Jun 27 2012
This week the best place for peregrine watching in Pittsburgh has been at the boat ramp under the Tarentum Bridge. The birds have been active in the cooler weather with lots of flight practice and a little less squawking.
As usual the peregrine who regularly comes close is Hope, the mother peregrine who was born on a bridge in Hopewell, Virgina. Here she watches Sean Dicer as he takes her picture.
Hope also has an interesting habit of choosing various perches under the bridge, then disappearing into her favorite cubbyhole in the structure. Click on Sean’s picture of her landing on the crossbar to see a quick slideshow of her flying into the cubbyhole. (The slideshow repeats; you can watch her do it over and over again.)
What’s her fascination with that hole? Maybe it’s a cache area with a tasty treat inside. Maybe it’s a quiet place where her “kids” can’t harass her.
This weekend the temperature will be in the 90′s so visit the bridge in the cool of the morning or evening for your best chance at watching the Tarentum peregrines.
Maybe Hope will come close and watch you back.
(photos by Sean Dicer)