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Elysian Heights baby hawks need protection from rain, wind and real estate development


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Two of Elysian Heights’ newest residents – a pair of baby red-tailed hawks – have been spotted high up in a eucalyptus tree near the 2 Freeway where they are being fed and protected by their parents. Silver Lake resident Gary Vlahakis, who lives on the other side of the freeway, shot the above video Wednesday morning that captures glimpses of  the  fluffy, yellow newborns bobbing out of the nest as their parents appear to feed and shield them from Wednesday’s rain drops.  Silver Lake blogger Diane Edwardson, who posted the video on her blog, said the hawk family and nest also need to be shielded from the grading and dirt hauling scheduled to begin next week  about 100 feet away on the site of a 15-unit home site. The developer of the project  in the far north end of Elysian Heights  is required to minimize any impact of the grading on the nest of a raptor or bird of prey within 500 feet of the site but they have declined to tell residents how they will do that, Edwardson said.



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9 comments

  1. How can we pressure the developer to take care of the Hawks? What can we do?

  2. I believe federal and state law protects them. Forest service? Fish and wildlife? How about calling the Audubon Center at Debs Park?

    http://ca.audubon.org/audubon-center-debs-park

  3. Hurry or they may “disappear” in the middle of the night…..

  4. What’s truly sad, is they should still be safely protected by a forest of trees. The developers permits condtioned that no tree removals be done if Raptors were nesting……But with no one at the City being attentive, or responsive for that matter to community concerns, the trees came down and now these majestic creatures are exposed to situations that did not exist when they initally started to prep the nest….All work should be halted until the fledglings leave the nest..

    cp

  5. Leave my babies alone.

  6. If the past is any indication, I’m not betting on a good outcome for the birds. Dammit.

  7. Very sad. When was the last time Councilmember Garcetti personally met with residents and community about the then potential and now devastation of the Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Tract? All this brutality for 15 homes.
    Many thanks to Gary Vhalakis, Diane Edwardson and to you, The Eastsider LA, for the updates.

  8. Echo Park Devil's Advocate

    1) How does “grading and hauling” affect birds in a tree?

    2) The developer “is required to minimize any impact of the grading on the nest of a raptor or bird of prey within 500 feet of the site but they have declined to tell residents how they will do that, Edwardson said.”

    We’re taking the word of “Silver Lake blogger Diane Edwardson”? Maybe she’s right. If she is, all she says is they’re required to “minimize any impact”. Why do we assume they won’t do that? Nowhere here does it say the developers are required to share their impact-minimizing plans.

  9. There is a baby Hawk in my tree and has been there for 3 days now

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