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Jun 14 2016

It Worked!

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She fledged! Pitt peregrine fledgling, C1, on the west face of the Cathedral of Learning, 25 floors up, 14 June 2016 (photo by Peter Bell)

She fledged! Pitt peregrine fledgling, C1, on the west face of the Cathedral of Learning, 25 floors up, 14 June 2016 (photo by Peter Bell)

For every other big event in the Pitt peregrines’ lives this spring, I’ve been out hiking without cell coverage so it was fitting that I was in the Laurel Highlands this morning without cell coverage when Fledge Watchers confirmed that C1 had fledged.

As it turns out, C1 probably flew last night around 7:30pm.  When Lori Maggio was leaving The Porch restaurant last night she heard a peregrine screeching, looked up, and saw a brown bird flying toward Phipps.  She didn’t know what was going on so she emailed me:

“An adult peregrine came flying toward the bird and seemed to go after it, bumping into it. The original bird circled back around and headed toward the Cathedral. It tried to land on one of the windows about 1/2 way up, pushed off the window and circled around the right side of the cathedral [out of sight].  The adult peregrine flew back and forth in front of the cathedral for about 45 seconds and then landed on the railing above the nest.”

Apparently Hope told C1 to turn back and land on the Cathedral of Learning … which she did safely on the other side.  I’m sure the fledgling had a snack and slept all night after that excitement.

Closeup of C1 on west face of Cathedral of Learning (photo by Peter Bell)

Closeup of C1 on west face of Cathedral of Learning (photo by Peter Bell)

This morning at Fledge Watch Peter Bell saw Hope but not C1.  When you can’t find a fledgling, find both parents and they’ll give you the clue so Peter found Terzo on the north side of the building.

By midday C1 was up and at ’em on the west face, shouting for food and flying to different ledges.  In the photos above she’s in a very safe location 250 feet up.  She’s exploring her new world.

Congratulations, C1!  I knew you’d do it if I went out of cell range.  😉

 

(photos by Peter Bell (@PittPeregrines))

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Jun 14 2016

Pitt Fledge Watch is Tapering Off

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Cathedral of Learning peregrine chick snoozes on the upper perch of the nest box, 13 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Cathedral of Learning peregrine chick snoozes on the upper perch of the nest box, 13 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

The peregrine chick at the Cathedral of Learning has still not fledged as of yesterday evening.  She prefers to sleep during the hottest part of the day so we sit and wait for nothing at midday Fledge Watch.  Notice her in the yellow circle above, sleeping on the roof of the nestbox.

I suspect this is a difference in parenting styles.  Dori and Louie (Downtown) fed their young a little less as they approached fledge date so the “kids” associated fledging with food.  C1’s parents feed her so well that she has little incentive to leave.  Some of you said she’s a spoiled only child.  Perhaps so.  She’ll fly some day but I can’t predict when.

The official Pitt Peregrine Fledge Watch is changing and tapering off.  Today, June 14, John English (Pittsburgh Falconuts) will be at Schenley Plaza from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Peter Bell (@PittPeregrines) will visit when the chick is off camera (i.e. ledge walking or flying). I’ll stop by today from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

You’re welcome to visit the watch at any time to see the peregrines on your own.

 

p.s. No need to worry that C1 will land on the ground in her first 24 hours of flight.  She has 400 feet of headroom and many comfortable landing sites on the Cathedral of Learning at 380, 320, 250 and 150 feet.  (The Downtown chicks started only 120 feet up with landing zones at 60, 20 and 10 feet high. No wonder they reached the ground!)

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

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Jun 13 2016

Will She Fly Today?

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Pitt peregrine youngster, C1, inspects the snapshot camera (photo from the National Aviary snapshot camera at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Pitt peregrine youngster, C1, inspects the snapshot camera, 10 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary snapshot camera at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Sunday’s Fledge Watch was very boring at the Cathedral of Learning . The weather was beautiful but the winds were gusty and the peregrine chick, C1, spent the entire time sleeping at the nest.  As far as I know, she didn’t fledge yesterday.

Will she fly today?  I hope so.

Come to the tent at Schenley Plaza today (June 13) and see what the peregrines are up to.  I’ll be there from noon to 2:00pm.  Check the Events page for additional schedule information.

 

(photo from the National Aviary snapshot camera at Univ of Pittsburgh)

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Jun 11 2016

The Best Part of Peregrine Season

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Before young peregrines fly they walk on the cliff ledges and exercise their wings.  Their parents encourage them by flying nearby.

Since the chick C1 walked off camera at the Cathedral of Learning yesterday, all the action has moved to the air above Schenley Plaza where Peter Bell (@PittPeregrines) recorded this video last evening.  We see the entire peregrine family at once — swooping, diving, and “wingercising” (wing + exercising).

This is why I love fledge watch.  It’s the best part of peregrine season!

I’ll be at Pitt Peregrine Fledge Watch at Schenley Plaza today, June 11, 9:00 to 11:00am followed by John English (Pittsburgh Falconuts) noon to 3:00pm, weather permitting.  We’ll also be there Sunday and Monday.  Visit the Events page for the schedule.

Come on down!

 

(video by Peter Bell @PittPeregrines)

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Jun 11 2016

Visitor On The Balcony

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Immature peregrine in Downtown Pittsburgh, Lawrence Hall, 10 June 2016 (photo by Amanda McGuire)

Immature peregrine in Downtown Pittsburgh, Lawrence Hall, 10 June 2016 (photo by Amanda McGuire)

Caleb Rodgers had a peregrine outside his window at Point Park University last evening.

This young peregrine fledged from the Third Avenue nest several days ago.  He’s flying so well now that he visited one of his parents’ favorite perches at Lawrence Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh.

How cool is that!

 

(photo by Amanda McGuire)

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Jun 10 2016

Ledge Walking and Other News

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Peregrine chick C1 bgins to ledge walk, 10 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Peregrine chick C1 begins to ledge walk, 10 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Peregrine chick C1 on her way to the nestrail, 10 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

C1 is about to leave the camera view, 10 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

It’s still All Peregrines All the Time here on the blog, but within a week they’ll all have flown and I’ll return to other topics.

Cathedral of Learning:

The female chick, C1, at the Cathedral of Learning disappeared from the streaming camera this morning by walking up the ledge near the snapshot camera.  Soon she was completely out of view.  She’s ledge walking!  Click here to see the big area she’s exploring above the keyholes.

C1 will ledge walk for 2+ days before she fledges. The only way to see her is from Schenley Plaza so come on down to Fledge Watch today, noon to 2:00pm, or this coming weekend to see what she and her parents are up to.  Check the Events page before you come.  The schedule changes frequently.

 

Downtown Pittsburgh:

Adult peregrine on Lawrence Hall gargoyle, Downtown Pittsburgh (photo by John English)

Adult peregrine on Lawrence Hall gargoyle, Downtown Pittsburgh (photo by John English)

Yesterday the Downtown peregrines were flying so well that it was hard to keep up with them.  We found two youngsters at noon: one on the Art Institute and the other flying rapidly and frequently(!) over a four block area.  One of the adults watched from the gargoyle on Lawrence Hall, above.

The purpose of Fledge Watch is to rescue newly-fledged peregrines if they land on the ground.  That early flight period of their lives is over so Downtown Fledge Watch has ended, too.

Meanwhile at the Gulf Tower, a falcon came for a visit…

American kestrel at the Gulf Tower nest site (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)

American kestrel at the Gulf Tower nest site (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)

… but it was not a peregrine.  He’s an American kestrel.  Pretty bird!

 

Neville Island I-79 Bridge:

Adult peregrine at Neville Island I-79 bridge (photo by Gene Henderson)

Adult peregrine at Neville Island I-79 bridge (photo by Gene Henderson)

We’re saddened to hear from Anne Marie Bosynak that she saw a dead peregrine fledgling on the road at the I-79 Neville Island Bridge last evening.  It was below the spot where she saw one perching the day before.  You can’t stop your car on the bridge so Anne Marie drove by many times to check its identity.  Both adults were visible but she couldn’t find the other fledgling.

Alas. 🙁

Urban peregrines face so many challenges that cliff-nesting peregrines avoid.

 

(photo credits: National Aviary falconcams, John English, Gene Henderson. See captions.)

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Jun 09 2016

June 9: Fledge Watch Downtown & Schenley

Peregrine fledgling whining at 309 Smithfield St, 8 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

Peregrine fledgling whining at 309 Smithfield St, 8 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

I will be Downtown June 9 at 11:25 am to 12:25 pm, then at Schenley Fledge Watch 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Check the Events page for many updates.

News of the Downtown peregrines:

As of yesterday morning all four nestlings had flown.
7:30am to 10:30am: 3 fledglings visible simultaneously.
11:00am to end of day: 2 fledglings visible simultaneously. The others were perched out of sight.

For most of the day a fledgling perched and screamed from a 7th floor windowsill at 309 Smithfield Street (above).  The screaming meant “Parents! Bring me food!” but his parents ignored him because they wanted him to fly to a better perch.  Concerned observers called the Game Commission.  No worries. A high-up screaming peregrine is OK, just annoying.

At noon, Tuesday’s rescued bird ran along the edge of the porch and flew 1.5 blocks to the top of the Art Institute.

Peregrine fledgling practices flying short distances on the rescue porch edge (photo by Lori Maggio)

Peregrine fledgling practices short distance flights at the rescue porch (photo by Lori Maggio)

 

At 4:10pm Lori Maggio found this fledgling on an arch at the Pioneer Building, Wood Street at Boulevard of the Allies.

Peregrine fledgling on a 5th floor arch, 8 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

Peregrine fledgling on a 5th floor arch, 8 June 2016 (photo by Lori Maggio)

Today the Downtown fledglings will be harder to find because they’re flying everywhere.

UPDATE June 9, 12:20pm: Today is the last day of Downtown Fledge Watch.  The youngsters are flying so well that it’s really hard to keep up with them.
Around noon I found 1 adult on the Third Ave gargoyle, 1 youngster on top of the Art Institute and another (apparently The Screamer) on a 6th floor ledge on Third Avenue. The Screamer is really good at flying now. He moves fast!

 

(photos by Lori Maggio)

If you stop by Downtown Fledge Watch check the ground. If you find a fledgling, corral it to a safe zone and call the PGC “rescue” number (724-238-9523).

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Jun 09 2016

Two Fledged at Neville Island I-79 Bridge

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Fledged peregrine falcon at Neville Island I-79 Bridge, 7 June 2016 (photo by Gene Henderson)

Fledged peregrine falcon at Neville Island I-79 Bridge, 7 June 2016 (photo by Gene Henderson)

Anne Marie Bosnyak reports that two peregrines have fledged from the Neville Island I-79 Bridge as of yesterday evening, June 8.

The first one, above, was seen by Gene Henderson on Tuesday afternoon, June 7.  An adult watched over it.

Adult peregrine watches fledgling at Neville Island I-79 Bridge, 7 June 2016 (photo by Gene Henderson)

Adult peregrine watches fledgling at Neville Island I-79 Bridge, 7 June 2016 (photo by Gene Henderson)

 

(photos by Gene Henderson)

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Jun 08 2016

June 8: Watch for Downtown Peregrines

Fledge watchers Downtown at Third Ave, 7 June 2016 (photo by John English)

Fledge watchers Downtown at Third Ave, 7 June 2016 (photo by John English)

I will be Downtown 11:25am-to-12:30pm.

John English will be at Schenley Fledge Watch at noon.

Please stop by Downtown Fledge Watch any time and check for peregrines on the ground. If you find one, corral it to a safe zone and call the PGC “rescue” number: 724-238-9523.

As you can see there’s a pretty side of the street (above) and the dumpster side of the street (below).

 

News of the Downtown peregrines:

As of June 7 at 2:00pm: 3 had fledged, 1 was still in the nest. One of the three had been rescued and was 19 stories up at Lawrence Hall. Both parents visible.

As of June 8, 7:30am:  Lori Maggio reports that two of the fledglings are two stories up and whining loudly at the gated area behind Dollar Bank. They’re begging for food. My guess is that their parents are refusing to feed them until they fly up higher.  This is a noisy test of wills which the older generation will eventually win.  The “kids” have to learn to stay up high.

 

… Yesterday John English caught us by the dumpsters looking at our cellphones.  Yoy!

Fledge watchers Downtown, 7 June 2016 (photo by John English)

Fledge watchers Downtown, 7 June 2016 (photo by John English)

 

(photos by John English)

UPDATE, June 8, 8:30am:  Photo from Lori Maggio, two fledglings at back of Dollar Bank. Today’s gusty winds may keep these birds low today.  SEE ABOVE FOR THE REASON WHY THEY’RE WHINING.

Two peregrine fledglings at back of Dollar Bank, 8 June 2016, 7:30am (photo by Lori Maggio)

Two peregrine fledglings at back of Dollar Bank, 8 June 2016, 7:30am (photo by Lori Maggio)

UPDATE AT 12:20pm: All 4 have fledged. Rescue Porch bird flew to top of Art Institute (good job!). Another fledgling is perched at a blue window approx 7 floors up on Smithfield Street above Crazy Mocha. Haven’t seen the other two yet. (We try to locate all of them but it’s impossible this stage.) As I left Fledge Watch, Lori Maggio and Dallas DiLeo are on site.

NO CHANGE as of 4:30pm except Art Institute bird flew to Pioneer Hall (corner of Wood and Blvd of the allies) on the Wood Street side. 5 stories up on an arch. Only 2 are visible.

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Jun 08 2016

She Turned Brown

Peregrine chick, C1, at 32 days old, 31 May 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Female peregrine chick at 32 days old, 31 May 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

The peregrine chick at the Cathedral of Learning, C1, has changed a lot in the past week.

On May 31 she was mostly white.  Now (June 7) she’s mostly brown.  C1 has grown her juvenile plumage and preened away at lot of the down.

Pitt peregrine chick at 39 days old, 7 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Female peregrine chick at 39 days old, 7 June 2016 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Yesterday she was 39 days old, the age at which male peregrine chicks often fledge at the Cathedral of Learning. However, females fly a few days later than the males because they are 1/3 larger and heavier.  It will be several more days before C1 flies.

When she walks off camera she’ll fledge in (typically) 2-5 days.

 

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

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