Falconidae - Falcons
The falcons are small to medium sized birds with long, tapering wings built for speed. They feed on a variety of prey, from insects to birds. Although most falcons actively pursue their prey, the Kestrel is a familiar sight hovering along roadside verges waiting to pounce on an unlucky mouse or vole. In contrast, the Peregrine may reach speeds in excess of 100 mph in its bullet-like stoop for prey. The sexes are usually similar in plumage, but the female is generally larger in size. Unlike the hawks, to which they are closely related, they do not build nests, but use a scrape on a cliff ledge, or re-use an old nest built by someone else. In many species, nest-sites are traditional and may be used continuously for several decades.
Regularly Occurring Species
Migration blog (23rd – 29th October)
Birdtrack organiser Scott Mayson and media manager Paul Stancliffe reveal what species have been on the move during the last week and what we can expect over the weekend and into next week.
Marsh Awards 2020 - online stream and live panel
This year’s awards will take place virtually at 7pm on Wednesday 28 October and we'd love you to join us on the evening.