Union Bank's most unusual tenants, a pair of peregrine falcons, were undisturbed by Monday night's fire in the high rise bank building, even though several floors below their nest on the ledge of the 39th floor were charred.
"They're fine," said Union chairman John Harrigan, who monitors the birds' nest on a TV set in his office a floor below. Harrigan explained that the falcons don't usually roost there at night, so they missed the fire.
"They might have been on top of the First Interstate (which burned May 4), or Arco or some other higher building or a high radio or television antenna. At night when they sleep, they feel safer in higher places."
Chief Bird Watcher
Harrigan became Union's chief bird watcher 6 years ago when a nest box--a wooden tray with three-inch deep gravel--was installed for the peregrines high atop the bank offices in an effort to re-establish the endangered species in the downtown Los Angeles area. The peregrines were brought to downtown by the successful breeding program run jointly by the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology and the national Peregrine Fund.