The Beresford Hawks Mystery: Donna's Field Notes provide a solution
For the last few weeks Pale Male and Lola have been frequently sighted on one of their long-time favorite roosts-- the TV antenna on the roof of the "Oreo Building" -- that's the hawkwatchers' name for a building at Fifth Avenue and 79th Street.
At the same time a pair of hawks has been frequently seen perching on an ornament atop the Beresford, a tall apartment house on Central Park West and 81st Street. The Beresford is almost due west of the Oreo Building, just across the park.
Who are the Beresford hawks? Several persistent hawkwatchers have solved the mystery. They have observed the Beresford pair leave their Central Park West roost and head directly for the Oreo building. It is now absolutely clear that the Beresford pair are, in reality, Pale Male and Lola. [See Donna's Field Notes below]
This wouldn't be particularly significant except for one additional fact: recently the Beresford pair has been seen bringing twigs to a ledge on the C.P.W building. Could it be that Pale Male and Lola have finally done a slow burn about the disrespectful behavior of the 927 Fifth management last December? Like so many New Yorkers, is it possible that the historic Fifth Avenue Hawks are thinking of moving???
Field Notes 6-16-05
Sunset 8:30PM (NYT),
Temp. Hi 75F,
Prey Tally-None identified.
All times PM unless otherwise noted.
Pale Male and Lola News-
Elizabeth had suspected that the nest building Hawks
at the Beresford Towers at W 81st were Pale Male and
Lola. Elizabeth took Stella over today to see them
and indeed THEY ARE PALE MALE AND LOLA. Besides visual
ID, at 3:22 Elizabeth and Stella were able to follow
their flight from the Beresford Towers to the Oreo
Junior and Charlotte, Trump Parc-
Today's hawkwatchers, Stella, JoAnn, John, Elizabeth,
Donna, and Sam
5:28 Charlotte in center of nest, head to wall Eyass
immediately in front of her, and one near wall, she
feeds them by dangling meat for them to take.
5:34 Charlotte scratches her head causing some
feathers to remain standing straight up.
5:45 Watches eyasses.
5:51 Tremendous rolling thunder, very dark, then heavy
rain. We shelter under the Dipway(?) Arch along with
a dozen or so others, including a very loud very crazy
man who talked endlessly. We ate cookies and when the
crazy man left, boredom instigated a rendition of
Singing In the Rain with Sam doing a mini-version of
the classic with Stella's umbrella...in the rain.
6:22 Rain radically decreases.
6:24 Charlotte standing in huge mantle over eyasses,
with large air space between her wings and the nest.
6:26 Essex sign checked for Pale Male Jr., no luck.
6:34 Charlotte very low in nest.
6:46 Charlotte stands high and mantles.
6:48 Charlotte works nest lining with feet, settles
back down into concave, disappears.
6:50 Rain begins again.