Peregrine falcon taking off from the shoreline between Frautschi and Picnic Point. Photo Arlene Koziol
Great news! Last Saturday, on an evening boat ride with Jeff Koziol and friends, Arlene Koziol was shooting a landscape image with a wide angle lens. She reports: "A raptor sitting in the dead oak tree took off over our heads. Jeff said it was a peregrine Falcon and I said it was a Cooper’s Hawk. Jeff said the bird has pointy wings like a falcon. My statement was it had a long tail like a Cooper’s Hawk. After all, I have photographed and observed both birds on many occasions. Jeff has only seen a picture of a Peregrine. I was so surprised when I blew the image up on my computer. It was a Peregrine Falcon! Jeff was right! According to Roma’s charts, a Peregrine Falcon is a rarity in the Preserve. I sent the image to Roma Lenehan for verification. Roma agreed that the raptor was a Peregrine Falcon!.......As Roma said, very exciting!"