18 October 2020
In a normal year there’s practically no activity at the Cathedral of Learning peregrine nest from July until the next January so it’s safe for me to ignore the nestcam snapshots while the streaming falconcam is off. But not this year.
This fall the two male rivals, Terzo and Ecco, continue to vie for the site in their typical non-violent manner. In other words, no one gets hurt and no one wins. Meanwhile Morela waits at the nest and greets whoever shows up. On 5 October Ecco made several appearances with Morela. On 6 October Terzo showed up alone.
Eleven days later, 16 and 17 October, Terzo made several appearances with Morela and Ecco showed up alone.
Friday 16 October: Morela and Terzo bowed in the morning and evening. At midday Ecco showed up alone and shouted for Morela to come to him. She never did.
Saturday 17 October: Morela hung out at the nest (top photo) and Terzo showed up alone. No sign of Ecco.
If this was a normal year I’d expect the two males to settle the question soon, leaving just one of them to rule the Cathedral of Learning.
This is not a normal year in more ways than one.
(photos from the National Aviary snapshot camera at Univ of Pittsburgh)