Yesterday was a busy day for Pittsburgh's peregrines and Fledge Watchers.
At Pitt, the Cathedral of Learning nest:
The folks who stopped by for midday watch (shown above) were treated to views of the entire peregrine family though the peregrines were not very active. Three youngsters perched on the nestrail and one on the top of the building while Dorothy and E2 watched them. Despite this, it was great to see so many peregrines without any real effort other than feeding the parking meter. How many people do you know who've seen six peregrines at the same time?
Evening watch was more exciting. There were still three youngsters on the nestrail, sometimes flapping. E2 made a spectacular stoop over Craig Street, Dorothy went hunting in Schenley Park and the youngster on the roof flew around a lot. Sharon Leadbitter captured the action in pictures and video. Here's a selection.
Youngster flapping on the nestrail:
The brave one launches from the roof!
And landed somewhere new to him:
Click here for a video of one of his flights, thanks to Sharon.
Pitt Fledge Watch Schedule: Unchanged so far. Today (June 3) noon-2:00pm and 5:30-7:00pm. Tomorrow (June 4) 10:00am-2:00pm unless it's thundering ...storms are predicted for Saturday afternoon.
At the Gulf Tower:
The dedicated Gulf Tower watchers did a lot of detective work yesterday. Donna Memon searched the webcam video archives and found First Fledge, which she saved as a hotspot. (Click here for instructions on how to view the hotspot.)
Barb Becker reported that the first-to-fly was not at the nest for about 34 hours but he came home for dinner last evening. While Barb was watching them eat, Donna captured this image of all five with Dori.
This morning only three youngsters were visible at the Gulf Tower nest. Barb says that a second youngster looked like he was almost ready to fly last night. I'll bet he did!
Gulf Fledge Watch Schedule: Great news! Three of the Pitt Fledge Watchers are planning to watch at Gulf this weekend. I don't have a schedule yet but here's what I know: John English, Anne Marie Bosnyak and Sharon Leadbitter have suggested two places to conduct the Watch and are planning to be there this weekend. John will watch from the Boy Scout parking lot near Flag Plaza and Mellon Arena, Sharon suggests the top floor of the Greyhound Station parking lot (I hear it's only $5 on weekends), and Anne Marie will probably visit both sites.
If you're interested in watching at Gulf, leave a comment and I'll post your proposed (or definite) Gulf Tower Watch times in a new blog.
(photos by Kate St. John (Fledge Watchers), Sharon Leadbitter (fledglings) and the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)