Aug 14 2016

Update Your Scorecard

Published by at 6:30 am under Bird Behavior,Peregrines

Magnum at the Cathedral of Learning nest, 12 August 2016, 5:15pm (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Magnum at the Cathedral of Learning nest, 12 August 2016, 5:15pm (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Get ready to update your scorecard.  There have been two! changes in female peregrine ownership at the Cathedral of Learning so far this weekend.

Friday evening “NR” saw a black/red banded female at the nest and posted a comment that Magnum was back on August 12 at 5:15pm — that’s 17:15 time code on the camera.  The photo above clearly shows Magnum’s bands.

Then Saturday night, August 13 at 6:52pm, members of Pittsburgh Falconuts saw Hope on camera calling loudly.  Terzo was nearby but he waited almost four minutes to join her.  Though her black/green bands are hard to read here, we know it’s Hope based on multiple snapshots.  She visited the nest again alone in the 8 o’clock hour.

Hope returns to the nest, 13 August 2016 at 6:52 pm (photo from the National Aviary snapshot camera at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Hope returns to the nest, 13 August 2016 at 6:52 pm (photo from the National Aviary snapshot camera at Univ of Pittsburgh)

 

So here’s the state of play at the Cathedral of Learning pre-dawn on August 14.  I’m writing this before they wake up and change things again!

  • 30 Nov 2015: Hope arrives at the Cathedral of Learning
  • 8 April 2016 (same day):  Hope retains site after unbanded immature female visits the nest.
  • 23 April 2016 (same day): Hope retains site after a banded adult female (black/red) visits the nest.
  • 22 June 2016:  Magnum (black/red 62/H) claims the Cathedral of Learning.
  • 24 June 2016: Hope regains the site.
  • 2 August 2016: Unbanded young female claims the Cathedral of Learning.
  • 6 August 2016: Hope regains the site.
  • 12 August 2016:  Magnum (black/red 62/H) claims the Cathedral of Learning.
  • 13 August 2016: Hope regains the site.

As of this writing I have no idea where Magnum is but she knows her way around.  She’s been to the Cathedral of Learning before, possibly on April 23 and certainly on June 22.  Her home base has been the Neville Island I-79 Bridge, to which she returned after her last visit.

I don’t know how long Hope will stay this time.  Don’t even ask!

As I said on August 6, no humans ever see how these turnovers occur.  As far as I can tell no peregrines get hurt.

Thank you to NR and to all of you who check the Cathedral of Learning falconcam for peregrine activity.  Without your help we’d never know how interesting this summer has been.

 

(photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

14 responses so far

14 Responses to “Update Your Scorecard”

  1. Mary Jill Dunmireon 14 Aug 2016 at 6:51 am

    Saw a peregrine on the railing of the Greentree water tower on Thursday about 3:00 on Thurday. Maybe they’re restless at this time of year?

  2. kathyon 14 Aug 2016 at 6:54 am

    I’m guessing Hope is wandering around as are the other females. They are taking advantage of her absences – eventually one of them will truly challenge her for the site. My money is on Magnum!

  3. Janeton 14 Aug 2016 at 9:03 am

    I wish she would just stay put. I really like Hope, but I can see that she is not going to be the resident female for long, if she keeps this up. JUST STAY PUT HOPE.

  4. Aspasiaon 14 Aug 2016 at 10:52 am

    It’s 11.52 am, Sunday August 14, I see Hope in the scratch

  5. Cindy Lisiakon 14 Aug 2016 at 11:11 am

    Looks like Hope is sitting in the nest this morning – 8-14-16

  6. Jeanon 14 Aug 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you to all for making this site so interesting

  7. Janet Campagnaon 14 Aug 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Imagine how hard this would be without the bands.

  8. Kate St. Johnon 14 Aug 2016 at 2:25 pm

    !

  9. stanon 15 Aug 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Heh, wonder if there is a record of the most changes in ownership claimed on a peregrine nest in a single year? Wonder if the Cathedral nest is close to if not breaking that record. I’ve read about drama at other nests, just never to this degree. I’m starting to feel like I’m watching the Bud Abbott and Lou Costello performance of “Who’s On First”. Oh my age is showing, mentioning that comedy team.

  10. Janeton 16 Aug 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Hope in the scrape at 4:00pm Tuesday August 16th.

  11. Pa Galon 20 Aug 2016 at 2:25 pm

    It appears that Magnum is at the Cathedral today, 8/20, at around 2:20 pm. My picture is kind of blurry but the bands appear to be red and black.

  12. Kate St. Johnon 20 Aug 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Pa Gal, that is Terzo.

  13. Pa Galon 20 Aug 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Oh nuts, sorry for the false alarm!

  14. Mary Kateon 21 Aug 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I think Hope was at the nest yesterday around 5pm. She called and called for Terzo, but he never appeared. She flew away around 5:30.

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