The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City shared photos of 12 peregrine falcon chicks with hilarious facial expressions that hatched in nests atop the Verrazano-Narrows, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial and Throgs Neck bridges this year.

May is that time of year when city officials nationwide are putting ID bands on the birds to track their health and numbers. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has claimed before that New York City “probably” boasts the largest urban population of peregrine falcons.

In case their fuzziness alone isn’t enough to win you over, they will grow up to eat pigeons.

Here is video of the baby falcons getting banded:

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