Last time I was talking about Joseph Whitaker and the many times he saw Peregrines in Nottinghamshire. Here is the great man:
He isn’t the only overweight old bloke with excess facial hair to have seen Peregrines in action, though.
Very early one morning in Cornwall, I once watched a Peregrine chasing a Herring Gull. The latter was so scared that it landed and walked across to stand right next to me, like somebody queuing for the bus at a bus stop. When the falcon flew away, the gull departed a few seconds later, in the opposite direction.
Shortly after May 1, 1920, Mr Frank Hind, one of the leading members of the Nottingham Natural Science Field Club wrote:
“A very large bird was circling high up in the sky over Gedling. From its manner of circling, and flight and the great height, I can think of no bird but the Peregrine Falcon as likely to be the one seen.”
The following account was published in the Nottingham Evening Post of April 14th, 1976:
“The pigeons in the Old Market Square in Nottingham had better watch out. For a bird of prey has been spotted on top of the nearby Council House. And it’s thought his taste for city life might be due to the prospect of a convenient meal of pigeon.
A spokesman for the Trent Valley Birdwatchers said the bird had not been positively identified but it could be a Peregrine Falcon. It was disturbed by one of the club members who was carrying out repairs to the Council House.”
Nowadays, of course, this scenario is an everyday one. I wrote about the peregrines on the Newton Building of Trent University in an article entitled:
There are live webcams of city dwelling peregrines across most of the developed world including Derby.
The camera at Phoenix in Arizona is of very good quality:
If you get bored, go to Bowling Green in Ohio.
or Kitchener in southern Ontario in Canada.
Peregrines are pretty much the same the whole world over. They breed in every continent except one.
If you get tired of travelling the world, you could always use the webcam on the Newton Building here in Nottingham.
Good luck with that one.