The Peregrine Falcon is, in fact, an afterthought in the chapter Williams devotes largely to starlings. What struck me most about this chapter was the acknowledgement of the fact that Williams is without a doubt interested in starlings even though she doesn’t seem proud to be interested. She recognizes that starlings are universally loathed by the very people that provide for their existence and reliance. Starlings thrive in environments containing the left behind, such as the junk yard that Williams describes.
She further discusses how hypocritical it is for there to be such a negative stigma around starlings when we as humans have more in common than we would like to admit. They represent what we, as humans like least about ourselves but also our strengths. There is beauty not only in the iridescence of the plumage of the sterlings, but in their ability to adapt to changing and damaged environments, and their ability to work together and flock together as one. Perhaps that is why Williams is intrigued by them, because under the surface they represent the truth and both the good and the bad qualities of human kind.