For almost three months I’ve been watching and writing about the new unbanded male peregrine at the Cathedral of Learning. He hasn’t won the site from Terzo but his presence has thrown the nesting season into a tail spin. I’ve called him “the new guy” but he’s not new anymore. And he’s still here. It’s time he got a name.
Our peregrine naming tradition in Pittsburgh means that I’m the one who names him (details here). It’s a difficult process and I’ve messed up in the past so I’ve been reluctant to go through this. I thought he’d go away, but here he is.
“Here he is” (Eccolo in Italian) inspired his name. His name is Ecco.
Ecco means “here” or “there” in Italian but is often used at the beginning of sentences to get them rolling as in “Well” or “OK” or even “Hey” as in “Hey, that’s what I thought too.” Here are three descriptions of ecco: Word Hippo, Colloquial Italian blog, Italian-English at Cambridge.org
The fact that Ecco is pronounced “echo” is also apt. This bird shows up repeatedly, like an echo, even after we thought he was gone.
So here is Ecco, calling, pondering and watching the sky, plus two videos so you can get to know him.
Ecco in a typical pose, scanning the sky.
Ecco’s first appearance on camera, 28 February 2020.
Ecco visits the nest and calls to Morela, 9 May 2020.
It’s convenient that both males have names now.
I don’t think Ecco is going away anytime soon. Nor will Terzo.
(photos from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)