Apr 24 2010

Five Baby Birds at Pitt

Published by at 7:08 am under Peregrines


The last of Dorothy’s five eggs hatched overnight so now she and her mate E2 have five baby peregrines to feed. 

Breakfast was served at 6:20 this morning.  Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of the feeding.  (The slideshow repeats until you close it.)

(photo from the National Aviary webcam at University of Pittsburgh)

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8 Responses to “Five Baby Birds at Pitt”

  1. faith Cornellon 24 Apr 2010 at 7:38 am

    And what a nice early Sat. AM it was with this show on the road. Busy busy busy they will be. I was up & happened to catch it live.

  2. Jennieon 24 Apr 2010 at 7:48 am

    What a beautiful photo! Thanks, Kate. You have said that 5 is a large clutch; how unusual is it for all 5 to hatch? We’re holding them all in our hearts.

  3. Gloriaon 24 Apr 2010 at 8:14 am

    Good Job, Dorothy!!! — and now, the hard work begins. Should be fun to watch the action in the next few weeks!

  4. Kate St. Johnon 24 Apr 2010 at 10:17 am

    Five babies is unusual for Dorothy but in her younger days Tasha used to have large clutches. The typical number of eggs is 3 to 6. Lots of variation among peregrines.

  5. Marianneon 24 Apr 2010 at 1:22 pm

    This is fantastic that all 5 eggs hatched! Now there are more chances for survival. Beautiful picture Kate!

  6. John Mozeron 25 Apr 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Wonderful images of the mother falcon and her 5 chicks. I would like to suggest that one of the chicks be named ‘Alec’ in honor of G. Alec Stewart, the Pitt Honors College Dean who passed away recently. Alec’s office was near the top of the Cathedral of Learning not far from the falcons’ nest. Alec was a wonderful person and a great friend of all living things.

  7. Jon 26 Apr 2010 at 1:01 am

    John. As Kate will tell you, peregrine chicks are not named in Pennsylvania. However, perhaps the male at the Tarentum bridge could be named Alec as he was born at the Cathedral in 2008.

  8. Kate St. Johnon 26 Apr 2010 at 6:33 am

    John, thank you for your suggestion and, yes, J is right. The birds are not named when banded in Pennsylvania.

    I met Alec after the peregrines started nesting on the Cathedral of Learning. In the early years of the nest he used to come to the bandings. He loved the peregrines too and told me this story:

    When many of the rooms in Cathedral of Learning did not have air conditioning (before the remodeling at the Honors College) he was conducting a seminar with a few students around a table on an upper floor of the CL. It was hot and the window was open. They heard something at the window and turned to see a peregrine on the sill. Everyone froze in awe. The peregrine slowly looked at the entire scene, then turned and flew away. You can imagine the impression this made on everyone in the room.

    Wish I’d been there!

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