Thursday, April 11, 2013


CPW Hawk
Photo courtesy of Robert Schmunk,
Photo taken on 03-30-2013, before destruction.

For those attempting to find the nest site at 322 Central Park West and 92nd St. 

The building in question is on the corner of 92nd St. and Central Park West.

If you count the ground floor of the building as 1 and count up, the nest is on the 13th floor.  The nest was previously built on a mock balcony.

According to Stella Hamilton's report, the Red-tailed Hawk pair previously in residence have been attempting to rebuild the nest in the same spot.  Though because of the daytime work which includes a swing stage, humans on the building and noisy drills,  the hawks are often frightened off during work hours and circle above the building or perch anxiously offsite.

A few new twigs may currently be seen over the edge of  the faux balcony.

By the way, if anyone has named or knows the names of these hawks please get in touch and let me know.  If not perhaps the male should be named Kevin after the witness who made the calls during the nest's destruction.

Scroll down to see previous posts concerning the nest destruction.

Donegal Browne

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Upper Westside resident,  hawkwatcher Kevin appears to be the only witness to the Upper Westside nest destruction.  He is needed as a witness.  Kevin is an older heavyset gentleman with a walker, and O2 tank.  If anyone sees him, please let him know.

Hawkwatcher Stella Hamilton is currently on site and reports one hawk circling 322 Central Park West.

SCROLL DOWN for earlier nest destruction news of the day.

FLASH!! More on the Central Park West Nest Destruction

From upper westside hawkwatcher Michelle van Vlaanderen--

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 : At approximately 5:00 pm, two agents of the NYS DEC removed three black plastic bags containing the evidence, twigs of nest demolished by construction workers  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at approximately 12:30 pm, two agents Officer Dainack and Officer Wilson were interviewing construction workers from Pratt Construction. One of the workers was holding two pink summons. The constructions workers were very cooperative. I understood that they are going to return some of the twigs

Robert Miller took photographs of the construction workers, and of a small quantity of twigs in a garbage bag. I heard him discuss a photo of the nest taken one week earlier by the construction worker, Robert has a copy of the photo.

I am trying to get hold of a witness, his name is Kevin, his address is Columbus Avenue, between 93 & 94.

The Brodhead Eagles, Hidden Spring Treasures, the Eggshell Mystery, the Bones, NYU's Bobby and Rosie, and Pip the Orphaned Hummingbird

Brodhead Mom sits tight while Dad watches from an adjacent tree.

 Mom tends.  Exactly what Mom is tending, eggs or eaglets is unclear as yet.
Mom gives the viewers, which are at least a half mile away, the eye.

There were thunder storms today. So not only would visibility be at a minimum but I figured the parents had enough to worry about without having to worry about me.

I'm in a different house and the yard is full of surprises.  Yesterday, this little Snow Drop blossoming in the oak mast started it all. 

 I wonder what else is under those leaves?  The leaves are deep. They don't appear to have been moved for some years. Time for the gentle use of a  hand rake or a leave blower.
It appears that the power stored in the bulbs is able to power the shoot up and through the middle of leaves if necessary.  More careful leaf removal. 
As you can see some were completely buried and unable to photosynthesize.  And it wasn't only Snow Drops in there.
Anyone know what these are?

And this?
How about these? 
                                          Iris perhaps?


And then there were the non-vegetative items.  I found this egg shell nested inside itself under the leaves.  Is this a discarded egg shell disposed of by a parent?  It is chicken sized.  Or if not, who consumed the contents?  A raccoon perhaps?  Humans don't ordinarily leave a shell that is halved with little irregular points.

If squeamish about bones scroll down fast to Bobby and Rosie.

Rabbit vertebrae.

NYU Red-tails_ Bobby menaces the window while standing on Rosie's back....she doesn't mind a bit.  The Video.

Pip the Orphaned Hummingbird gets adopted and fed in less than 30 seconds.

Donegal Browne


Long time hawkwatcher Stella Hamilton reports that the management of 322 Central Park West has removed the Red-tailed Hawk nest on that building.  The Department of Environmental Conservation has been contacted.

Watchers report that the pair has been circling and are attempting to lay twigs on the window ledge yet again.


Tuesday, April 09, 2013

FLASH! TAKE ACTION-The Horvarth's WINORR is Under Siege and Fireworks in Central Park During Nesting Season

 Photo Courtesy of WINORR

As many of you know Cathy and Bobby  Horvath (Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation) have been the folks to call for years in wildlife emergencies day or night.  Oyster Bay has decided they harbor "dangerous animals" and shouldn't be allowed to carry on their rehabilitation work though they are fully licensed.

  Read on....

NEW YORK CITY — Authorities are trying to clip the wings of one of New York's best-known wild hawk rescuers.
Wildlife rehabilitator Bobby Horvath, who rescues injured raptors and other creatures that run into trouble in the wilds of the city, is being threatened with closure by town officials in Oyster Bay, Long Island, after they said he ran afoul of local laws by keeping "dangerous animals" in a residential area.


The Central Park Conservancy which basically rules Central Park, has scheduled yet more fireworks for  Wednesday April 10th.  This time on Bethesda Terrace not far from Pale Male and Octavia's nest, as well as many other bird nests in the park. 

The Central Park Conservancy is celebrating Spring tomorrowA Spring Celebration is lovely but not one which is detrimental to the creatures one is celebrating.  The fireworks segment should be cancelled. 

 Fireworks have been known to cause not only disturbance to birds at roost, and flight from nests, but sometimes panic which ends in collisions and deaths.

This is the worst time of year for this sort of "entertainment" in Central Park. 

It is also against international law to disturb nesting birds.  Disturbing nesting birds is a crime according to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918

Below find a spot-on letter from longtime hawkwatcher Katherine Herzog, she who spotted Pale Male and Octavia in the uptown/downtown observation.
Dear Ms. Greenleaf,

Why in the world is the Central Park Conservancy increasing the number of fireworks displays?  As a former DPR employee and a Central Park patron for 37 years, I am extremely disheartened by your plans to begin fireworks displays at this sensitive time of year, the beginning of the Spring Bird Migration.

First it was New Year's Eve, then at the first Philharmonic Concert and later after EVERY summer concert.

Now, during the time of the Spring bird migration with many birds already preparing nests and some already sitting on eggs, including the famous red-tailed hawks, Pale Male and his new mate Octavia (73rd and 5th Avenue), I find it unconscionable that you would destroy the peace and harmony of Nature with this unnecessary onslaught of destructive noise.

Fredrick Law Omsted built this park to give New Yorkers a piece of Nature and the solace and beauty that this brings to the human soul.
He built it to give people a refuge of quiet, beauty and serenity - away from the teeming, noisy, chaotic streets.

The Central Park Conservancy increasingly is bringing all the chaos and noise from the streets INTO THE PARK and even amplifying it with these grotesque fireworks displays that sound, look and feel - like an active war zone.

Very sad for the people who care for the park and all of Nature's beautiful creatures who we are privileged to share it with....


Katherine Herzog

Those who wish to weigh in with an opinion on the situation may email Ms. Greenleaf at

But first read the following...
 A thought before you write... this can make one's blood boil, but please do attempt to be polite and astute in your objections.  If we come across as crazy people, our opinions are then too easily discounted, particularly by those who planned or approve of such anti-wildlife "entertainments" in the first place.
And for those out of town-- perhaps this sort of  negative treatment of wildlife in NYC might keep you from wanting to visit NYC and the park? Or to think negatively of the city?  If so, you too should write in. 

Donegal Browne