This protagonist and central character in the novel is a female peregrine falcon that was raised and trained by a boy in Upstate New York.
This male peregrine falcon encounters the protagonist after the death of his mate. He lures the protagonist to his aerie, where she serves as a surrogate mother to his three eyases.
This male peregrine falcon mates with the protagonist and broods with her on the Delhi Bridge. He ultimately abandons the protagonist due to fears of the bridge construction.
This young female peregrine falcon is the first of the protagonist's offspring to hatch. She is tough and independent, yet returns to the farm where she was raised to mate and nest.
This old hunting dog is abused and abandoned. He is later taken in by a couple but escapes. He becomes a hunting partner with the protagonist and flushes game...
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