Many of you watching the webcam have asked if there will be a Fledge Watch at the Gulf Tower.
There will be ... if you make it happen.
Due to constraints on my time and location, I can't organize a Watch at the Gulf Tower but if you visit the area near this building, you're a candidate for Fledge Watch.
Here's what to do:
- Use this blog as your contact point. Post a comment that you're interested in Fledge Watch and I'll put you in touch with each other.
- If you want to coordinate the Watch, please say so! The Watch will go best if someone is locally in charge.
- Pick a place to locate the Watch. The best side to watch from is here. Where will you meet? Agree on a location and I'll post it on the blog.
- Show up whenever you can during daylight. The chicks prefer to fledge when there's low humidity and a good wind but they will fly at any time bceause they become very restless at the fledging stage.
- The first-flight period will last five to seven days from first bird to last -- probably June 17-24.
- Bring binoculars and possibly something to sit on.
- Chances are you won't need this information but I'm including it for completeness: If a fledgling lands on the ground he will have to be rescued because he can't lift off the ground in the first day of flight. Call the Game Commission's Dispatch Office at 724-238-9523 and they will send someone as soon as possible. In the meantime watch the fledgling to guard against further accidents. Do not chase it! Do not scare it into the street! Calmly watch it until help arrives. (It's easy. Here's my favorite picture of guarding a fledgling. I saved this photo from a fledge watch in Canada in the 1990s. I haven't been able to re-find the source.)
- Have fun! Fledge Watch is an opportunity to see peregrines and meet others who love these birds too.
Check the comments on this blog for more information.
(photo of the Gulf Tower in winter by Derek Jensen, released to the public domain on Wikipedia. Click on the photo to see the original.)