Mar 16 2009
(photo of 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.
• History of Peregrine Falcon nests in the Pittsburgh area
• Annual Highlights from Pittsburgh area Falconcam nests
• Timing of peregrine nesting season in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• 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 nest (not used in 2015): Gulf Tower Falconcam in Downtown Pittsburgh and Fact Sheet.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- Courtship flights: Peregrines’ court on the wing. Here’s how.
- Ledge displays: A description of peregrines’ courtship at the nest.
- Courtship feeding: The male feeds his mate during courtship and nesting.
- 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?
- 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: Why isn’t the mother peregrine sitting on the eggs?
- 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 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?
- Who is who at Pitt? How to tell the difference between Dorothy and E2 at the Cathedral of Learning.
- Where is the nest at Pitt? Where should I look from the ground to see the peregrines at Pitt?
- Who is who at the Downtown nest? 2015 Update: The peregrines have abandoned the Gulf Tower again this year. They returned for one year (2014) after nesting at an alternate Downtown location (2012 & 2013).
- Where is the nest in Downtown Pittsburgh? The Downtown nest was located on May 19, 2015. More news later.
- Having trouble viewing the Pittsburgh falconcams? Here are some tips.
- “I love Peregrines” bumper sticker Show you love peregrines with this bumper sticker featuring Dorothy, peregrine queen of the Cathedral of Learning.
- Pittsburgh Peregrines’ Annual Highlights
- Timing of Peregrine Nesting Season
- Question: Fidelity to Their Mates and Fighting
- They Nest On Gravel
- Question: Start of Egg Laying
- Question: Time Between Eggs
- Question: What roles do the parents play during incubation?
- Question: Sitting on Eggs – or Not
- 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 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?
- Tips for Viewing the Falconcams
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