May 17 2013
Yesterday Dan Brauning and Art McMorris of the Pennsylvania Game Commission ventured out in PennDOT bucket trucks to band peregrine nestlings at two Pittsburgh area bridges: Tarentum and Westinghouse.
Observers Rob Protz at Tarentum and John English at Westinghouse had pinpointed the locations on the bridges where the peregrines were nesting so Art arranged the site visits with PennDOT.
PennDOT was very helpful and the bucket trucks were impressive. Unfortunately the news was not good.
At Tarentum, pictured above, Art McMorris leaned back to look into the nest hole but there were no nestlings, just one abandoned egg.
At Westinghouse there was one nestling too young to band and handicapped by convulsions and a deformed beak. Not good.
This was not what anyone expected. Such a disappointment!
The adult peregrines will continue at their respective bridges, as shown below at Tarentum, but there won’t be a fledge watch at either site.
(photos by Sean Dicer)
p.s. Click here for this news from the Tribune Review.
UPDATE, Friday afternoon, May 17: Dan and Art visited the McKees Rocks Bridge peregrine nest where they found one unhatched, abandoned egg. Make that “Disappointment at Three Bridges.”