May 17 2013

It’s A Boy!

Published by at 3:50 pm under Peregrines

Peregrine chick at the Cathedral of Learning, 17 May 2013 (photo by Rose Huber, University of Pittsburgh)

This morning at the Cathedral of Learning Dorothy and E2's chick was weighed, measured, given a health check, and banded.  He's in great health and, yes, he's a boy.

Above, he shows off his enormous feet, normal size for a 22-day-old peregrine.  Notice the fleshy nobs on the insides of his toes.  In a couple of months he'll be using them to capture and hold his prey.

Peregrine experts Dan Brauning and Art McMorris of the Pennsylvania Game Commission braved Dorothy's wrath and collected the chick and the unhatched eggs.  None of the eggs had pips; they may have been infertile.  As is typically done at banding sites, the eggs will be analyzed for contaminants.

Back indoors Art showed us the chick and explained interesting facts about peregrine biology.  I was amazed to learn that their tail feathers grow 2 mm per day beginning at 13 days after hatching.  This chick's pin feathers confirmed he's 22 days old  -- but we knew that from the camera.

Art has so much experience with peregrines that he knew this one was male even before he weighed him!  Here Art lifts the nestling to show his emerging feathers.

Art McMorris holds peregrine chick on Banding Day at the Cathedral of Learning, 17 May 2013 (photo by B. Rose Huber/University of Pittsburgh)


The chick was silent most of the time though he complained about the health check.  Soon he had his new "bling" and was ready to go back to Mom and Dad after one more photo opportunity.

I was honored that Art asked me to stand between him and Dan for this photo with Dorothy and E2's newly banded chick.  Dan (on the left) is the one who told me to look for Dorthy and Erie's nest in 2001.  That simple request started me on my odyssey with this charismatic bird.

Dan Brauning (holding neslting), Kate St. John and Art McMorris at peregrine banding at the Cathedral of Learning, 17 May 2013 (photo by B. Rose Huber/University of Pittsburgh)


For more photos, click here for the Banding Day album on the University of Pittsburgh's Facebook page.  Thanks to Rose Huber for sharing the photos!

(photos by B. Rose Huber/University of Pittsburgh)

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “It’s A Boy!”

  1. Pa Galon 17 May 2013 at 4:41 pm

    What wonderful news that baby boy is healthy! He looks so big in these pictures as compared to when he is in the nest box.

    Thank you, Kate, for keeping us so well informed about these wonderful birds. They truly are marvelous.

  2. Mary Jo Pedenon 17 May 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Great news that Dorothy’s chick is doing so well!

  3. Donnaon 17 May 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Yay! Congratulations to Dorothy & E2 on raising a healthy son to carry on their legacy!

  4. Theresaon 17 May 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks so much for the beautiful pictures, my 4 year old son is in love with Dorothy and E2 and asks me to check the computer for new info ever day:)

  5. Marcy Con 17 May 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Saw you on channel 2 news…nice coverage…

  6. Kate St. Johnon 17 May 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Wow! Thanks for the heads up, Marcy.

  7. Peteron 18 May 2013 at 7:52 am

    I’ve uploaded some photos from the banding finally. Great to see the little guy get a clean bill of health and sent on his way!

  8. Anne Marieon 18 May 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Great photos Peter! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  9. Michelle, Colorado Springs, COon 19 May 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Wonderful. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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