Join LPO Normandy to help save the Peregrine Falcon

A pair of peregrine falcons is based on Cap de Carteret “for four or five years”. (©DP)

Whether it’s raining, or windy, or the sun’s rays are caressing, Cape Carteret always beautiful Here’s wherea pair of peregrine falcons decided to settle down. “We started observing this four or five years ago,” says Jean-Pierre Labourdette, representative of LPO Normandy (League for the Protection of Birds) in Cotentin.

“The pair started nesting in 2020.” During the first childbirth. Perhaps this is not a coincidence, as this way these birds could enjoy more peace. It was then that he, along with several other volunteers, began to establish “light surveillance” for this protected species.

More than 300 km/h while diving

There were peregrine falcon eggs prey of human traffickers “in France, in Europe, almost everywhere,” complains Jean-Pierre Labourdette. Hence its scarcity. From now on, at least that’s how experts assess it five pairs nest in the English Channel. “It is very present in Normandy, on the coast, as well as in the interior of the country,” the volunteer notes.

A privileged place

Cape Carteret, which is part of the Coastal Conservancy, is a ‘privileged site’ for many species. Here you can observe a couple of common rooks, also a rather rare species, or a picha and a sea warbler.

The couple who chose Cape Carteret fruitful: two years in a row (in 2020 and 2021) he managed to give birth to three babies who managed to fly independently. “It’s quite rare that three are autonomous. If these young begin to fly “about the middle of June,” they should necessarily leave the nest at the end of summer, beginning of autumn: “They need to find another territory. To feed themselves and their chicks, peregrine falcons “hunt quite far out to sea,” attacking “gulls, homing pigeons, etc.” »

“He knows various hunting techniques. When it spots prey, it walks in the opposite direction and then climbs very high into the sky before nose diving. Regularly reaches 250 km/h. At the end of last year, 317 km/h was measured in the USA. »

Jean-Pierre LabourdetteLPO Representative in Cotentin

Last year, About fifteen volunteers followed the couple: “Without disturbing him, we observe his behavior, taking notes, which allowed us to confirm or discover certain behaviors that are not in the literature. And about communication with pedestrians: “We distributed 250 flyers last year. We contacted about 500 people. »

Jean-Pierre Labourdette represents the Normandy LPO in Cotentin.
Jean-Pierre Labourdette represents the Normandy LPO in Cotentin.

LPO Normandy launches appeal for this new nesting season. 25 volunteers have already answered, but others can take turns more easily. The association also offers training sessions, so whether you are a member or not, an enthusiast or a novice, you can always improve your knowledge and technique of observation and counting.

If you are interested in joining and/or volunteering, please send an email to [email protected]

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