Falcons, hawks, and other large birds on the wing are always an amazing sight, and to see them hunting or chasing other birds only adds to the excitement. Last weekend, local birders witnessed a riveting scene: a peregrine falcon dive-bombing a turkey vulture over Palmer Field by U-M hospital (viewed from footbridge over Washtenaw Ave.) The falcon then whizzed by the the birders close enough for them to see all the field marks without binoculars. Later, while approaching the Arb, the birders saw two peregrines chasing a red-tailed hawk out of the peony garden toward the cemetery. The also spotted one lone peregrine hunting high over the Huron River near the U-M hospital.

Peregrine Falcon

Red-Tailed Hawk

Turkey Vulture