As typically occurs every fall at this time, an equinoxical storm with onshore winds and passing rain squalls is funneling peregrine falcons along the NE Florida coast. Ca noon today, following a morning of heavy rains, seven peregrines (three flying together) were sighted in the ragged skies over Amelia Island's NE shoreline. Incidental to the peregrines were a few small flocks of Great Blue Heron drifting south and two pairs of Royal terns engaged in aerial gyrations high aloft over the beach.
With the Nor'easter conditions projected to persist through the week, peregrines should become a fixture of the outer coast as they occasionally rest on empty beaches, cruise the dunes or engage in the aerial pursuit of hapless passerines high aloft over the ocean as they attempt to make landfall along the beach.
Patrick Leary, Fernandina Beach, Nassau County
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