Peregrines Breed Again in the Sagrada Familia
7 years after the peregrine falcon restoration project in Barcelona began, a pair of falcons has bred in the famous Sagrada Familia temple, one of the most famous tourist attractions in all of Europe. Last year, other pairs of perregrine's bred in Barcelona for the first time since 1970, when the last pair was killed by pigeon breeders. Right now there are 4 breeding pairs in Barcelona.
Below are photos of the Sagrada Familia's peregrines. The adult male was released in 2001 at Barcelona harbour. The female is a two year-old wild bird and was not released. This year's two chicks were born on April the 25th, inside a nest box put on top of one of the eight bell towers.
Thanks to Eduard Durany for the information and photos.
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