Mar 03 2014

Working Both Ends Of Town

Published by at 7:30 am under Peregrines

Peregrines bow at the Gulf Tower (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)

The Downtown Pittsburgh peregrines were busy yesterday despite the snow.

They started their day at the Gulf Tower nest with some early morning courtship bowing.  The female (presumed to be Dori) paused for a while at the scrape.
Female peregrine at the Gulf Tower nest (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)

Falconcam motion detection noticed one more visit at 1:23pm, blurry because it was snowing heavily.  And then the birds surprised me.

I thought the peregrines were focusing all their attention at the Gulf Tower, never at their old nest on Third Avenue, but one of them visited the old homestead last evening.

At 6:00pm a peregrine called loudly from Amanda McGuire's balcony at Point Park University's Lawrence Hall.  She peeked out the door and took this photo of ... is it Louie?  Was he asking Dori to join him at Third Avenue?
Peregrine visitor to Point Park'sLawrence Hall (photo by Amanda McGuire)

Who knows.

Apparently the peregrines are working both ends of town.


(photos from the National Aviary falconcam at the Gulf Tower and Amanda McGuire)

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Working Both Ends Of Town”

  1. Heather Jacobyon 03 Mar 2014 at 10:08 am

    *fingers crossed* for the Gulf Tower!

  2. Mary Ann Pikeon 03 Mar 2014 at 10:44 am

    It looks like the peregrine in this image has an injury fairly low on his/her right side…maybe there is a territory dispute ensuing….

  3. Kate St. Johnon 03 Mar 2014 at 10:46 am

    Mary Ann, that’s probably leftovers from his dinner. Peregrines don’t wear bibs. 😉
    When peregrines fight they aim for and damage the throat and upper breast.

  4. Mary Ann Pikeon 03 Mar 2014 at 11:09 am

    Ah, of course, I didn’t think of that…they aren’t like cats who lick themselves clean….

  5. Joyceon 03 Mar 2014 at 11:19 am

    Who picks the nest site? Could Louie be favoring one and Dori the other?

  6. Kate St. Johnon 03 Mar 2014 at 11:59 am

    Joyce, the male shows a selection of sites to the female & she picks one. So far it looks as if Dori likes the Gulf Tower but we won’t know for sure until she lays an egg.

  7. Kathy Bramanon 03 Mar 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Oh…let’s hope the Tower!!!! Mainly for the ability to band the kids. The camera is a plus, but banding is so important.

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