Jun 09 2011
Some brief peregrine news from Pitt and Gulf.
The young peregrines at Pitt are now flying well enough to chase their parents when food arrives. They’re beginning to try aerial food exchanges, the first step toward learning to hunt. They’re also visiting other buildings. Today I saw them at Heinz Chapel and Webster Hall. I’m sure they’ll visit the steeples at St. Paul’s Cathedral soon. At lunchtime Karen Lang saw five peregrines flying at the same time, likely four juveniles and one adult.
The juveniles at Gulf Tower are branching out too. Sharon Leadbitter saw two of them eating on the Koppers Building roof. Folks in the Oliver Building may soon have a young peregrine or two perched on their window sills.
The hot weather makes birds less active. As you can see from Barb Becker’s Gulf Tower picture, the juvies nap when it’s hot. Peregrines can cool off faster if their legs are cool so this one is drooping his leg in the shade. Because he’s young, he doesn’t care how silly he looks.
(photo of a Gulf Tower juvenile peregrine by Barb Becker)