1 March 2020:
BREAKING NEWS! The male peregrine in this video is unbanded. That means he is not Terzo! Stay tuned for more news tomorrow. Meanwhile, a big thank you goes to “Small Town James” who pointed this out in the YouTube video described below.
Courtship between Morela and a male peregrine (not Terzo!) is intensifying as egg laying approaches this month.
On Friday 28 February 2020 the peregrines bowed, swayed, and “ee-chupped” at the Cathedral of Learning nest for seven minutes. Sometimes they nearly touched beaks.
This seven minute video is long but it shows their entire “ledge display.” Notice how the male steps and sways side to side while Morela bows very low. This pair is bonding closely.
We’re all looking forward to eggs in mid March. Meanwhile we’ll be watching to learn more about the new male peregrine at Pitt.
Watch the peregrines court on the National Aviary falconcam at the Cathedral of Learning.
(photo and video from the National Aviary falconcam at the Univ. of Pittsburgh)
p.s. the new male was later named Ecco.