Peregrine falcons have been making a comeback in recent years, nesting on city bridges and finding good perches on tall city buildings. The pigeon populations common in cities attract them, too, as an easy food source. Other hawks, such as Cooper Hawks, find city living appealing, as well.
One of these birds of prey hunts in the Jefferson area, sometimes surprising staff who look out a window to see it perched in a tree, looking back at them. Medical Media Services lead photographer Dave Super was lucky enough to come across our raptor with a fresh kill, out on Lubert Plaza.
Read more about falcons in the Philadelphia area, their future prospects, and falcons in general. The Franklin Institute also maintains a page about their red-tailed hawk’s nest in Center City. We’re not sure which bird we caught on camera, but would appreciate assistance with identification.