A sick or injured red-tailed hawk was found on the ground in front of 160 West End Avenue at Lincoln Towers on Sunday and taken to the Wild Bird Fund, which is nursing her back to health.
“It was found sometime after 2 p.m. on the walkway in front of 160 West End Ave (Lincoln Towers),” wrote our tipster Bill Robinson. “Staff cordoned off the path and phoned for assistance. Wild Bird Fund showed up around 3:15, covered the bird with a blanket, put it in a box, and left. No idea what the injury was, but some speculated it had hit a window and fallen. The bird seemed totally in shock since it never made a sound or struggled when it was picked up.”
Sunny Mindel, who called the Wild Bird Fund, said the hawk was “utterly motionless” when she arrived.
The fund has been testing and rehabilitating the bird, explained Rita McMahon, the director of the Wild Bird Fund at 565 Columbus Avenue.
“The bird came in extremely weak, unable to stand and hypothermic – in shock. After SQ fluids and heat she is standing and feeling much better. We do not yet know all that ails her, but will know more after the lab tests are done.”
What happens next will be determined by how well the bird recovers.
“If she recovers quickly at the Wild Bird Fund center she will be released in Central Park. If she needs more time to recover she will go to a facility that has outdoor flight cages so she can get back in flying shape.”
Hawks have been seen flying around Lincoln Towers in the past.