A Bump on a Pole

The presence of pigeons  indicates a metropolitan area. Pigeons follow human congestion. That is not altogether a bad thing. If you don’t believe me, look at the little bump on the left side of the power pole in this photo. The bump is a bird that would not be there if it were not for the pigeons.

The bump eats pigeons for a living.

We humans tried hard to kill that bump on the power pole. We sprayed DDT on everything we could think of and the DDT almost wiped out the bump and its entire species.

The bump is a magnificent bird and the fastest animal on the planet. And, because it is such a magnificent bird, we stopped spraying DDT, in part, just to save it. What is more, we do it a big favor by living in cities, because the pigeons live with us and provide a rich diet for the bird.

Here is a close up.

Peregrine Falcons miss nothing within the range of their vision. In this photo, it is deciding whether I am friend or foe or food.

Even in our cities, we are not apart from nature, we are a part of nature.


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2 Responses to “A Bump on a Pole”

  1. Will Reichard Says:

    Awesome post! Love to see peregrines here. When I was back in Cleveland, a reintroduced pair lived on a bridge in our suburb and they would sometimes sit on the poles that way, looking down a couple of hundred feet and terrifying small animals in a huge radius.

    I knew to look there, though. What a great eye to spot this bird and to see one “wild.” Very, very cool. Love the blog!

  2. Noni Mausa Says:

    We have been so lucky to have peregrins nesting on one of our downtown tower hotels, with a realtime camera feed to the net so that during the season we can watch with bated breath for hatching, feeding, that first scary flight… a whole cityful of people watching them like a soap opera.

    Winnipeg, Manitoba

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