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Scott Sees a Peregrine Shoot across the Sky

What's that piercing squeal?
© School in the Woods / C. Koppie View Large

Scott Brizic, a fifth grader at School in the Woods in Colorado Springs, describes a recent encounter with a Peregrine Falcon: “One day as I sat down outside for lunch, I saw a Peregrine Falcon shoot across the sky . . . I saw it for a split-second, for it was going 200 miles an hour.”

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Scott Sees a Peregrine Falcon Shoot Across the Sky

Written by Scott Brizic

This is BirdNote!

Students at School in the Woods, in Colorado Springs, study natural systems in a natural setting. Here’s a young naturalist now, Scott Brizic [BRIZ-ic], a fifth grader:

“One day as I sat down outside for lunch, I saw a Peregrine Falcon shoot across the sky! [Call of Peregrine Falcon] Its curved wings threw it higher than the trees, its head pointing forward, telling me it was not searching for prey. 

I saw it for a split-second, for it was going…200 miles an hour. Its call is a piercing squeal. 

[Peregrine Falcon call] 

The Peregrine Falcon lives in coniferous forests, where they use the open fields to catch prey. Some prey of the Peregrine Falcon are songbirds, small mammals such as cottontails, and small rodents. They will also eat waterfowl like mallards, grebes, and their relatives. [Mallards on alert]

Now if you see a raptor that looks like a Peregrine, don’t be too sure. Prairie Falcons are very similar to Peregrine Falcons. [Call of Prairie Falcon] One way to tell the difference in flight is the brown dots sprinkling the Prairie Falcon’s wings. 

So if you see a Peregrine Falcon, tell yourself you saw the king’s hunting bird, the greatest raptor of royalty.” [Call of Prairie Falcon]

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Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Call of Peregrine Falcon [uned] recorded by Gerrit Vyn; calls of Mallards [3430] A.A. Allen; call of Prairie Falcon. 

Ambient drawn from Western Meadowlark [uned] by Gerrit Vyn. 

BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.

Producer: John Kessler

Executive Producer: Chris Peterson

© 2013 Tune In to   September 2013   Narrator: Mary McCann

ID#  PEFA-07-2013-09-12 PEFA-07 

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Special thanks to Carol and John Stansfield. Scott B. recorded in school district studio

The Mission of School in the Woods, dedicated to the study of natural sciences in a natural setting, is to inspire our students to be critical thinkers as they pursue lifelong learning through direct interaction with living systems, integrated into an academically challenging curriculum in a safe environment. Our naturalists will share their deep appreciation and stewardship of the natural world with the larger community.

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