Bird’s-eye View

In addition to facilitating travel across the Hudson River’s Tappan Zee, the New NY Bridge offers a seasonal home to peregrine falcons. The state Thruway Authority provided a nest box for a couple of the endangered birds to raise their young. The box also offers a great high perch for them to spot prey in the river below. Falcons dive at speeds reaching more than 200 mph, making them the world’s fastest animal.

In addition to the box, the Thruway Authority kindly provided a camera that allows the public to play peeping Tom, keeping track of the birds’ comings and goings. Chances are you won’t see much for the next few months — falcons migrate south when temperatures drop. (FYI, the word “falcon” means “wanderer.”) But come February, if the past is any indication, they should put on quite a show.