Question: Where should I look to see peregrine falcons in Downtown Pittsburgh?
Answer: The Downtown peregrines spend time at the Gulf Tower throughout the year but don’t necessarily use the site for their nest. They nested at Gulf from 1991-2011 and again in 2014 and 2017.
Uptown: When the peregrines are at the Gulf Tower they are usually visible on the falconcam. To see them from the ground, look in the area indicated above on the north face of the Gulf Tower. The best place to stand is at the railroad station (Penn Station) or the Greyhound station parking garage roof.
Downtown: In five years from 2012 to 2018 the peregrines nested at other Downtown sites. In 2015 they chose a nook at the old Macy’s department store. In 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018 they chose an air shaft on Third Avenue.
(photo by Kate St. John)