As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 18 June 2013

UWS bird of prey stalks Chihuahua

Last Updated: 3:35 AM, June 5, 2013
Posted: 1:00 AM, June 5, 2013

This hungry bird of prey has a taste for Mexican!

An Upper West Side woman claims a falcon is stalking her beloved Chihuahua — eyeing its prey daily through the window of her 22nd-floor apartment.

“I have to keep the window closed all the time now. I just don’t know if it can get through the screen!” Asli Bilgin, 41, who lives on Broadway near West 70th Street, told The Post yesterday.

“It’s better to have the window open, and I always had the window open, but now I’m worried that I’ll come home — and there’s a carcass.”

Bilgin said she first noticed the falcon doing a fly-by the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

At first, she would hold the tiny pooch in her arms while waiting for the bird. But she quickly abandoned that idea when she began to suspect the falcon was less interested in her than little Miniko.

“I realized that was not smart,” said Bilgin, who works in cloud computing for Amazon.

Then, she said, the bird kept returning and started to disrupt her morning routine.

Bilgin said she used to like to poke her head out of the window to see how people were dressing for the weather and check the temperature on the thermometer at the nearby Apple Bank.

But after nearly getting a face full of feathers, she decided it was time to batten down the hatches.

She became more convinced the bird wanted a dog-meat dinner when he kept showing up daily.


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