Big City Bird

Everyone should of heard of Pale Male, a red tailed hawk by now. In December, the board of a co-op apartment building evicted him from his New York City apartment over looking Central Park. The board later bowed to public outrage and pressure from the city and environmentalists, and restored a row of anti-pigeon spikes that the hawks had used to anchor their nest. Pale Male and Lola immediately rebuilt their nest.

Now Pale Male and his mate Lola, have at least one egg in their nest according to the Pale Male.com web site run by Lincoln Karim. The male hawk has sired 23 chicks with four mates since he first set up housekeeping at 927 Fifth Ave. in 1993.

Volunteers use the Web site to record every detail of the hawks' lives.

"Lola appears to be turning the eggs every half hour or so. Pale Male had two sittings today between noon and sunset," said an entry posted Sunday.

www.palemale.com

NYC Audubon Society