Jun 07 2010
Last Friday the 25th floor roof of the Cathedral of Learning was a hotspot of peregrine fledgling activity. Each of the fledglings visited the roof and their parents stopped by to check on them.
Most of the birds perched and preened but when Green Boy arrived he caused a stir. As usual.
You may remember Green Boy. He’s the Prodigal Son who fell in the gully on May 26 and climbed out on his own. Then he had to be rescued on June 1 from a courtyard near the Office of the Chancellor. We don’t know what he did for the next three days but on Friday he surfaced again.
Around noon he flew to the 25th floor roof and made it his business to explore it on foot. He climbed piles of roof tiles, poked in the corners and spent hours trying to perch on slippery metal pipes.
In the process he got close to a pigeons’ nest. Movement caught his eye. “What’s that?”
From afar the pigeon parents saw him and flew in to block his advance. “Stay away!” they said.
Undaunted, Green Boy stepped forward and both pigeons jumped on him. He rolled on his back and fought with his talons. The pigeons couldn’t hurt him but Green Boy was startled so he ran away. How embarrassing to be chased by what should be your dinner!
Later he tried again. He had to see what was over there. When a pigeon arrived to challenge him, Green Boy stood his ground and shouted, “I’m tellin’ ya, leave me alone!”
Oh, Green Boy, you’ve got a lot to learn!
(photo by Kimberly Thomas)