17 March 2020
Challenges to Terzo’s and Morela’s ownership of the Pitt peregrine nest may not be over, but we saw none on camera yesterday. If their rivals are still active they were kept at bay.
On Monday (16 March 2020) Terzo and Morela were the only two peregrines on camera: 14 appearances, sometimes alone, sometimes together. Two “alone” photos provide a size comparison. Morela is certainly larger!
Though no one visited the nest from 2:30pm to dusk, a peregrine was present watching from a prominent perch. At 3:30pm I saw one on the arm of the Cathedral of Learning Tourcam on the 38th floor. At 5pm Michelle Kienholz reported one on the lightning rod.
Many of you are asking, “When will Morela lay eggs?” Well, I don’t know.
Morela is not “late” at this point; peregrine laying season extends into early April. When she’s close to laying I expect her to spend all night at the nest for several nights in a row. That hasn’t happened yet. On the other hand, she might not follow that rule of thumb.
We’ll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, watch the National Aviary falconcam at Univ. of Pittsburgh to find out what happens next.
(all photos are from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ. of Pittsburgh)