While researching the wildlife I might find around Acadia National Park, I discovered that several trails were closed due to Peregrine falcons nesting. Peregrine's are one of my favorite raptors. I was very excited to have the chance to see peregrine falcons as they were one of the many raptor species whose population of severely decimated by the use of DDT in the 1950's. Since it's ban, thanks to Rachel Carson's eye-opening book Silent Spring (1962), Peregrines and other raptors such as the Bald Eagle have slowly been increasing their populations. During the summers at Acadia, there are several nesting pairs using the cliffs around Mount Desert. Hiking trails to these areas are closed during nesting season to allow minimal disturbance. I went to one of the trailheads via the island shuttle for the Ranger Talk. The nesting pair at this cliff successfully had 2 chicks who were practicing their flying and hunting skills. Peregrines are very territorial. This cliff was only "big enough for the two of them", that is the nesting pair and their two chicks. They were so high up the cliff that I could only see "a bird" flying. The rangers verified it as a young peregrine. They had a large scope fixed on the cliffs and were able to zoom in much more than I could even with my large camera lens. It was very exciting and special to see (and at least attempt to photograph) a young peregrine falcon.
Puffins resting Flying Atlantic puffin