A return to our roots: our very first meetup was to observe the kestrels (Falco tinnunculus) that nest at Notre Dame. This year we'll be doing it again, taking advantage of the presence of the CORIF (Centre Ornithologique Ile de France) to locate them on the cathedral, where they've been nesting since at least 1840. Indeed, despite constant renovation of buildings that smooth over the nooks and crannies the falcons favor (even at Notre Dame, despite the efforts of the CORIF), roughly fifty nesting pairs have been observed in the capital in recent years, particularly on tall monuments with plenty of relief such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Chateau de Vincennes. The CORIF will also be able to tell us whether we can see kestrels elsewhere in the vicinity of Notre Dame this year, as is often the case.
It's a rare occasion to see the fluffy chicks at all, let alone in such a surprising setting. Just don't forget your binoculars or spotting scope!