May 21 2014
Today the three oldest Gulf Tower peregrine chicks are 31 days old. Click on the photo above for a slideshow of yesterday’s banding event and you’ll see that a few of the five chicks are brown while at least one is quite downy. They grow up fast!
I’ve tracked Pittsburgh peregrine fledge dates for many years and if my records are any indication the Gulf Tower chicks will fledge at 39 to 44 days. That’s next Thursday, May 29 through Tuesday, June 3. I could be wrong. They might be earlier or later…
Pittsburgh Falconut John English and I will organize a Gulf Tower Fledge Watch for next week — dates and times to be announced. Here’s the view John had from Flag Plaza during yesterday’s banding. (Notice Dori flying in to attack the banders!) As at the Cathedral of Learning we’ll have a good long view to see all the action.
Check back here or on Pittsburgh Falconuts Facebook page for Gulf Tower Fledge Watch dates and times. Coming soon!
(photos by Kate St. John)
p.s. Click here for KDKA’s news of the Banding Event.