Aug 26 2008
I don’t think of August as a time when peregrines do any courting so it was with some surprise that I found this webcam photo yesterday.
Here are E2 and Dorothy bowing to each other at the University of Pittsburgh nest – in late August! It sure looks like courtship to me. E2 appears to be touching Dorothy’s beak and they must have been moving because E2’s image is blurred.
Both birds have been molting since July. The loss of old feathers and growth of new ones is a long and probably draining process for peregrines whose every feather must be in top condition in order for them to hunt. When they molt they sit around a lot, sometimes sunbathing, sometimes sleeping in the shade. My friend Karen and I don’t see them for days at a time because they’re least active at midday when we’re out watching.
But they haven’t forgotten about their nest, even though they won’t be using it for another seven months, and E2 hasn’t forgotten about Dorothy. “Hello, my love,” says he.