If I were to ask you what species is the fastest on Earth, what would you say?If you said the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) than you are quite correct. This species can reach speeds of up to 185 mph when diving for prey, has a wingspan of 40 inches long and has a height of 15-20 inches tall.
Peregrine Falcons are the largest falcon over most of the continent with long, pointed wings and tail. Adults are blue-gray above with barred underparts and thick black sideburns on their dark head.
These beautiful creatures were once an endangered species due to the use of DDT and chemical pesticides. Their population has now rebounded with the aid of captive breeding programs however during the 20th century their population exhibited a steep decline. Now Peregrine Falcons can be found on all continents except Antarctica.
Peregrine Falcons can be seen perching or nesting on cliffs, tall structures and even skyscrapers. One place in the Adirondacks that has been officially confirmed with a definitive sighting is Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in the Town of Chesterfield in Essex County New York. A nest has been confirmed on the nose on the main face of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain.
With beautiful weather ahead, I think I just might migrate over to good 'ole Poke-O Moonshine Mountain to see a great view on top of this mountain. And possibly get a glimpse of a Peregrine Falcon from a respectable distance.