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My new neighbour: Peregrine Falcon
Vanity | January 8, 2014

Posted on 01/08/2014 9:20:44 PM PST by Squawk 8888

I was walking to the post office this afternoon when I encountered this fella dining on a pigeon. He let me get quite close so I'm guessing he's quite accustomed to urban living. I just hope he comes around closer to my place because our building is infested with pigeons.



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1 posted on 01/08/2014 9:20:44 PM PST by Squawk 8888
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To: Squawk 8888

Juvenile bird, eh? He’s off to a good start.

Saw one of those with adult plumage in the trees by my house last year; probably eyeing the mourning doves.


2 posted on 01/08/2014 9:22:25 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Squawk 8888

They’re awesome....at first.

Then they’re bummin’ smokes, getting rambunkled on your half-empty beers and next thing: they’re screaming through your breezeway at 140 MPH......with the Law hot on their tail.

And you gotta help him because those little stinkers will take you down with ‘em.


3 posted on 01/08/2014 9:26:47 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: Olog-hai

It’s amazing how well they do in cities. They’re cliff-dwellers and have adapted to the high-rise buildings here, often with the help of building owners who have mounted boxes outside where they can nest. I’ve seen adults flying around downtown but this is the closest I ever got to one. Amazing creatures.


4 posted on 01/08/2014 9:28:04 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

5 posted on 01/08/2014 9:29:50 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Squawk 8888

Color me jealous! ;-) All I have hanging around is a rabbit living under a pinon pine. I feed him/her a little lettuce a few times a year when it gets really cold. Your falcon would probably eat my rabbit...


6 posted on 01/08/2014 9:31:49 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Squawk 8888

There was one in my back yard last week. Now my little miniature pinscher/whatever-it-is puppyish thing can’t go outside by herself anymore. She’d be lunch, all eight pounds of her.


7 posted on 01/08/2014 9:32:04 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare

Yep, with the leaves gone, the raptors can see everything. And they can capture actually more than their own weight.

I have a comical, gorgeous red-tailed hawk that I love watching.


8 posted on 01/08/2014 9:35:29 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Squawk 8888

Pigeons = Flying Rats.


9 posted on 01/08/2014 9:39:20 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Squawk 8888

10 posted on 01/08/2014 9:40:05 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: ThunderSleeps
"All I have hanging around is a rabbit living under a pinon pine. "

My dog makes my yard a rabbit free zone.

She'd like to make it a Deer Free Zone, but the deer come snortin' back at her.

11 posted on 01/08/2014 9:41:53 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I agree, which is why I’m rootin’ for the raptors (not the b-ball kind, even if they are the home team).


12 posted on 01/08/2014 9:41:56 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: JoeProBono

Nice work- all I did was crop the image from my phone.


13 posted on 01/08/2014 9:43:18 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

Magnificent birds and highly effective predators. A nesting pair moved into the BP refinery at Whiting IN some years ago and the plant guys built an enclosed box over 100 ft. up on a coker where the birds could make a scrape and live. They became quite proud of their mascots and had many photos of them fishing out on Lake Michigan and returning to their refinery home.


14 posted on 01/08/2014 9:47:59 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Squawk 8888

I live in Chicago. I was walking by a downtown alley last summer when it seemed that it was snowing. I walked in looked up on a ledge and there was a falcon ferociously stripping a pigeon. Bloody feathers everywhere. Bold as heck. I took pictures of him 10 feet away as he chowed down.


15 posted on 01/08/2014 9:53:27 PM PST by Blackirish
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To: Squawk 8888

We have about a dozen of them in my little burn in Texas. Lots of rabbits around for them to chow on...


16 posted on 01/08/2014 9:56:36 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Raptor Ping.


17 posted on 01/08/2014 9:56:40 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Squawk 8888
My peregrine neighbors live at the top of this. Haven't seen a pigeon recently and the sparrow population has been pleasantly reduced. The peregrines are a bunch of screamers.

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18 posted on 01/08/2014 9:58:21 PM PST by Stentor
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To: Squawk 8888

Great catch!


19 posted on 01/08/2014 10:28:27 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Squawk 8888
FYI..here's a falcon story from 10 years ago..showing what assholes NYers can be..
20 posted on 01/08/2014 10:49:14 PM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: Squawk 8888; Travis McGee

watch yer yorkies

and I’m not joking

I had a 44 Lafitte Bob Perry designed flush deck sloop called the Peregrinari once

a play on Italian for falcon indicating wanderer


21 posted on 01/08/2014 10:53:34 PM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: txhurl

Whenever I find bird poop on my cars i go out on my deck and eat a plate of scrambled eggs.............just to remind them what I am capable of.


22 posted on 01/08/2014 10:56:27 PM PST by cornfedcowboy
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To: Flycatcher

birdie ping


23 posted on 01/08/2014 11:29:43 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Squawk 8888

Your new neighbor is a Red tail hawk.


24 posted on 01/09/2014 3:55:05 AM PST by KingLudd
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To: Stentor

Good on the little guy.

Here in DFW at my small office building (10 story) we have a pair of hawks that took up residence last year. They hunt in the nearby empty lots and don’t have any enemies so their life is pretty easy. Each morning when I get to work I look for them and they are regularly perched somewhere atop the building.

It’s nice.


25 posted on 01/09/2014 4:58:24 AM PST by FAA
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To: Squawk 8888

Keel!!! Pic!!!

Though you coulduh given him a steak knife to make it easier on him and some barbeque sauce.

I’ll bet he doesn’t have access to that and would be grateful.

Cept for his lack of a thumb... But heh. At least you would demonstrate you care.


26 posted on 01/09/2014 5:08:29 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Paladin2

hehehehehe.

You should have seen our group when a drunk tried to climb our back gate. The 4 pound Yorkshire terrier that was a white hot snarling ball of canine fury at the gate just trying to get the guy. Then there was the 70 pound German Shepherd who wad cringing by the back door barking at the yorkie saying what I am sure amounted to “Quick make the bad man go away!!!”


27 posted on 01/09/2014 5:48:53 AM PST by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: KingLudd; Squawk 8888; beaversmom
Good catch. That is a red-tailed hawk. Notice the diagnostic belly band and you can see the v-shaped scapulars.

Still a great neighbor.

Thanks for the ping, Beaversmom!

28 posted on 01/09/2014 6:24:12 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Squawk 8888

We have them all over Metro Atlanta.


29 posted on 01/09/2014 8:03:33 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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