8 April 2020:
This morning it was raining when I woke up at 4am and saw this snapshot of Morela wide awake and hunched over the scrape. What was she doing?
I pulled the 4am video and found out she was listening intently and sometimes ee-chupping to a peregrine wailing in the dark.
Ee-chupping is a greeting to a potential or current mate. Wailing means “I want [unknown something] to change.” Morela was speaking to a male peregrine and a male peregrine was wailing. We don’t know who was wailing and we don’t know why.
At this point I doubt there will be a peregrine egg at the Cathedral of Learning this year though Morela has been trying. This short video from Sunday 5 April 2020 at 6am shows her pulsing her vent. It looks as if her plumbing is stopped up.
We are left with more questions than answers.
- Who was wailing and why?
- Is Morela egg bound? Is she feeling ill?
- Is Terzo still at the Cathedral of Learning or did the other male peregrine take over?
- What will happen next with Terzo, Morela and whoever else might be at the Cathedral of Learning?
The answer to every question is: We don’t know.
I certainly don’t know.
Watch the National Aviary falconcam at the Univ of Pittsburgh to see what happens next.
UPDATE, 13 April 2020: Still no eggs but Morela looks healthy (good feather quality) and she is quite active. She must be feeling fine.
(photos and video from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)