On Wednesday 21 August, Matt Orres emailed me two photos of a peregrine outside his window at the Union Trust Building. I knew it couldn’t be Louie (he died in June at age 17) but the next photo confirmed the bird’s identity.
Though her bands aren’t visible, the long dark flecks on her breast and the shape of her face indicate to me that this bird is Dori.
Why does she look so ragged? Because she’s molting.
August is “down time” for Pittsburgh’s peregrines, the perfect time to molt.
(photos by Matt Orres)