Peregrine Falcons in the Scottish Borders
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
The fastest animal in the world, peregrines can reach speeds of up to 250 miles per hour in their hunting ‘stoop’. Their main prey consists of birds, but they will also sometimes take small mammals. The peregrine is a large, blue-grey falcon, with a barred breast, a black head and ‘moustache’, and a yellow beak. The female is considerably larger than the male, with less conspicuous colouring. The peregrine often looks like the shape of an anchor in flight.
The rocky sea cliffs of St Abbs Head NNR are a good place to view peregrines though you may spot them inland at various locations including church spires. Peregrines are resident all year round.