Search for Peregrines within the Subsequent 6 Weeks


Peregrine pair at Tarentum Bridge, 19 Feb 2024 (photograph by Dave Brooke)

25 February 2024

From now till the center of April peregrine falcons in southwestern Pennsylvania are courting and claiming territory, perching prominently, and performing conspicuous aerial shows. As quickly as they begin incubating eggs they’ll develop into very secretive so if you wish to see a peregrine or report breeding exercise for the new Breeding Fowl Atlas 2024-2029, this can be a nice time to do it.

Search for peregrines within the subsequent 6 weeks.

The purple and blue pin drops, 1 Dec 2023 — 24 Feb 2024, on the eBird map beneath affirm that the most effective locations to look are close to tall buildings or bridges. There are additionally just a few shocking areas comparable to Mammoth Lake Park in Westmoreland County.

Peregrine sightings in Southwestern PA, 1 Dec 2023 to 25 Feb 2024 (screenshot from eBird Discover)

11 peregrine territories have pairs current since January. Right here’s the less complicated map.

Peregrine falcon pairs in southwestern PA as of 25 Feb 2024 (map by Kate St. John)

Of these 11 websites, 5 raised younger final yr and two extra have an extended historical past of nesting (7 boldface names beneath). The brand new and promising websites are boldface within the Notes column.

Peregrine Websites to Watch!

On the lookout for some pleasure? Wish to add Peregrine Falcon to the PA Breeding Fowl Atlas? Try these “hopefuls” for 2024.

Rt. 40 Bridge in West Brownsville, PA (Washington County). New nest (to us) final yr, will they use it this yr? Click on right here to examine this nest.

Feminine peregrine clutching prey and shouting, West Brownsville Lane Bane Bridge, 26 Might 2023 (photograph by Jeff Cieslak)

East Liberty Presbyterian Church within the Metropolis of Pittsburgh. Very hopeful indicators at this web site! Click on right here to learn all about it.

Location of peregrine focus (potential nest web site) at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 12 Feb 2024 (photograph by Adam Knoerzer)

West Finish Bridge over the Ohio River, Pittsburgh. This web site typically has pairs however no indication of nesting … but. Click on right here to learn all about it.

Sewickley Bridge over the Ohio River. This web site additionally has pairs however no affirmation of nesting but.

Peregrine at Sewickley Bridge 11 March 2023 (photograph by Jeff Cieslak)

Monaca bridges over the Ohio River: RR Bridge or Rt51 Bridge. We all know there are peregrines right here however it’s arduous to verify breeding. Let this be a problem to you!

Peregrine at Monaca RR Bridge, 9 Jan 2023 (photograph by Jeff Cieslak)

Rt 422 Graff Bridge over the Allegheny River, Kittanning. We all know there are peregrines right here too, however with few observers we regularly don’t affirm breeding. Allegheny Valley Individuals, let this be a problem to you!

And … in case you miss discovering a peregrine in individual you’ll be able to often depend on a peregrine on digicam on the Cathedral of Studying. In the present day they courted at daybreak.

Carla and Ecco bow at daybreak on the Cathedral of Studying, at this time — 25 Feb 2024, 6:52am (snapshot from the Nationwide Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Maintain your eyes peeled. Sure, there are peregrines on the market!

Please go away a remark in case you’ve see something. I all the time need to know!

(photograph credit are within the captions)


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *