Jun 11 2013
Late breaking news! A healthy young peregrine will fledge from the Westinghouse Bridge this weekend. Join his Fledge Watch, June 13-18.
This is a Watch we thought would never happen.
When Dan Brauning and Art McMorris visited the Westinghouse Bridge on May 16 the lone nestling was seven days old and appeared to be handicapped and unlikely to survive. In late May PennDot’s John Kleiber checked on the bird and was surprised to find a healthy, well fed youngster.
Yesterday Dan Brauning and Tom Keller of the PA Game Commission visited again, intending to band the bird, but he was too old to approach. In Dan’s photo below you can see he’s already fully feathered and might have flown too soon with dangerous results.
Dan estimates this youngster will fledge on or about June 15.
So, yes, there will be a Fledge Watch at the Westinghouse Bridge beginning this Thursday. John English is organizing the watch and has provided everything you need to know on his website including contact information.
Happy flying, little bird.
(bridge photo by John English. Peregrine photo by Dan Brauning, PA Game Commission)