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PA / Pittsburgh - Gulf Tower - 2019 / Louie & Dori
« on: January 09, 2011, 22:07 »
Gulf Tower
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


   
(photos: building from Wikipedia; nest site location & nestbox from WQED)

Gulf Tower is a 44-story, 177.4 m (582 ft) Art Deco skyscraper in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The tower is one of the major distinctive and recognizable features of the city.  Built as the headquarters for the Gulf Oil Company, and known as the Gulf Building, the structure was designed by the firm of Trowbridge & Livingston and completed in 1932 at a cost of $10.05 million ($141.9 million today).  Now called Gulf Tower, it has 44 floors and rises 177.4 m (582 ft) above Downtown Pittsburgh. The crown of the skyscraper is modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in the style of a step pyramid. The building was listed as a Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark in 1973.  Peregrines have nested at the Gulf Tower since 1991.

webcam link: www.aviary.org/PF-NestCam2

updates: Kate St John's WQED Blog = www.wqed.org/birdblog

Site operated by National Aviary, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pix Controller and the management of the Gulf Tower.

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Re: PA / Pittsburgh - Gulf Tower - 2019 / ? & ?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 00:40 »
The Gulf Tower pair - Louie & Dori apparently have been hanging out in Pittsburgh just like their neighbours at the Cathedral of Learning.

From Kate St John's blog ...
October 2018

While many raptors are migrating, Pittsburgh’s stay-at-home peregrines are patrolling their territories and strengthening their pair bonds as they watch the others fly by.  Yesterday was a particularly good day for this activity.

In the slideshow above the Downtown pair courts for almost ten minutes in the morning fog, then Dori hangs out at the Gulf Tower for 5.5 hours.  Later, in a surprise move, the banded male (looks like Louie) visits the nest and digs the scrape after dark.