The other day, as I was driving through the parking ramp to park for my day at work, I spotted this . . .
That's a very bad photo of a peregrine falcon.
(On the top level of my parking ramp.)
Here in Kalamazoo, it's not unusual to spot peregrine falcons. We have peregrine falcons that live and nest in the tallest of our buildings downtown. Last spring, there was a "falcon cam" pointed on their nest and you could watch them hatch online. Tom can actually watch the falcons out his window at work. One of my friends, who works in the building where they nest, sees them pick pigeons off the window ledges of the building fairly regularly. Although I think I've seen them flying, I've never encountered one of them close up.
Until last Thursday.
It was the feathers that first drew my attention as I drove through the ramp. There were LOTS of feathers flying everywhere, and a whole pile of them in the corner of the ramp.
Then I noticed the bird.
Carefully guarding what was (probably) a pigeon.
I stopped the car and took some pictures through the closed window with my phone. Not so great. But kind of cool all the same!
Completely unexpected! A parking ranp surprise!