Got an email from a resident on Grey Avenue in Allendale on Sunday morning to report a dead hawk in the middle of her backyard.
I retrieved the young, unbanded hawk and showed it to Stiles Thomas and Bergen County Audubon president Don Torino. We believed it was a young Red-shoulder but weren't 100 percent sure. (Or in denial. Two of the Red-shoulders' previous nest sites are nearby.)
Deputy warden Gaby Schmitt took the bird to The Raptor Trust for an autopsy/necropsy in hopes of finding out the cause of death.
We have since learned that the I.D. was confirmed.
A necropsy should be performed this weekend.
Will post the results after they have been confirmed.
Stiles does not think it was one of our local Red-shoulders because we do not think they nested successfully last spring Any thoughts?