A flair for water

Posted April 29th, 2011 by kcorliss. Comments Off on A flair for water.

Peregrine falcons seem to hone their hunting skills according to given circumstances. There are some urban nesting birds that target pigeons almost exclusively. Others take a lot of starlings. The Fargo birds, as has been chronicled here in the past, have it in for water birds.

(American woodcock, K Corliss)

Wednesday I checked the roof of our downtown building just to see what the birds have been bringing in. Last time I looked there was only one carcass, this time there were about seven. Among the new meals prepared by the falcons were a Wilson’s snipe, two American woodcocks (apparently the peregrines took advantage of an unprecedented migration of woodcocks to this area), an American coot, a blue-winged teal, an American robin, and a western meadowlark. Just to assuage the angst of some misinformed residents, there was no shih tzu carcass.

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