Jan 18 2011
Last Sunday afternoon, Steve Gosser stopped at the Tarentum Bridge to see if he could find one of the peregrines that have been there for over a year.
He was lucky! When he arrived two birders pointed out a peregrine in a tree by the river, almost at eye level. The bird waited patiently while Steve took nearly 50 pictures.
And here she is.
This is the same female peregrine who nested at the Tarentum Bridge last year. Hatched at the Benjamin Harrison Bridge near Hopewell, Virginia in 2008, she was hacked (first flight) at Shenandoah National Park. Last year her mate’s bands indicated he hatched at the Cathedral of Learning nest in 2008, son of Dorothy and E2.
This pair was very active at the bridge last spring. They were even seen mating, but no one knows where she laid her eggs because her nest never produced young.
Fortunately that experience didn’t stop her. It’s obvious she considers Tarentum her home.
I hope she picks a suitable site for her eggs this year. It would be great to watch her babies fly.
(photo by Steve Gosser)
p.s. If you didn’t see my peregrine news last Saturday, scroll down to the January 15th entry.