Oct 04 2010
I’m not telling you to watch this bridge because it’s in bad shape. Far from it! This is the 62nd Street Bridge over the Allegheny River at Sharpsburg that was completely refurbished in 2008.
No, I’m suggesting you watch this bridge for peregrine falcons.
After Mary Cleo (now called Dori) left the 62nd Street Bridge for the Gulf Tower last spring, there were no peregrine falcons here for five months. On September 13 Dan Yagusic was under the bridge in his boat when he saw a peregrine above him eating a freshly killed bird. This was new! He watched for 45 minutes.
Since then Dan has seen a solo peregrine at the bridge throughout September. On the 23rd he saw two peregrines fly off it and soar together. By size they appeared to be male and female.
There’s another reason to watch carefully. Dan says the solo peregrine has a white patch of feathers on its left wing. The only peregrine we know with this feature is Tasha, formerly of the Gulf Tower. Could Tasha be at this bridge? Did she trade places with Dori (Mary Cleo)?
We won’t know until someone identifies the peregrine by its bands — if it has any.
And that’s why I say, “Watch this bridge.”
p.s. October 12: Got an email from Dan Yagusic. He says the peregrines are gone from the 62nd Street Bridge. Maybe they were just migrating through the area.
(photo of the 62nd Street Bridge in 2007 by Dan Yagusic. The bridge has since been fully reconstructed in the same design.)