Raptor Wednesday

This glorious smokestack is the throne of Peregrines. I’ve seen them up here often during the past couple of winters. Not so much during spring and summer, however, when, presumably, breeding keeps them busy. I can see this ‘stack from the home front, but these shots are from much closer, the playground next to Sunset Park High School.
That playground is at 3rd Avenue. The school itself fronts 4th Avenue.
Which is where this male American Kestrel is perching. Right across 4th is an entrance to Green-Wood Cemetery. The expanse of russet on this bird’s chest, with the minimal black dots, suggest that this may be the same bird seen regularly from the apartment, a.k.a View From The Moraine.
Much closer to home, and typically the play ground of the local kestrels, the pipes on this roof also make a good place for an Accipiter to briefly park. Male Cooper’s, I think.

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