More Time With Morela

Ecco bows with Morela, 13 May 2020, 13:20 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Since his arrival at the Cathedral of Learning in late February, Ecco has always spent more time on camera with Morela than the resident male peregrine Terzo. Whenever they’re at the nest, Morela and Ecco court and bow for 3 to 8 minutes while Terzo visits for 15 seconds if we see him at all.

Ecco usually has to be persuaded to visit the nest, but on Wednesday 13 May he initiated courtship that lasted nearly three minutes.

It appears that Terzo is fading into the background while Ecco is becoming more established.

Too bad Terzo and Ecco didn’t sort this out in February!

(photo and video from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ. of Pittsburgh)

7 thoughts on “More Time With Morela

  1. It would have been nice, but the year 2020 seems to be a difficult year all around. I always had the feeling Terzo was a bit scared of Hope too, he is a real sweet softy.
    Just my feeling. Hoping for a better season in 2021.

  2. Kate,
    I just looked in at the Pitt falconcam today and it looks like Morela has laid a second egg. The time I checked was about 14:15 cam time. She looked like she was trying to lay an egg, and when she moved a little I saw 2 eggs.

    1. Definitely looks like there are 2 eggs there. And she’s sitting on them now.

    2. Yes, Morela laid another egg. Thank you for letting me know. I’m very surprised since it’s been a week since the first one!

  3. Yes 2 eggs! Kate will that first egg have any chance of hatching? Morela seems to be staying with them now. Hope one of the males shows up to help her now.

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