Peregrine Falcon Fast Facts:

  • The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal in the world.  One bird was clocked at 217 miles per hour.
  • The peregrine falcon is found on every continent except Antartica.
  • A peregrine falcon's wing span is about 3 feet.
  • A peregrine falcon can fly at about 6 weeks of age.
  • The word "peregrine" mean "wanderer". Some falcons migrate thousands of miles each year.
  • Peregrine falcons are 22 to 24 inches long and weigh about 2 pounds. The female is larger and stronger than the male.
  • Peregrine falcons usually lay 3 to 4 eggs in the Spring.
  • An adult falcon usually eats one bird a day, including water fowl, shore birds, and pigeons.
  • A peregrine falcon may live as long as 20 years.


Falcon Cam


Peregrine Falcons can be observed nesting on the top of the Talcony Palmyra Bridge from late March through early June.

 

Because peregrine falcons are an endangered species in New Jersey, biologists with NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Non-game Species Program promote falcon nesting in our state.


In 1990, the Burlington County Bridge Commission staff built and installed a nest box atop the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, at the point where the bridge arch begins to slope toward Pennsylvania.


Peregrines have been successfully nesting in the box since 2008.



Thanks to video cameras focused on the peregrine falcon box, web visitors have a birds-eye view! 

Falcon Stream #1

Tacony-Palmyra Bridge

Falcon Stream #2

Tacony-Palmyra Bridge

Falcon Stream #3

Burlington-Bristol Bridge