A lot has happened in the Downtown peregrine family since I left for vacation on June 12. Here’s a summary of the last 17 days with photos from Jason Walkowski, Maria Ochoa, Lori Maggio, and John English.
There were five nestlings at the Third Avenue nest and at least five rescues.
- June 8: Rescue from Third Ave.
- June 9: Rescue after found standing on a car roof on the Boulevard of the Allies.
- June 10: Rescue at 304 Wood Street. The PA Game Commission banded and nanotagged this bird for MOTUS tracking.
- June 12: Rescue from a Point Park shuttle bus shelter.
- June 12: Second in one day! Rescue from Dollar Bank front steps on Fourth Ave during evening rush hour.
All of this activity kept the rescue porch very busy. Below, Louie reflects from the rescue porch railing outside Maria Ochoa’s apartment on June 11 …
… while Dori bypasses loud whining from one of the fledglings.
On June 12 this bird was a candidate for the fifth rescue, having chosen a lousy place to perch on the Dollar Bank roof.
Within a week the young peregrines were flying well. On June 14 Lori Maggio watched a low-perched youngster fly up to a much better location. On June 19 Jason Walkowski photographed the nanotagged bird outside his window on the 31st floor at USX Tower (photo at top).
Lori Maggio found the nanotagged bird on June 20, perched with a sibling high above Third Avenue.
Dori is now teaching the youngsters how to hunt. Her mate Louie, age 17, was found dead on June 27. He was very, very old for a wild peregrine and outlived his mother Dorothy by 1.5 years. I’ll post a tribute blog for Louie in the coming days.
For now the Fledge Watchers are breathing a sigh of relief. The Downtown peregrine “kids” are airborne on their way. Whew!
(photos by Jason Walkowski, Maria Ochoa, Lori Maggio and John English)