From a post on the New York State Birding listserv (NYSBirds-L):
…two people who had traveled from PA to see the bird. The PA people had found the Hooded Crow approx 6am entangled in fishing line around its feet, and it was stuck in a tree. The younger person had thought at first the crow was flycatching, but they soon realized it was stuck in the line and the line was somehow wrapped around the tree. They were able to get the crow in hand and cut the line loose. They took pictures of the bird in hand and of the legs and feet showing there were no bands. They also were able to get a feather that could possibly be tested…
If you are the person who got the feather or if you know who the person is please make sure that feather gets into the right hands. It might be used to help figure out from where the bird came.
Yesterday evening I was walking Shore Rd in Astoria Park and as I got to the North side of the Hell Gate Bridge I saw two (2) similarly shaped birds, what seemed to be a juvenile Kestrel/Falcon (pointy wing tips) boisterously following its parent. I didn’t have my field glasses or Peterson so I was unable to get a better identification of the (2).
However, I followed the path of the two birds as they disappeared into the underside of the center of the Hell Gate Bridge. I continued to hear the young bird calling for food. The larger of the two birds flew back out and returned to the same area under the bridge leading me to believe it’s where the nest is….
I plan to return to the spot suitably equipped to cure my intrigue. Not sure if anyone else has made the same sighting – but the adult bird continued to frequent the area while the juveniles’ calls continued….
If you find yourself in the area give it a look/see.
Good luck and thanks for sharing. I did have an adult Peregrine fly over the LIE shortly after crossing over from Manhattan recently, and I know that they nest on the Throgs Neck Bridge and the Triboro Bridge, so it wouldn’t be much of a stretch for them to be on Hell’s Gate.