Saturday, 29 May 2010

Peregrines return

Peregrine falcons are beautiful birds and over the last few years I've seen a pair that breed on a church building in the centre of Worcester. Their numbers are growing a little now but they were hard hit by pesticides and loss of habitat at the end of last century. It was good to see a headline saying Der Wanderfalke ist wieder da Follow the link to see how they have been successfully reintroduced in Germany.

The English name is related to the verb to peregrinate - to travel from place to place, usually on foot. Perhaps that helps with remembering  the German name.

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