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Hello ... is it her we're looking for?

Hello … is it you we’re looking for?

Earlier today (or, technically, yesterday), Bwog received the following tip:

Caught a close up of the feasting hawk responsible for the rain of feathers in front of butler today. A former staffer suggests that this is the same hawk dubbed “hawkmadinejad” back in the 08 09 era. Pic attached. Same bird?

The bird in question is Hawkmadinejad (or “Hawkma”, for short), a hawk that was often seen on campus in the years spanning 2008 to 2013 and became a kind of mascot for Bwog. Our expert hawk analysts compared this photo of a majestic bird of prey brooding over its unlucky victim, perhaps scanning Low Steps for sight of weak quarry, to documentation of past Hawkma sightings, and we cannot deny that the resemblance is similar—almost uncanny.

So, has Hawkma returned? Can this truly be the same bird that took campus by storm in 2007? Why has she (he?) returned now? What might have happened since the last Hawkma sighting in October, 2013? What wisdom might have Hawkma gained in lands unknown? What does he/she think of PrezBo’s most recent haircut?

We aren’t sure whether Hawkma’s return is a cause for celebration or a sign of the impending apocalypse. God save us all.

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You can’t mistake that silently judging stare via Jon Hanford



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Mortal human desperately trying to become Goddess

What elegance

Remember when this happened? Well, that gave birth to this, and the rest is history. Hawkma has been a living legend at Columbia for seven years and now you, yes, YOU can bring her glory to your Halloween festivitiesAmateur bird-watcher/ nudist Claire Friedman is here with yet another costume idea for the Halloween-challenged: Hawkma, the feathered goddess herself. 

You Will Need:

  • Several bottles of Elmer’s glue
  • Enough feathers to cover your entire body
  • Two tarps
  • A child-sized birthday hat (yellow)


Step 1: Place each tarp on the ground. On the first, empty the Elmer’s glue bottles and spread evenly. On the second, pour the feathers.

Step 2: Take off all your clothes and roll your naked body in glue.

**note: if you’re feeling like a wimp like rolling around in glue isn’t your thing, feel free to wear a nude bodysuit for this step.

Step 3: Roll your glue-coated self in the feathers. Wait about 30 minutes for the glue to dry and the feathers to set.

Step 4: Fasten the small birthday hat over your nose like a beak. Now you’re ready to roam the skies!

Cost: Your dignity and possibly some of your skin/ hair. Also, about $40.



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2013-10-05-07.57.04 A wonderful tipster has brought to our attention the very first Hawkma sighting of the year. In the early hours of this gray, foggy Saturday morning, our ethereal goddess Hawkma was spotted perched on a lamppost on South Lawn, renewing our faith as we plow through midterms (still). As always, Hawkma appeared stately, majestic, and elegant.



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Noooo Hawkma!!

Who gives a shit about Valentine’s Day when there might be something wrong with our glorious Hawkma?!?! An injured hawk was spotted just outside of Mudd, surrounded by police tape. While Public Safety and NYPD are already on the scene, Animal Control is expected to arrive shortly. If you have any info about our beautiful, beautiful Hawkma, leave it in the comments or send it to


Update: Public Safety just released a statement on the situation:

A hawk crashed onto a window and landed in the area between Mudd and Fairchild, campus plaza side, injuring itself and unable to fly off. 311 informed, who relayed the incident to 911. Wildlife agency notified and is responding. The area is cordoned off until the bird is removed. CUPS and NYPD on scene.

Thank you,

CU Public Safety

Update, 8pm: James O’Brien from the Audobon Society confirms it was a juvenile female Cooper’s hawk with a head injury.  After going through the Animal Medical General, this majestic creature was passed on to volunteers at Wildlife In Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation (WINORR).  We are currently reaching out to them to check on her status.  O’Brien also notes that our hero’s hero was Sgt. Oakley who called in and saw the process through.

Update, 2/15: WINORR gives a status update and again confirms that this was not Hawkma; “this is a young visiting coopers hawk that would have most likely left in a few weeks to migrate back to wherever its territory is. It has severe head trauma with blood in its mouth and is being medicated with steriods and pain medication . Hopefully it will make a full recovery and be released back into the wild but presently is in seriuos condition . They crash commonly into windows and buildings either chasing their prey such as small birds or just got confused by a window possibly reflecting something . There weren’t any fractures we could see but only time will tell if it recovers well enough to be released .”



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“As a man, I’m flesh and blood; I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a hawk… as a hawk I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.”—Hawkma




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When we last saw Hawkma, she was homemaking on JJ 10. Today a tipster spotted her surveying Morningside Park. As she soared from perch to perch a father pointed to the skies and shouted, “Look, son, there she goes!”



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Hawkma, evidently undeterred by the scandal surrounding her namesake this week, has returned to her one of her favorite perches, a JJ10 balcony. This time she brought a friend and some sticks. Could our fierce feathery friend be thinking of relinquishing her role as queen of the night and settling down? Spring is in the air and, although we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, we’re daring to dream of fluffy little Hawkmadinejad Jrs. Keep us posted, JJ10!

Contemplating the domestic life?



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Our beloved Hawkma has been spotted on the JJ10 balcony, gloriously resting there as she has in the past.  Perhaps confused by this inconsistent weather, she looks out over campus in concern, pondering our fates.  We can only hope that she will continue her reign as Queen of the Night rather than puzzle us with riddles and that she will soon give a rousing speech, bringing us all to victory over threatening snow storms, global warming, and bio midterms.

The Greatest Photograph courtesy of David Brann



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Hawkma was found lounging on a balcony of John Jay yesterday, a spot that she tends to visit often now. Meanwhile, earlier tipsters spotted her hawkadinnerjad, “a substantially-sized bone picked clean outside of Hartley.” Take heed, residents of the general area; Hawkma might have moved on to bigger things.



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Last night, Hawkma was spotted on the John Jay 10 terrace. Quick-witted freshpeople snapped a few gorgeous pictures of the bird contemplating his/her existence. If Hawkma really is a she, her theme song would probably be Queen of the Night.

Nighthawk(s) by David Brann.



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Self-appointed Chief Hawkmadinejad Biographer Sameea Butt sings of gender identity and incorporeality for the benefit of 2015.

Hawkma puffed up with Columbia pride

It all started with SIPA’s decision to make the annual World Leader’s Forum a smidge more interesting in 2007. They extended an invitation, with PrezBo’s blessing, to the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to speak on campus was met with a wide spectrum of reactions: some shouted for dialogue and perspective, while others tried to build an impenetrable human barrier between AJ and Lerner. There must have been free food on South Lawn that day, because he made it safe and sound to Roone to an event that was more or less tame given the insanity his presence precipitated.

A few months later, a hawk was spotted swooping down on its lunch of poor, unsuspecting city pigeon. A call for names was sent out, noting that hawks are territorial, “so he/she might be around for a while.” We had no idea. A short discussion in the comments section later, the notorious bird of prey and predator of the press became one: the red tailed petty dictator of city pigeons was christened Hawkmadinejad.

Contrary to her reputation, Hawkma wasn’t always the fear-mongering bird of prey we know today. It was a long and difficult ride up to the top of the Pantheon of Columbia animals, which to date includes, according to tipsters and commenters, Nathaniel the peregrine falcon, Goose Robbins, a bull named Moo Bullinger, a peacock, and a Morningside Park turkey.

When we first met Hawkma in 2007, she was just a juvenile red tailed hawk having a bit of a tough time settling into the neighbirdhood. She is reported to have frequently gotten into skirmishes with the local birds who, wary of her plans for campus takeover, would try to drive her out. She stood her ground though, boldly defending her new territory against aggressive squirrels and bullying crows.

The feisty little bird’s constant reminders (in the form of bloody massacres) that she wasn’t going anywhere prompted a little research on her family tree, revealing that Hawkma was the abandoned son (sex change or different bird, we discuss ahead) of Pale Male, “the first raptor bird of NYC, who nested on the most expensive piece of property on 5th Avenue a few years back and somehow “lured” a female to his nest with magical pheromones and now has many offspring nesting all over NYC.”

But what gender is Hawkma actually?



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After initial fears over her potential demise, Hawkmadinejad has not only risen from the dead, but seems intent on becoming a prominent campus fixture. In both of the recently tipped photos Hawkma appears to be watching us—does Hawkma wish to catch a glimpse of life as Columbia student or has Hawkma turned her powerful gaze on us to chastise our own intrusive gawking?

A tipster snapped this shot of Hawkma looking mad regal and catching some rays.

Thanks to Sumit Galhotra for this stirring close-up of Hawkma.



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Like the magnificent phoenix, Hawkmadinejad has risen from the ashes and returned to Columbia. While Bwog’s crack team of orithonologists cannot confirm whether these two photos are of the same hawk, both birds sport a large white patch on the upper chest. Hawkma is probably just back to scope out the incoming crop of freshpeople.

Two days ago Sharon Tobias wrote:

Fire escape above Duane Reade on 108 & Amsterdam


Yesterday a tipster reported:

Two Hawks were flying around campus today, about 9 AM right on college walk




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We’ve got some (potentially) sad news, folks. Hawkma’s reign over freshmen, upperclassmen, and faculty alike may have come to an end in the wee hours of the night. Though we can’t say for sure whether this is merely a Hawkmimposter, the slain bird does seem to resemble our robust, bloodthirsty friend.

Tipster Ze’ev Gebler sent in the following photo, and it doesn’t look good:

Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Bwog’s son Hawkma...

Rest in peace, sweet prince.

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