Jun 06 2011
On Saturday I arrived early for Fledge Watch and walked around the Cathedral of Learning looking for fledglings. I found three: one on the nestrail who hadn’t flown yet, one on the northeast ledge of the 32nd floor, and “First Fledge” flying here and there (he’s getting good at this).
Where was the fourth? In an hour we found out.
At 11:00am E2 plucked prey on Heinz Chapel steeple, then swooped low over its roof and down the opposite side. Big hint! There’s a juvenile peregrine over there. Peter, Denise, Anne Marie and I walked over to see.
By the time we got there a wedding party was leaving the chapel so we skirted the crowd and followed the sound of angry robins.
Peter found the juvie on the roof’s “nestrail” on the Fifth Ave side. The juvie begged for food and spread her wings while her father circled above with prey but would not land.
E2 didn’t like her location but she was OK, in a safe place, though still harassed by robins.
Through binoculars she looked quite close. Peter was able to identify her from his photos: 72/AE with yellow tape on her USFW band.
The other three chicks were staying up high on the Cathedral of Learning so this was probably our globe trotter from Friday evening. “Globe Girl”, “Yellow Girl”, she was making a name for herself.
After many close looks at Yellow Girl three of us went back to the tent. Peter stayed and got great pictures, especially when E2 finally gave in and brought her lunch then left with a great sweep of his wings.
Yellow Girl mantled over her meal. Food at last! In the photo above she looks especially thankful.
Ironically, it’s a robin.
p.s. Click on her photo to see Peter’s slideshow. Wow! Great close-ups!
(photos by Peter Bell)