Nov 24 2009
People sometimes tell me they have a peregrine in their backyard, perched in a tree.
For as many times as I’ve seen peregrines, I’ve never seen one in a tree except in Maine – rarely – at Acadia National Park. Pittsburgh’s peregrines seem to prefer buildings, bridges and other man-made structures even though we have plenty of trees, so when I hear of backyard peregrines I usually suggest the bird was a Coopers or red-tailed hawk.
Imagine my surprise when I found this picture by Chad and Chris Saladin of Diana, the adult female peregrine at Tower East in Shaker Heights, Ohio, perched in a tree in the cemetery near her nest.
Peregrines always surprise me.
(photo by Chad and Chris Saladin)