlin in the ‘hood. Another or the same has been seen perched on a large antenna one block closer to me.

I’m sure if I watched the whole day, as opposed to glancing out the window now and then when I’m home, I’d be seeing much more.

3 Responses to “And Another Thing”

  1. 1 Dr. Dann January 17, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Don’t be regretful (or greedy!) Matthew, you are seeing FAR MORE than everyone in Brooklyn, and we are all the richer for it! Out here on the prairie, it’s ten kestrels to one red-tail. Jack & I so wish we had you along as our JUBILEE! photographer. . .

    • 2 mthew January 17, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Heartening news! I was under the impression that Kestrel populations were doing poorly in general. Lots of farms out your way, with plenty of snags for nests perhaps?

  2. 3 mthew January 17, 2016 at 8:43 am

    For other readers, Kevin Dann is bicycling across Lincolnland as we speak. If ever a person was happy for winterless winter now, it may be him. Follow along at

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