Mar 15 2013

Courtin’ Up A Storm

Published by at 7:30 am under Nesting & Courtship,Peregrines

Louie on the gargoyle, 14 Mar 2013 (photo by Kim Fox)

Thanks to Downtown peregrine watcher Kim Fox and Lawrence Hall resident Amanda McGuire, I have news and photos of Louie and Dori.

Kim was Downtown at lunchtime yesterday when she heard and saw a peregrine on the left gargoyle at Lawrence Hall (above).   He was calling.  You might call it "screaming."  Louie is one loud bird!

Unseen by Kim, Dori was waiting for him in the nest area and responding to his calls.  Soon he left his perch...

Louie leaves his perch to come courting, 14 Mar 2013 (photo by Kim Fox)

...and flew into the nest nook.

Louie comes a'courting, 14 Mar 2013 (photo by Kim Fox)

...where he and Dori had a private conversation that no one could see.  We know it involved bowing.

As soon as they were done, Louie flew away and Dori came to the edge.  Nice photo, Kim!
Closeup of Dori at the nest ledge, 14 Mar 2013 (photo by Kim Fox)


Where did Louie go when he left the nest?  Amanda McGuire knows.  She lives in the apartment whose balcony is the peregrines' favorite perch. (Katie Munsch lived there last year.)

Amanda returned to her apartment at 12:15pm and heard a bird screaming on her balcony.  It was Louie, of course.  She took this picture of him through her screen door so he wouldn't fly away.
Louie on the balcony, 14 Mar 2013 (photo by Amanda McGuire)


She probably didn't have to worry about that.  Louie and Dori have been so preoccupied that they come and go from her balcony as if they own it.

They're courtin' up a storm.  Eggs coming soon!


(photo of Louie on the balcony by Amanda McGuire, all other photos by Kim Fox, WorkerBird)

p.s. I call these birds Louie and Dori but we have no proof that they're the same pair. Downtown Peregrine Watchers, we need photos!  Let me know what you see.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Courtin’ Up A Storm”

  1. Donnaon 15 Mar 2013 at 9:18 am

    Great photos! Thanks to Kim & Amanda for reporting on peregrine activity dahntahn!

  2. Anne Marieon 15 Mar 2013 at 9:30 am

    Awesome! Thanks to our peregrine reporters “on the ground”!

  3. Donnaon 15 Mar 2013 at 9:30 am

    Kate, comparing the above balcony photo to the one posted on your blog on March 11, 2012, it appears to be the same peregrine – same size and facial features.

  4. Kate St. Johnon 15 Mar 2013 at 9:37 am

    Donna, we can never know for sure unless we see the bands. My guess is that this is Louie because of the contrast between head (dark) and back (pale). Wish we could have interviewed him!

  5. Kathyon 15 Mar 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Great pictures and “scouting”. So good to see them.

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