Jun 04 2013
Monday was a down-and-up day.
The weather started out “down,” cold and cloudy. Around 7:00am Peter Bell texted me that he thought Dorothy and E2′s chick had fledged at Pitt. This information was followed by almost four hours of confusion.
At 7:20am I was on Forbes Ave at CMU and could see Dorothy and E2 on the nest side of the Cathedral of Learning staring intently into the gully. If their youngster had fledged, why were they looking in the gully? Peter walked around the building and couldn’t find the fledgling. Did he fly?
We both had work to do so the suspense remained until Peter went back to the Plaza at 11:00am. By then it was obvious. Baby had fledged. He was perched on the west 25th floor ledge. Things were looking up.
That’s where he stayed all day. Kim Getz saw him from inside the building at lunchtime and sent this photo from her zoom camera. (She was careful to stand far back from the window so he wouldn’t notice her and be startled into flight. Thank you, Kim!)
At 7:00pm the sky cleared and Dorothy brought dinner in an amazing aerobatic display. They shared the meal, then she gave him a flight demonstration and perched were she could watch his area. He walked back to a quiet corner to roost on 25.
Here they are at dinner time: Baby on left, Dorothy on right. He’s not such a “baby” anymore.
The day ended “up.”
Come see him at Fledge Watch today at the Schenley Plaza tent: noon to 2:00pm and 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
(first and last photos by Peter Bell. Middle photo by Kim Getz)