2 February 2021
Today is Candlemas and Groundhog Day and only 46 days until the Spring Equinox. The next 46 days will see winter waning, bald eagles laying eggs, and peregrine falcons in courtship mode. The equinox has special significance for Pittsburgh’s peregrines. The females usually lay their first egg around that time.
Yesterday the National Aviary Falconcam resumed live streaming at the Univ of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. When I tuned in to pull a screenshot, Ecco jumped into camera view and bowed to an unseen female.
Six hours earlier, before dawn, Terzo had courted Morela at the very same place (*sound muted on video).
Ecco stayed a while when he appeared at 1:30pm. He was clearly communicating with another peregrine and bowed deeply to a female we hear in the background (probably Morela).
Alas. There are still two male peregrines at Pitt, a situation that caused the nest to fail last year. I hope Terzo and Ecco figure out who’s in charge in the next 46 days. I’d like to see a happy nest this year.
Watch the National Aviary Falconcam at Univ. of Pittsburgh at this link.
*NOTE about the muted video: When the camera first came up yesterday it made a loud buzz-hum sound (click here to listen) which was too annoying on the 7:20am video. The sound disappeared on its own as you can hear in Ecco’s video.
(videos from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)