(From Reuters and Yahoo! - http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20041209/od_nm/life_hawks_dc)
By Nicole Maestri
NEW YORK (Reuters) - He was a movie star who resided on Manhattan's tony Upper East Side, drawing a devoted crowd of followers who gathered daily to catch a glimpse of him.
But on Tuesday, that star -- a famous red-tailed hawk known as Pale Male who built his nest above a cornice of an apartment building overlooking Central Park and was the subject of a documentary movie -- was evicted.
The nest where Pale Male and his companions had resided since 1993 was removed along with the metal spikes that provided support for the nest and protected it from the wind.
The action outraged bird lovers, including actress Mary Tyler Moore, who lives in the same building as the hawk.
"I am just amazed at the insensitivity ... of people who have torn away a nest that had been used for 10 years by an extraordinary red-tail hawk," Moore said.
Moore attributed the decision to complaints over "the occasional bird droppings" that the hawks produced.
The building's management company said of the nest removal, "It was a researched and thought-out decision on the part of the building."
Pale Male's unusual decision to take up residence in Manhattan and raise his young 12 stories above the park captivated bird watchers and inspired a book and a documentary film.
On Wednesday, Pale Male and Lola, his female companion, could be seen circling the building and bringing back twigs to try to rebuild the nest, which bird watchers said would be futile without the metal spikes to support it.
E.J. McAdams, executive director of the local Audubon Society, said he contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to see if there was any violation in removing the nest.
A spokeswoman for the Fish and Wildlife Service said it had been contacted by the building about removing the nest.
"Our response to them was that removing a nest, if unoccupied by chicks or eggs, does not require a permit under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act," she said.
Pale Male supporters were organizing a sunset vigil outside the apartment to urge the building to restore the nest.
"Our goal is to get the nest back up," McAdams said.
Other useful information on this issue: New York City Audubon, Pale Male Web Site