I just got this off the NYBG blog. I'm heartbroken. This is the first time I've shed tears for a bird. Maybe because I've only been photographing birds for the last two years, this is the first time that one I've watched regularly has passed on. How awful. : (
Sadly, Hawkeye, the adult male red-tailed hawk that nested on the Library building and raised three young this past spring, died July 31. He seems to have ingested poison by eating a rodent that had eaten poison bait, teaching us, once again, that all of nature is connected and reminding us of the impact we have on the food chain. To see photos and read the complete story of eyewitnesses, see the Fordham University blog and The City Birder blog.