Jul 16 2009
Over the past few weeks I’ve put updates in the comments of other posts so you may have missed them. Here’s the latest on these two raptor families.
Gulf Tower peregrine falcons:
On Tuesday Heather Jacoby saw a peregrine falcon perched on a windowsill at the Oliver Building downtown (click here and here to see her photos). Interestingly, Heather sent me this picture of Tasha doing the same thing a year ago. For some reason the Queen of the Gulf Tower likes this spot in the summer.
Tasha’s two youngsters are doing well. The young peregrine who hit her head and was rescued from the street on June 10th has fully recovered and was released on July 8th. Beth Fife said, “She flew very nicely, circled and flew off.” I don’t know where she was released but it wasn’t downtown. She is now independent and on her own.
The other juvenile is also doing well. Around July 7th she was spotted perched on a high windowsill of the Frick Building, looking into an office to see what was going on. This is typical behavior for the downtown juvenile peregrines as you can see here.
CMU red-tailed hawks:
The young red-tails born on the Fine Arts Building at Carnegie-Mellon University are almost independent now. They’re flying well and able to chase their parents to beg for food. During my lunchtime walk on Tuesday I saw both juveniles perched in a dead tree on Flagstaff Hill. They were preening and sleepy but one of them whined occasionally just in case their parents needed an audio reminder.
I’m glad everything’s going well.
(photo by Heather Jacoby)