[CT Birds] Puffins and Peregrines

Dana Campbell dana.l.campbell at gmail.com
Fri Jul 9 12:10:36 EDT 2010

The mention of Eastern Egg Rock and the Puffin Project reminded me of a trip
made some years ago to Acadia National Park in Maine, where to everyone's
joy the Peregrine Falcons had been successfully re-introduced.  They nested
high on a cliff in the park.  Park Officials had closed a hiking trail that
went too close to the nest site, and Rangers were daily stationed at the
foot of the cliff with spotting scopes to help visitors to view the
Peregrines.  One of them told us about having climbed to the nest at the end
of the previous season to examine the contents.  They wanted to get a better
idea of the diet of the falcons.  The apparent favorite on the menu, judging
from the remains found was:  Red-winged Blackbird (a very conspicuous bird
indeed.)  They also were surprised to find many Puffin remains.  The nearest
Puffin colony was many, many miles away (more than 20 if memory serves) and
yet the Peregrines had obviously made the trip in order to bring back this
delicacy for dinner.

Dana Campbell, Priest in Charge
Church of the Good Shepherd, Hartford
dana.l.campbell at gmail.com

"The hummingbird in flight is a water-spark, an incandescent drop of
American fire, the jungle's flaming re'sume', a heavenly, precise rainbow:
the hummingbird is an arc, a golden thread, a green bonfire!"
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  by Pablo Neruda

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