Central Park South: Peregrine Falcons
Tonight (Wed., 17-May) a few people stopped by to view the Peregrines. A birder asked what I was up to & stuck around for few minutes excited to see if a Peregrine would show up.
Luke just happened to be there for the most active time of the evening. The male arrived perching on various spots on the G.M. Building. Soon the female left the nest site to meet the male for a in-flight prey transfer. We then watched the male head to the nest to drop in taking over incubation duties. The female headed south with the meal.
Later on his friend David stopped by. Also David & Debbie stopped by & then Donna arrived with a spotting scope. D., D.& D. & D. got to see one of the pair since there were no more nest exchanges for the evening. Something I thought was a guarantee.
Highlights: 5 non-avian visitors, 1 mid-air prey transfer, 1 nest exchange & an almost nest exchange where the female remained perched on the nest fence until it got too late to see her in the scope.• At 6:01p spotted the tiercel on GM's roof, center section, west edge. I just scanned the area, saw nothing then spotted him on a favorite perch. Lost the male around 6:14p.
• By 6:49p male perched on a fence on GM's N face, 6 in from W, right section. Almost immediately he left the perch landing on roof of GM's N face, center section, E edge. The female emerged from the nest site & met him in mid-air for a prey transfer. Female headed E then S around GM. Male then perched on fence above nest & quickly dropped down to the nest.
• By 6:55p female arrived from the S to perch on GM's N face, center section, on a fence 8 in from the W.
• By 7:45p female off perch flying low towards E & around GM towards the S.
• By 8:25p female to the fence above the nest. She remained there until it became too dark to see her in the binoculars. Then we couldn't see her in the scope. Last time she was seen in the darkness was 8:53p — close to 15 minutes after Civil Twilight.
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