Bridge chicks: NYC hatches 9 fuzzy baby falcons

In this undated photograph provided by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, a female peregrine falcon flaps her wings to protect her three chicks, born in late April or early May, as she reacts to a photographer who snapped a family portrait atop the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge in New York. The birds are among three new sets of nine peregrine falcon chicks recently hatched atop MTA bridges, including the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the Throgs Neck Bridge, and the Marine Parkway Bridge. The three pictured here were born inside a World War II gun turret 215-feet up on the Rockaway Tower of the bridge. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transit Authority, Chris Nadareski)

June 1, 2011 2:44:06 PM PDT
Where do YOU go for a little peace and quiet? Three peregrine falcon moms have found New York City bridges to be the perfect roost for raising a family.

Nine fuzzy, white and chubby chicks have recently hatched at the Verrazano-Narrows, Marine Parkway and Throgs Neck bridges.

Maintenance Superintendent Carlton Cyrus says workers take care not to disturb the birds during nesting season. As he puts it: "We just give them some peace and quiet."

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Bridges and Tunnels agency says peregrine falcons were nearly wiped out in the 1960s because of pesticides and remain on the state endangered birds list.

Wildlife specialist Chris Nadareski estimates there are now 16 pairs in New York City.