Falcons of Lower Manhattan

  1. Manwich says:

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  2. The return of raptors to NYC is thrilling. I watch the red-tails in Riverside Park & Harlem. Beautiful.

  3. Matthew says:

    Got some kestrels, too, I see. Our smallest raptor, and under-appreciated compared to the big boys (although, in raptors, females are larger).

    What's interesting about the peregrines is that the ones we see are mostly mutts: the east coast subspecies was exterminated by the plague of DDT; the captive breeding programs used birds from other subspecies, mixing up the genes. They are completely wild birds, even though there was some domestication involved.

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