Jun 05 2009
OK, so I used an exclamation point in the title but the event was far from dramatic.
When I arrived at Schenley Plaza at lunchtime I saw three peregrine chicks on the nestrail (pictured here) and both adults on the lightning rod. I couldn’t find the fourth chick but I figured he was behind the nestrail. Except for run-and-flap exercises by the “girls” on the nestrail, all the birds were calm and almost bored under the gloomy, chilly, overcast sky.
My friend Karen came over from Alumni Hall and we sat and chatted about current events and peregrines in other cities, and then she said, “Oh, by the way, one fledged.”
“Where? Here at Pitt?”
“Yes, look at the stone peak to the left of the southeast dining ledge.”
And there he was, just sitting there minding his own business – even before we arrived. Dorothy and E2 could tell he was fine and were busy watching the three girls to see if they were about to fly.
Karen and I continued to watch for another half hour but nothing happened.
As I said in an earlier post, Fledge Watch can be hours of boredom punctuated by moments of excitement. I guess we were all at work when today’s exciting moment occurred.
(photo of three peregrine chicks on the Cathedral of Learning nestrail yesterday, courtesy of Mark Klingler.)
p.s This fledge event was so understated that I forgot to mention it to “J” who was sitting on the other side of the tent. Sorry, J!
p.p.s. Check my Peregrine FAQs for more information. Today I posted an entry about the fledging process.