Subject: Peregrine Falcon's Hunting at Night by Green House Lights Update . Date: Dec 13 19:49:51 1998 From: Richard Swanston - Rickswan at netcom.ca
>From Richard Swanston Delta , B. C. Canada [ Boundary Bay ] On Dec. 13 , 1998. At 64th Street and the Boundary Bay Dike Delta, B. C. Canada At 16:38 hours with a strong N. W. wind at 60 kms. With the sunset time of 16:14 are Peregrine Falcon's were again hunting birds over the Green House lights at Houwelings Nursery . There appeared to be a large amount of shore birds crossing over the lights and the hunting was intense with several attack's in short order . Falcons were low over the lights and the shorebirds appeared to be hampered by the wind stalling out and making them tempting targets. But the strong winds also prevented the Falcons from eating in fight as is there normal habit . All the birds crossing over the lights created confusion and I could not see a confirmed kill. Although one attack saw a Falcon pursue a bird into the darkness and nearby field at VERY close quarters. I'm assuming a kill was made and the victim was eaten on the ground as the falcon did not reappear I left the area at 17:00 Richard Just think after the habitat is gone House Sparrows could be on the Rare Bird Alert . And we could cut down on all the paperwork on the CBC .