Since yesterday we've been having a joyous time as we watch five peregrine eggs hatch at the Gulf Tower (shown above). Dori and Louie are excellent parents who've raised 27 young in Downtown Pittsburgh. We're looking forward to a happy healthy season at this nest.
Meanwhile across town, the Cathedral of Learning peregrine eggs are due to hatch soon ... but you might not want to watch.
Hope and Terzo's eggs are due to hatch this Sunday April 23 (give or take a day or two) but Hope shocked us last year by killing and eating two of her four chicks as they hatched. This type of behavior is very rare and upsets nearly everyone who sees it.
We don't know if Hope will repeat the behavior this year but my word to the wise is this:
Caution! Don't watch the eggs hatch at the Cathedral of Learning if it upsets you to see a mother kill her young. Again, we don't know if Hope will do this, but she might.
p.s. Yesterday some of you were confused between the Gulf Tower and Cathedral of Learning nests. Here's an easy way to tell the difference.
The Gulf Tower camera view always has a window ledge on the right side of the image (see yellow area).
The Cathedral of Learning camera view always has a green perch at the bottom right.
(snapshots for the National Aviary falconcams at Gulf Tower and University of Pittsburgh)