Downtown Peregrines Visit the Gulf Tower

Peregrine at the Gulf Tower nest (probably Louie), 4 Feb 2018 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)
Louie at the Gulf Tower nest, 4 Feb 2018, 13:44 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)

Peregrine fans were happy to see the Downtown pair at the Gulf Tower last weekend.

On Saturday Louie watched from the pillar at dusk.  On Sunday they bowed together in the afternoon and Dori stopped by at sunset.

Dori at the nest at dusk, 4 Feb 2018, 17:44 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)
Dori at the nest at dusk, 4 Feb 2018, 17:44 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)

Here are two slideshows showing their activity, one from each day.

Louie visits on Saturday, 3 February 2018, 5:20 to 5:35pm:

... and they both visit on Sunday, 4 February 2018, 1:44 to 1:54pm:

  • Louie waits for Dori to arrive

 

This weekend Dori and Louie provided a convenient way to tell who's who when they perch on the pillar.  Here's a comparison photo with tips below.  The obelisk on the horizon above their heads is the Cathedral of Learning.  It's a very useful landmark.

Comparing on the pillar perch: Louie and Dori (photos from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower, Downtown Pittsburgh)
Comparing on the pillar perch: Louie and Dori (photos from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower, Downtown Pittsburgh)

Who's who on the Gulf Tower pillar:

  • When Louie's on the pillar, he's small enough that you can see some of Oakland between the base of the Cathedral of Learning and the top of his head.
  • When Dori's on the pillar, she wears the Cathedral of Learning like a hat. There's very little space between her head and the base of the building.

Watch the Gulf Tower camera at the National Aviary here for more appearances of the Downtown peregrines.

Our fingers are crossed that they'll nest here this year!

 

(photos from the National Aviary falconcam at the Gulf Tower, Pittsburgh)

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