Aug 11 2011
Compared to the month of May, Pitt’s peregrines are very quiet in August. Right now they’re molting, which tends to make them sedentary. Some days our only view of Dorothy is her back as she roosts high on the Cathedral of Learning in the midday heat.
When we don’t see the peregrines we think they aren’t at home, but the webcam tells us otherwise: Dorothy and E2 bow at the nest several times a week.
A bowing session usually begins when E2 calls out, “Dorothy, come here!”
Sometimes it takes her a while to get there. When she arrives E2 bows low.
As they chirp and turn their heads, Dorothy warms up and E2 cools off. It looks like she’s telling him sweet things but E2 has lost interest already.
E2 always leaves the nest first; Dorothy gazes into thin air.
There are two interesting facts imbedded in these pictures:
- In the first photo, E2 is showing his leg bands. I was able to read them and, yes, it’s him.
- In the last photo Dorothy has two short tail feathers with white tips. Those are new feathers. Her old feathers lost their white tips through wear during the nesting season. By the time her molt is done she’ll have a white edge on her tail again.
p.s. D and E’s son “Henry” is still in town. I saw and heard him on Tuesday evening. He is one loud peregrine!
(photos from the National Aviary snapshot camera at University of Pittsburgh)