Yesterday morning was a big day at the University of Pittsburgh peregrine nest. Two chicks had hatched overnight, a third was hammering his way out of the shell, Mom (Dorothy) was watching, and all of them were hungry. Dad (E2) had his work cut for him. He had to bring home enough for four!
It was a good morning for hunting. The south wind had brought new migrants to Schenley Park, including a group of noisy blue jays. One of them became breakfast.
E2 called as he arrived with food. Dorothy and baby called back. With so many mouths to feed, he had no time to pluck and prepare a fillet. Instead he brought it right away. Dorothy took it from him for about a minute while he got acquainted with his new babies. Then she returned and fed three new nestlings.
How do I know this? I was birding in Schenley Park at the time – I saw the blue jays – and Traci Darin was up early watching the webcam. She captured the action in snapshots and sent me the images which I made into the slideshow below.
(Note that the slideshow loops, the action repeats.)