First Egg at the Gulf Tower!


This morning at about 2:45am, Dori laid her first egg of the season at the Gulf Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh. 

Thanks to Michelline who captured this screen shot.  I’ll post more pictures today as the light gets better.  (No color until the sun rises…)

Video!  Here’s a YouTube video from Sharon Leadbitter, taken before dawn.  You’ll see feathers flying from the left (Louie is plucking prey) and then Louie comes to the nest and bows to Dori to tell her breakfast is ready.

First color photo of the egg:

(photo from the National Aviary webcam at the Gulf Tower)

17 thoughts on “First Egg at the Gulf Tower!

  1. Question: are there any events around town like the “Celebrate Pittsburgh’s Peregrines” event on March 7? This blog & the two webcammed nests have really piqued my interest in peregrine falcons, and I’m wondering if there are any public events in the future. Thank you!

  2. I knew it!! I was up until 1am working on a paper, and she was sitting in that same spot non-stop!! I just couldn’t stay awake anymore – but I knew she was going to lay it there. Which is so odd to me, as everytime I would watch her, she would arrange the other two scrapes! Last years and the one closer to the foreground.
    I wonder at that…

    I also wonder, since this is just her second clutch, if she’ll lay more than three? I guess we’ll know soon enough!!

  3. This is so exciting! It’s my first year watching the cams and I’m quickly becoming a bit addicted. If I remember correctly, at the March 7th event Kate mentioned that Dorothy lays an egg every other day once she gets going. That means another egg scheduled for arrival at some point today. Hope I get lucky and witness it.

  4. Yes, every other day … but “today” will certainly extend into tonight and might be early tomorrow morning.
    First egg was 3/13/2011 at 3:20pm
    Second egg was 3/15/2011 at 9:42pm
    So Dorothy waited more than 54 hours between eggs. If 54 hours are typical for Dorothy she will lay her next egg tomorrow morning at around 4:00am. HOWEVER, peregrines never seem to do what I predict so take this advice with a big grain of salt.

  5. I observed from the 11th floor of the Steelworkers building next to the PPG Tower THREE Peregrines flying above the Oxford Tower about 12:30pm today. They circled the Oxford building a few times, and then out over the river and back flying in the direction of the Gulf Tower. Could this possibly be a challenge to Dori or Louie!

  6. Number 3 at Cathedral of Learning at 9:15 a.m. on Friday!!!
    This is the first time I have actually seen it happening! What a thrill!

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