In this undated photograph provided by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, two female peregrine falcon chicks are shown in a nest box atop the 693-foot Brooklyn tower of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island in New York. The pair are are among three new sets of nine peregrine falcon chicks recently hatched atop MTA Bridges, including the Verrazano, the Throgs Neck Bridge, and the Marine Parkway Bridge. The photo shows Sunset, left, and Rose, who were named for nearby neighborhoods. (AP/MTA)
NEW YORK – Where do YOU go for a little peace and quiet?
Three peregrine falcon moms have found New York City bridges to be the perfect roost for raising a family.
Nine fuzzy, white and chubby chicks have recently hatched at the Verrazano-Narrows, Marine Parkway and Throgs Neck bridges.
Maintenance Superintendent Carlton Cyrus says workers take care not to disturb the birds during nesting season. As he puts it: "We just give them some peace and quiet."
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Bridges and Tunnels agency says peregrine falcons were nearly wiped out in the 1960s because of pesticides and remain on the state endangered birds list.
Wildlife specialist Chris Nadareski estimates there are now 16 pairs in New York City.