Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Baby hawk down



Picking up from last night's post… the first of the young hawks living on an AC unit at the Christodora House on Avenue B and East Ninth Street took flight yesterday morning.

According to Goggla, who has been documenting the parents, Christo and Dora, and their three offspring, the hawk fledged at 10:49 a.m. He glided across East Ninth Street between Avenue B and Avenue C … and that's when he went missing.

A search commenced. Around 6 p.m., a group of residents, including Walt Fitzpatrick, Karen Martinez, Cliff Maloney, Father Pat Maloney, as well as bird watchers Dennis Edge and Francois Portmann, eventually found the fledgling … and someone called Rob Mastrianni, an urban park ranger (he recently rescued a fledgling in Washington Square Park), who arrived to lead the rescue efforts…







Ranger Rob deemed that the fledgling was uninjured … and placed him in a tree in Tompkins Square Park.





As Goggla noted, we hope that "the remaining two siblings watched and learned something today." Goggla has more about the rescue and a lot more photos here.


[Photo yesterday by EVG reader Bryan]

Photos by Bobby Williams

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Goggla on photo of baby hawk in a tree:
"After being born and raised on an air-conditioner, I have to wonder what the hawk thought of all this."
Lol!

EV Grieve said...

@ anon 7:40

Haha! That was a great line! Go Goggla!

Sunny Chapman said...

Rob is such a great guy, awesome guitar player too.

Anonymous said...

5 hawks = 5 dead rats per day, maybe this family can make a dent in the rat infestation.

Simon1961 said...

You are a lovely group of people to do this. I must ask Goggla: on some of your great photos of the parents in flight at your webpage, did you you use one of those super long telephoto sports lenses?

Anonymous said...

Two conclusions can be drawn from this story:

1. That cute baby hawk is going to grow up to be a psycho killer (fu-fu-fu-fu) just like his/her parents.

2. Most people should reconsider the decision to wear shorts.

- East Villager

Cindy Hsiung said...

can't agree you more:)

Lexi said...

I heard a lot of very loud squawking around that time yesterday (I'm on 9 between B&C). I was wondering what was up with the gang, but I looked out and couldn't see anything. If I knew I would have helped look around my buildings. Great effort by those who helped out. Glad the little guy is okay.

Anonymous said...

a just fledged hawk in an air shaft? definitely a rescue mission!

great work guys, and thanks!

I-)

Anonymous said...

It's cool that Jack White cares so much about birds.

Goggla said...

@Simon1961 - I used a hand-held 300mm lens...and a lot of luck!

Anonymous said...

I want to vote (if we're voting) for Goggla's naming of the bird, "Shaft".
Total winner.

EV Grieve said...

Shafty?