It was so cold a year ago that unusual arctic birds were forced off the frozen Great Lakes to Ohio’s and Pennsylvania’s rivers.
In January 2015, Chris Saladin went to see a pomarine jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus) on the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland. Pomarines are piratical seabirds that nest in the arctic, famous for harassing gulls, terns and even gannets to steal their catches.
Chris was lucky to be on the scene when the female peregrine from the Hope Memorial Bridge decided to harass the jaeger. At first the pomarine flies alone, then the peregrine sees it, and … the pomarine leaves.
Watch a slideshow of the action below. (Click on any photo to see the show in its own screen.)
See all of Chris’ photos and read the complete story here.
For more news of Ohio’s peregrines, visit C&C’s Ohio Peregrine Page on Facebook.
(photo and slideshow from Chad+Chris Saladin’s Ohio Peregrine Page)