Now that the falconcam is running and the peregrine chicks are mobile we've been trying to count white, fluffy heads. How many chicks are at the Downtown Pittsburgh peregrine nest?
A week ago Chris Rolinson, associate professor of photography and photojournalism at Point Park University, set up a time-lapse camera to take snapshots of the nest. Many hours later he retrieved the camera hoping for lots of peregrine activity, but they did not oblige. On the other hand, he captured a really clear shot of one of the parents, a chick, and a prey item at the ledge edge. Click on the image above for a larger view.
The falconcam also takes snapshots but it sways in the wind so most of its images are blurs of the facade. Yesterday there were three tantalizing photos.
Here a chick traveled closer to the nest opening. He looks pretty big.
And around one o'clock they lined up so we could count heads. In the marked up snapshot below there are three peregrine chicks facing us.
A few minutes earlier there may have been a fourth with his side to the camera and his face hidden by the wall. His nearest sibling appears to be looking at him. (Notice that his location is dark-colored in the image above.)
So how many chicks do Dori and Louie have? Certainly three, perhaps four.
Watch the Downtown Pittsburgh falconcam and tell me what you think.
p.s. We're looking forward to more from Chris Rolinson when the chicks are more active.
(photo at top by Christopher Rolinson. Time-stamped photos are from the National Aviary falconcam at Point Park University)