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
• History of Peregrine Falcon nests in the Pittsburgh area
• Downtown Pittsburgh Falconcam at Point Park University. In 2012 the peregrines abandoned the Gulf Tower and chose a new site near Point Park. Click here for more information.
• Cathedral of Learning Streaming Falconcam, Snapshot cam and Fact Sheet at the University of Pittsburgh
• Press coverage from March 2007 when Erie killed Pulse in a fight for the Pitt nest site (March 18), plus a slideshow of the fight.
• 2009 Slideshow from the Pitt nest
• 2010 Slideshows from Pitt and from the Gulf Tower
• 2011 Slideshows from Pitt and from the Gulf Tower
• 2012 Slideshow from Pitt
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
TIMING OF PEREGRINE NESTING:
- 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?
- 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: Which bird is on the nest? 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 Downtown? Prior to 2012, Louie and Dori nested at the Gulf Tower and were visible on a close-up camera as shown at this link.
- Juvenal 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 Downtown? The peregrines left the Gulf Tower in 2012 and chose a new site at a building on Fourth Avenue.
- How do I watch the Falconcam video archives (Spring 2011)?
- “I love Peregrines” bumper sticker Show you love peregrines with this bumper sticker featuring a photo of Dorothy at the Cathedral of Learning.
- Timing of Peregrine Nesting Season
- 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?
- Question: Where Do The Downtown Peregines Nest?
- How to Watch Pittsburgh Falconcam Archives, Spring 2011