Peregrine Season is Here

The web cam peregrine eggs have begun to hatch and the birds here in the Northeast are well into their mating rituals.  I am blessed to live along the Hudson River, especially at Easter, where I can see the birds in the wild and on man-made structures.

Male and female, notice the size difference.  The male is 1/3 smaller than the female, hence the term, tiercel.

Male and female, notice the size difference. The male is 1/3 smaller than the female, hence the term, tiercel.

Pair bonding.  Their scrape is quite near.

Pair bonding. Their scrape is quite near.

Female in the early morning sun

Female in the early morning sun

Male with his second catch of the mornning.

Male with his second catch of the mornning.

He never shared with his mate.  His first snack was a very small starling.

He never shared with his mate. His first snack was a very small starling.

The turkey vultures like the peregrine perch, too.

The turkey vultures like the peregrine perch, too.

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