Friday, August 31, 2012
Opera Star, Pale Male and Zena's Only Remaining Fledgling in the Wild May Be Dead
Photo courtesy of www.palemale.com/
NYC Hawkwatchers believe that the last of Pale Male and Zena's 2012 fledglings still in Central Park, Opera Star, may be dead due to being sprayed with pesticides. (Or by secondary rat poison as he has disappeared after showing the classic symptoms of poisoning and his body has not been found or a necropsy done. DB 4/7/2012)
I watched for years before any of the known hawks were made ill or died due to human activity. Now it's become heartbreakingly constant.
Opera Star, who was very similar to his father in activity and dash, appeared to be doing amazingly well in avoiding secondary rat poisoning so far. Now he may be dead because of people's inability to deal with a mosquito bite now and again and the advertizing of exterminators.
Poison is poison, and it isn't good for us, our children, or who knows how many other birds and assorted wildlife who will have died anonymously due to the spraying campaign.