It’s Safe To Watch | Outside My Window


Morning feeding at Pitt peregrine nest, 30 April 2019 (photo from the National Aviary snapshot cam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Sorry I’m late with this “All Clear” notice. I was out of cell range for several days, birding and looking for the Swainson’s warbler.

If you like to watch the peregrine falcon family on camera at the Cathedral of Learning you can do so now without fear that the mother peregrine, Hope, will eat her offspring.

Every year, on camera, Hope has killed and eaten some but not all of her young while they are hatching. Hope does not harm fluffy white chicks and she does not harm eggs that have not pipped. The only danger time is when the live chick inside the egg has pipped the shell and is hammering to open it. It takes the chick up to 72 hours to open the shell from pip to hatch. That period, and the wet-and-pink time just after hatching, are the most dangerous for Hope’s young.

It’s now evident the fifth egg will never hatch so it’s safe to watch the National Aviary falconcam at the Cathedral of Learning. Her two chicks are 8-9 days old today.

The coast is clear.

(photo from the National Aviary snapshot camera at Univ of Pittsburgh)