Meet a new neighbor.
Due to DDT, falcons were completely eradicated east of the Mississippi in the 1960s. In the 1970's DDT use was halted and by 1979 the Eastern Peregrine Recovery Plan was enacted to restore the population to the eastern USA. A pair will mate for life, with both the male and female catching prey. The female then feeds the prey to the baby birds.
He was so graceful and dramatic.
|Falcon (top) defending his turf.|
The next day, I found out what it would look like if he were fighting me! A turkey vulture flew into his territory. The falcon immediately started squawking. Then, he dove off the ledge and went into action.
He hit the vulture, circled back and hit him again.
And here is my drawing of him (or her).