Jun 02 2009

Hey, little brother!

Published by at 4:23 pm under Nesting & Courtship,Peregrines

Four peregrine chicks at Univ. of Pittsburgh (photo from the National Aviary webcam)

"What's it like on the nestrail?" ask these peregrine sisters. "How come you can get up there and we haven't been able to yet?" 

That's what it looks like they're saying as their brother comes down from the nestrail with his back to the webcam. (See that brown feathered back at the bottom of the picture?)

Today at lunch time Fledge Watch, Little Brother hopped up on the nestrail and walked all the way to the west end of it.  From Schenley Plaza we couldn't see the nest but we had excellent views of Dorothy, his mother, making circles in the sky and Little Brother's adventure. 

The sisters were watching too.  A co-worker who viewed the webcam while I was at Schenley Plaza said the sisters moved their heads as if they were at a tennis match. 

And get a load of the look on the face of sister #3 at the far left.  Apparently she doesn't approve of ledge-walking.  Harumph!  😉

Come on down to Schenley Plaza and join us.

(photo from the National Aviary webcam at University of Pittsburgh)

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Hey, little brother!”

  1. Mary Ann Pikeon 02 Jun 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I got a cute picture with his head visible in the shot and the girls looking at him (but it’s a small picture, I only keep a little window open on my desktop). Is there some way we can send pictures to you if we get a good one or would you prefer not to be inundated with them? You don’t have to post this to the blog if you don’t want to, I just don’t know of any other way to get in touch with you.

  2. gloriaon 02 Jun 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Kate: One of the chicks is under the nestbox at the COL, is there anyway for it to get back up to the nestbox or is it stuck there?
    Just a worried watcher…

  3. Lindaon 02 Jun 2009 at 7:25 pm

    My family and I were watching with you at lunch time. It was a pleasure meeting you and learning more. After you returned to work Dorothy and E2 did wonderful acrobatics in front of the male chick who stayed on the railing. They thrilled us with their tries at getting the child to fledge. We felt it was a successful day for us, filling in the needed gap of information about Peregrines. I urge all of you who are fans of the webcam and this blog to come to the tent by the Cathedral of Learning–it’s well worth it.

  4. Libby Strizzion 03 Jun 2009 at 6:39 am

    My friend Betsy and I had such a fun time yesterday at lunchtime, at the tent. It was so nice to finally meet you, after sharing emails for several years. It was gray & ugly at home, and thundershowers were threatened all day, but we came anyway — a 50 mile drive down from New Castle — and were blessed with clear blue sunny sky at the tent. One has to actually see a scene to comprehend it. In your blog you have told us what it’s like, but now my brain understands too. Like, I had no idea you couldn’t see the nestbox from the ground. It’s behind a row of artistic cement cut-outs. We could barely make out Mama’s face peering out of the cut-out on the right. But we could see her flying after she left. And we could see “baby” walking the ledge on top of the cut-outs, as you describe. Too bad we didn’t stay a little longer to see both Dorothy and E2 flying their acrobatics. I’m anxious to hear a fledging story later this week.

  5. Kathyon 03 Jun 2009 at 10:24 am

    How cute! I was watching the camera yesterday afternoon, and actually thought that very same thing that they looked as if they were watching a tennis match. I love this stage as they try to keep up with each other. It seems there is always one a bit more apprehensive than the rest.

    I was reading on the Rochester site this morning about Mariah’s taking to the skies over the Kodak Tower again. She was released into the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge on May 26th, I think it was, and two days later she was flying over the Kodak Tower again. Rochester is her home.

    It also appears that Beauty and Archer may not have produced viable eggs this year. They have both been away from the nest area at the same time and have not been seen bringing food into it. It is not a certainty because there are no cameras, but a behavioral report from the Rochester Watchers.

  6. Joannon 03 Jun 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I’m watching the GT right now & Louie looks lost-he keeps looking around the nest for his daughters but can’t find them. I believe Tasha flew in briefly & took off with what was left of lunch but poor Louie just looks lost. I didn’t see any of the chicks from the COL when I checked the website-did they fly yet or are they on the nestrails?

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