May 06 2012

Some News From the Cathedral Nest

Published by at 7:08 am under Peregrines

Since I witnessed an aerial dog fight on Wednesday and saw two wing feathers askew on one of the Pitt peregrines I wondered whose wing was hit and if the intruder was still present.

Thanks to the dedicated falcon watchers on the Pittsburgh Falconuts Facebook page we now have some answers.

Thursday and Friday Peter Bell and John English stopped by the area and reported on peregrine activity -- or lack of it.  Saturday afternoon Donna Memon and Mary DeVaughn watched the Cathedral pair from Schenley Plaza.

They report that E2 has the odd wing feather but it doesn't seem to be hampering him.  No intruder was present, so maybe that third peregrine is gone forever.

As @PittPeregrines says on Twitter, "Talons crossed!"


UPDATE, 7 May 2012, 7:00am:
On Sunday John English and Anne Marie Bosnyak watched at the Cathedral of Learning.  The weather was good and they saw both adults flying.  Notice the blip on the antenna.  That's Dorothy!

John wrote, "Some nice aerial maneuvers. No prey drops or intruders. A great day to be a falcon!"

(photo by John English)

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4 Responses to “Some News From the Cathedral Nest”

  1. Joannon 07 May 2012 at 10:28 am

    Kate was someone working on the Catherdal this morning? I was watching around 10:20 AM EST & Dorothy heard something & perched on the green perch area. I heard a man’s voice say OOPS! & then she took off. It sounded like someone or somebody may have gone up to the roof of the bldg to do some work because I heard a man say something (mumbled) to someone else & it sounded like a pounding noise but not very loud was picked up by the mic’s. Around 10:30 I heard her churping.

  2. Joannon 07 May 2012 at 10:41 am

    something is defintely going on at the Cathedral at 10:40 EST she came back into the nest & was sheltering the eyases from the sun but then there was a loud noise off camera & she took off really fast it is either someone is sawing something or it almost sounds like a duck quacking. I did hear what sounded like someone saying something to someone else but it was really low. I don’t know if Dorothy or E2 are scolding whoever it is that’s off camera or it is just someone sawing

  3. Kate St. Johnon 07 May 2012 at 10:59 am

    I have called to find out what’s going on.

  4. Donnaon 07 May 2012 at 12:46 pm

    At about 10:37, Dorothy was feeding the chicks, and E2 gave an alarm call off-camera. Dorothy left for awhile and you could hear them kakking. She came back at about 10:50, and counted the chicks: 2 were huddled together, and one was in a corner by itself. She checked on all 3 and then perched on the nest rail.

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