Photographer Roman Brewka was there when it happened and photos are on his website at birdsofnewyork.com in the "Recent Photos" gallery. They may be a little disturbing (or I may be too tender-hearted towards small birds), but he's an excellent photographer and you should check out his other galleries at least.
On a cheerier note, the latest set of Pale Male's offspring has fledged and today the area around the Toy Boat Pond was full of the cries of the young Red-Tailed Hawks. One remained perched in one place, taking a lively interest in passing small dogs.
don't let your dog run off-leash, OK?
One of his siblings flew in and rested in the grass awhile.
hawks on the grass, alas
People passed by; some noticed, some didn't.
just another New Yorker
The third was calling frequently somewhere to the north, but eventually flew into another nearby tree.
this must be the place
I say this was "cheerier", but the squirrels, and especially the Grackles, didn't really agree. The Grackles especially were very unhappy about the hawks hanging around their nesting area.
In the Ramble, things were quiet. A strange thing happened while I watched this fledgling Blue Jay.
they grow up so fast
Once in a while an adult jay would come by and smack the youngster on the head. Is this parental affection among Blue Jays? Was the young bird too close to someone else's nest? It wasn't a mobbing--the adults weren't hanging around to harass the youngster, just coming around every couple of minutes, peck, off again.