Vote to Name the Baby Hawk

Last week we asked you to help us come up with a name for the baby red-tailed hawk, technically known as an eyas, that hatched at N.Y.U. on a ledge at the Bobst Library earlier this month.

We received well over 500 suggestions from reader comments on our blog, on the air with Brian Lehrer, via Twitter and through other informal methods of communication.

Some of our favorites that didn’t make the list include Pixy Pony, Ledge and Weehawken. Eggbert, another reader suggestion, even has a Twitter account.

Bearing in mind that the eyas’s sex won’t be known for some time, we present for your voting pleasure the 10 finalists, in alphabetical order, determined mostly by the number of reader recommendations. Please use the form below.

Aeriel “because Shakespeare’s Ariel can be found in the Bobst library and the high nest is an aerie. The name suits a female or a male.”

Archie, “in honor of the neighborhood’s most distinct architectural landmark, the Washington Square arch.”

Dewey, for the Dewey decimal system.

GSHAWK, “after GSOC-UAW Local 2110, the union of NYU graduate teaching and research assistants which picketed below the nest while on strike for seven months in 2005-2006.”

Hope: “Hope the Hatchling. Hope the Hawk. Hope, that springs eternal.”

Pip, “for having met our Great Expectations.”

Red, for the color of its tail feathers.

Sexton, “to thank the man who allowed us into Bobby and V’s world.”

Torch “for Bobby and Violet’s flame-colored tailfeathers, their fiery commitment to raising their young, their shifting, fluttering quickness in the air, and even a link to the NYU Torch, symbol of the university.” (This name was selected from a list of fire-related suggestions).

It’s a New York bird. So: “York


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