Peregrine Falcon lunching on a blackbird
The Peregrine Falcon is one of the great recovery stories with birds. Close to extinction in large part due to DDT poisoning, we have seen a strong growth in the falcon population, and we now have a good number of them nesting throughout Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area.
I ran into this one in Coyote Valley a couple of winters ago. It had invited a Red-Winged Blackbird to lunch. The Blackbird tried to decline, but it insisted. My only regret was not seeing the hunt itself, only the aftermath.
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