After a long hiatus... hello again!
The Fifth Avenue babies:
They'll be fledging any day now!
The Fifth Avenue nestlings
photo courtesy of Palemale.com
About the spikes:
The following letter was sent to the NYC Audubon [with a copy to me] a few weeks ago. It was written by Penelope Bianchi, a birdwatcher who has long been following the Fifth Avenue nest. It is still relevant now. Better late than never...
I live in SantaBarbara, Ca. I joined the NYC Audubon Society and rallied loudly and long following the removal of his nest. I donated; I wrote every single politician, and everyone having to with Central Park to try to mitigate the damage.
You people teamed up with various groups to help build the support for the nest Pale Male rebuilt. (with the help of his mates)!
This is the first year (after 7) they have hatched any babies.
The new (as recently as a year) "spikes" are of steel. The old ones were bad enough, but they were plastic. That is a huge difference; ...
Please do something about the removal of these potentially lethal spikes from the twelfth floor balcony of that building. Already both parents have almost become stuck and injured.....The baby hawks could get stuck in them and die. They are easily removed by snipping the plastic cable from the window of the apartment.
Thank you for your recommendations about rodenticides. ALL of Central Park is the hunting territory for many hawks. We have already seen many hawks die of secondary poisoning. Please lobby in every way to stop the use of it in Central Park. anywhere in Central Park. The cost of wildlife is just way too high! and the hawks and owls are wonderful rodent control. Just not if those rodents are poisoned!
Oh Please take action on both of these frontiers. The birds are counting on you.