Sick and Dead Fledglings
Wrestling Raccoons

Fifth Avenue Youngster Looking Better

For those joining us late, Pale Male and Octavia's youngster's got into trouble this year.  One is at a rehabilitator's getting care, one was found dead on a park drive and one is still in the park. 

The one still in the park has been visibly sick but not sick enough to be caught despite the best efforts of the Central Park Conservancy and the Urban Park Rangers, whose actions last week included the use of a Cherry Picker.  (It would be good to keep this in mind when folks tell you the Conservancy or the Rangers are evil.  They actually have great staff and go the extra mile to support the hawks in the park.)

So, those of us who where concerned about this fledgling, tried without success to find it on Saturday.  Lucky, I was able to find it on Sunday afternoon, southeast of Turtle Pond.  Much to everyone's surprise it looked normal, without any of the droopy eyes or lethargy we saw on Friday.  Hopefully it is recovering, but only time will tell.  Unfortunately, some birds appear to recover, but relapse once they resume hunting and eating.  Let's hope for the best.


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