Subject: Peregrines/Red tooth Date: Sep 7 23:07:09 1994 From: CASSIDYM at delphi.com - CASSIDYM at delphi.com
While walking along the Seattle Waterfront on Sunday, the fourth, I watched a peregrine falcon snatch a meal out of the sky next to the Edgewater Inn. (About 1604 hrs). It immediately landed on the second-closest corner of the roof from the street with the intended in it's claws, a distance of only 20 feet or so from where it grabbed it's victim. The sun was directly behind the birds from where I stood; as I looked up, I saw roofline, a couple of inches of sun, the outline of the victim, and then profile of the falcon with the glint of light from it's back.
The falcon had landed on a pair of "spikes" set into the roofline, impaling the intended. While I waited for the next move, listening to a rather plaintive call from the intended, I studied the roofline of the Inn.
About every 6 feet is a spike about 6 inches high at the edge of the entire roofline of the building. Strung between these spikes is a thin wire. One guess is that this is lightening rod of some sorts. Another is that this prevts gulls and rock doves from perching on the building. The wire is very thin, certainly not enough to suppport a window washer.
Once the plaintive calls stopped (about 15 minutes), the falcon took off S towards Harbor Island.
I have two questions:
1. Does thhis represent "tool usage" by the peregrine? A subquestion might be is this type of apparatus common on downtown buildings right now?
2. Does anyone remember the pop song ofthe sixties that referred to fishing from the windows of the Edgewater Inn?