Pitt Peregrine Falcon Nest Cam



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Female Peregrine Falcon Hope’s eggs began to hatch on April 16. Unfortunately, Hope ate two of her eggs as they began to hatch. This is the third year in which Hope has exhibitedvery unusual behavior.  It’s important to remember that these nest cams give us a view into the wild world of birds, and while it is not our role to intervene, we can learn a lot from watching and documenting these behaviors. Hope has also reared as many as three of her young to fledging age in the past two seasons, and we are hopeful that her last two eggs will continue without incident.

Latest News!

A second chick has successfully hatched late on the night of April 18, and, along with the chick hatched on the afternoon of April 17, is being cared for properly.  

Hope laid a third egg on schedule on March 12 at 2:10am; she laid her fourth and final egg on March 14 at 12:20pm.  She began incubating the clutch after the third egg was laid on March 12, so the first eggs should hatch on or around April 14 (the incubation period for Peregrines is usually 32 days).

Hope laid her first egg of the season on the evening of March 6, 2018 at 7:09pm!  She laid her second egg on March 9 at 11:21am.  A third egg should follow on March 12 sometime.

History of Nesting at Pitt

The Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh has hosted a pair of peregrine falcons since 2002, when "Dorothy" began nesting here with a tiercel dubbed "Erie." In the fall of 2007, after Erie disappeared, another male (Erie II, or E2) showed up.  Dorothy fledged a total of 22 chicks in seven years with Erie and another 20 chicks with E2.  Her last nesting attempt, in 2015, was unsuccessful, and in November 2015 a new female appeared at the nest box with E2.  We assume that Dorothy finally succumbed to the effects of her very old age (almost 17 years old) for a wild Peregrine. 

A replacement female for Dorothy, known as "Hope," did not have to come from very far away.  She tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to nest at the Tarentum Bridge (about twelve miles away as the falcon flies) for several years.  Presumably, E2 somehow made his unmated status known--perhaps with conspicuous flight and vocal behaviors--and Hope decided to join him in Oakland at the Cathedral of Learning. 

Hope and Terzo stay at the Cathedral of Learning all year long.  Hope generally lays her first egg by mid-March.

For up-to-date news and views about all Pittsburgh's peregrines, visit "Outside My Window,"Kate St. John's Bird Blog.  

Many thanks to our partners:  University of Pittsburgh, M&P Security Solutions, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission