Silver Boy, the Peregrine falcon born to longtime Cathedral of Learning habitue Dorothy and her companion, E2, died last Friday, an apparent victim of Oakland traffic. The falcon, which was less than 2 months old, was still being taught to fly and hunt by E2 when he either was hit by a car or collided with one.
One of the bird's fans found him on Forbes Avenue in front of the Carnegie Museum of Art. After moving Silver Boy's carcass out of the path of traffic, the good Samaritan contacted Kate St. John, a blogger at www.wqed.org/birdblog who chronicles the lives of the falcons that make Oakland their home. Ms. St. John called the state Game Commission before burying Silver Boy in an unmarked grave.
After the bird's demise, his mother was nowhere to be found. His father was seen flying around the neighborhood, as if looking for the fledgling. Now Ms. St. John says the falcon couple are courting again.
That should lift the spirits of Pittsburghers mourning the loss of Silver Boy, but, at the ripe old age of 14, Dorothy may be off the mommy track. Nonetheless, her long-standing romance with E2 has produced at least 42 chicks, with the world given a bird's eye view courtesy of the FalconCam hosted by the National Aviary.
That means Pittsburghers can still follow the lives of the famous parents on video or in blog updates. Dorothy, E2 and their offspring have flown their way into the city's heart.