Apr 30 2008

Feeding baby peregrines

Published by at 5:27 pm under Nesting & Courtship,Peregrines

Now that the eggs are hatching at University of Pittsburgh, we have two sets of hungry baby peregrines.

Peregrine Falcons Tasha2 and chicks watch as Louie brings food, Gulf Tower, Pittsburgh, April 30, 2008

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At Gulf Tower, Tasha2 stopped brooding the chicks long enough for Barbara Simon to capture two good photos.

In the first picture, you can see the two unhatched eggs on the gravel next to the two chicks. The chicks certainly have grown! These two eggs will not hatch at this point and will eventually be moved aside by the adult birds.

In the second picture, Louie brings food for the family. He will tear it into tiny pieces and drop it into the chick’s mouths.

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Peregrine falcons, E2 and Dorothy, attend to their first chick of 2008, University of Pittsburgh, April 30, 2008On the right:

E2 watches from the perch while Dorothy brings food to their first chick.

Click on the photo to see a slide show of Dorothy, E2 and their first nestling of 2008.

You can watch both webcams at the National Aviary website.

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9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Feeding baby peregrines”

  1. Shannon Platton 30 Apr 2008 at 8:27 pm

    WOW! Today is definately a busy day at the Pitt nest with three eggs hatching on the same day. Talk about an instant family! LOL!

  2. Libby Strizzion 01 May 2008 at 7:39 am

    Today, I spot 2 of the eggs pushed out to the side, in the Cathedral of Learning nest. Looks like Dorothy thinks they are no longer viable. How does a peregrine (or any bird) know this?

  3. Libby Strizzion 01 May 2008 at 9:06 am

    Looking at the webcam again later, I realize that those are pieces of eggs, not whole eggs. And I see Kate has written that THREE have hatched. So exciting. I did see an item about this on Channel 4 this morning.

  4. Maryon 01 May 2008 at 1:27 pm

    How do the peregrines in Oakland interact with the red tailed hawks? I watch the hawks out my window at Carnegie Mellon.

  5. Kate StJon 01 May 2008 at 6:09 pm

    As some of you have noticed, Dorothy pushes the eggshells aside after the chicks have hatched.

    Regarding viability:  Birds with non-viable eggs – such as the two non-viable eggs at Gulf Tower – continue to treat them as if they’ll hatch until it is long beyond hatch time.  The bird eventually stops incubating and gives up.  I think the extra time is biological “insurance” so that viable but late eggs are not accidentally abandoned.
    Regarding the red-tails:  E2 doesn’t like them. I wrote about him attacking them in one of my first blogs http://www.wqed.org/birdblog/2007/11/20/clash-of-the-titans/.   That was back when I didn’t realize that Erie, the previous male peregrine at Pitt, had been replaced by E2 so I mention “Erie” in the blog.   In fact, Erie tolerated red-tails unless they approached the Cathedral of Learning so E2′s dislike of them is one of the things that made me notice that something new was going on. I discuss this in my blog about E2:
    http://www.wqed.org/birdblog/2008/04/02/who-is-he-new-male-peregrine-at-univ-of-pittsburgh/

  6. John A. Burkeon 01 May 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I like those two fotos that Barbara Simon captured. Do we know what the food is that Louie has in his beak? Just curious.

    John B.

  7. Kate StJon 01 May 2008 at 6:48 pm

    We don’t know what food is in his beak but it is 99% certain it’s a dead bird as that is what peregrines eat.

  8. JoAnneon 05 May 2008 at 9:24 am

    Tasha 2′s chicks seem to be alone often, while Dorothy’s chicks are usually with a parent. Does this mean that Tasha 2 must do much of her own hunting? Or, does the ages of the bigger chicks mean that they can be left alone for longer periods of time?
    And, yes, watching these webcams can become addicting!

  9. Kate StJon 06 May 2008 at 7:35 am

    Tasha’s chicks are about 10 days older than Dorothy’s. When the chicks are about 7-8 days old, they don’t need to be brooded any more (kept warm). At this stage, one of the parents usually perches nearby to guard them but doesn’t need to be on them. At this point you won’t see the adult in the camera. The field of view is amazingly small for a peregrine’s universe.

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