Pale Male and Lola, the red-tailed hawks who were evicted from their Fifth Avenue home last week, will be allowed to return to their perch under an agreement announced yesterday...

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NEW YORK — Pale Male and Lola, the red-tailed hawks who were evicted from their Fifth Avenue home last week, will be allowed to return to their perch under an agreement announced yesterday.

The co-op board, whose removal of the hawks’ 200-pound nest had sparked angry protests from bird lovers, said it will erect a guardrail around the 12th-floor window cornice, the original location of the nest.

The guardrail — along with the replacement of anti-pigeon spikes that had held the nest in place — will “adequately address the safety of the residents and pedestrians,” the board said in a statement.

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The board, citing hazards from falling debris, including the occasional squirrel, pigeon or rat carcass discarded by the hawks after feeding, had the nest pulled down and carried away Dec. 7. The board also feared the nest would weaken the cornice.

Scores of demonstrators, often joined by actress Mary Tyler Moore, who lives in the building, flocked nightly to the corner of 74th Street and Fifth Avenue to protest. Women chanted with stuffed birds on their heads, ambulance sirens wailed in support of the hawks, and a 13-year-old girl tap-danced in a cow costume.

One bird advocate who was arrested Tuesday on charges of harassing CNN anchor Paula Zahn and her two children was released yesterday after being arraigned on six misdemeanor counts of stalking, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Zahn is married to Richard Cohen, the co-op’s chairman.

Lincoln Karim, 43, left Manhattan Criminal Court without comment. Judge Larry Stephen ordered him to stay at least 1,000 feet from Zahn and her family.

Karim’s attorney, Dino Lombardi, said Karim was only “exercising his right of vigorous free speech on a public controversy” when he approached Zahn and her sons, 7 and 11, while he was demonstrating.

According to a criminal complaint, Karim — on separate occasions — yelled and screamed at the boys, causing the 7-year-old to cry. On Tuesday, the complaint said, Karim ran toward Zahn and screamed: “You’re no good. Bring back the nest.”

The question now is whether the birds that flew the co-op will come home to roost.

E.J. McAdams, executive director of NYC Audubon, was confident the hawks would return.

“If we put the spikes up, Pale Male will return,” McAdams predicted.

When last spotted, though, Pale Male was avoiding the scene, scrounging for vermin in Central Park.