Monday, October 3, 2016

Brooklyn Falcon Trifecta

Sun Oct 2, 2016 2:29 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

"Matthew Wills"

In Green-Wood Cemetery this afternoon, I spotted a Merlin stirring up the Monk Parakeets near the Chapel. Either this one or another later chased a male Kestrel over Sylvan Water. The Merlin was then harassed from pine to snag and back again by several Blue Jays.

I was observing a Great Blue Heron by then; this was definitely not the same bird as the GBH at the Crescent Water, which was able to fly but seemed to have a bum left foot. The Kestrel meanwhile sprang upon what was probably one of the very few dragonflies flying today.

Soon after I got home, I saw a Peregrine on the cross of St. Michael's RC Church at 4th and 41st in Sunset Park, a reliable neighborhood Peregrine perch.

All in all, a pretty good day for the genus Falco in Brooklyn.

Backyard & Beyond