This morning two peregrine chicks, ages 23 and 24 days old, were banded at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. Lead Bander Dan Brauning, PA Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Chief, was assisted by PGC Biologist Tammy Colt.
This is the third year that Hope and Terzo have nested at the Cathedral of Learning so they knew something was up this morning and were especially vigilant.
When Dan and Tammy came out on the ledge, Terzo zoomed just above them and Hope jumped into the nest and started to shout. She was so loud that she distorted the audio on the falconcam and could be heard 20 floors below! See the video below.
After Dan removed one chick, Hope guarded the second one so closely that he had to nudge her gently aside with a broom. She bit the broom!
Indoors, the chicks were given health checkups (both healthy!) and — based on their weight — were given female bands. They were returned to the nest in less than half an hour.
Hope yelled again as the chicks were returned to the nest. See video below.
The reunited family was soon back to normal.
And the youngsters made the news:
- Post-Gazette: Two peregrine falcon chicks nesting at the Cathedral of Learning get a checkup
- KDKA video: Getting Their Birdie Bling: Cathedral Of Learning Peregrine Falcon Chicks Get Banded
- Trib-Live: Peregrine falcons defend chicks when biologists visit at the Cathedral of Learning
I will add more news reports as I hear of them. If you know of a report I’ve missed, please leave a comment with a link.
(photos by Peter Bell and John English (see captions). Video from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ. of Pittsburgh)