June 15, 2018:
The Tarentum peregrine family is already fun to watch. Now the excitement is ramping up.
Back on June 5, Gerry Devinney captured this video of the adult peregrines escorting an osprey away from their nest. On June 8 Mary Ann Thomas wrote about them here: Tarentum Peregrines Defend Their Nesting Success.
Last Tuesday evening, June 12, the first nestling ventured out of the nestbox to ledge walk and exercise his wings.
We don’t know the chicks’ exact ages but they’re somewhere between 32-36 days old today. Young peregrines fledge at 38-45 days old. These birds will fly soon, maybe within a week!
Visit the Tarentum boat launch to watch the youngsters get ready to fly. Click here for a map.
UPDATE, June 15, 6:10pm: Rob Protz reports that there are three (3!) young peregrines out of the nestbox this evening.
(video by Gerry Devinney)