Apr 26 2017
>–> This morning’s status at the Cathedral of Learning nest is in the text below.
Wondering about names for Pittsburgh’s peregrine nestlings? They already have them.
At Pittsburgh’s on-camera sites we use a naming scheme similar to that used at bald eagle nests: a letter for the location plus the hatch number. The Cathedral of Learning is “C,” the Gulf Tower/Downtown is “G.”
Nestling names at the Cathedral of Learning were C1 through C4 last year. Only C1 survived. This year the numbers are C5 through C8. Their status this morning is:
- C5 is gone. Hope killed and ate it on 24 April.
- C6 hatched in the early hours of 25 April.
- C7 hatched late on 25 April.
- The last egg, C8, is still unhatched as of now (26 April 2017, 7am).
The two chicks at the Cathedral of Learning, C6 and C7, were fed this morning at 6:25am shortly after this snapshot.
At the Gulf Tower we’ve just begun naming this year so the three chicks are G1 through G3.
Good luck figuring out who is who!
Peregrine chicks look alike for several weeks because the entire clutch hatched within 24-48 hours. Only as the chicks approach fledging do the females become noticeably larger that the males. (Adult males are 1/3 smaller than females. That’s why males are called tiercels.)
For more information on naming, see this Peregrine FAQ: How do peregrines get their names?
Reminder! A Caution to Viewers of the Cathedral of Learning falconcam:
Do not watch the Cathedral of Learning falconcam if it upsets you to see a mother kill her young. The Gulf Tower in downtown Pittsburgh has a beautiful peregrine family on camera. Please watch the Gulf Tower falconcam to learn about normal peregrine behavior!