Monday, July 23, 2012


From Central Park hawkwatcher Jeff Johnson,


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. 
1453 Metadata time.
 Fledgling on the left has hardly moved in almost two days now. Fledgling on the right appears animated and still normal. 
1456 Metadata time. 
[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. 

Donegal Browne


Sally said...

Oh. My. GOD! Of course we all feared this. I am so sad and angry and frankly just feel deflated and despondent. I can deal with babies starving if there is not enough food, but to die at the hands of careles, in the true sense of that word they could CARE no LESS the effects of their actions using such dangerous poisons..

Andy3514 said...

I think the bird in Jeff's last post is a Juvie, because there is no sign of molting (no short or missing feathers). The only way to deal with this is hit the Met and the Natural HIstory museum in the pocketbook. Let us boycott and not donate and protest any funding to any organization that does not pledge to cease the use of rodenticides on its property
Ann F.

Donegal Browne said...

I'm with you Ann! The pocketbook is the way to go! Email me at the name of the blog, at yahoo.