Jul 13 2010
More sad news.
The young peregrine in this photograph is dead.
Beth Fife called this afternoon to tell me she was dispatched downtown to pick up a dead peregrine. As she made the trip, she hoped it had been misidentified.
Alas, it was Blue, the bird who caused such a stir by perching near the ground during rush hour on June 22. Jim Altier photographed her on the railing at the Federal Reserve Bank.
Blue slammed into the Grant Building around midday today. She was probably learning to hunt or playing a Chase Me game and not paying attention. Witnesses say she crumpled and fell to an upper roof of the Grant Building where her body was retrieved.
There are now only three youngsters at Gulf Tower for Dori and Louie to feed and teach — all of them male. Since June 24th Dorothy and E2 have had only three youngsters at Pitt: two males and one female. However, there is one bright spot.
The two young female peregrines in rehab – one from Gulf, one from Pitt - are graduating to the Flight Pen at the rehab center this week. They’ll tone up their wing muscles and be ready for release next week if all goes well. They are:
- White, the Gulf Tower female who banged her head. (This sounds eerily similar to Blue’s accident.)
- Yellow, the University of Pittsburgh female who was trapped in the chimney at Webster Hall and became dehydrated.
These two birds will rejoin their families where I’m sure we’ll see them begging for food.
Karen and I saw four peregrines at Pitt just yesterday. The gang’s still here.
(photo by Jim Altier)