Some of us would complain about a nosey neighbour who peeked through the window and into our bedroom each day, but not Deirdre Baker — she receives a daily visit from a curious Peregrine Falcon that nests nearby.
Deirdre, who’s feathered friend has been perching on the windowsill of her apartment in Stroud, Gloucestershire, since early December, said: “It was a bit of a shock when I first spotted him, but after a while we got used to each other. He flies over to my window each morning as soon as it’s light and doesn’t leave, apart from to search for food, until dusk.”
Until recently, Peregrines were widely regarded as birds of wild crags or lonely sea cliffs, but changing landscapes mean they have adapted to living in more unlikely places. To a Peregrine, a tall building offers the same benefits as a cliff face: high, away from danger, and surrounding areas offering a good source of food (usually, in cities, Feral Pigeons). Iconic locations they have chosen as their homes include London’s Tate Modern, Lincoln Cathedral, Birmingham’s Fort Dunlop, Manchester’s Exchange Square and Cardiff City Hall.
Peeping Peregrine — photo by Deirdre Baker