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Unhatched and abandoned peregrine falcon eggs on an open ledge in a cliff formed of volcanic tuff, which is characteristic of the Jemez Mountains, NM. The eggs are laid in a depression formed in the regolith by the adult falcons. Also visible and not typical is twigs from woodland at the top of the cliff. It is likely carried to holes and ledges by woodrats or other small mammals and lasts indefinitely due to the dryness of such places. Rodent scats are also visible in the accumulated debris. (Location designator R-27) © 2010 David A. Ponton
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Unhatched and abandoned peregrine falcon eggs on an open ledge in a cliff formed of volcanic tuff, which is characteristic of the Jemez Mountains, NM. The eggs are laid in a depression formed in the regolith by the adult falcons. Also visible and not typical is twigs from woodland at the top of the cliff. It is likely carried to holes and ledges by woodrats or other small mammals and lasts indefinitely due to the dryness of such places.  Rodent scats are also visible in the accumulated debris. (Location designator R-27) © 2010 David A. Ponton