Since last week’s two installments in the Pitt peregrine soap opera, Morela’s suitors continue to visit the nest. Ecco is present more often than Terzo and bows intensively with Morela for long periods of time. Terzo visits alone. This activity is unusual for October. Something is going on.
Above and below, during their first visit on Monday 5 October at 4:53pm, Ecco scanned the sky to make sure Terzo wasn’t nearby. Then he and Morela locked gazes and nearly touched beaks. I can’t help but think Morela’s pair bond is stronger with Ecco.
On the second visit at 6:56pm Morela left before Ecco. He paused at the nest for a while.
Yesterday (Tuesday 6 October) Terzo visited for 6 minutes. He called to Morela but she did not appear on camera.
Ecco, Ecco, Terzo. I wonder when — or if — they’ll sort out which male owns the nest.
(snapshots from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)