06/04/2012 11:58 am ET Updated Jun 04, 2012

Peregrine Falcons Call MTA Bridges Their Home (PHOTOS) (VIDEO)

Next time you're on the Throgs Neck Bridge and feel like honking your way to the other side, take a moment and think about the fluffy little peregrine falcon chicks who are trying to get some sleep above you.

The endangered birds, who can fly up to 200 miles per hour when diving after their prey, hatched in May and are now living atop three MTA bridges -- the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial, Throgs Neck, and the Verrazano-Narrows.

As a research scientist for the MTA explains above, over 20 pair of peregrine falcons live throughout the five boroughs and they're known to nest high above bridges, buildings, and towers.

The MTA is dedicated to banding and providing nesting boxes for the falcons, but as an MTA official explains their "primary goal is to just let them be."

For photos of the baby falcons, see below:



Peregrine Falcon Chicks Living Atop MTA Bridges