Westinghouse Bridge Peregrine
Peregrines were reported at the bridge sporadically at least as early
as 2007 but there was no followup and PGC was
unable to get anyone to watch the bridge regularly (underscoring
how valuable more monitors are now!).
A nesting pair of peregrines attacked
PennDOT workers when they began maintenance on
the Westinghouse Bridge in Spring 2010. The PA Game Commission
confirmed the nest and banded 3 chicks.
The female identified in 2010 was the
bird variously called Storm or Val (but to the
PGC she was 66/C Bl/Gr, her band number). She was indeed from to 2005
nest at Bank One in Canton OH, but we don't
know whether she was there earlier than 2010
when she was first identified. Nothing is known of the 2010
male, not even whether he was banded. Nicknamed
Brian by PennDOT employees.
PGC has no band information on either
adult in 2011.
In 2012 the PGC identified a new adult female, Hecla, 68/H Black/Red,
from the 2009 nest at the Ironton-Russell Bridge in Ironton, OH. We
don't know whether she was also there in 2011,
or was new in 2012. In 2011 she would have been 2 years old, in adult
plumage and old enough to breed. In 2012 we
also found that the male has a Black/Green band on
his left leg but we couldn't read it. No information on whether he's
the same male as in previous years.
In 2015 Storm returned and reclaimed the scrape. This is very rare! We
also ID'ed the male as a 2006 fledge who was hacked at the New River
Gorge. Since he was given no name then, we have named him George 19/W,
late April of 2016, Storm was challenged by a juvenile female shortly
after she began nesting. She was severely injured and now resides at a wildlife center. George and the new
female did not attempt to renest.
we somehow missed courtship and nesting with a new female. In August a juvenile
was discovered chasing an adult and begging for food. The same juvenile
was heard a few weeks later begging from the 2013 scrape
location. Monitoring was spotty due to some personal issues.
Westinghouse Bridge Offspring Histories:
2010: 3 Chicks out of 5 eggs. Banded.
2011: 3 Chicks confirmed in 2011 but not banded.
2012: 4 eggs unhatched
2013: 1 chick confirmed but not banded. Probably male based
on size. Lost during fledging.
2014: 3 eggs, 2 hatched and banded. Both females
based on band size. Fledged around July 17 - 20.
5 eggs, 2 hatched and banded. Male
and female. Fledged around July 11 - 15.
2016: No nesting.
2017: Unknown number of eggs. One fledge, sex unknown. No banding attempt.
If you see or
falcons, please email
dates and times and any photos..
Food and rest rooms are available in North Versailles:
Eat'n'Park, Wendy's, McDonald's, Walmart and Burger King.
Where to park:
Recent problems with the Norfolk Southern RR have had us searching for new observation points.
These are the best spots we can find. The berm will place you at eye level with the scrape.
Elder St. will place you below the bridge.
A note on Elder St: Wear protective clothing or use a tick and insect repellent.
2015 fledges. Photo by Dana Nesiti.