Raptor Wednesday

Saw this one zip in and out of a cornice but was about a block away, so wasn’t sure exactly which hole it was.

There sure are options. To re-cap the Brooklyn Kestrels saga: they were displaced from their cornice nest of three breeding seasons by home repair. They moved an avenue block away. I thought I’d spotted the new nest site, but then saw Starlings entering it on different days. More recently, this rotting cornice looks like it has potential, since the flights in-and-out I saw. (Or was the bird grabbing nestlings?)

Another day. Hoping he would either fly into the nest hole or call the female out for a food transfer. (Although how they hear each other over the noise of 5th Avenue is good question.)

But of course he wouldn’t fly until I’d rounded the corner onto the side street.

At the very top of this mural-ed building is a Peregrine Falcon. There was another close by. (Unfortunately, I didn’t have my real camera.) This is across the street from the Brooklyn House of Detention (I think it’s a “complex” now), giving the perching birds an excellent view of the scrape. Peregrines used to nest here all the time. Then there was a gap of a few years. Now they seem to be back: but according to one person viewing, one of the current pair has a band, and none of the parents or spawn from my day were banded here because of the location’s inaccessibility.

The expansion of “ghost forests” as the seas expand and surge inland.

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