This is the great story of the day. A couple of peregrine falcons have taken up residence at the top of the belfry of Dunkirk’s town hall. If we learned the news very recently, via the social networks of the town hall, the birds of prey have been occupying the “spot” for a while now! A nest box had also been installed a few years ago by the GON (Groupe ornithologique et naturaliste du Nord), in connection with the town hall, to accompany their installation.
The seasons passed and the couple nested, without any birth being observed. It was not until last year that the series of failures was broken: chicks were born. Then leave the nest. Good news, reinforced by the appearance of a new brood of two youngsters this year. ” As long as nesting is going well, the pair can be expected to occupy the same location year after year. enthuses Florent Bastianelli, the GON’s “Mister raptor”.
Faithful to the place, therefore, and faithful in “love”: peregrine falcons most often keep the same partner for life. The protected species has found in the heights of the belfry a location as it likes: an unobstructed view, in height, with a beautiful hunting ground nearby, the peregrine falcon feeding other birds that he hunts in flight.
In town hall, we are also delighted to have above the head two representatives of this species threatened with extinction. ” For the city as for biodiversity, the interest is there sums up Laurent Mazouni, deputy mayor in charge of ecological transition and urban resilience. The chosen one recalls that the couple mostly hunt pigeons. He also salutes the accompaniment », the partnership with naturalist associations, including the GON and the LPO (League for the protection of birds).
A webcam was installed in front of the nest to observe the falcons and take some pictures. They should be banded, too, to track them. ” We avoid maintenance, we try not to disturb them too much, especially from February to July “Promises Laurent Mazouni. This period encompasses more or less the stage of nidification, brooding and monitoring of the young by the parents. For those who would like to see the bird in flesh and feathers, two watchwords: luck or patience. The raptor is stealthy and cuts through the air at breakneck speed. It is after all the fastest bird in the world!
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