May 22 2015
Late Tuesday Art McMorris* and I got an email from Larry Walsh, Pittsburgh Principal & COO of Rugby Realty at the Gulf Tower, “Are you aware that the Peregrine (presumably the one from Gulf) has a nest with babies?”
My gosh, Larry has found them!
It turns out that he was visiting an office across town and the staff said, “We have a peregrine family near us.” He thought they must be mistaken until he saw the birds. The peregrines and their nestlings are well known and loved by the entire office. The nest was only a secret by accident because the staff didn’t know anyone was looking for it.
On Wednesday morning Larry introduced me to the staff and the viewing zone. Using binoculars I read the parents’ bands and confirmed that they are indeed Dori and Louie from the Gulf Tower with three nestlings that hatched on May 6.
The nest site is perfect with shelter, deep gravel, and no human intrusion but it has one enormous flaw. It is only on the 7th floor — way too low for the nestlings to fledge successfully. They will surely land on the street and will only survive with the help of Fledge Watch volunteers.
Right now, while Art McMorris is figuring out if the nestlings can be banded, I am purposely vague about the nest location and the wonderful people I met on Wednesday. Soon, however, I’ll tell you where it is because this peregrine family desperately needs Fledge Watch volunteers on the street, June 10 to 20!
Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more news including beautiful photos from Matt D.
(photos by Larry Walsh and Kate St. John)
* Art McMorris is the PA Game Commission’s Peregrine Coordinator.