Sep 13 2011
Peregrine fans in Lawrenceville report that Dorothy’s been hanging out at St. Augustine’s for the past few days.
We know the Pitt peregrines go there for the plentiful food (pigeons) but Dorothy might have a second connection to the place. St. Augustine’s is Pat Szczepanski’s parish church.
Dorothy tolerates humans but she doesn’t trust them. Pat Szczepanski is the only person I know for whom Dorothy will calmly relax, perch and preen for as much as an hour at the Cathedral of Learning, allowing Pat to take her picture through a window.
Pat built this trust through years of quiet, non-threatening observation.
It’s an amazing coincidence that Dorothy’s favorite place to be when she’s not at the Cathedral of Learning is St. Augustine’s, Pat’s parish church her whole life.
Is it just a coincidence? Only Dorothy knows and she isn’t saying.
Pat took this picture of her hunting last Sunday.
(photo by Pat Szczepanski)