Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon at Pitt's Cathedral of Learning Lays First Egg

March 08, 2018 - 12:02 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Shortly after seven o'clock on Wednesday evening and thirty-nine floors up at Pitt's Cathedral of Learning the first egg of the season has been laid by the Peregrine falcon named Hope.  The hatching at the Oakland nesting site can be viewed here.

Still listed on the Pennsylvania endangered species list, the Peregrine falcon is expected to lay additional eggs in the coming weeks.  Both Hope and the male falcon Terzo will take turns incubating the eggs but not until the second to last egg is laid.

The Pittsburgh region currently has eight nesting pairs that are not located at natural cliff sites but at man-made structures including the Gulf Tower.  National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill says, "The FalconCam provides remarkable insights into the species, giving viewers an up-close view of these raptors as they develop, mature, and fledge."