Hawk Rescued from Central Park Reservoir After Having ‘Too Much to Eat’ and Given ‘Rigorous Blow-Dry’


Photo via Wild Bird Fund.

A hawk that appears to have eaten too much on Christmas Eve ended up in the Central Park Reservoir, where he was fished out by police and taken to a bird rescue organization.

“Yet another well-fed hawk was brought in wet and unable to take off after a big meal,” the Wild Bird Fund wrote on Twitter. “NYPD fished this guy out of the Central Park Reservoir. After a rigorous blow-dry, he’s looking more like the apex predator that he is,” adding “Wild Bird Fund, providing buteo blowouts since 2012.”

The bird fund, located at 565 Columbus Avenue, also said the bird appears to have lead poisoning, which is not uncommon among birds in NYC.

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    1. MJ says:

      Wild Bird Fund is seriously one of the best non-profits in NYC. Love them and their work!

    2. ellen count says:

      At least a hawk knows first hand the meaning of “Serve and protect.”
      Thanks, Central Park Pct. officers!
      HNY 2019

    3. ST says:

      Love the work of the WILD BIRD FUND. People and organizations from around the city bring injured birds and other creatures to it for healing. There is something special about seeing people bringing in the injured because of the look of care and pride on their faces for doing something good. It’s not too late to donate for 2018. (Am not connected in any way to the Fund other than as a neighbor and fan.)

    4. Carolyn Starry says:

      I just sent two videos and photos of a hawk that was feasting on a pigeon on our air conditioner (Broadway and 83rd Street on December 23. I hope WestSideRag will be able to show our record of this “ survival of the fittest.” Carolyn

    5. Ann says:

      That is some big crop!

    6. Lois Leatherman says:

      Coopers Hawk?

    7. Janet Wooten says:

      This looks like a red-tailed hawk. Many Thanks to the Central Park NYPD officers who rescued this bird and to the Wild Bird Fund for treating it.