It's a bird! It's a plane! It's — Peregrine falcons, a rare species that are making a slow but steady comeback after the introduction of insecticides and various contaminants nearly knocked the Michigan population out in the '60s and '70s.
And now, thanks to the FalCam installed on the Sault Ste. Marie bridge, we have a birdseye view of our new feathered visitors.
The nest boxes were installed in 2010. Apparently, Peregrine falcons, which are listed as an endangered species, have turned the international bridge into an annual nesting spot for more than 20 years. Usually posting up to nest in mid-April, this year it seems they're getting a head start.
Peregrine falcons are fast — the fastest animals on Earth, in fact, known to reach speeds of 220 mph. This comes in handy when they're taking down pigeons mid-flight — and is a plus for bridge engineers as pigeon droppings can cause the bridge to rust and corrode quicker than usual.
While most Peregrine falcons head to the Caribbean during the winter months, you can peep in on our newest nesters by watching the live FalCam here and take a look at a falcon dive in action below.
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