- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 12, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) — Pale Male the city hawk has been evicted, causing a flap among aggrieved bird-watchers after workers raised a scaffold to the top of a Manhattan apartment building earlier this month and ripped out the famous red-tailed hawk’s nest.

The urban hawk has fascinated bird-watchers over the past nine years, as Pale Male and a succession of mates raised 25 chicks — the last trio of fledglings last June — on the narrow 12th-floor ledge over Fifth Avenue.

The hawks were the subject of TV specials and a book, “Red-Tails in Love.” On summer weekends, crowds gathered in Central Park to observe them.

“I am outraged,” said Jane Corin, who lives across the street. “That building has been very good about this until now. It’s heartbreaking.”

Pale Male — so named for his whitish plumage — and his mate, Lola, were nowhere to be seen as the nest was removed, nor were any of their latest offspring.

City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benape said he was consulting with state officials to determine who removed the nest and whether any law or regulation had been broken.

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