May 31 2010
I’ve spent hours and hours, day after day, at the Schenley Plaza tent but not one of the young peregrines has fledged at Pitt — at least not as of 2:00pm today when I last looked.
By 8:00am all the birds were off the nest and out of the camera’s view. By noon all five were on the nestrail — proof that none had fledged. I looked at the nestrail at 2:00pm, saw five birds (I think) and jumped into my car because a thunderstorm was coming. It was a cloudburst so I’m sure none fledged at that point.
The Fledge Watch schedule has changed because of the weather forecast. It is now:
- Tuesday June 1, ONLY from 5:30pm until 7:00-ish. Rain is forecast all day Tuesday until 5:00pm. If it’s still raining at 5:00pm this slot will be canceled too.
- Wednesday June 2, very briefly 8:00-8:20am + noon to 2:00pm. This is the “good weather” day. Lunchtime Watch has been expanded. I won’t be there after work but you’re welcome to come on your own.
- Thursday June 3, very briefly 8:00-8:20am + 1:15pm to 2:15pm + 5:30pm until 7:00-ish.
- And maybe some times on Friday June 4. I’ll know more about Friday in the next day or two. Stay tuned.
(photo by Jennie Barker on Saturday May 29. That’s me gazing through Mary DeVaughn’s super binoculars)