Very bad news--one fledgling was found sick in an enclosed space on the American Museum of Natural History grounds yesterday and is now in the care of the Horvath Rehabilitators.
This second fledgling is displaying symptoms of rat poisoning also…it has not left the tree it has been perched in for almost two days now and refused to eat a meal left in plain view.
[This behavior is similar to that of previous Pale Male mate, Ginger Lima, who eventually fell to the ground dead and through later necropsy was found to have been killed by secondary poisoning, i.e. from eating a poisoned rat. D.B.]
This tree located on the west side of the Natural History Museum has been the perch (left circle) (correction sent by Jeff, tree may be nearer MET) of what appears to be a fledgling sickened by rat poisoning. At its extreme height and location the fledgling is presently inaccessible for capture so that the Horvath's can try and treat it.
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Fledgling on the left has hardly moved in almost two days now. Fledgling on the right appears animated and still normal.
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[AMNH is on Central Park West facing Central Park between 77th and 81st. D.B.]
Combined frame enlargement. Fledgling on the right flew away. 1459 Metadata time.
After all the wonderful things that have happened for the 927 Red-tail Family, now comes this potential disaster which if it is indeed rat poisoning is wholly man-made.
P.S from D.B.-- Hawkwatchers report that Zena has been sighted watching over the ill fledgling in the tree. If a predator should appear, as might be more likely in the true wild, she would protect her fledgling from being taken as easy prey. If only she could fight this poison to the death.