For every other big event in the Pitt peregrines’ lives this spring, I’ve been out hiking without cell coverage so it was fitting that I was in the Laurel Highlands this morning without cell coverage when Fledge Watchers confirmed that C1 had fledged.
As it turns out, C1 probably flew last night around 7:30pm. When Lori Maggio was leaving The Porch restaurant last night she heard a peregrine screeching, looked up, and saw a brown bird flying toward Phipps. She didn’t know what was going on so she emailed me:
“An adult peregrine came flying toward the bird and seemed to go after it, bumping into it. The original bird circled back around and headed toward the Cathedral. It tried to land on one of the windows about 1/2 way up, pushed off the window and circled around the right side of the cathedral [out of sight]. The adult peregrine flew back and forth in front of the cathedral for about 45 seconds and then landed on the railing above the nest.”
Apparently Hope told C1 to turn back and land on the Cathedral of Learning … which she did safely on the other side. I’m sure the fledgling had a snack and slept all night after that excitement.
This morning at Fledge Watch Peter Bell saw Hope but not C1. When you can’t find a fledgling, find both parents and they’ll give you the clue so Peter found Terzo on the north side of the building.
By midday C1 was up and at ’em on the west face, shouting for food and flying to different ledges. In the photos above she’s in a very safe location 250 feet up. She’s exploring her new world.
Congratulations, C1! I knew you’d do it if I went out of cell range. 😉
(photos by Peter Bell (@PittPeregrines))