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June 9, 2008

Here we go again! Houston Street Update...

Lola flying over to Palemale on the MET's rooftop - Monday evening.

The Houston Street baby on the day before he fledged. This baby was born on April 24th., and it fledged on June 8th--a total of 44 days on it's nest. 44 days is well within the average for a fledge. For Palemale's babies it happened in 1995 and also in 2004. The Houston Street baby flew a distance of 100 yards from its nest on its maiden flight. This is approx. four times the average distance of Palemale's babies.
The Houston Street baby did everything normal on Sunday.
The baby was returned to Houston Street on Monday much to my surprise, but knowing in whose hands it was I knew that it was too good to be true. It was again taken away. The rehabilitator claimed that it was not able to fly properly so he took it back to his home. It is perfectly normal on the first few days of fledging for the babies to remain inactive--we've all watched them for years. The allow people to get too close to them. I have on many occasions put fear into them by chasing them away so they learn to keep their distance. By not allowing the baby hawk to remain in the environment which it will soon have to get used to. Instead the rehabilitator shuttled it back to Long Island where it will be stuffed in a cage and fed frozen rats until Mr Human decides it'll be a good time to bring it back. What sense does that make? If he believes that the hawk cannot fly well enough presently how would keeping int in a box or a cage improve it. What can be better for the baby hawk that to return it to it's parents who are the only fit teachers for it? If the baby hawk meets with any mishaps if returned to its parents then let it be so. Let them learn to deal with that! If it has to fly into a bus and get killed let it be so, then its siblings and parents can deal with those situations in the future. This rehabilitator has learned nothing from the past! One of the first things he did was to but a band on this poor animal! A red-tailed hawk should only be banded when it is part of an 'official research program'. It is illegal to band a red-tailed hawk outside of this purpose!
This baby hawk must be returned to Houston Street immediately! Bobby Horvath is still playing games though he has changed his strategy! He brought the bird back on Monday under the pretence that he was trying to do the right thing and then immediately took it away again. This baby hawk will be better off under the care of its natural parents regardless of any risks involved. There may be the possibility of people in the neighborhood wanting to capture these babies to sell them but this has to be addressed like any other crime. This should not be a reason for keeping the baby away from its parents!

All images (except Houston Street baby) photographed on Monday June 9, 2008.