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.

Here’s what the Wild Bird Fund says you should do if you find a bird that appears to be sick or injured.

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    1. dannyboi says:

      What school will the bird be zoned for?

    2. Erica says:

      The Wild Bird Fund does amazing work on a shoestring. They are the only bird rehabilitation center in NYC (and they help squirrels and other small wildlife as well). They are trying to raise money to expand, so if you like wildlife, and can contribute, they are a great cause! (They also desperately need volunteers. They have a short training session, and once you’ve completed it, you can help with the patients). A great group of dedicated people – and a great chance to see the birds up close!

    3. Dan-E-Boy says:

      We should have these bird people hook up with the people protesting those gorillas.

      They could have a mixer or something. Figure out who they can sue. I don’t know but these hawks should probably stay over on the East side.

    4. Judy Harris says:

      Beth Bergman got some amazing shots of this beauty in late October (putting date, in case someone checks this in the future, as the blog is incremental).

      • m_pipik says:

        If you scroll down on the blog, there is the earlier (in the day) story of how the young hawk was attacked by crows.

        If it was a Manhattan born hawk, and that seems to be the case as it wasn’t afraid of humans, it would not have had much experience with crows. Hope it was just stunned and winded.

    5. WestSide_Mimi says:

      Hope this hawk recovers quickly and comes back to us at LT. Our rat population offers a healthy supply of food!

      Interesting that it “probably bumped into a window”. It happens to me quite often with little birds. They bump into my window and fly off again. I wonder why that is?

    6. ScooterStan says:


      This definitely PROVES that the people of Lincoln Towers are not only kind, decent, and caring but also, like The Melancholy Dane (no, not Victor Borge, but good old {as Holden Caulfield might have called him} Prince Hamlet.

      Why? Because they, too, “…know a HAWK from a handsaw.”
      (Act2; Scene2)

    7. John says:

      Did he get hit by a citi-bike

    8. rick says:

      Great to see people who care about hawks and birds working to help them.

    9. afs says:

      Good news (for a change): “Candy Corn,” as he was so named, was due to be released this weekend.

    10. sheila says:

      I wonder if this is the hawk that visits our building on W 75th St. Hope she recovers well.