San Francisco Falcon

No, this is not a new sports team for the city, but real peregrine falcons that are nesting in a downtown skyscraper in San Francisco. Scientists went on a ledge on the 33rd floor of the PG&E building to tag (or band) two 4-week-old nestlings. Apparently the falcons find the ledges on skyscrapers similar to the sheer cliffs where they normally nest.

These city falcons survive eating other birds, such as pigeons, doves, blackbirds, woodpeckers, and parrots. There are feral parrots in the city nearCoit Tower which am sure are fair game to the falcons. They will kill an average of two pigeons and three to four smaller birds per day. This would be interesting to see, since peregrines are the fastest animals on earth and can dive at 200 miles per hour when hunting prey.

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  1. Cool!

    #1 by Meerenai — May 11, 2004 @ 11:39 am

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