Mar 16 2009
(Gulf Tower peregrine falcon family, May 2011, from the National Aviary falconcam)
Reference Links and Frequently Asked Questions about Peregrine Falcons
Click here for the latest news on Pittsburgh’s peregrines.
• Pennsylvania Game Commission Peregrine Falcon Management Plan, 2013-2022
• Cathedral of Learning Streaming Falconcam, Snapshot cam and Fact Sheet at the University of Pittsburgh
• Gulf Tower Falconcam in Downtown Pittsburgh and Fact Sheet.
• Excellent Peregrine FAQ fact sheet from London Peregrine Partnership, UK.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:
- Peregrine Falcons: Nature’s Fighter Jets: audio and text from Bird Files on the Allegheny Front
- History of Peregrine Falcon nests in the Pittsburgh area (PDF)
- Annual Slideshows highlighting Pittsburgh area Falconcam nests
- Timing of peregrine nesting season in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Prominent perching: Peregrines make themselves noticeable.
- Cooperative Hunting: The pair hunts together. Watch out below!
- Ledge displays: A description of peregrines’ courtship at the nest.
- Courtship flights: Peregrines court on the wing. Here’s how.
- Courtship feeding: The male provides food for his mate during courtship and nesting.
- Peregrines mating: How it’s done.
- Fidelity to their mates and fighting: Do peregrines mate for life? How do they acquire a new mate? Do they fight to the death?
NEST, EGGS, INCUBATION, HATCHING:
- Nest is on gravel: Why doesn’t the nest have sticks? Why is it called a scrape?
- Nest box dimensions: Nest boxes are not a requirement but were provided at several sites.
- Start of egg laying: Why do the females at different nests lay earlier or later than others?
- Time between eggs: When will the next egg be laid?
- Red eggs: Why are the eggs red?
- Incubation: What roles do the parents play during incubation?
- Not sitting on eggs (during egg laying period): Why isn’t the mother peregrine sitting on the eggs?
- Not sitting on eggs (after incubation begins): There’s another reason, too.
- Eating rocks: Is the female peregrine eating rocks from the nest?
- Eyes are white? Why do the bird’s eyes look white on camera?
- Why face down on the nest? Why is the adult peregrine face down on its nest?
- Hatching: When will the eggs hatch?
PEREGRINE CHICKS AND FAMILY LIFE:
- Peregrine vocalizations: What do their sounds mean?
- Peregrine chick growth and development in pictures
- Parental roles with chicks: What roles do the parents play in feeding and raising the chicks?
- Hungry: Are the chicks getting enough to eat?
- Leftovers: After the chicks are done eating, what happens to the leftovers?
- Where are the parents? Aren’t they afraid their eggs or young will be hurt?
- Did one of the babies fall from the nest? Help! I can’t see all of them on the camera!
- Juvenile plumage: The young are brown. How long until they look like their parents?
- Ledge walking: Here’s what peregrine nestlings do before they try to fly.
- Fledging: How do the young learn to fly? Is it gradual or do the fledglings just jump one day?
- Dispersal from the nest: Where do young peregrines go when they leave home?
- Adults at the empty nest: Why do the adult peregrines visit the nest after their babies have flown? Do they miss their babies?
- The solitary nature of peregrines: Do peregrines have a long-lasting love for their young? Do they like being with humans?
- Age: What happens as peregrines age? How long do they live?
NAMING, BANDING AND PEREGRINE WATCHING:
- Naming: How do peregrines get their names? Why do some have no names?
- Banding: Why and how are peregrines banded?
- Fledge Watch: What is a Peregrine Fledge Watch?
- Where is the nest at Pitt? Where should I look from the ground to see the peregrines at Pitt?
- Who is who at the Cathedral of Learning nest? As of 6 April 2016.
- Where is the nest in Downtown Pittsburgh? This spring, 2017, the Downtown peregrines chose the Gulf Tower as their nest site. Click the link to learn more.
- Who is who at the Gulf Tower nest? This comparison was written in 2010. The same pair has been active at the Gulf Tower in early 2017.
- “I love Peregrines” bumper sticker Show you love peregrines with this bumper sticker featuring Dorothy, the original matriarch at the Cathedral of Learning.
- Why I’m addicted to nestcams … and you should be too.
- Pittsburgh Peregrines’ Annual Highlights
- Timing of Peregrine Nesting Season
- Prominent Perching
- Peregrines Mating: How It’s Done
- Question: Fidelity to Their Mates and Fighting
- They Nest On Gravel
- Peregrine Nest Box Dimensions
- Question: Start of Egg Laying
- Question: Time Between Eggs
- Question: What roles do the parents play during incubation?
- Question: Why Isn’t She Sitting on the Eggs?
- Question: Is She Eating Rocks?
- Question: Why are the eggs red?
- Question: Why is this bird face down on her nest?
- Question: Why are her eyes white?
- Question: Hatching
- Peregrine Vocalizations and What They Mean
- Peregrine Chicks Week-to-Week Development
- Question: What roles do the parents play in raising the young?
- Question: Are the chicks getting enough to eat?
- Question: What happens to the leftovers?
- Question: Where are the Parents?
- Question: Did one of the babies fall from the nest?
- Question: The juveniles are a different color? For how long?
- Question: What is Ledge Walking?
- Question: Do they fledge all at once?
- Question: Where do young peregrines go when they leave home?
- Question: Why do the adults visit the nest after the babies are gone?
- The Solitary Nature of Peregrine Falcons
- Question: What happens as peregrines age?
- Question: How do peregrines get their names?
- Question: Why and how are peregrines banded?
- Question: What is a Peregrine Fledge Watch?
- Question: Where should I look to see the peregrines at Pitt?
- Question: Where should I look to see the peregrines at Gulf Tower?
- How to See the Nestcam on Aviary Website
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