Jul 06 2011
At 9:30am I got a phone call from Bill Powers that he’d heard a peregrine had fallen on Henry Street, another victim of the Software Engineering Institute windows.
I couldn’t believe it! Was this an old report about Yellow? Could a second young peregrine have crashed in the same place so soon?
After several phone calls we determined this was a new accident so I ran to Henry Street with my bird-rescue towel, calling the PA Game Commission’s Beth Fife as I ran.
Fortunately by the time I got there, Red had flown. Eyewitnesses say he was standing stunned on Henry Street behind SEI where the mirrored office building and mirrored garage are connected by a mirrored second floor walkway. His imprint was on the walkway glass. Pigeons circled overhead, reflecting in the glass a thousand ways.
I called Beth again to let her know the bird had flown. She said he was probably perched somewhere gathering his wits. I walked back to work, looking for Red on the ground and on low buildings. Eventually I found him perched on a building three blocks from the scene.
Beth assured me this is good news. He can fly. He can see well enough to navigate. He can perch. He just needs some quiet time to recover.
Oh, how I hope he recovers completely and stays away from Henry Street!
Meanwhile, let’s work with CMU to correct that hall of mirrors at SEI. It’s a prime opportunity for bird-friendly redesign.
(photo of Red from about a month ago, taken in early June by Nancy Weixel)
p.s. This incident earned “Red” a real name. Karen Lang named him Henry because his accident happened on Henry Street.