What is it? Contest 3.

This week's collaboration with What is it? brings us this object. Yes, it's an eagle, but what is it for? More hints (dimensions, another photo) at Rob's blog What is it?

Be the first to answer correctly (in the comment section - please post no URL or link.) will win a free Neatorama T-shirt.

Also, congratulations to Kevin Register, winner of last week's contest.

Update 12/12/06: Congratulations to Mark (#18) who guessed correctly! What is it? Blog has this as their official answer:

According to the book Primitives, Our American Heritage these are called snowbirds, and were anchored by the holes to roof edges under materials as slate or tile, they were meant to retain snow for insulation. Others believed they could prevent a layer of snow from plunging down on the heads of pedestrians.

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I think Mark #18 is close but I think it, along with several others like it would be lined up at the bottom edge of a sloped roof--not to keep the snow from falling off ut to help it melt and run off frequently and evenly.
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This is what is called a snowbird, used to keep snow and ice from sliding off the roofs of houses. You rarely see them anymore, mostly on the roofs of old homes with slate roofs. The snow and ice would melt, slide down the roof and get hung up on these where it would melt, not fall off where it could potentially hurt someone below
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