Baltimoreans were saddened to learn this week of the death of Blythe, the female peregrine falcon who since 1985 had nested with her mate Beauregard on a 33rd-floor ledge of the USF&G Building in downtown Baltimore. A maintenance worker discovered her body on the roof of a building half a mile away during a routine roof inspection. The apparent cause of death was injury and starvation.
Blythe raised more than two dozen chicks in her downtown aerie, helping to replenish the nation's depleted falcon population of which there are fewer than 100 nesting pairs east of the Mississippi River. City residents can take comfort from the fact that Beauregard apparently has found another mate who might produce a brood of falcon chicks this year. She does not yet have a name, but presumably she'll get one soon enough. These pioneering peregrines deserve recognition.