why is it so?

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Subject: why is it so?
From: Steve Clark <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:04:26 +0000
There is a pair of Peregrines roosting on a building near my house each
night lately.  Last night there were several Sulphur-crested Cockatoos
taunting them at the roost.  The Peregrines visit the same spot each year
at this time but don't stay to nest.  An annual cull of the feral pigeon


On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 3:58 PM, Martin Butterfield <>

> It isn't a matter of the remoteness of rural England/Wales.  Peregrines are
> quite common in Manhattan: there are many pairs breeding on bridges and
> large buildings there.  Also the famous Red-tailed Hawks of 5th Ave.  From
> my office window (across 1st Avenue from the UN Secretariat Building)
> I saw *inter
> alia*: an American Kestrel take a a Starling and eat it on a window ledge;
> an Osprey patrol the East River and several Turkey Vultures
> Martin
> Martin Butterfield
> On 19 February 2018 at 15:30, Judith L-A <> wrote:
> > Having just finished reading DEEP COUNTRY by Neil Ansell (five years in
> the
> > Welsh hills, alone in a remote world), which is an account of the birds'
> > lives there too, I've recalled how many British natural histories like
> this
> > are filled with raptors. Falcons particularly seem to course the British
> > skies as populously as swallows. When you think how rare & fortunate it
> is
> > to see a Peregrine streak by in Australia — Is it really like that in
> > Britain? ... & if so, why are the peregrine falcons so sparse here?
> >
> > *Judith​SEQ 500m*
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