When the female peregrine Hope moved from Tarentum to the Cathedral of Learning, I thought 2016 would be calm and joyful. Instead it was filled with drama.
Here’s a recap of last year’s Pitt peregrine activity, complete with a slideshow of 2016 highlights.
- Nesting season started with Hope (2008) and E2 (2005) as the resident pair.
- Hope laid her first egg on March 13.
- But on March 15 E2 died in a car accident. Hope was alone.
- Hope laid two more eggs and then …
- A new male peregrine arrived on March 23. His name is Terzo.
- Hope laid a 4th egg on April 2.
- The 1st egg hatched April 29 (nicknamed C1).
- But Hope killed and ate chicks 2 & 4 as they hatched. Chick 3 died, too, and she ate it.
- C1 grew up, was banded, and fledged on June 13.
- Female peregrines intruded many times at the Cathedral of Learning: April 8, April 23, June 22, August 2, August 12, November 14.
- Meanwhile Hope commuted to her old home in Tarentum: Feb 8, several times in August, November 22.
- At the end of the year, Terzo and Hope bowed at the nest. Perhaps 2017 will be better.
Watch a slideshow of 2016, the year of drama. Click on any photo to see it full-screen.