Young Peregrines Seen: Downtown and Pitt


Peregrine chick at the nest opening, Downtown Pittsburgh, 30 May 2019 (photo by Lori Maggio)

The peregrine falcon chicks at Pittsburgh’s two city nests were active yesterday, 30 May 2019.

In Downtown Pittsburgh Lori Maggio saw one of the four chicks at the nest opening before 8am. Their presence was variable, though. When Mary de Vaughn stopped by in the evening there was nothing to see.

Meanwhile at Pitt the chicks were very active. They spent most of the day ledge walking but came down to the nest for a variety of reasons.

At 7:13a one of them made a visit while Terzo was on the green perch.

A chick comes down to the nest while Terzo is there (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

… and visited the snapshot camera.

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

At 7:20a Yellow spent time “wing-ercising.”

Wing-ercising, 30 May 2019, 7:20a (National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)
Yellow pauses on the green perch, 30 May 2019, 7:20a (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

This Day-in-a-Minute video shows how often they visited the nest yesterday (30 May 2019) — a lot more than we realize.

Come down to Pitt Peregrine Fledge Watch at Schenley Plaza today, Friday 31 May 2019, noon-1p. Anne Marie Bosnyak saw a lot of activity last evening. I think we’ll have a good show today.

(photo of Downtown chick by Lori Maggio, photos and video at the Cathedral of Learning nest from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)