TAUNTON, Mass. – A pair of peregrine falcons have made a home on top of a courthouse in Taunton, cheering a wildlife expert who said it’s another sign the falcon is making a comeback.
The nest on the Taunton Superior Courthouse is the 30th spot in Massachusetts for the bird of prey since the species disappeared from the state in the mid-1950s.
The Brockton Enterprise reported that Tom French, assistant director of MassWildlife, said it’s a great new finding. He called it another sign that the peregrine is coming back strong.
He said peregrine falcons usually stay at a site permanently, replacing those that die.
The peregrine falcon is known for typically reaching speeds of about 200 mph in high-speed dives while hunting for pigeons and other medium-sized birds.