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West Rock Ridge State Park

April 13, 2014 @ 8:00 am

We focus on just two breeding species for this trip to West Rock Ridge: Peregrine Falcon and Common Raven. A pair of Pereg- rine Falcons selected West Rock as their home base in 1999, thereby becoming one of the first breeding pairs in CT in the post-DDT era. Since then, 5 different females and 5 different males (tiercels) have occupied the ridge in various combinations. We observe their cliff site from an appropriate distance with the expectation of seeing flying, perching, preening, feeding, and agonistic interactions with the nearby nesting ravens, and incubation of eggs. Common Ravens were confirmed as breeders at West Rock in 2002, and the presumed same pair has nested here annually since then, producing 4 to 5 young in most years. We observe them from unusually close range as they soar, perch, bring in cached food, fight with the peregrines, and attend young in the cliff nest. Bring binoculars, cameras, and two extra layers of clothing (really!). The wind and cold at cliff top often bear no relation to conditions 450 feet below in the West River valley. Meet at the West Rock Nature Center parking lot on Wintergreen St, Hamden/New Haven border. Leader: Steve Broker: 203-272-5192 (cell: 203-747-6843), or



April 13, 2014
8:00 am
Event Category:


New Haven Bird Club