One Fledged, One To Go


Youngster #1 exercising his wings at 25th floor edge (photo by John English)

UPDATE, 4 June 2019, 9:50am: For a short time we thought both had fledged. But only Red flew. He’s been on Heinz Chapel. Yellow is still on the nestrail.

In case you haven’t noticed it’s All Peregrines, All The Time this week.

Yesterday at the start of Pitt Peregrine Fledge Watch, we figured out that a youngster had flown because his parents were perching and flying to unusual places. About 10 minutes later Hope and Terzo flew together — kind of crazy — and John English saw a third bird flying with them. Alas, I missed seeing that third bird.

But I found him on the 25th floor corner in the shade.

First fledgling, 25th floor, 3 June 2019 (photo by John English)

Eventually the sun moved.

He warmed up and flap-walked to the corner of 25 (top photo) and then disappeared, probably down to the patio. His parents flew above and perched nearby to check on him.

Youngster #1 kept going. By 3:40p, Peter Bell saw him on the edge of 16 facing Heinz Chapel. He’d already completed the circle tour of the Cathedral of Learning.

Meanwhile his brother was still on the nest rail when Fledge Watch ended at 1pm. He will probably fly today.

Come on down to Pitt Peregrine Fledge Watch today at Schenley Plaza, 11a to 1p. I predict this will be the best day to watch. WRONG! Now that both have flown as of 9:50am they will be hard to see.

Stay tuned in case we cancel tomorrow’s Fledge Watch. Thunderstorms are in the forecast and the birds may be flying too well to find them.

(photos by John English)