"I was birding just east of the Ross Pinetum in Central Park at approximately 83rd Street [yesterday] morning at 11:30 when a Red-Bellied Woodpecker fell out of a deciduous tree about 30 feet away from me. There were no predators in the area. Baffled as to what happened, I walked over to the bird and saw that it had a dart in its head close to its eye. It had been shot dead. The red head makes for an easy target.
I reported the incident at the CP Precinct and was able to show them a couple of poor cell phone photos. It is the only report of this type they’ve received. They will notify the Conservancy...If anyone comes across another bird that has been killed in this manner, please report it to the police. The precinct is located on the 86th St. Transverse; the direct phone number is: (212) 570-4820."