Mar 16 2009
(photo of Gulf Tower peregrine falcon family, May 2011, from the National Aviary falconcam)
Reference Links and Frequently Asked Questions about Peregrine Falcons
Click here for the latest news on Pittsburgh’s peregrines.
• History of Peregrine Falcon nests in the Pittsburgh area and Annual Slideshow Highlights
• Timing of peregrine nesting season in Pittsburgh
• PA Game Commission Peregrine Falcon Management Plan, 2013-2022
• Cathedral of Learning Streaming Falconcam, Snapshot cam and Fact Sheet at the University of Pittsburgh
• Gulf Tower Falconcam in Downtown Pittsburgh, Snapshots and Fact Sheet.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- Courtship flights: Here’s how peregrines’ court on the wing.
- Ledge displays: A description of peregrines’ courtship at the nest.
- Courtship feeding: The male feeds his mate during courtship and nesting.
- Fidelity to their mates and fighting: Do peregrines mate for life? How do they acquire a new mate? Do they fight to the death?
NEST AND EGGS:
- Nest on gravel: Why doesn’t the nest have sticks?
- Start of egg laying: Why do the females at different nests lay earlier or later than others?
- Time between eggs: When will the next egg be laid?
- Not sitting on eggs: Why isn’t the mother peregrine sitting on the eggs?
- Eating rocks: Is the female peregrine eating rocks from the nest?
- Red eggs: Why are the eggs red?
- Incubation: What roles do the parents play during incubation?
- Hatching: When will the eggs hatch?
BABIES IN NEST AND FAMILY LIFE:
- Where are the parents? Aren’t they afraid their eggs or young will be hurt?
- Parental roles with chicks: What roles do the parents play in feeding and raising the chicks?
- Hungry: Are the chicks getting enough to eat?
- Leftovers: After the chicks are done eating, what happens to the leftovers?
- Did one of the babies fall from the nest? Help! I can’t see all of them on the camera!
- Dispersal from the nest: Where do young peregrines go when they leave home?
- Adults at the empty nest: Why do the adult peregrines visit the nest after their babies have flown? Do they miss their babies?
- Age: What happens as peregrines age? How long do they live?
APPEARANCE AND BEHAVIOR:
- Who is who at Pitt? How can I tell the difference between Dorothy and E2 at the Cathedral of Learning?
- Who is who at the Gulf Tower? 2015 Update: The peregrines have abandoned the Gulf Tower again this year. They returned for one year (2014) after nesting at an alternate Downtown location (2012 & 2013). We don’t know where they’re nesting yet as of April 22, 2015.
- Juvenile plumage: The young are brown. How long until they look like their parents?
- Eyes: Why do the bird’s eyes look white on camera?
- Is the bird hurt? Why is the adult peregrine face down on its nest?
- Fledging: How do the young learn to fly? Is it gradual or do the fledglings just jump one day?
NAMING, BANDING AND PEREGRINE WATCHING:
- Naming: How do peregrines get their names? Why do some have no names?
- Banding: Why and how are peregrines banded?
- Fledge Watch: What is a Peregrine Fledge Watch?
- Where is the nest at Pitt? Where should I look to see the peregrines at Pitt?
- Where is the nest at the Gulf Tower downtown? The Downtown Pittsburgh peregrines returned to the Gulf Tower in 2014 after nesting elsewhere for two years.
- Having trouble viewing the Pittsburgh falconcams? Here are some tips.
- “I love Peregrines” bumper sticker Show you love peregrines with this bumper sticker featuring Dorothy, peregrine queen of the Cathedral of Learning.
- Timing of Peregrine Nesting Season
- Question: Why Doesn’t The Nest Have Sticks?
- Question: Fidelity to Their Mates and Fighting
- Question: Start of Egg Laying
- Question: Time Between Eggs
- Question: Sitting on Eggs – or Not
- Question: Is She Eating Rocks?
- Question: Why are the eggs red?
- Question: What roles do the parents play during incubation?
- Question: Hatching
- Question: Where are the Parents?
- Question: What roles do the parents play in raising the young?
- Question: Are the chicks getting enough to eat?
- Question: What happens to the leftovers?
- Question: Did one of the babies fall from the nest?
- Question: Where do young peregrines go when they leave home?
- Question: Why do the adults visit the nest after the babies are gone?
- Question: What happens as peregrines age?
- Question: The juveniles are a different color? For how long?
- Question: Why are her eyes white?
- Question: Why is this bird face down on her nest?
- Question: Do they fledge all at once?
- Question: How do peregrines get their names?
- Question: Why and how are peregrines banded?
- Question: What is a Peregrine Fledge Watch?
- Question: Where should I look to see the peregrines at Pitt?
- Question: Where should I look to see the peregrines at Gulf Tower?
- Tips for Viewing the Falconcams
- Pittsburgh Peregrines’ Annual Highlights
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