Today as I was driving west on I-10 at 8:45 am, I passed a Peregrine Falcon that was heading eastbound, more or less over the eastbound lanes, at low enough altitude for an easy naked-eye view. Near the Galleria in Metairie.
It was flying more hesitantly than usual for this species, which is usually flies quite directly. Maneuvering for a strike at prey?
Peregrines are known to sometimes roost on the Jefferson water tower just west of here; perhaps it was coming from there. How great to have Peregrines in the city! When I was growing up, it was rare- practically a fantasy bird.
Later in the day, two Red-shouldered Hawks were perched conspicuously side by side, clearly a mated pair, on the corner of a rooftop on the north side of I-10, just west of Clearview.