Jan 18 2011

Close-up at Tarentum

Published by at 7:00 am under Peregrines

Last Sunday afternoon, Steve Gosser stopped at the Tarentum Bridge to see if he could find one of the peregrines that have been there for over a year. 

He was lucky!  When he arrived two birders pointed out a peregrine in a tree by the river, almost at eye level.  The bird waited patiently while Steve took nearly 50 pictures. 

And here she is. 

This is the same female peregrine who nested at the Tarentum Bridge last year.  Hatched at the Benjamin Harrison Bridge near Hopewell, Virginia in 2008, she was hacked (first flight) at Shenandoah National Park.  Last year her mate's bands indicated he hatched at the Cathedral of Learning nest in 2008, son of Dorothy and E2.  

This pair was very active at the bridge last spring.  They were even seen mating, but no one knows where she laid her eggs because her nest never produced young.

Fortunately that experience didn't stop her.  It's obvious she considers Tarentum her home. 

I hope she picks a suitable site for her eggs this year.  It would be great to watch her babies fly.

(photo by Steve Gosser)

p.s.  If you didn't see my peregrine news last Saturday, scroll down to the January 15th entry.

13 responses so far

13 Responses to “Close-up at Tarentum”

  1. Donnaon 18 Jan 2011 at 10:17 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos, Steve! (More photos are on his facebook page.)

  2. Cult of Truthon 18 Jan 2011 at 12:07 pm

    She’s beautiful!

  3. faith cornellon 18 Jan 2011 at 1:51 pm

    She is so beautiful; she must be eating well and often.

  4. Steve Gosseron 18 Jan 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I was very lucky indeed! I was thinking if no one has given her a name yet and since many of the other PGH area Peregrines have names, if we should think of a good one for her. Since she comes from Hopewell Virginia, I thought of the name Hope.

  5. Kate St. Johnon 18 Jan 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Steve, that’s a GREAT name! Since this is her second year at Tarentum — showing she means to stay — she deserves a good name. And we can “Hope” her nest is successful this year.

    I will send this around to the folks who’ve corresponded with me about her.

  6. Marianneon 18 Jan 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Gorgeous pic! Thanks Steve!

  7. Steve-oon 18 Jan 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Wow, great pic Steve. I haven’t had a chance to get out there recently, but I’m glad that they are still there. Hopefully there is a male around.

  8. Frank Corrention 19 Jan 2011 at 8:45 am

    While we shouldn’t proliferate artificial nesting sites like the Pitt and Gulf, why not get the money and permissions together for a place at this Tarentum bridge?

  9. Kate St. Johnon 19 Jan 2011 at 9:43 am

    Thanks for reminding me, Frank. I plan to look into it.

  10. Nellie Curranon 20 Jan 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Great picture Steve. Could you post more or give your facebook address. Thanks.

  11. Donnaon 20 Jan 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Nellie, If you click on Steve’s name in blue, it links to his website, which has a link to his facebook page.

  12. Jon 22 Jan 2011 at 1:44 pm

    That’s cool. Any sign of the male and do you know if it’s still the surviving 2008 male chick from Pitt?

  13. Kate St. Johnon 22 Jan 2011 at 5:02 pm

    No news of the male yet. Even this female is elusive. After Steve got great photos a number of people visited the bridge but couldn’t find her.

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