Jun 24 2010
Exhuberant, active and always curious, Green Boy was found dead today in the chimney at Webster Hall.
His body was found because his sister, Yellow, was stuck in the chimney too. Though dehydrated, she was still alive and screaming for food.
Dorothy and E2 knew their youngsters were stuck but could do nothing about it except try to entice them out with food. Just this afternoon I saw Dorothy deliver food to the Webster Hall roof but I didn’t know the real reason she stayed there. I could not hear her daughter’s voice.
Fortunately Yellow’s noise prompted rooftop workmen to call the Game Commission. The workmen said they couldn’t get on the roof because they were attacked by an adult peregrine.
Beth Fife came to the rescue, then called to let me know what happened. Yellow is getting medical attention and will likely be back to normal soon.
Not so for Green Boy. Help came too late.
He didn’t know the Webster Hall chimney was a trap. The chimney is tall, narrow and made of white metal. It’s big enough that a young peregrine can misstep on its rim and fall in, but too narrow and slippery to climb or fly out. One of Pitt’s 2009 juvenile peregrines was found dead inside it last October but no one knew why. Now Green Boy has died and Yellow is lucky to survive.
Beth Fife has mandated that Webster Hall cover the chimney immediately. I’m sure they will gladly do so. They love these birds too.
Poor Green Boy. I’ll miss his antics. He held such promise.
(photo of Green Boy on the Cathedral of Learning 25th Floor roof in a moment of curiosity, by Kimberly Thomas)
p.s. Update on Yellow, June 25, 9:20am: News from Beth Fife is that Yellow hadn’t eaten for two days but after rehydration and a little meat is doing very well. Yellow will stay a bit at the rehabber to make sure she’s in top condition. (No other news since this date/time.)
p.s. Update on the chimney, July 1, 9:00am: Today I was in the Cathderal of Learning where I could see the chimney from above. It is indeed covered quite well. It was covered the day after the accident and that’s why it looks so different from the ground.