Friday, May 2, 2008

Pale Male and Lola - nest failure (again)

It's May, and by now the Red-tailed Hawk watchers are usually eagerly anticipating the mid-May fledging of this year's juveniles. Instead we have a New York Times piece on the failure of the classical Central Park Red-tailed Hawk nest for the fourth year in succession. It's difficult to say where the problem lies here - the nest disturbance in the winter of 2004/5, or the fact that Pale Male is now 17 or 18 years old - at the upper limit of wild Red-tailed Hawk life-expectancy. The current female (Lola) is considerably younger.

Marie Winn's page is usually the best place to go for information on that pair of hawks, if you're interested in more.

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