Monday, May 22, 2023
Hazy sunshine. High 75 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events! Click on the link or the lady in the upper righthand corner to check.
Community Board 7’s next proposed full-board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at 6:30 PM. Agenda and registration link will be announced.
“Pale Male, the Famous Central Park Hawk, Is Dead at 32. Maybe,” read the headline of The New York Times obituary last Wednesday, describing in fascinating detail the story of the city’s original celebrity bird. At issue, the Times reported, is that “Pale Male had never been banded and had no identifying tag. If the hawk was indeed Pale Male, he had lived to be over 32 years old.” Red-tailed hawks generally don’t live past their 20s, The Times explained. Jessica Wilson, the executive director of New York City Audubon, acknowledged it was an exceptional life span, but said “bird authorities told her the dead Hawk was Pale Male.” Those authorities said he died of “severe renal failure likely due to old age.”
Either way, writes poet Eric Mathern, he lives on.
“In Memory of Pale Male”
By Eric Mathern
Unless you’re a special hawk,
Unless you have avian fame,
You’re not recognized by millions
Or have people know you by name.
I saw him on a park-side building
Before he flew off toward the zoo,
His tail feathers catching fire
While he sailed over Fifth Avenue.
Over the years New Yorkers
Found delight in Pale Male’s story;
He hovered on outstretched wings,
Oblivious to his own splendid glory.
Oh, how he delighted the throngs
Who witnessed his chicks in a nest;
Those once-fledglings glide overhead:
Living tributes to a legend at rest.
Eric Mathern is a teacher, a tour guide, and a poet. “I am also an avid Central Park ‘birder,’ and often draw inspiration from my frequent visits to the park,” he wrote.
Have a great week!