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Re: [BirdYak] A new yard bird?

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  • Andy Stepniewski
    That s one exciting Peregrine hunt! Thanks for taking the time to share this... Andy Stepniewski Wapato WA steppie@nwinfo.net ... From: Mike Roper
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      That's one exciting Peregrine hunt!

      Thanks for taking the time to share this...

      Andy Stepniewski
      Wapato WA
      steppie@...

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Mike Roper" <raptornut@...>
      To: <BirdYak@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 12:43 AM
      Subject: [BirdYak] A new yard bird?


      > Hi All,
      >
      > About 3:45pm today I saw a dark falcon harassing a flock of pigeons as I
      > was
      > standing in the parking lot of Terrace Heights Elementary without
      > binoculars. They were above Rosa Hill Drive where it crosses the Rosa
      > Canal.
      > Too large for a Merlin, too dark for a Prairie Falcon and it appeared too
      > slow and clumsy for a Peregrine, but I didn't know what else it could be.
      > It
      > would fly along slightly below the pigeons making what appeared to be
      > clumsy
      > half hearted attacks. This just didn't fit my image of the world's fastest
      > bird.
      >
      >
      >
      > In the past I've witnessed Peregrines making fantastic stoops and flashy
      > maneuvers at incredible speeds. Near their nest cliffs I've seen them
      > effortlessly ride the air currants like high speed lifts to the tops of
      > towering cliffs. This bird just didn't fit my image. After a few minutes
      > of
      > harassing the pigeons it appeared to give up and drifted off. Only a few
      > seconds later I noticed that the falcon, although further off was about
      > 150ft higher than the pigeons and starting what appeared to be a slow
      > shallow stoop. The flight really accelerated but went behind a bunch of
      > trees and I thought this would be another one of those frustratingly
      > unidentified birds. Like an answer to a birders prayer the falcon
      > reappeared
      > from behind the trees about five seconds later heading directly toward me
      > with a pigeon dangling from its talons. It continued until it was about
      > 100ft away and turned heading north. At 100ft it was clearly an immature
      > female Peregrine.
      >
      >
      >
      > Rethinking what I had just seen, it struck me that this young Peregrine
      > was
      > actually attempting to drive the pigeons up and away from any refuge on
      > the
      > ground in order to make a clear effective stoop. When she had accomplished
      > this she drifted off in a non threatening manner all the time gaining
      > altitude and position to strike. What had appeared to be a slow stoop was
      > actually much faster since it was coming directly toward me.
      >
      > She fooled me and the pigeons, not bad for a kid 2 months out of the nest!
      >
      >
      >
      > Since I saw this one block from my home and it would have been visible
      > from
      > my home, would it be considered appropriate to add it to my yard bird
      > list???????
      >
      >
      >
      > Mike Roper
      >
      > 205 S 41st St
      >
      > Terrace Heights
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