Peregrine Falcons

The bridge provides a seasonal home for
the fastest member of the animal kingdom.

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.

The FalconCam, formerly located on the Tappan Zee Bridge, was removed in advance of dismantling operations. Click here for the FalconCam Archive. However, we are still monitoring and protecting the 2018 nest. See below for the latest photos.