31 March 2020:
Yesterday the revolving door of male peregrine falcons moved faster at the Cathedral of Learning. Terzo and the unbanded male (later named Ecco) appeared over and over again on camera, usually with Morela. As Morela got closer to laying her first egg — not yet — she brought prey with her and clutched it while crouching over the scrape. Maybe it’s comfort food.
This Day In A Minute video for 30 March 2020, 7a-7p, shows the revolving door spinning faster and faster.
Thanks to your watchful eyes on the National Aviary falconcam and your comments telling me when a male peregrine is at the nest, I was able to piece together this play-by-play for 30 March 2020:
- 6:36a Terzo
- 10:02a Terzo
- 11:26a New unbanded male (Ecco)
- 11:36a New unbanded male
- 11:52a New unbanded male
- 12:23p New unbanded male
- 12:49p New unbanded male
- 1:15p New unbanded male
- 1:57p Terzo
- 3:32p New unbanded male
- 3:51p Terzo
- 4:31p Terzo
- 4:40p Terzo
- The rest of the day was just Morela often with comfort food
Here are just a few of the many snapshots from those visits:
At this point it’s obvious that Morela wants to lay her first egg. She often crouches over the scrape and, oddly, holds prey as she concentrates. In the photo below she has her third eyelids closed (nictitating membranes) and is clutching the same bedraggled food.
As of 31 March, 7:25am there is still no egg.
Keep watching the National Aviary falconcam and let me know what you see and when. Thanks, everyone!
(photos and video from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ. of Pittsburgh)
p.s. the new male was later named Ecco.