Hawk nest found on Ludlowe Falcons' home territory
Updated 2:47 pm, Friday, January 27, 2012
Fairfield Ludlowe High School may be the home of the Falcons, but it's also become the nesting area for at least one hawk.
Police Sgt. Suzanne Lussier said this week that officials have located the nest of red-shouldered hawk in a tree in front of the Unquowa Road school. "We are working with the U.S. Agriculture Wildlife Services and will attempt to relocate the nest," she said.
The hawk -- perhaps more, according to some reports -- has attacked at least three people over the last several weeks.
In one recent incident, Lussier said, a woman riding her bike on Brookbend Road was knocked to the ground when the raptor dive-bombed here. A second attack took place a week later, when a student was knocked the ground. She had scratches on her face from the attack.
The most recent incident was Thursday of last week when another student was attacked.
Town Plan and Zoning Chairman Bryan LeClerc said he recently spotted the hawk perched atop his garage at his home on Henderson Road.
The red-shouldered hawk can have a wingspan of about 3 and a half feet, and feeds on small rodents, smaller birds, reptiles and amphibians. Its nests are usually found in the main crotch of a tree, according to allaboutbirds.org, often near the water.
In March 2010, a neighborhood in Stonington was under siege by an aggressive red-tailed hawk, prompting recess at a nearby school to be held indoors, according to published reports.