Injured Peregrine Found in Monessen

Yesterday I got a call from Wildlife Conservation Officer Beth Fife.  An injured adult peregrine had been found in the mills area of Monessen, Pennsylvania, shown above in a photo linked from

Beth had already called the Game Commission’s peregrine falcon coordinator, Art McMorris, to tell him the band numbers but he was not available.  While waiting for Art’s return call she wondered about the bird’s identity.

I looked up the bands as best I could.  The bird was not from Pittsburgh or the Midwest.  My friend Karen Lang said, “Maybe it’s from New York.”   And she was right.

Juanita Woods identified her as Callidora, hatched at the Times Square nest, Rochester, NY in 2010.  Her father is Archer, grandson of Mariah and Kaver of Kodak.  Her mother is Beauty, daughter of Dorothy and Erie at the University of Pittsburgh.  Callidora is Dorothy’s granddaughter.

The news from Beth was not particularly good.  Callidora is at a rehabber’s with a badly injured wing and will be x-rayed to determine the extent of the damage.  I don’t know the name or location of the rehabber and have no other news.  [Update: She was at Wildlife Works in Youngwood, PA.  Click here for more information.]

I expect to hear more next week as business gets underway again.  Not only is it the weekend, but it’s snowing and sleeting here with a projected 2-inch snow+ice accumulation.  Things have slowed down considerably.

For information on the town where Callidora was found, see City-Data’s website on Monessen.

I hope Callidora will be OK.

SAD NEWS, Jan 21, 1:50pm:   Beth Fife reports, “With further inspection and care of the wing, they found it to be totally shattered and non repairable.  The bird was put down.  Sad, but it’s not suffering anymore.”

Fly free, Callidora.


(photo of Monessen linked from the Monessen, Pennsylvania webpage at

9 thoughts on “Injured Peregrine Found in Monessen

  1. Thanks for the update Kate. We here in Rochester (NY) and Rochester Falcon fans around the world are sending prayers and healing thoughts to our injured Callidora. She and her brother Jemison were a joy to watch grow up in front of our eyes and fledge.

    It’s truly amazing how entwined the Rochester and Pittsburgh falcons are. We have Beauty, Dorothy’s daughter, and Unity, Dorothy’s granddaughter. How interesting that Callidora made her way back to Pittsburgh, so close to her grandmother Dorothy. It is definitely a small falcon world out there.

    If there is any way for us to help, please let me know. Many caring folks have asked if donations can be sent to the rehabber to help with expenses for Callidora’s care.

    Take care,
    Carol P. (Rochester, NY)

  2. Too bad the Aviary can’t handle wild birds, but maybe Dr. Fish could make a house call!

    Hope Callidora makes it, maybe if she can’t be released back into the wild she can become an education bird.

  3. Sorry to have to report this sad news from Beth Fife today:
    “With further inspection and care of the wing, they found it to be totally shattered and non repairable. The bird was put down. Sad, but it’s not suffering anymore.”

    R.I.P., Callidora.

  4. Kate, thank you for keeping us informed.
    I am saddened by this news but glad she is at peace.
    She and her brother Jemison lit up my world with joy.

  5. Thank you. Kate. It is such difficult news. I agree with Carol .. it is amazing how our “families” have blended! I wish so much for a successful season this year for all of us.

  6. This is such sad news about our beautiful Callidora. We have so many wonderful memories of her. Thank you for keeping us informed and a special thank you to those who took care of her and were with her in the end.

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