Herb Knufken has been taking photos of peregrine falcons at Torrey Pines since 2004. Last year, a new pair of falcons paired up to mate and raise young at Torrey Pines. Herb reports that in early April the birds were back and sitting on eggs for their second year. Eggs should hatch by the first week of May.
June will mark the first fledgling flights, and will be a time for the young to hone their skills. By the end of July they will no longer get help from their parents and will need to forage and survive on their own.
How to Observe the Peregrines at Torrey Pines: The nesting site is visible at low tide, south of Lifeguard Tower # 1. Look up and find a Torrey Pine on the slope, with a large opening below it in the cliff. The best light for sighting is late afternoon. The best time to see the fledglings is in June on the Guy Fleming Trail in the morning. If you are not sure where to observe, just look for birders with cameras and long lenses!