1 June 2021
It’s All Peregrines All The Time with news from three other peregrine nests in the Pittsburgh area.
Allegheny River, Tarentum Bridge:
The chicks at the Tarentum Bridge are more advanced (older) than any other nest we’ve been monitoring, close to a week older than the Pitt peregrines. When Dave Brooke stopped by to see them on Sunday 30 May he found only two of three. His photo above is a screenshot from the video he mentions in email below. See Dave’s video here.
I only saw 2 young ones today. Perhaps the other fledged. You can’t hear it in this video, but the reason they are looking up is one of their parents was flying overhead calling.— email from Dave Brooke, 30 May 2021
Monongahela Watershed: Westinghouse Bridge
Dana Nesiti stopped by the Westinghouse Bridge on Friday 28 May and saw four members of the peregrine family. The adults flew together and perched on the bridge, then two youngsters peeked out of the nest area. The chicks appear to be close in age to the Pitt peregrines.
On Sunday afternoon 30 May four of us met on Third Avenue to view the Downtown peregrine family. Jeff Cieslak and his wife arrived from Mt. Washington where Jeff photographed three chicks and one adult during a feeding. John English and I could hear that feeding but saw nothing.
Eventually I noticed one adult on the gargoyle at Lawrence Hall (photo above)) and Jeff’s wife saw the second one on a window ledge. The windowsill peregrine appears to be Dori.
At Pitt the young peregrines are so restless that one walked off the nest — and back again — yesterday afternoon. Visit Schenley Plaza any time this week to see them fledge. I’ll be there for Fledge Watch on June 2, 4, 6, 11:30a-1:00p. The watch is weather-dependent. If it’s pouring or thundering the Watch will be canceled.
Meanwhile, there are seven other peregrine sites in southwestern Pennsylvania at least four of which are active. Have you checked them out? Leave a comment if you have news.
- Monongahela River: Speers Railroad Bridge, Washington County
- Ohio River: McKees Rocks Bridge, Allegheny County
Ohio River: Neville Island I-79 Bridge, NO PEREGRINES DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
- Ohio River: Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge, Beaver County, NO PEREGRINES?
- Ohio River: Monaca Railroad Bridge, Beaver County
- Allegheny River: 62nd Street to Aspinwall Railroad Bridge, NO PEREGRINES?
- Allegheny River: Rt 422 Graff Bridge Kittanning, Armstrong County