Fordham Notes: Injured Rose Hill Hawk UPDATE

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Injured Rose Hill Hawk UPDATE

An injured red-tailed hawk rescued from Fordham’s Rose Hill campus on July 30 has died, according to wildlife rehabilitators, who say a necropsy will be performed to try and determine the cause of death.

The New York City Police Department was called to the Rose Hill campus Friday morning to help rescue one of the campus's red-tailed hawks, which was injured near Duane Library. Officers had to wear protective gear to shield themselves from the bird's mate, which was not allowing anyone to get close to its injured counterpart. We'd like to thank Ken McCarthy of Fordham Security for sharing some pictures of the scene.

For more coverage, see Police Respond to Injured Hawk on Rose Hill Campus, on Fordham's home page.

Updated Sunday, August 2, 2009; 11:31 a.m.

Emergency Services parked near the library

Officers gathered around the bird

Officers preparing to put the hawk in a cage

The officers had to be careful to avoid the bird's talons.

—Patrick Verel


Unknown said...

they had riot gear on. guess the hawk has huge talons

News Blog said...

Well, from The Raptor Trust (

Raptors are another group of birds that can be dangerous to handle. ... Although their beaks are formidable weapons, the real business end is their incredibly strong feet. Their grip is vise-like, and large hawks and owls are capable of seriously hurting a human. The best way to capture an alert raptor is to completely cover it with a jacket, coat or blanket. If possible wear heavy gloves.

Anonymous said...

I live near Williamsbridge Oval and this:
was on my fire escape yesterday!

News Blog said...

Holycow. You don't raise rabbits in that apartment, do you?

Rob Jett said...

Sad news, "Hawkeye", as he was known to local hawk watchers, succumbed at the animal hospital. He appears to have been poisoned.

Patrice said...

RIP Hawkeye. You will be missed.