Hundreds of feet above the Hudson River, a nest box installed on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge provides shelter for a pair of endangered peregrine falcons. These birds can scour for and dive after prey from this high vantage point.
Please note: The falcons are wild birds and their behaviors reflect what happens in nature. Some of their actions may be unpleasant to watch and it is possible that some of the fledglings may not survive into adulthood.
Did you know?
- Peregrine means “wanderer.” These falcons migrate great distances, flying north or south as seasons change.
- Peregrine falcon chicks are called “eyases.”
- The peregrine falcon can reach speeds over 200 miles per hour in a controlled dive, making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom.
- Bony protrusions divert powerful airflow away from a falcon’s nostrils, allowing them to breathe during dives.
- A third, translucent eyelid known as a “nictitating membrane” keeps their eyes moist and clear from debris while maintaining their vision.
- Falcons generally establish a nest in February to raise their young before migrating south in the fall.
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