Jul 20 2016
Peregrines Don’t Mess Around. This is true of many aspects of peregrines’ lives but here I’m referring to a new report about their sex lives.
Last weekend mentalfloss.com reported that DNA studies of peregrine breeding pairs and young in Chicago indicate that all the offspring have been born of the established pairs. In other words, peregrines aren’t having extramarital affairs. Peregrines don’t mess around.
The report also confirms that peregrines love their cliffs more than their mates:
“Even greater than their loyalty to each other was the falcons’ loyalty to their nesting sites. It makes sense; while a partner might die in a collision with a building or a power line, a safe nesting niche is forever.”
Read more at …
(photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)
p.s. In case you missed it: Yesterday July 19 at 1:45pm I saw all three peregrine family members at the Cathedral of Learning. C1 flew in (squawking!) and landed at the 23rd floor northeast corner. Terzo evaded her and hid in a nook at 32 east. Hope flew in and landed on a 28th floor stone peak below Terzo. Both parents were avoiding C1’s demands. (No worries. This is normal behavior.)
p.p.s. Thanks to @PittPeregrines for alerting me to this article.