The Sky is a Neighborhood

“‘We get a lot of people that think they have a bird problem, and they don’t. And then I have a lot of people that say they have ‘a little bird problem,’ and I see this.’ He returned a few days later in his Ford F-150 pickup with a lone, white-and-gray mottled gyr prairie falcon, an adolescent named Tilda. Swanson guided the raptor — a hybrid of the Arctic gyrfalcon and Western U.S. prairie falcon, which can dive at speeds of around 100 miles per hour — onto his leather-gloved fist and walked … up onto the boardwalk. The mood in the sky suddenly changed.” NYT: (Gift Article) The Ancient Art of Falconry at the Jersey Shore. How Ocean City cleared the gulls from its boardwalk — with falcons and hawks.

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