5 June 2021
None of the Pitt peregrine chicks fledged on 2 June as predicted. Nor had they fledged by the end of yesterday’s Fledge Watch on 4 June. However, only three chicks slept in the nest last night so one probably flew yesterday afternoon.
UPDATE as of 5 June, 11:00am: By 11am,
3 of the 4 chicks had fledged. One was flying so well he landed on the globe on top of Carnegie Museum.
UPDATE as of 6 June, 5:00am: Yesterday morning we definitely saw 2 fledged chicks but never 3 at the same time. We could not find the 3rd chick so we assumed it had flown. However, two chicks slept at the nest last night while two (fledged) chicks slept elsewhere. I am revising my statement: As of 5 June, 2 of 4 chicks have fledged. Fledge watch today will be HOT. Bring water.
This morning at 6:10am there were two chicks at the nest but neither was visible on the streaming camera. One chick had climbed the exit ramp under the snapshot camera. The other was perched on the nestbox roof, talons and tip of the tail visible. See photo at top.
The cameras looked very different at that moment (below). Click here to see the snapshots in real time.
At least one has flown. Let the games begin!
(Snapshots from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)