Jun 20 2014

Peregrine Update, Pittsburgh

Published by at 6:45 am under Peregrines

Peregrine falcon (photo by Chad+Chris Saladin)Here’s a quick update:

Gulf Tower peregrine family:  Yesterday morning, June 19, I heard from Amanda McGuire that the Downtown peregrines are hanging out near Point Park University and Oxford Center.  You may remember her balcony at Lawrence Hall was the rescued juveniles’ way station last year, the place where they rested near the (former) nest after rescue from the ground.  At 7:45am Amanda texted me saying:

Just ran for my life… There’s a peregrine on a little perch a floor below my balcony… and another one circled over me as I was looking over the edge.  |  They’ve been loud the past couple of days. Yesterday around 7pm there were two flying around Oxford Center.  |  I thought about going back out to get you a picture… but after that second one swooped by, I think I’m just gonna stay inside.  | One of them has the voice of their dad. Volume-wise at least… Luckily it’s not as long winded.

If you want to see the Gulf Tower peregrines, check out the area only three to four blocks from the Gulf Tower.

Westinghouse Bridge peregrine banding, Tuesday July 1, 10:00am:  The Westinghouse Bridge family is maturing later than other Pittsburgh area nests (perhaps this is a re-nesting).  On July 1 the PA Game Commission will band the nestling(s) when they are approximately 20 days old.  PGC’s Peregrine Falcon Coordinator, Art McMorris, writes:

We will meet at 10:00 AM on US Route 30 east of the bridge. From the east, driving westbound towards the bridge, there is a pull-off on the right side of the road about 1/3 mile before the bridge, across from Clyde Ave. … PennDOT will set up the snooper crane and we will access the nest via the crane. Everyone going onto the bridge deck to observe should have the standard safety equipment: at a minimum, a hard hat and safety vest. Others who would like to observe can watch from locations near the bridge. Observers can help by taking photographs in hopes of documenting the identity of the adults.

For more Banding Day information, contact John English at Pittsburgh Falconuts Facebook page or leave a comment here.

(photo by Chad+Chris Saladin)

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Peregrine Update, Pittsburgh”

  1. Sueon 20 Jun 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I believe I saw a falcon going into the cliff area under Duquesne U….above Parkway East. Do the Gulf Tower birds hang out there, or is it possible there is another nest in the cliffs?

  2. Kate St. Johnon 20 Jun 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Sue, the Gulf Tower birds hunt over there. It’s all one big territory with more than a 2 miles radius — one nest at Gulf Tower

  3. Jill Dunmireon 20 Jun 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I’ve seen a red tail hawk in that area, thought it must have a nest somewhere above the tunnels or to the right side of them.

  4. Kate St. Johnon 20 Jun 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Aha! A red-tail would explain it…

  5. John Englishon 20 Jun 2014 at 11:55 pm

    South of the Gulf Tower would put them over by Consol Center ,UPMC Mercy and Duquesne U. I wonder if a day on the Bluff might be in order :-)

  6. Kate St. Johnon 21 Jun 2014 at 3:25 am

    John, they are literally south-south-west. … Oxford Center…

  7. margie omalleyon 10 Jul 2014 at 4:13 pm

    latest update on greentree falcon, saturday 7-5 8:00pm, monday 7-7 7:15pm and today 7-10 10:02 am. just hanging out on the tower railing.

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