Feb 25 2013
Want to help monitor the former Gulf Tower peregrines this spring? Meet me downtown at 2:00pm on Sunday March 10 and I’ll show you where they live.
When the peregrines did not return to Pittsburgh’s Gulf Tower last month and when I heard very few reports of them I worried that they’d chosen yet another nest site.
I went downtown yesterday to check and am happy to report that they plan to use the same site as last year. I found both birds nearby.
Here’s Louie perched across the street from the nest, roosting during a mini snow squall.
This smaller image is the same one, digitally zoomed and cropped.
And here’s Dori at the nest site, digitally zoomed.
My photos aren’t sharp because I don’t have a zoom lens. If you do, you’ll get a nice portrait at this distance. These birds are closer and easier to see than the peregrines at Pitt.
Come on Downtown on I’ll show you where to look for them.
Meet me at the Market Square Starbucks in downtown Pittsburgh (click here for map) on Sunday, March 10 at 2:00pm. In less than an hour I can show you the ropes.
Bring binoculars or a camera. We’ll walk 3.5 blocks to the site and do a short walking tour of other perching spots.
This event will happen rain or shine. Dori will lay her first egg within two weeks of our visit so there’s no time to lose.
Sunday bonus: On-street parking is free in many places on Sundays. For instance, along the Boulevard of the Allies at Point Park University.
Hope to see you March 10!
(photos by Kate St. John)