New Year’s Resolution: Eat Less Bird

Pippin The Peregrine Falcon: Looking a little rough on the first morning of the New Year
Pippin The Peregrine Falcon: Looking a little rough on the first morning of the New Year
It was most unusual to find Pippin, a young PEFA who has been enjoying the winter on the Island, acting quite strange today. Pippin has always been a patient and tolerant bird-mangling monster, but this morning she was a little too patient and tolerant.
It was most unusual to find Pippin, a young PEFA who has been enjoying the winter on the Island, acting quite strange today. You’ve seen her on the Readings before. Pippin has always been a patient and tolerant bird-mangling monster, but this morning she was a little too patient and tolerant.
When she lay down in the dune though, it was time to call Ben Wurst from the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ.
When she lay down in the dune though, it was time to call Ben Wurst from the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. That’s some unusual behavior.
Ben suggested approaching her slowly to see if she would fly. She managed a quick flight, more of a hop. Checking this photo, you can see she has loads of fresh feathers and blood stains on her talons: a sign she is not starving, and as a matter of fact, probably just finished a meal.
Ben suggested approaching her slowly to see if she would fly. She managed a quick flight, more of a hop. Checking this photo, you can see she has loads of fresh feathers and blood stains on her talons: a sign she is not starving, and as a matter of fact, based on fresh look of it all, probably just finished a meal.
It is normal to find the slovenly, bird-mangling Peregrine covered in blood. Here we can see blood stained feet, and blood stained face. The blood on her back is a little concerning, but PEFA  are know for their attitude and not their table manners.
It is normal to find the slovenly, bird-mangling Peregrine covered in blood. Here we can see blood stained feet, and blood stained face. The blood on her back is a little concerning, but PEFA are known for their attitude and not their table manners. She also has a large amount of blood inside the nostrils.
A few more hops and she lay down again for a little snooze. Later, she was gone. She flew fine. She hobbled a bit, but we've seen PEFA walk before and it is always the most awkward and comical looking thing you've ever seen. We've also seen PEFA lay down before for a sun bath, but Pippin would have her wings outstretched if that's what she was doing. Could it simply be that Pippin, just like the rest of us, has overeaten and was paying the price on a New Year's morn full of shame and guilt after a bout of extreme gluttony? I suppose we'll never know but you've welcome to play amateur veterinarian and try to find clues in the above photos.
A few more hops and she lay down again for a little snooze. Later, she was gone. She flew fine. She hobbled a bit, but we’ve seen PEFA walk before and it is always the most awkward and comical looking thing you’ve ever seen. We’ve also seen PEFA lay down before for a sun bath, but Pippin would have her wings outstretched if that’s what she was doing. Could it simply be that Pippin, just like the rest of us, has overeaten and was paying the price on a New Year’s morn full of shame and guilt after a bout of extreme gluttony? I suppose we’ll never know but you’ve welcome to play amateur veterinarian and try to find clues in the above photos.