Date: 10/10/17 8:28 pm From: Dave Leibert <xdave...> Subject: Totally Cool Peregrine @BOK , Lehigh County
While up at Bake Oven Knob today for the Fall raptor migration we had an awesome peregrine make a brief but exciting visit.
Richard spotted this bird in level flight over what we call the Notch. It was up a bit and flew without flapping at a good pace. This bird was probably slightly north of the ridge center line. We noticed that it had what appeared to be a full crop.
The bird continued to glide to a spot just a little bit past our position It suddenly pulled in its wings and made a hard 90 degree left turn towards the area behind the lookout where we were sitting . It dove and in an instant it quickly accelerated to a speed over 100 mph. We could hear a pretty loud rush of air associated with its motion as it was so close.
As it approached the mountain it flared and landed in a dead tree about 75 feet past the lookout. It didn't stay long as it probably looked over and saw a bunch of stunned hawkwatchers staring over at it.