I was birding on the boardwalk at Magee Marsh, Ohio yesterday when I received news that the Downtown peregrine chicks had been removed from their nest on Tuesday May 8 around 9am.
Many reporters were on hand to record the event. Here are four news articles (media in alphabetical order).
- KDKA (video): Game Commission Removes 4 Peregrine Falcon Chicks From Downtown Nest
- Post-Gazette, John Hayes: Peregrine chicks removed from nest near Pittsburgh construction site
- Trib-Live, Mary Ann Thomas: Peregrine falcon chicks removed from Downtown Pittsburgh building
- WPXI (photos): PHOTOS: Baby Peregrine falcons relocated from downtown Pittsburgh nest
Hours later, Lori Maggio visited Third Avenue at lunchtime and found Dori and Louie perched on Lawrence Hall across the street from their former nest.
They watched calmly because there were no people on the roof. Eventually the peregrines will be less vigilant, especially if people stay away from the nest-roof area for a while.
At top, Dori watches from across the street. Below, Louie watches from the top parapet of Lawrence Hall.
Their chicks were taken to Humane Animal Rescue where Pittsburgh’s injured peregrines go for rehab and recovery — especially Dori’s chicks who land on the street, hit buildings, break bones and sustain concussions from Downtown’s many hazards. Humane Animal Rescue will make sure the chicks don’t become habituated to humans and will work with the Game Commission to release them at a wild cliff. Human Animal Rescue does an excellent job. (See KDKA video)
The silver lining for the chicks is this: These four won’t face death at fledging time. I have seen too many die gruesome deaths because the Third Avenue nest is too low. Half die within two weeks, sometimes slowly and painfully before they are discovered.
These four chicks will do well.
(photos of Downtown peregrines by Lori Maggio, 8 May 2018)
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