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These are awesome birds that are currently and endangered species. Every spring they come back to downtown Cleveland to reproduce. I love to watch them via the webcam and going down to the square to watch them.

They are back again. Buckeye and SW are waiting for their 4 eggs to hatch! The first one was spotted on 3/19, the second on 3/20 and the third on 3/23 (not sure when the 4th was spotted). Anyhow, they are due to hatch during the last week of April. I love to watch the babies after they hatch. It's really neat to watch mom and dad teach them how to fly and how to catch food. Last year I saw one of them swoop down and pluck a pigeon right from where it was standing. I hear that when they dive they are traveling at something like 60 miles an hour (Yikes!)

Anyhow, here's a link to the web cam. There's some pretty cool pics there already. The momma's been sitting on the eggs. If you click on the links to the left there are some real good egg pics.

http://falconcam.apk.net/index.php
 

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You are right 1Vegan....I found this on another site:

Peregrines generally hunt by diving on their prey from great heights. They fold their wings to their sides and go into a stoop (dive straight down), attaining speeds of up to 320 km/h (200 miles/h). It was long thought that Peregrines hit their prey in midair with their feet clenched like a fist in order to knock out their victim. However, it has been discovered that they keep all of their toes fully extended, and strike either with their talons or with the back of their forelegs. The impact is usually forceful enough to kill the prey instantly, and the Peregrine either stoops down to catch it as it tumbles, or picks it up off the ground where it lands. In cases where the initial blow was not enough to kill the prey, Peregrines usually bite the neck of the victim to finish it off.

They are birds of prey in the same class as owls, hawks, eagles and vultures.
 

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They are beautiful birds! When the weather warms up, I'm going to be taking more of my lunches down where I can watch them with their babies. I'll be taking my camera with me. Hopefully I can get some good pics.
 

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I'm watching every day now waiting on the babies to make their appearance! I'll post it when it happens. Last year we had some really bad snow storms blow through here late in the season and she was so strong through it all. Sat on those eggs in like 60 miles an hour winds in 20 degree weather. I felt so sad for her and all I could do was watch via the web cam. I'm glad she has good weather this year.
 

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Wow!..Thanks for the link! I love watching birds of prey. We have bald eagles sometimes around are beaver pond,I'll try to get some pics to post. This falcon thing is exciting to me cause I was born in Norwalk Ohio and its sorta like a trip back home...very cool.
 

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cool, i love falcons
we have quite a few all over Ontario, i always watch for them on road trips up north, and at my old place i took a bus right past one every morning on the way to school, perched on a telephone pole most of the time
 
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