Unfortunately, there has been no activity at the nest since March 11. In all likelihood the pair has decided to nest elsewhere (again!) We will let you know for sure as soon as we know!
Dori and Louie mated on camera at about 10:15am on the morning of Saturday, February 27th--an excellent sign that they will, in fact, return to their former nest site. They engaged in further courtship behavior at the nest box on March 2, and the female made a very early morning visit on March 7th. They have excavated two nest "scrapes," and we anticipate they will choose one for egg-laying sometime in the last two weeks of March.
Peregrine Falcons have nested in downtown Pittsburgh since 1991. For 21 years they nested at the Gulf Tower, then they left it for a new site across the street from Point Park University in 2012 and 2013. On March 10, 2014 they officially returned to the Gulf Tower when the female laid her first egg here. We presume this is the same pair who left two years ago, known as Louie and Dori, and are awaiting confirmation. For 2015, a brand new, high-definiton camera has been installed!
For recent news and views about Pittsburgh's peregrines, visit "Outside My Window," Kate St. John's Bird Blog.
You can always join the conversation and share what you see on the National Aviary's Pittsburgh Peregrine Falcon Nest Cams using the hashtag #pghfalconcam and your observations will be shared!
Many thanks to our partners: Gulf Tower Management, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Robert Peirce and Associates, WildEarth, M&P Security Solutions, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Our sincere thanks to PixController, Inc. for providing many years of nest cam maintenance and support.
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