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A White-faced Ibis was present at Plum Island in northern Massachusetts for the last week.  It's a rare bird in the state, and given its proximity to the Boston area, one several birders would be interested in making an effort to see. 

Well, except that's not likely to happen now as a local Peregrine Falcon has made quick work of the vagrant, and more, the entire exchange was caught on video by a lucky group of ornithology students from Green Mountain College in Vermont. 

As if this wasn't dramatic enough, the Peregrine has one eye, and you can see the damaged left side when the bird turns its head.  It's a remarkable video, though perhaps less so if you're a Massachusetts birder still looking for White-faced Ibis who'd perhaps be forgiven for holding a grudge against this swash-buckling Falcon.  Plum Island is clearly a rough neighborhood.

Thanks to Professor Mike Blust for sharing the video on YouTube, and to Christopher Ciccone for directing attention to it.   

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog. A long-time member of the bird blogosphere, Nate has been writing about birds and birding at The Drinking Bird since 2007, but can also be found writing regularly at 10,000 Birds. In the non-digital world, he's an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist. He is also the author of Birding for the Curious. Nate lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are being groomed to be birders.
  • Ah…ya just gotta love “the circle of life”. Beautiful and brutal! Bummer for all those in Massachusetts that missed adding it to their state life list, but nature lovers everywhere have got to appreciate that video.

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