Peregrine Falcons at Torrey Pines

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!


  1. Chris Cook on July 18, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Good day,
    I live in east county between lakeside and El Cajon .
    We have group of Peregrine Falcons in our area.
    they appear to be leading how to hunt.
    It is very neat to watch.
    Does this need to be reported to someone?
    Thank you for any information .
    Chris Cook

    • Natalie Shapiro on July 21, 2016 at 9:03 PM

      This sounds like a wonderful thing to watch! No, it does not need to be reported.

  2. Cynthia Horine on March 12, 2018 at 7:35 AM

    Spotted the nesting peregrines yesterday around 5:40 pm at Torrey Pines, Del Mar. The male brought a kill back to the nest on the bluff . The female took the kill out on a ledge to prep and eat, Great day at Torrey Pines!

    • Natalie Shapiro on March 16, 2018 at 3:14 PM

      That sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing-what a great experience!

  3. Glenda Jensen on August 22, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Been seeing a peregrine falcon this past week in Escondido, once in full flight and the other resting on a stop sign.

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