Herman and Zelda in Battery Park

A red-tailed hawk catching a squirrel in historic Battery Park. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

A red-tailed hawk catching a squirrel in historic Battery Park. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Historic Battery Park at the southern end of Manhattan is home to two amazing birds. A wild turkey, who has been named Zelda, has been living there for more than a decade. This summer, a red-tailed hawk took up residence. Hawks usually eat small mammals and birds but they have also been known to capture and kill large birds such as wild turkeys. However, according to The Battery Conservancy staff, Zelda appears to be in no danger.

“Camilla Hammer, who heads up our Battery Urban Farm program, spotted Zelda at Harvest Fest on Saturday [Oct. 19],” the Battery Conservancy’s chief administration and finance officer, Hope Cohen, reported.  “That turkey shows up for EVERY party!” she said.  Camilla said that the hawk and Zelda “seem to have a good relationship. Also, in case anyone is interested, the farm crew has named him Herman.’”

— Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Zelda, the wild turkey who lives in Battery Park. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Zelda, the wild turkey who lives in Battery Park. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

 

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