Aug 29 2016
Peripatetic: adjective  traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods. (definition from Google search)
Hope (69/Z, black/green) is a peripatetic peregrine falcon. For five years she called the Tarentum Bridge her home until last spring when she nested at the Cathedral of Learning.
In my experience, peregrines stay put when they’ve claimed a prime territory but Hope does not. On Friday she flew 15 miles back to Tarentum and set up shop for several days.
She’s so comfortable at Tarentum that, unlike her habits at Pitt, she perches in easy view.
Last weekend Tony Bruno and Steve Gosser stopped by for some great photographs. Above, Tony got a photo of Hope’s bands while she was preening. Look how close she is!
Below, Steve caught the action when a curious mourning dove came close while Hope was eating. The dove escaped.
Apparently three days were long enough at Tarentum because Hope flew back to the Cathedral of Learning yesterday afternoon. She appeared on the falconcam at 3:30pm, dug a little at the scrape and then perched and preened.
You can see her band colors below. Her greenish right-leg band and black/green left-leg band are a diagnostic combination.
And here’s her familiar face.
She probably was at the Cathedral of Learning during last night’s terrific thunderstorm, but who knows.
Hope doesn’t perch in sight at Pitt so I’m never sure if this peripatetic bird is actually there.