Although peregrines have not nested at the Gulf Tower since 2014 the same pair (known to area falcon watchers as Dori and Louie) still controls the entire Downtown territory. Last December and this January the pair has appeared at the Gulf Tower site, and we are cautiously optimistic that they will use the site for nesting this year.
Peregrine Falcons have nested in downtown Pittsburgh since 1991. For 21 years in a row 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 returned to the Gulf Tower and successfuly nested there. Encouraged by their return, prior to the 2015 nesting season we installed a brand new, high-definiton camera at the Gulf Tower nest site. That year the pair decided to nest near Macy's downtown. In 2016 the pair again returned to the Gulf Building and showed some interest in the nest box, but then they elected to return to their 2013 nesting location near Point Park University. We're crossing our fingers for 2017!
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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To view the archives of this nest cam, go to http://www.wildearth.tv/video-archives and select "Gulf Tower Falcons" from the drop down list.