A bit late posting about this … Friday afternoon around 4:45 as I waited for my bus across from Bradfield Hall, I saw one Peregrine perched on the usual ledge about 2/3 of the way up the SW corner of the building. Then, before I could reach the east side of the building to check the ledges there a 2nd Peregrine took flight from that area and headed in a direct line SSE. Fortunately, I had my binoculars with me and I was able to follow it all the way over near the power lines that cross Judd Falls Rd. I noticed another bird sitting on the power lines shortly before the Peregrine made a quick dive to take a swipe at it. The other bird dove and took off westward and the Peregrine didn’t appear to follow it aggressively, but unfortunately, at that moment a bus passed by right behind me and I was obligated to run to check if it was mine. It wasn’t, so I attempted to refind the Peregrine and quickly found it on it’s way in direct flight back to the top of Bradfield where it sat for 30 seconds or so before departing again, this time westward down Tower Rd. where it soon disappeared from view.
It’s too bad that I was too far away and that my attention was draw away just as it chased the other bird off the power line, so I was not able to identify it, but from the little I was able to observe, I’d guess it was another falcon, probably a Kestrel or Merlin. If so, was that some sort of territorial behavior on the part of the Peregrine … certainly seems like it traveled that 1/2 mile or so with the express purpose of dislodging the other bird. Ray -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --