Westinghouse Bridge Peregrine Falcons




     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, Black/Green.

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.
2015:  5 eggs, 2 hatched and banded. Male and female. Still waiting on fledge as of this update.


If you see or hear these falcons, please email me 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.


On May 20, 2014 we discovered that the scrape location had moved.
It's now in the arch near cross beam #56 on the Braddock side





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. A note on Elder St: Wear protective clothing or use a tick repellent.






2015 fledges. Photo by Dana Nesiti.