September 3, 2013

Peregrine nest signals comeback in Bay State

The Associated Press

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.

 

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