Baby-bird alert: Peregrine-falcon chicks hatch on two bridges (slide show)

Half a dozen tiny, fluffy birds of prey have appeared in nesting boxes on two outer-borough bridges.

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  • Photograph: New York City Department of Environmental Protection / Christopher Nadareski

  • Photograph: New York City Department of Environmental Protection / Christopher Nadareski

  • Photograph: MTA Bridges and Tunnels / Frank Desouza

  • Photograph: MTA Bridges and Tunnels / Frank Desouza

  • Photograph: MTA Bridges and Tunnels / Frank Desouza

  • Photograph: New York City Department of Environmental Protection / Christopher Nadareski

  • Photograph: MTA Bridges and Tunnels / Frank Desouza

Photograph: New York City Department of Environmental Protection / Christopher Nadareski


They’re the fastest animals on the planet, they kill upon impact, they literally eat pigeons for breakfast.… And they’re adorable. Take a gander at these baby peregrine falcons, born last month inside nesting boxes perched atop two bridges. Three hatched on the 215-foot-high Rockaway tower of the Marine Parkway Bridge, and three on the 360-foot-high Bronx Tower of the Throgs Neck Bridge.

The boxes were placed by MTA Bridges and Tunnels and the State Department of Environmental Conservation, as part of a conservation program that’s been going strong since 1983. Each summer, Chris Nadareski of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection makes the climb to falcon height to band the birds and record their numbers.

And yes, they look like cuddly little puffballs, but take a closer look at the ground around the two-day-old Marine Parkway chicks in the second photo: Yep, those are bones. May we suggest naming this cute-but-fearsome trio after the teenage dragons in Game of Thrones? Birds are basically dinosaurs, after all.


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