3/20, Feeling Broody? And, What's His Name?

Isolde in Her Nest

Isolde spent at least 45 minutes in her nest when I checked on the cathedral hawks today. Perhaps she's beginning to adjust her behavior to staying in the nest for long stretches. But at 6:20 she took off flying east into Harlem, so she hasn't laid her eggs yet. Last year her first night over in the nest was March 26, and adjusting for the leap day, that's only five days away.

Meanwhile there was no sign of the new male.

And speaking of him... the question has arisen as to what to call him. There's a school of thought that we shouldn't anthropomorphize the hawks by giving them names, but an opposite rejoinder is that calling the new male the "cathedral male" all the time doesn't differentiate him from the previous male (i.e., Tristan) at all. I tend to lean toward the latter argument, plus it's quicker to type a short name. Finally, it's getting a little old calling him "new guy" or "new male".

Names I have seen suggested have included some reasonably obvious ones like Andrew and Luke. And riffing on the idea of "the king is dead, long live the king" that James used for a couple posts on his blog, the names Arthur and Elvis have also been mentioned.

Any names strikes your fancy? Please post your thoughts in the comments.

Posted 3/20/2008 07:30:00 PM by Robert

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On 3/20/2008 11:42 PM , rbs said...

Via e-mail I have a comment from one hawk watcher that, "I always wanted to name a Red-tail Diablo."

On 3/21/2008 4:58 AM , Donegal Browne said...

I told folks to come on over to your comments they had an idea for the new mate's name;.

Then I got to thinking, I always like names that are physical attributes or behavioral characteristics. I was watching Isolde's mate when he was newly arrived. He'd caught a rat and had gone up in a tree with it all perfectly normal. But the rat moved and instead of just gripping it harder and therefor piercing it more efficiently in the adult method, or using the juvenile method of holding on with both feet and hopping up and down on it, new guy raised one taloned foot and bopped rat against the tree trunk a good one. It worked. Very unraptor like. I'm not sure how a raptor leg can do that but he did. A snap of the ankle? Got me. Certainly was startling How about calling him Bopper.

On 3/21/2008 8:21 AM , camulus said...

As the hawk dwells amongst the statues and gargoyles how abvout naming it "Anzu" the Babylonian bird god.