Jun 18 2010
At the University of Pittsburgh:
For the past week Pitt’s young peregrines have been shuttling back and forth between St. Paul’s Cathedral and Heinz Chapel – if they’re on campus at all. The “kids” are now at the stage when one or more go off on their own to explore the area, returning only to chase their parents and whine for food.
Three is the highest number of juveniles I find at any one time and only if their parents are nearby. This morning two juvies chased Dorothy when she tried to capture a pigeon near the Community of Reconcilation tower. The pigeon escaped because it heard them coming — Dorothy with two whining kids in tow. Karen and Coleen tell me they were doing this at lunchtime, too.
Sometimes the adults get a break. Pictured above is one of the adult peregrines perched on the west face of the Cathedral of Learning in a quiet moment, as seen on the Tour Pitt camera.
At the Gulf Tower:
The youngsters here are about to fly but we won’t be able to see it on camera — the view is just too narrow.
Last night before sunset all five were in the nest box, beginning to settle down for the night. Today most of them were off camera but probably in the vicinity of the ledge.
Some of you said you’ll be heading to the Gulf Tower to watch this weekend. Let us know what you see by posting comments below.
p.s. See news in the comments. One of the youngsters has flown at Gulf Tower as of tonight at 8:46pm!