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July 12, 2008

A little Stinker at Bethesda Fountain (72nd Street Transverse in Central Park), on the verge of being a full adult.

One last baby feather before having a full red tail.

Palemale on the Beresford. Our friends must have had a very trying time with the obnoxious noise and horrible crowd in their home today.

In Riverside Park I found two adult hawks flying over 96th Street. I haven't seen the 79th Street adults so long that I am reluctant to declare wholeheartedly that these are them.

An hour or so later I found this one at 96th Street. I am not very good at ID-ing so I'll wait to hear from Bruce and Ben to see what they think.

This area of Riverside is a little hike on foot from 79th Street, but only a few wind flaps for our friends so it's not really that far away.

The Bethesda Fountain young adult raided several robin's nests...

some of them were empty

Then he/she caught a pigeon on the lawn just west of Bethesda.

While I looked for the Riverside hawks I stopped to admire this little guy.

I would never be convinced that the Universe went through this kind of complexity just to annoy us. I know that the Earth depends a great deal on such a creature as this to maintain a healthy balance for the existence of life.

I do have a very long way to go however to see why certain organisms are necessary for anything worthwhile on this planet.

All images photographed on Saturday July 12, 2008.

The MET is using rodent baiting stations containing the lethal active ingredient 'Bromethalin'. These stations are placed in open areas behind the MET in Central Park specifically where Palemale & Lola catches a great deal of rats!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a very careless attitude toward animals;
Their lavish glass windows kills hundreds of migrating birds each year. Recently the glass in those windows were replaced but nothing was done to the new glass to help prevent this ongoing tragedy.
All around the MET are rodent baiting stations which threaten the lives of our precious wildlife especially Palemale & Lola. Both the MET's management and their private pest control contractor has lied to me about the seriousness of the poison used in these bait stations. Presently the bait used is worse than the anti-coagulants used previously. Please call the Director's Office and tell them to stop endangering the lives of our precious wildlife!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Philippe de Montebello (Director)
(212) 570-3902