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Frosted Flakes: Peregrine Falcons, Counterfeit Whiskey and a Flight to Nowhere

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Would you consider going on a ‘flight to nowhere’?

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Peregrine Falcons are the largest hawk in the Americas and seen on pretty much every continent except Antarctica. Their length ranges from 14.2-19.3 inches and their wingspan ranges from 39.4-43.3 inches, however, females are typically larger than males. These birds are probably most well known for their S-E-C speed. National Geographic notes that they are “formidable hunters that prey on other birds and bats in mid-flight. Peregrines hunt from above and, after sighting their prey, drop into a steep, swift dive that can top 200 miles an hour.” These beautiful birds can also fly long distances outside of nesting season with the possibility of flying up to 15,500 miles a year!

On another note, I have noticed some airlines have been offering ‘flights to nowhere’ as a way of boosting sales while the airline industry recovers from the pandemic. It’s not really my cup of tea but it seems like a lot of people are hopping onboard for these adventures because they are getting sold out in Australia (see article below). I just feel like it’s better to paid the same price and end up in a different and hopefully more exciting location.

What are your thoughts on this? Would you consider taking one of these flights in the United States or anywhere else in the world? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.

I will continue the animal of the week feature here so feel free to suggest more animals and who knows...your pick might be selected in the next Thursday Flakes.

That’s all for now...onto Flakes.

Frosted Flakes

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Travel

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Stuff You Should Read

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