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Peregrine Falcons are known for their impressive flying skills. They are master aerialists, flying circles around their avian prey in a pursuit that sometimes culminates in a 200+ mile per hour dive at the end of which the falcon delivers the fatal blow. But these skills take time to develop, and a young Peregrine leaving the nest on his or her first flight shows considerably less airborne talent than one would expect from the species.

One such youngster ran into trouble on Saturday, July 27 shortly after she took flight from a nest ledge on the ship canal bridge in Seattle. That flight ended with her splashing down in the water below, and her parents frantically circling her in a vain attempt to lend assistance. Although the parents could do nothing to help, the commotion they caused caught the attention of a nearby boater who scooped the fledgling falcon out of the water and brought her to PAWS.

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she sure is a beauty. Glad PAWS could help her out.

I was checking on that nest location regularly, just to make sure there were no fledglings in trouble. I'm so glad this compassionate boater came to her rescue. What a serendipitous encounter for her. Did you see the parents come back and feed her while you were there?

Good job Kevin and the rest of the good people at PAWS.
What a beautiful bird.

Thanks, Kevin and crew! And thanks to the boater, also. Kevin, I'm so glad you were able to return the bird so close to where she fell in the water.

Thanks Kevin for your good care of this young female. She actually swam all the way across the ship canal, watched by one of the local rowing coaches, who was the one to thoughtfully helped this swimmer out of the water. Who knew these birds could swim? Thanks for your good care and for returning her so quickly to her home. Much appreciated by a group of us who watch this nest sight often. I love the photos.

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