These are some pretty cute chicks.
Ten new peregrine falcon chicks were banded at the Verrazano-Narrows, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial and Throgs Neck Bridges on Wednesday, May 15 and May 25.
Two male and one female chick were placed 693 feet up at the top of the Verrazano-Narrows Brooklyn tower.
Every year, research scientist Chris Nadareski of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection climbs to the top of the bridges to put identifying bands on the falcon chicks. The bands help the department keep track of the number of peregrines in the city, and identify them if they become sick or injured.
Peregrine falcons were nearly wiped out in the 1960s due to pesticides in their food supply. Urban falcons like to nest on top of high places, like bridges and high-rise buildings, to hunt for prey.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels have been a part of the state nesting program since 1983, and provides nesting boxes for falcons at the top of the bridges.