Friday, June 15, 2012
Harlem Hawk in Harms Way
I found this adult redtailed hawk cowering next to an air conditioning unit on 123rd St. From the ground a bulging white shroud over its right eye was visible. A close up. I thought it might be a gouge or something, but when I looked at the pictures of the kestrel attack, it was clear the bird could open the eye. It seems to be the dreaded frounce, which decimated the CCNY hawk nest last year. Both the adult kestrels joined in an attack and drove the bird off into Morningside Park at 120th St. I could not relocate it, but will try in the morning. RBS has posted some shots of both Cathedral parents and they seem ok. Perhaps it is a CCNY adult. Here's a gratuitous shot of one of the Cathedral youngsters.