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A mystery is solved.

Falcon photo courtesy of Stewart Thompson.

I spoke with a friend the other day;  we haven’t seen each other since Los Angeles.  She’s moved to St Louis, so we talked about her new city (a great one, imo) and reminisced about the one we’d loved and left behind.

I didn’t say much about Toronto.  It was a dark and rainy afternoon;  even the neighborhood  dogs were unhappy that day.  On days like those, I usually look to Berczy Park to lift my spirits.    But Berczy’s dogs-on-walks were sullen, even listless.  And the people walking the dogs?  They weren’t enjoying it either.  On that day, all leashes hang slack.

But lucky, lucky me.  A pair of photographs reached me.     And a mystery is solved.

You see, in the previous month I’d found three bloody body-parts,   A wing, a foot and another wing.  No signs of struggle or impact.  No body, torn or flat.  Just three sunny days with three pieces of three birds; some feathers and skin, a bit of blood at the joint.

Brisk commuters, ardent students, none of them stopped.  But the dogs stopped, so their walkers stopped, and we all knew what was happening.  Somewhere, high above the sidewalks, atop my own apartment building, perhaps, was the place where a falcon took his meals.

I’ve seen this before.

photo courtesy of Stewart Thompson.

In Rochester we had magnificent falcons — they soared through our city and slammed into their prey and one raptor family slept atop the Kodak building.  Rochester was proud of those birds.  When the internet arrived, intrepid Kodak engineers crept up the tower and tucked a small camera amongst the spires.  Thanks to them, we had the Kodak Birdcam and were able to watch our falcons tend to their eggs, feed their young and, later, teach these new falcons to fly and hunt and live their raptor-lives.

We have no Kodak engineers in my Toronto building.  But, happily, we have a sharp-eyed resident.  He has patience and a camera and he brought me the photos you see here.

Thank you, Mr. Thompson.


UPDATE:  According to the Canadian Peregrine Foundation, a pair of these beauties builds a nest about 1 block from my apartment!  Here’s the link to Toronto’s King Street Falcons!


And fyi — the Kodak BirdCam became the Rochester Falconcam in 2008.



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