Mar 19 2008

Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner

Published by at 2:37 pm under Doves & Chickens,Peregrines

Rock Pigeon examining the webcam at the Pitt peregrine nest!Pigeons are the peregrines' favorite food so this snapshot from the Pitt peregrine webcam made me laugh out loud.  What the heck is this pigeon doing in the nest of his mortal enemies?

Pigeons nest on cliffs just like peregrines so they're used to having predators nearby but this is way too close.  I've never seen a live pigeon in the peregrines' nest, so what's up?

I have a theory.

Last year the University of Pittsburgh cleaned the Cathedral of Learning and found pigeon nests in every nook and cranny.  When the cleaning was finished they pigeon-proofed the building with netting and spikes.  This spring the pigeons have far fewer places to nest so this pair is desperate enough to try the beautiful nest ledge provided for the peregrines.

If you click on the pigeon picture you'll see a slideshow of the pigeon and his lady checking out the area.  They leave abruptly when...    Well, you just have to see the slideshow.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner”

  1. Gabi Hugheson 20 Mar 2008 at 9:10 am

    Excellent! I laughed out loud. Great blog, too. I have added it to the list of “must visit” web resources for our Pennsylvania Songbirds Teacher Workshop.

  2. Bonnie Jeanneon 20 Mar 2008 at 12:09 pm

    The slide show is a delight!

  3. Shannon Platton 23 Mar 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I loved it. I especially loved the last three pictures of the Peregrine looking around as if to say “MY NEST!! MINE!!!”

  4. diane silbergon 24 Mar 2008 at 3:18 pm


  5. Margeon 24 Mar 2008 at 7:17 pm

    That’s a good one!! Looks like “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed!”

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