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A very big Peregrine day

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Congrats to birders at the Florida Keys Hawkwatch for breaking the day and annual record for Peregrine Falcons this month.

On October 11, a phenomenal 651 Peregrines were seen from the balcony on Sunderland Key, amounting to a new single-day world record for the species.

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Photo by Kevan Sunderland.

And buoyed no doubt by that huge day, just yesterday the season’s 2977th Peregrine Falcon was tallied, setting a new record for a seasonal count in the United States. With the season still ongoing, the question now is whether the counters can get 243 more Peregrines to break the world seasonal record of 3,219 set in Kekoldi, Costa Rica, in 2004.

Prevailing winds predicted to push out of the Northeast for the next few days suggest that that Costa Rica record may be dead to rights.  To follow along on what could be an historic season in Florida, check out the Florida Keys Hawkwatch’s website.

Good luck counters!

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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. 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.
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