FAIRFIELD, CT (CBSNewYork) – Residents living near Fairfield Ludlowe High School needn’t keep their eyes fixed on the sky anymore.
WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story
The red-shouldered hawk that had been attacking people near the school has been trapped by a falconer and the bird will be kept in captivity for a while.
Milan Bull of the Connecticut Audubon Society says the capture of the male leaves the female alone in the nest in Fairfield, probably for the rest of the season.
“The female will be pining for the male, I’m sure. But it’s too far into the breeding season for the birds to go through courtship, remate and form another pairbond,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “She’ll likely stick around the nest waiting for the male to come back, wondering why he doesn’t write and doesn’t call. But then, sooner or later, she’ll abandon the nest and go kind of seek out another mate, probably by next season.”
Bull says it’s so unusual for red-shouldered hawks to dive at and attack people as this one did. But several folks who walk near the nest in Fairfield have the scars to prove it.
The male hawk will likely be released next fall either in far northern Connecticut or in Massachusetts.
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