Pale Male Has Been Kind of a Slut Since His Wife Died

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Pale Male, the red-tailed hawk that nests on a Fifth Avenue building across from Central Park, was in a stable, monogamous relationship with a bird named Lola from 2002 to 2010, at which point Lola disappeared, most likely due to dying somewhere. Pale Male was crushed and never loved another bird again. Just kidding: He immediately started making up for lost time, according to people who track such things:


As ever, because Pale Male is a real stud, a new female showed up almost instantly,” Ms. Winn said.

That was the one the Pale Male-watchers called Ginger.

But just when things seemed as steamy as that sex club on “Law & Order: S.V.U.” the other night, Ginger became an ex, or so the birders speculate — suddenly she was nowhere to be seen, and there was someone new: Pale Beauty. (Some birders called her Paula.)

Since they can’t really tell these birds apart, it probably means Pale Male has been slutting it up with even more red-tailed hotties than we realize. It’s just too easy — dude has a place overlooking the park.

Meanwhile, Pale Male Is Taking His Cues From Hefner [City Room/NYT]