The New Lady Hawk Shall Be Called Rosie

The tamper-resistant re-voting process has been completed, and City Room readers have chosen a name for the female hawk of Washington Square Park, the soon-to-be leading lady of the ongoing Hawk Cam soap opera.

The winner, by a landslide: Rosie, with 622 votes to Noelle’s 275, or 69 percent.

Unlike in Round One of the voting, which was marred by brazen cheating, there were no major irregularities noted in the re-vote. We sent test e-mails to all the addresses provided by voters, and only 45 out of 942 bounced. Those votes, too, were predominantly for Rosie.

Those who wish to call the new hawk Noelle are of course free to do so. The hawk does not care.

Rosie was first seen in the park on Dec. 25, the day after the original Hawk Cam female, Violet, was captured and taken to Long Island for treatment of a chronic and crippling leg injury. Violet died after an operation on Dec. 29.

Rosie, whose age is not known, has been described by hawk bloggers as “very energetic” and “incredibly peppy, fast and agile.” She tends to fly low to the ground, sometimes spooking human observers, writes Roger_Paw.

Rosie and Violet’s widower, Bobby, have been hunting together and tending the 12th-floor nest outside a library at New York University.

Should Rosie and Bobby mate and produce eggs, City Room intends to rev up the Hawk Cam for another season of up-close wildlife drama overlooking the park. We wish them well.

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