For a month now we've had no peregrine nesting news in Pittsburgh. I thought the season was over... right?
Not! This afternoon Art McMorris, Peregrine Coordinator for the PA Game Commission, reported that the peregrine pair at the Green Tree water tower have nestlings! Here's an excerpt from Art's email:
"As you know, the peregrines' nesting attempt this spring failed, and all indications were that they were not re-nesting, so we (PA Game Commission) gave the water company the go-ahead to resume the work they postponed to protect the peregrines. Today the contractors started working -- and they saw the adults flying in and out of the nest feeding chicks that they could hear, but not see.
They have agreed to suspend work, again, to protect the peregrines. ... Since the workmen could hear the chicks, I think they must be at least 10 days old; but beyond that, I have no idea. For all we know now, they could even fledge tomorrow."
Art needs our help monitoring the Green Tree site. How many chicks are there? Have they appeared at the nest opening yet? Let's make sure they fledge safely. Stop by the Green Tree water tower (visit the park behind the Green Tree Borough City Office) and look under the bulb of the water tank at the shelves beneath.
Congratulations to this persistent pair at the water tower. ("Mom" & "Dad" pictured below.)
Hooray, it's peregrine season again!
(photos by Shannon Thompson)