Some of Detroit’s tallest buildings also are home to some of Detroit’s most amazing birds. The Fisher Building, the AT&T building and others have nests for these birds that almost vanished from the United States east of the Mississippi in the late 1960s due to the effects of DDT.
Here’s a video shared with Daily Detroit by the person who shot it, commercial real estate broker Benji Rosenzweig who had a special encounter with the bird. We’ve uploaded it with his permission.
Their populations are slowly starting to recover, and when you get a chance to see this beauty it’s special. The average Peregrine measures between 14 and 19 inches long and has a whopping wingspan of about 3½ feet – or 44 inches.
As of two years ago, Peregrines had made their home across metro Detroit, usually a nesting pair at a time. Verified sites in the city of Detroit included the AT&T building, First National Building, Fisher Building, the Whitter Apartments, University of Detroit-Mercy. In the suburbs, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe, Shore Club Tower Apartments and Marina in St. Clair Shores, the Macomb County Building in Mt. Clemens, among others.
Where else have you seen Peregrine falcons?