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May 2, 2013

Cathedral peregrine eggs hatch


Two of five peregrine eggs at the Cathedral of Learning nest have hatched, but only one chick has survived.

The first egg hatched April 25. A second chick that hatched shortly after appeared abnormal and died last weekend.

Peregrines have nested at the Cathedral since 2002. In previous years, three-five chicks have hatched from the Pitt nest.

Local bird blogger Kate St. John ( attributes the low hatch rate and handicapped chick to the mother peregrine’s age. Dorothy is 14.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, peregrines that survive to adulthood may live 12 -15 years.

To view the peregrines, click on “Pittsburgh FalconCam” at A live stream from the nest remains fogged due to condensation inside the camera, but still pictures that refresh every 15 seconds provide a clear view of the nest.

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