Nov 24 2009

In a Tree?

Published by at 7:22 am under Peregrines

Peregrine falcon, Diana, in Shaker Heights, OH (photo by Chad+Chris Saladin)
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)

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “In a Tree?”

  1. Kathyon 24 Nov 2009 at 7:58 am

    And doesn’t she look regal! They are such a gorgeous bird.

  2. Tracion 24 Nov 2009 at 10:22 am

    Oh, how beautiful. I often watch the webcam at the COL here in Pittsburgh and almost everyday I see a peregrine at the nest. I’m not sure if its the male or female – but its so reasurring to see. Yet it almost feels cold in tone, compared to this image.

    There is something very beautiful about seeing this falcon in that tree. Seems somehow more natural to me. There would be trees on or near a cliff in a natural nesting area, wouldn’t there? This isn’t so surprising to me. It is beautiful. Thanks for the picture.

  3. Nancyon 24 Nov 2009 at 11:20 pm

    I live right next to Highland Park and I could swear I have seen peregrines perched in trees near the park! One day there was a either a falcon or a hawk in the tree in my back yard. (The breast patterning looked very much like the picture above.) Needless to say we have very few chipmunks and the small birds at my feeder eat quickly and nervously!

  4. Nadene Saleson 04 Dec 2009 at 4:11 pm

    My office window overlooks Mellon Plaza, behind the William Penn Hotel. Most days I can see a peregrine perched in a tree in the park. Sometimes she sits there for hours, while the pigeons hide on the nearby window sills. I have seen her grab a mouse from the bushes and eat it in the tree. Once, a lady who often feeds the pigeons was angrily waving her umbrella at the peregrine, who at the time was eating one of her “pets” on a landing near the steps of the park. The peregrine was not intimidated.

    It amazes me that the people walking through the plaza don’t even notice the “big bird” a few feet above their head. When they do, the invariably take out their cell phones and snap pictures.

  5. CincyCAton 26 Jun 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Funny you should say that they are rarely seen in trees near the city… I found this picture & post as I was searching the internet trying to identify the raptor that has been in & around our back yard for a couple of years. (We are in the Cincinnati, OH area.) It has nested in a very tall pine tree in one of our neighbor’s yards, and we’ve seen it eating squirrels – which is a GOOD thing since they are a nuisance.

    Today, he (she?) perched in a pin oak tree in our own back yard and graced us with a perfect view of the head, throat & chest coloring & spot pattern. I also googled the sound it makes. There is no question that it is a Peregrine (& not a Cooper’s Hawk, also common to our area). He was looking at us and cocking his head, as though he was listening to us talking about him. Very cool!

  6. Kate St. Johnon 26 Jun 2015 at 3:41 pm

    CincyCAt, one big clue on the identity of your hawk is that it nests in a tree. Peregrines never nest in trees and never use sticks to build their nests. Have you considered a red-tailed hawk or red-shouldered hawk as a possible match? Here’s information on peregrine nests
    and here’s a comparison of “falcon versus hawk”

    p.s. Red-tailed hawks love to eat squirrels. Peregrines eat birds.

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