Pitt Peregrines’ Granddaughter in Ontario

Thanks to Kathy Majich, I learned last month that a Pitt peregrine granddaughter is nesting in Ontario, Canada.

Dorothy and Erie were the first peregrine falcon pair at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning(*).  Their 2003 brood was especially successful because three of those four chicks went on to nest elsewhere.  One of them, Belle, nested at the University of Toledo until 2014.

During the 2014 nesting season, Belle was challenged by an intruder yet she successfully raised two chicks despite her injuries.  After the chicks were banded and fledged, Belle disappeared and the intruder took over.  Belle’s mate, Allen, coached the youngsters to independence.

This year we’re happy to discover that one of those chicks, Dr. Jane, was identified this spring in St. Marys, Ontario raising her own two chicks with her mate Cosmo.

(click on “View larger” so see Pittsburgh on the map.)


So Dorothy and Erie’s legacy continues with a granddaughter and great-grands in Ontario.

Click on the image above to read about “Dr. Jane” at the Canadian Peregrine Foundation’s Facebook page.  Click here to read about the peregrine family in St. Mary’s Stratford Beacon Herald.


(photo linked from Canadian Peregrine Foundation Facebook page. Map showing St. Mary’s, Ontario linked from Google maps)

(*) Note: Dorothy hatched in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1999 and was present at the Cathedral of Learning from 2001 through 2015.  Erie hatched in Columbus, Ohio in 1998 and was present at Pitt from 2001 through 2007. Erie was followed by E2.


6 thoughts on “Pitt Peregrines’ Granddaughter in Ontario

  1. Thank you for posting this information. It’s very nice to have some history on our local birds that have settled elsewhere and how they are doing!

  2. And he is the son of Rochester’s Quest! Dear Quest who was fitted with a transmitter when she was banded! I remember how worried so many of us were at the time that it would be a problem for her. No problem whatsoever, and we were able to follow her because of it.

    Thanks Kate!

  3. I believe I saw a pair on peregrine falcons (I’m no bird expert) this morning in Washington, PA. If anyone is interested in following up on this they can contact me a my email. wsbradshaw@yahoo.com. I’ll tell you the whole story.

  4. That newspaper article mentions pigeons, seagulls and geese” as being “on alert” because of the falcons.

    A falcon can take a goose? Yikes!

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