December 08, 2004


I'm actually very surprised at how angry I was when I picked up the newspaper and read this story this morning. I'm not the kind of person who automatically sneers at bleeding-heart liberals who care more about animals than about humans, but neither am I a bleeding-heart liberal who cares more about animals than about humans. Even so, these birds were true New York celebrities, and I would say that I've taken the majority of the people who've come to stay with me here up to Central Park to see them. The reaction was always the same: astonishment and delight that red-tailed hawks would set up shop on the primest real estate in Manhattan, in full view of the dozens of people who always crowded the west side of the pond known as Conservatory Water, especially in spring when you could look through any number of telescopes at the newborn chicks. The idea that a handful of selfish apartment owners would deprive hundreds of thousands of people (at a conservative guess) of so much pleasure really ires me. Fuckers.

Posted by Felix at 04:03 PM GMT

I feel the same way. If you want to see some beautiful pictures of the hawks, check out the Pale Male website.

Posted by: alizinha on December 8, 2004 07:39 PM

can you use ire as a verb? curiously ( i honestly don't know)

Posted by: ff on December 8, 2004 09:40 PM

How do you guys feel about this bleeding-heart liberal fixing a woodpecker problem with a BB gun? I've got a terrible aim & I think there are laws against it here.

Posted by: michelle on December 9, 2004 01:52 AM

Having once suffered from sharing window pane space with an extended family of pigeons, I'm a little more sympathetic to the tenants who had to deal with the noise, the feces and the bad smells.

Posted by: Jame on December 9, 2004 03:30 AM

Well, it goes to show how hard UES coop boards are on unapproved sublets.

Posted by: Gherm on December 9, 2004 05:19 PM

Jame, they weren't on a window pane, they were above a cornice. And the doorman has been reported as saying he only saw one pigeon carcass in 12 years. And in any case, the view of a red-tailed hawk soaring in towards your window on a regular basis is surely rather more magnificent than that of a pigeon flapping its way onto your sill.

Posted by: Felix on December 9, 2004 05:59 PM

I have that pigeon problem right now. Pale Face, or whatever his name is, can move in today. I build the nest myself if the payoff is seeing pigeon carcasses falling from the sky.

How can you not like hawks? I think we should have more of them. They should be encouraged to nest near all public squares. Imagine, sitting and eating your lunch in Foley Square and - BOOM - nature television right in front of you as a hawk silently swoops down and rids the city of pestilent vermin, all for free. What a great symbol for the city.

I get broadband if they were a live feed of it. Okay, I have broadband, but I would certainly upgrade myself for some pigeon snuff porn.

Posted by: Mr. 99th Percentile on December 9, 2004 06:17 PM

I'm not aware of any pigeon porn but there's a good deal penguin porn; it's the fastest growing animal porn industry in the world. The act itself is very interesting, I think. It's a very delicate balancing act, the male mounts his female and has no flippers on the ground. Come to think of it, it's kind of inconsiderate. Like humans having outdoor sex and the guy basically using his babe as a blanket.

This link is from climber, scientist guy I really like. Careful though, it's pretty erotic.

Posted by: michelle on December 9, 2004 06:43 PM

point noted.

Posted by: Jame on December 10, 2004 01:37 AM

On the other hand New York isn't exactly Mutual of Omaha's wild kingdom, we can't have large birds swooping down and carrying off small priveliged children.

Posted by: Gherimiah on December 12, 2004 11:04 PM

"...we can't have large birds swooping down and carrying off small priveliged children.

Why not? Seems like it would save a lot of trouble down the road.

Posted by: Sterling on December 13, 2004 06:37 AM

Update: yay!

Posted by: Felix on March 15, 2005 05:57 AM

I like the last line: a lesson in this for suitors: "Always bring a gift"

This is such a cool thing for New Yorkers. Having grown up in WA State (bald eagles) and now living in Colorado (all kinds of hawks), I still don't take these kinds of sightings for granted. How amazing.

Posted by: michelle on March 15, 2005 03:46 PM