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Peregrine progeny

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:18 am, Fri Jun 7, 2013.

Three Peregrine falcon chicks sport new tracking bands at their parents’ nest atop the north tower of the Throgs Neck Bridge.

The chicks, one male and two females, hatched in a nesting box atop the 360-foot tower, part of the 30-year falcon nesting program carried out by the MTA and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

They were banded by wildlife specialist Chris Nadereski of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection. Three more hatched this spring on the MTA’s Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Peregrines are on the state’s endangered bird list.

The predators, whose diet consists mostly of smaller birds, are the fastest members of the animal kingdom, capable of reaching 200 miles per hour in a full dive to capture a pigeon or some other delicacy in mid-flight.

Adult birds mate for life, and return to the same nest every year to raise their young.

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