Jul 19 2015
What happens when a long established peregrines’ ledge goes unused for a season?
This snapshot from the Gulf Tower nest shows that Nature takes over after 24 years of use, even on a skyscraper.
How did the plants get up so high? Some may have sprouted from wind-borne seeds, but others arrived as seeds in the digestive tracks of birds the peregrines ate at the nest. The annuals re-seed in place year after year.
The big plant at back left is pokeweed whose berries are food for many birds including robins and cedar waxwings.
Can you identify the other plants and guess how they got there?
p.s. The Downtown peregrines haven’t forgotten about the Gulf Tower. One stopped by last Thursday, July 16, in this photo from Ann Hohn at Make-A-Wish.
(weeds photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower; peregrine photo from Ann Hohn at Make-A-Wish)