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New York's Celebrity Bird Couple Is Spotted Mating
Reuters ^ | February 18, 2005 | Not Attributed

Posted on 02/18/2005 11:40:41 AM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Yorkers were all atwitter on Thursday over the highly public canoodling of one of their most high-flying celebrity couples -- Pale Male and Lola.

The pair of red-tailed hawks have been spotted flagrantly mating all around the neighborhood of the ritzy Fifth Avenue apartment building where they were evicted, then restored to a brand new, architect-designed love nest last December.

"It's hard to miss them now. They're seriously trying to propagate," bird-watcher Marie Winn told Reuters.

The mating was front-page news for the tabloid New York Post, but Winn said that, hormones being what they are, the mating was never in doubt. The only question, she said, was whether the hawks would take to their old nesting site, which was rebuilt in stainless steel and protected by spikes.

"They didn't reject the nest site and they were faithful to it," Winn reported.

A media frenzy erupted over the birds' eviction by wealthy residents angry over the droppings and half-eaten pigeons littering the elegant building's entrance.

The residents' most visible figure was actress Mary Tyler Moore, while photographer/bird-watcher Lincoln Karim led the protests.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: New York; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: hawk; lola; male; manhattan; pale; protest; wildlife
A happy ending... for the birds.
1 posted on 02/18/2005 11:40:47 AM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
New York's Celebrity Couple Is Spotted Mating

You'd cry too.


2 posted on 02/18/2005 11:48:09 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Go Hawks !


3 posted on 02/18/2005 11:52:16 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

4 posted on 02/18/2005 11:54:20 AM PST by najida (http://www.lotusdance.com/HouseTools.html.)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight
Gonna grab some afternoon delight
My motto's always been 'when it's right, it's right'
Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night?
When everything's a little clearer in the light of day
And we know the night is always gonna be there any way

Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite
Looking forward to a little afternoon delight
Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite
And the thought of lovin' you is getting so exciting
Sky rockets in flight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight

Started out this morning feeling so polite
I always though a fish could not be caught who wouldn't bite
But you've got some bait a waitin' and I think I might try nibbling
A little afternoon delight
Sky rockets in flight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight

Please be waiting for me, baby, when I come around
We could make a lot of lovin' 'fore the sun goes down

Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite
Looking forward to a little afternoon delight
Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite
And the thought of lovin' you is getting so exciting
Sky rockets in flight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight

Afternoon delight!

--The Starland Vocal Band


5 posted on 02/18/2005 11:56:55 AM PST by RichInOC (...playing the hits.)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Hey! We can't have that! Not in public! Sheesh!


6 posted on 02/18/2005 11:57:23 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

7 posted on 02/18/2005 11:58:55 AM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: najida
Yeah....they're happy now - but just you wait.
8 posted on 02/18/2005 11:59:03 AM PST by Apercu ("Rep ipsa loquitor")
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To: COUNTrecount

I just started to ask if the celebrity birds were those vultures Bill and Hillary. You beat me to it. :-)


9 posted on 02/18/2005 12:01:17 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Will work for cool tag line.)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Don`t they make doodoo feces all over the building?


10 posted on 02/18/2005 12:02:20 PM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: Hank Rearden

Ahem. That's Virgina's celebrity Bird, not New York's. And he's certainly no hawk.


11 posted on 02/18/2005 12:02:33 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
Get a room!

I had to laugh when reading this:

A media frenzy erupted over the birds' eviction by wealthy residents angry over the droppings and half-eaten pigeons littering the elegant building's entrance.

I guess they would prefer whole homeless to half-eaten pigeons in the entrance?

12 posted on 02/18/2005 12:03:23 PM PST by Disambiguator (Pi$$ off a liberal nanny-statist hoplophobe; buy a .50 BMG!)
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To: Imaverygooddriver
Don`t they make doodoo feces all over the building?

Nope. Just the celebrities who had their nest removed.

13 posted on 02/18/2005 12:03:29 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker
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To: Apercu
Yeah....they're happy now - but just you wait.

You can see her flying by, looking like the best thing that ever had wings...but you know that somehow, somewhere, some hawk is saying "I have had it up to HERE with her CRAP!!!"

14 posted on 02/18/2005 12:04:13 PM PST by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
I don't know if it was one of these hawks, but I remember walking through Central Park a few years back when, not more than 20 feet away from me, a bird of prey swooped down and grabbed a squirrel right out of a tree.

Not something you expect to see in NYC.

15 posted on 02/18/2005 12:04:50 PM PST by Modernman ("Normally, I don't listen to women, or doctors." - Captain Hero)
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To: Imaverygooddriver
Bird Pooping
16 posted on 02/18/2005 12:08:36 PM PST by areafiftyone (The Democrat's Mind: The Hamster's dead but the wheel's still spinning!)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Great story and happy for the birds.

On the same line what can a bird do that a man cant do???


17 posted on 02/18/2005 12:10:00 PM PST by 76834
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

The wealthy neighbors are probably ALL liberals. They are all for saving the environment. They are all for everyone one else paying the cost to save the environment. But they are just like the Kennedy's and not wanting a major wind farm off the coast of their estate. Like all liberals say, WE ARE ALL FOR SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT EXCEPT WHEN IT'S IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD.


18 posted on 02/18/2005 12:18:20 PM PST by antiunion person (For the Preservation of the United States, WE Need to Close Down the Borders.)
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To: Modernman
You think that`s weird, I live in Queens NYC and last summer I was sitting by my fire escape feeding the squirrels who climb up it using a tree. I turned my back for a second, and what should I see but a racoon!! He scared the hell out of me, and I fed him an apple. Don`t ask me where he hides. Look, if you don`t believe me, I took pictures with my digital camera. I don`t live near any parks and there are no gardens around me. Now I`m putting banannas out hoping I will get a monkey.


19 posted on 02/18/2005 12:18:37 PM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: Imaverygooddriver

Coons are very intelligent and very adaptable.
Surprised to hear of them in New Yawk tho.

Tons of em here in CenTex and are a hoot to watch.


20 posted on 02/18/2005 12:21:50 PM PST by 76834
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To: 76834
On the same line what can a bird do that a man cant do?

The only thing I can think of is natural flight?

21 posted on 02/18/2005 12:21:59 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Close, but no cigar.

The answer is eat seeds and whistle........


22 posted on 02/18/2005 12:23:04 PM PST by 76834
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To: 76834

Isn`t that bizarre though? Nobody believed me where I lived until I showed them these pics. I mean if there`s one, there of course must be others but I`ll be damned if I ever see them. I`ve been living here for 11 years and this is the first time. After that episode he came back a few more times and I never saw him again.


23 posted on 02/18/2005 12:24:12 PM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: antiunion person
Like all liberals say, WE ARE ALL FOR SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT EXCEPT WHEN IT'S IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD.

Thank goodness some liberals (like MTM) saw fit to hold their brethren's feet to the fire.

24 posted on 02/18/2005 12:24:35 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker
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To: Imaverygooddriver

Cool photos of the raccoon. They live in virtually every city in the country now, and think nothing of climing up a tree to get to your fire escape landing.

Did it come back again? You fed it, so you're its friend now. I'd expect to see it more often once spring happens.


25 posted on 02/18/2005 12:26:00 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Imaverygooddriver

Down here most of them are rabid so we dont get too close to them.
Dont know about the ones in the "Big Apple" but would probly be wise to do the same.


26 posted on 02/18/2005 12:27:50 PM PST by 76834
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To: MineralMan

Yeah he came back about 3 or 4 more times, then I never saw him again. Actually it wasn`t in the summer, I`m looking at the date and it was the begininng of September, so maybe he went into hibernation. That was really bizarre though.


27 posted on 02/18/2005 12:30:07 PM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: 76834
The answer is eat seeds and whistle...

I'm sure there's a joke in here, but I can't, for the life of me, see it.

I can eat (sunflower) seeds and whistle.

28 posted on 02/18/2005 12:30:08 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

With your pecker????

LOL, I gotcha.........


29 posted on 02/18/2005 12:30:52 PM PST by 76834
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To: 76834
LOL, I gotcha...

Yup. You got me. Good one.

30 posted on 02/18/2005 12:34:16 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker
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To: Imaverygooddriver

You should have never fed the raccoon. Once you start feeding animals, tend to think you will always feed them. Don't forget, raccoons are wild animals and they can carry rabies. You would never want to receive all the shots it takes to fight rabies. Trust me.


31 posted on 02/18/2005 12:34:39 PM PST by antiunion person (For the Preservation of the United States, WE Need to Close Down the Borders.)
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To: Imaverygooddriver

Well, it may be back this Spring, anyhow. By the photo, it looked like a young one. If you continue to feed it, it'll become quite friendly, but it's best not to attempt to touch it. They tend to snap if you do.

That said, I used to feed a bunch of them at my back door in CA, and there was one that enjoyed having its head scratched. It was the only one, though.

In NY, however, raccoons can cary rabies. They don't in California. It's unlikely in the city, but use caution.


32 posted on 02/18/2005 12:35:43 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: antiunion person

Well he never came back, but I know what you mean about feeding animals. Ever since I started feeding squirels they NEVER leave me alone. Every morning at 5am they are at my window, matter of fact I caught one last week actually trying to bite his way in. He ripped out all the rubber insulation under the window sill. It`s never ending.


33 posted on 02/18/2005 12:38:36 PM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: Imaverygooddriver

I would not expect to see raccoons out in daylight like that. I would be a little leary.
sundero


34 posted on 02/18/2005 12:40:08 PM PST by brytlea
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To: MineralMan

Yeah I didn`t touch him at all. When he left I put an apple out. Seeing those claws is enough for me.


35 posted on 02/18/2005 12:42:06 PM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: najida
Wow ... finally, some cheescake appropriate for us Avian Americans.

Hubba-hubba!

36 posted on 02/18/2005 12:42:44 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Imaverygooddriver

"Yeah I didn`t touch him at all. When he left I put an apple out. Seeing those claws is enough for me."

They like dry cat food, but the thing they like the best is unsalted, roasted peanuts in the shell. It's hilarious to watch them shell and eat the peanuts.

If you get brave enough, they'll take them from your fingers. They don't use their mouths to do this; they take them in both hands from your fingers, then back of and eat them.

Again, exercise caution....


37 posted on 02/18/2005 12:44:24 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Imaverygooddriver

I love your raccoon pictures!

I've read that actually there is a lot of wildlife in cities. Apparently even foxes (!). But they are very good at staying hidden.


38 posted on 02/18/2005 1:02:50 PM PST by proud American in Canada
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