On Tuesday morning, November 22, a beautiful female peregrine perched close to Tony Bruno and Steve Gosser at the Tarentum Bridge. Her close approach reminded Steve of the peregrine Hope who used to live at the bridge before moving to the Cathedral of Learning.
Steve was able to photograph her bands, black/green, 69/Z, and yes indeed she was Hope.
Did she stay at the bridge? No.
Steve saw her at Tarentum until he left at 11:00am. Then at 12:12pm the falconcam caught Hope courting with Terzo at the Cathedral of Learning.
She’s recognizable on the falconcam by her distinctive “muddy” gray face and her green right-leg band. (It’s even greener-looking in subsequent photos.)
Below, her left leg band shows black/green as she leaves the nest.
So … Hope is using both her old and new territories this fall.
It’s only a 15 mile commute … as the peregrine flies.
p.s. If you search the WildEarth archives for this footage, you’ll find it on 11/22/2016 at 13:12. WildEarth’s archive clock remains on Eastern Daylight Time so it doesn’t have to be reset for the nesting season.