9213Friday, August 30, 2013 Peregrine Falcon in Seward
- Sep 1, 2013As I got out of my car near
the Seward Post Office on Friday afternoon, I heard a loud, eerie, descending
"whinny". I grabbed my binoculars and started looking for a raptor.
An unusually quiet MAGPIE flew discreetly away from the source and completely
disappeared into the dense branches of a nearby spruce tree. Smart bird!
I scanned the trees to the
north and found a PEREGRINE stroking powerfully down the block and out of
sight. I was unable to refind it after a short chase, which was disappointing
but understandable. Given its power and speed, it could have been on top of Mt
Marathon to the west or over Resurrection Bay to the east in that short time.
How amazing that such a regal
bird was in the heart of Seward, unheralded and mostly unknown! That is one of
the intriguing and fascinating aspects of birds; you just never know when or
where they might pop up. Be ready!
Seward Alaska Sporadic Bird Report