Apr 25 2016
We’re still searching for the peregrines who nest in Downtown Pittsburgh. They left the Gulf Tower in March and we know they’re nesting … but where? Two weeks ago I posted this blog asking folks to… Look for Perching Peregrines.
Last Wednesday Diane P. left a comment saying she’d found a pair of falcons nesting in the facade of a building on Fifth Avenue across from Chatham Center. Within a few hours I was Downtown checking the area for peregrines.
From Duquesne University’s campus I saw a small bird of prey perched high on Chatham Center but the light was so poor that I couldn’t identify it. On Fifth Avenue I found this hole in the 1904 building.
The next morning I stopped by Chatham Center plaza and saw the bird in better light on the same perch. It’s a small falcon, an American kestrel (Falco sparverius).
By luck Diane was out on the plaza, too, so we chatted about her discovery. Suddenly we heard a kestrel calling and both adults swooped into the nest. Then we heard the sounds of baby birds being fed. It’s a family!
Diane was so good at finding these small falcons that I hope she finds the big ones, too. (And I do hope the peregrines leave the kestrels alone!)
Remember to keep looking for perching peregrines when you’re Downtown.
(photo by Cris Hamilton)