Peregrine for the Win

Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting outside, working on a blog post and enjoying the sounds of the geese and cranes on the slough (pond) across the road. At one point, I looked up from my laptop and saw a good-sized raptor hunting over the cattails in the slough.

I grabbed my binoculars and saw a bird that looked a lot like a Peregrine Falcon. I ran and got my scope and camera to get a better look. It was a Peregrine Falcon and was getting closer.

It eventually flew right over our house and headed west. This is one of the best species I’ve seen around our house and I’m so glad I decided to work outside.

The first time I saw a Peregrine Falcon was back in 2013 in Ontario. This is my first sighting for Alberta, and I can even add it to my “Yard List”.

View my eBird checklist from yesterday here.

Peregrine Falcon!IMG_9821

The same photo, just cropped,IMG_9821

Here’s a photo of the huge flock of Sandhill Cranes that was circling above me as the falcon flew over,IMG_9822IMG_9825

4 thoughts on “Peregrine for the Win

  1. I am new to your blog and I share your excitement with what you saw and heard. I have a special fondness for the peregrine falcon since I got to know a rescued one called Iris at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. She can’t fly so I feel sorry for her when she tries to launch from my leather glove as I show her off to the Birdshow crowd on Sunday’s, next Sunday being the last for the season. I love your enthusiasm for birds!

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