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Penny, the Peregrine Falcon

Recently back from the taxidermist, Penny the Peregrine Falcon is on display at the Central Library. 

penny the peregrine falcon photograph

She was apparently killed in 2006 by flying into the reflective glass window of her home (the TD Canada Trust tower).  It is possible that she was distracted when chasing a rival (a younger female).  She is on loan to the library for a couple of months by Peter Read of the McIlwraith Field Naturalists.  Her many admirers who have only seen her as a speck on top of her home, or through binoculars, will now have the opportunity to see her large and up close.

 

Penny was hatched in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 2000.  She arrived in London the following year to mate with George, London's resident peregrine falcon, a Hamilton hatch from 1999.  After George was put out of commission by a fatal injury, a new young male arrived in London.  He was named Toledo, after the city where he hatched in 2003.  Penny was active for six years in London, during which time she hatched and fledged 12 young, 7 of whom were female.  Her significance in the city of London has been to help bring her species back from the brink of extinction.