Peregrine chick C1 begins to ledge walk, 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.
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)
… 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)
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.
Urban peregrines face so many challenges that cliff-nesting peregrines avoid.
(photo credits: National Aviary falconcams, John English, Gene Henderson. See captions.)