Jun 12 2013

Peregrine News Around Town

Published by at 7:17 am under Peregrines

Silver Boy chases Dorothy at Pitt (photo by Peter Bell)

At Pitt:  Our youngster is in the "chase me" phase.  If he had brothers and sisters he'd be chasing them. Instead he chases his parents who willingly oblige.  Above, he dives on Dorothy.  Notice the size difference!  Female peregrines are larger.

Those of us who watch him from the ground are currently calling him Silver Boy in keeping with the tradition of ID-by-color of the USFW band.  (His band has no colored tape; it's silver.)  When we text each other he's SB, two initials that happen to include all his previous non-names as well.

Downtown:  There's been no news of this family since the week they fledged except for this:  Last Friday a dead female juvenile peregrine was found on Grant Street, her body recovered by Beth Fife.  This was one of at least two females hatched at the Downtown nest this year.  We know there were at least two because one female was rescued on May 30 while another was still unfledged in the nest.

If you have any news from Downtown, please post a comment.

I-79 Neville Island Bridge:  These peregrines have been a lot of fun to watch.  At 4:00pm yesterday Laura Marshall reported that all three birds had fledged and were staying up high.  Then at 7:00pm she and Anne Marie Bosynak were standing in the park-n-ride lot when one of the juvie males flew rapidly across the river from Glenfield and tried to land in the bushy trees near them.  This was probably his first encounter with vegetation and he got tangled in the branches.  Like any toddler he called for Mom, picked himself up and apparently tried again on another set of bushes.   His parents merely watched.  Youthful enthusiasm!

Westinghouse Bridge:  Fledge Watch begins tomorrow!

Monaca Bridge:  Last Friday Becky Smith saw two peregrines flying and swooping with each other at the big black railroad bridge.  Their behavior this spring indicates they have young in the nest who may be ready to fly.  Stop by the bridge and see if you can spot fledglings.

Tarentum Bridge:  Though this nest failed Rob Protz reports that the peregrines are still there.  Occasionally he gets a good view of the female.

Green Tree water tank:  This nest failed as well but Mary Jo Peden and Shannon Thompson report that one or both peregrines are visible nearly every time they stop by.  I stopped by on Sunday and saw the female.


Our peregrines are off camera now but they're really busy.  Check them out at any of these locations.

(photo by Peter Bell)

10 responses so far

10 Responses to “Peregrine News Around Town”

  1. Libby Strizzion 12 Jun 2013 at 8:40 am

    My goodness, what a lot of nest sites to keep track of — good work Kate. It sure was simpler with just the C of L, and the Gulf Tower, wasn’t it.

  2. Steve-oon 12 Jun 2013 at 9:16 am

    I’ll be in Tarentum this weekend and I’ll see if I can get any photos of the Peregrines at the bridge.

    I’m also looking to bird some morning, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday. I may go to Harrison Hills Park, but if anyone knows any walks or better places, I’d appreciate it.

  3. TheWildSowon 12 Jun 2013 at 9:17 am

    I’ll be over at CoL this afternoon. I’ll be sure to bring binocs and a camera!

  4. Rob Protzon 12 Jun 2013 at 9:18 am

    Rob also saw the male Monday afternoon at 5:25 PM for a few minutes. He came in for a screechy landing on the upriver navlite beam (I heard him first, and then looked up and saw him on the beam next to the vertical). Don’t hear much vocalizing, but when I do, it’s always the male. Showed him to another guy (a fisherman who is always telling me he sees the PEFAs, but who doesn’t really know what he’s looking at) and he took off toward the NK side and disappeared.

  5. Rob Protzon 12 Jun 2013 at 9:19 am

    BTW, Libby. . . Kate didn’t even mention the McKees Rocks Bridge!

  6. Kate St. Johnon 12 Jun 2013 at 11:36 am

    …because there’s no news at all from McKees Rocks.

  7. Allyon 12 Jun 2013 at 2:45 pm

    SB chasing after his Mommy & Daddy, how cute is he!

  8. Furry Gnomeon 12 Jun 2013 at 9:59 pm

    My gosh! How many peregrines do you have down there?!

  9. Kate St. Johnon 12 Jun 2013 at 10:03 pm

    We have 8 nest sites. With current offspring there are 24 peregrines in the Pittsburgh area. That’s a pittance compared to the number of red-talked hawks we have.

  10. Carolynon 13 Jun 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve had a remarkable couple of days falcon watching! Met Laura by chance yesterday at the Neville Island site just before noon, and we watched Magnum close-up on a light pole in the hockey store parking lot, being harassed by a tenacious mockingbird! Laura pointed out the last fledgling to leave, the female, on the nearby bridge abutment. We had a beautiful show from her as she flapped and hopped, hungrily calling to mom. I bet she is flying today…..this morning I stopped by the Greentree water tower, and was treated to one of the adults (think it was female by large size) preening on the railing beneath the “n”!

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