May 25 2010

Meet Me At The Tent

Published by at 7:05 am under Peregrines,Schenley Park

Come to the Schenley Plaza Tent at any of the dates and times listed below for the Pitt Peregrine Fledge Watch.

It's my favorite time of year when the nestlings learn to fly.  I'll be at Schenley Plaza gazing at the top of the Cathedral of Learning, watching peregrines.

Want to see them too?  Come join me!

We'll see them stand on the railing and flap like crazy.  If we're lucky, we'll see their parents give flying demonstrations.  If we're really lucky, we'll see a young bird make its first flight, just like this video from Stephen Tirone.

And no matter what we'll swap stories and talk about peregrines.

Meet me at the tent at any of these dates and times, weather permitting.  (The peregrines won't fledge in steady rain and I won't be there either.)

  • Friday May 28, noon to 2:15pm. Kick off the Memorial Day Weekend with peregrine fun.
  • Saturday May 29, 8:00am to 11:00am.  I'll stay until noon if I know you're coming!
  • Tuesday June 1, noon to 2:15pm. This is the Rain Date for Friday May 28, but I'll be at Schenley Plaza on June 1st even if it didn't rain on Friday.
  • Wednesday and Thursday June 2 & 3, 1:00pm to 2:15pm.
  • I am likely to be at the tent after work on Tuesday June 1 and Thursday June 3.  Stay tuned for confirmation of the after-work times.

p.s. Check the newest Peregrine FAQ that describes what you'll see -- and not see -- on camera as the young peregrines leave the nest.

(photo of the Schenley Plaza tent by Kate St. John)

8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Meet Me At The Tent”

  1. Frank Corrention 25 May 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Did one of the Pitt fledgelings fly today?

  2. Kate St. Johnon 25 May 2010 at 4:27 pm

    One hopped out of camera view and is ledge-walking somewhere. It is doubtful it flew yet.

  3. jenn Morrillon 27 May 2010 at 10:46 am

    should I bring binoculars? This is really exciting! I didnt know this existed!
    Can’t wait. Planning on coming on the 2nd.

  4. Kate St. Johnon 27 May 2010 at 10:49 am

    Yes, bring binoculars if you have them. The birds are up high and it’s easier to see them with binoculars.

  5. Tracion 27 May 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I’ll be bringing two pairs of decent spares (yard sale find – 7×35’s) for people to borrow on the days I’m there!
    Last year I had really crappy ones and people were kind enough to lend me theirs, so I plan on returning the favor this year!!

    Binoculars really make the difference!!

  6. CHWon 28 May 2010 at 10:21 am

    I will be there on the 29th

  7. Mary DeVon 28 May 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Oh, that was fun! And it was great to meet Kate, NDPeter, and the rest (sorry, names are escaping me at the moment!) I’ll come back tomorrow morning & bring the optics again. And a decent camera if I can scrounge one up — the cell-phone cam just isn’t quite cutting it! But here’s E2 on the lightning rod, if you can see him.

  8. Kate St. Johnon 28 May 2010 at 6:10 pm

    It was great to meet everyone today. We had a great time & the rain held off.

    The peregines were most active between noon and 1:00pm because it was so hot after that. To tell the truth we felt a little wilted ourselves by 2pm.

    None of the youngsters have fledged yet but three of them were up on the nestrail and one perched in the keyhole. Their parents brought food twice during our time there. Thanks to Mary DeV’s telescope we had really good looks at all the birds.

    I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s Fledge Watch: 8:00am to 11:00am. Hope to see you there!

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