Feb 15 2011

What do Peregrines do on Valentine’s Day?

Published by at 6:50 am under Peregrines

In Pittsburgh, they spend time courting at the nest.  

Nesting season is nearly here so we've been testing the National Aviary falconcams at the Gulf Tower and Cathedral of Learning in the past few days.  The cameras aren't streaming on the Aviary website yet, but they passed the motion detection test yesterday. 

Here's the result of the Gulf Tower test.  The camera "saw" Dori and Louie bowing at the nest just before 8:00am on Valentine's Day.  Notice how low Louie bows (his tail is toward us).  Notice how Dori's crop looks full.  I bet Louie just brought her breakfast.  What a nice guy he is!

And here's the Cathedral of Learning motion detection test.  The camera "saw" Dorothy and E2 bowing at their own nest at the University of Pittsburgh.  They prefer to court in the afternoon.

Spring is coming.  Love is in the air.

The falconcams will be "live" on the National Aviary website soon.  Stay tuned.

(photo from the National Aviary falconcams at the Gulf Tower and the University of Pittsburgh)

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “What do Peregrines do on Valentine’s Day?”

  1. Donnaon 15 Feb 2011 at 7:35 am

    Thanks for the great photos, Kate! Looking forward to another successful nesting season! <3

  2. Kathyon 15 Feb 2011 at 8:10 am

    Yippee!!! I knew March would be here before I knew it.

  3. Marianneon 15 Feb 2011 at 9:23 am

    Great pics! Spring is in the air! It is so exciting to see “our” Peregrines again! 🙂

  4. Carlaon 15 Feb 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Is it a concern that Dorthy looks so unkempt? Or was it just a windy bad “hair”?

  5. Kate St. Johnon 15 Feb 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Dorothy’s OK. The camera at Pitt has a sharper focus. You can see more details there including the actual gravel pebbles and details of Dorothy’s feathers.

  6. Michellineon 17 Feb 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Kate, Both Wild Earth cams are online as of today.

  7. Kate St. Johnon 17 Feb 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Yes, the Wildearth site has to be running first before the Aviary can do the imbed. I’m not announcing the cams until the Aviary site is up because they will have egg & hatch updates, snapshots cams and Pittsburgh Peregrine History. The Aviary web developer is working on the webpages today. It will be ready soon….

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