I see the peregrines on a daily basis, but last Thursday they put on a particularly good show around 4P in afternoon, when it was quite windy. All 5 of them (2 adults and 3 juveniles) were in the air, kiting, stooping, and chasing each other above and around BJH, which seems to have interesting associated wind currents. I know it's anthropomorphic of me, but they really appeared to be having fun. They seem to be spending a fair amount of time on Queeny Tower and the north face of BJH. I can't see the south face of BJH from my office, but I suspect they are perching over there as well. Lately I've mostly seen the juveniles. Makes me wonder whether the adults take off once the youngsters start catching prey, and return later after they leave. I also wonder where the offspring of this pair end up--they have certainly been prolific. As an aside, I think they take birds exclusively as prey, and they take quite a few.
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 07:56:32 -0500
From: Chris Ferree <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Peregrine Falcons in Clayton, MO. Barnes Hospital?
I know this is an older thread but just wanted to post an update on those
Peregrines at BJC. I have seen 3 flying around over Steinberg Prairie and the
West side of the hospital complex on Friday (6-13) and yesterday (6-16). One
was calling while holding a rabbit (?) and another swooped below him/her and
dropped the prey into its talons about 200 ft in the air, amazing!
Nature Reserve Tech
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St Louis, MO