Getting Ready For The Nesting Season


On Friday afternoon January 3 Bob Mulvihill, his son Anthony, and I visited the Cathedral of Learning to make sure the falconcams are ready for the 2020 nesting season. Bob checked the cameras, wiped the weather-proof domes, and removed those reddish circles from the nest.

We saw Morela on our way into the building, perched on a gargoyle spout on the 32nd floor. She stayed where she was. The day was too foggy to be flying high.

Yesterday, January 4, was still foggy and rainy but Morela was intent on courting with Terzo. At 10am she called from the nest, “Come court with me.”

Morela calls Terzo, 4 Jan 2020, 10am (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

At noon she and Terzo bowed for two minutes. Terzo is in the back corner below (notice his bands). Morela has her back to us.

Terzo (in corner) and Morela bow at the nest, 4 Jan 2020, nearly noon (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

The peregrines, too, are getting ready for the nesting season. I can hardly wait for the falconcam to start streaming next month.

(photo of Mulvihills by Kate St. John. Peregrine photos from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)