Did You Know?
- Peregrine means “wanderer.” These falcons migrate great distances, flying north or south as the seasons change.
- Peregrine falcon chicks are called “eyases.”
- The peregrine falcon can reach speeds over 200 miles per hour in a controlled dive, making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom.
- Bony protrusions divert powerful airflow away from a falcon’s nostrils, allowing them to breathe during dives.
- A third, translucent eyelid known as a “nictitating membrane” keeps their eyes moist and clear from debris while maintaining their vision.
- Falcons generally establish a nest in February to raise their young before migrating south in the fall.
Hundreds of feet above the Hudson River, a nest box installed on top of the Tappan Zee Bridge provides shelter and a high vantage point from which the endangered peregrine falcon can scour for and dive after prey.
The falcon nest box is maintained by the New York State Thruway Authority, and the New NY Bridge will include a similarly-located nest box on its iconic towers. You can view the falcons in their nest box from our webcam.