Field Notes

David Fix
34. by David Fix on July 02, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Today's younger or newer birders live in an era in which they can actually go out and see peregrines. Who would have thought it at the time Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring? It should not be forgotten that, by the 1960s, this bird was extirpated as a breeder s. of Canada e. of the Rockies, and by 1970 there were two known eyries remaining in CA. One need only pull down a few back issues of North American Birds from an older birder's bookshelf and flip through nearly any of the reporting regions' summaries to see the startling difference between then and now. There is a remarkably widespread misconception that nesting peregrines need to be near big bodies of water. In the West, juveniles hatched miles from any coast, big river, lake or reservoir are fed Western Tanagers, Steller's Jays, Band-tailed Pigeons, woodpeckers, and even warblers--the everyday/everywhere sorts of birds that chance to expose themselves in the peregrines' hunting territory.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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