Central Park Bats

This time of year, if you sit near the hawk bench at the Model Boat Pond at dusk, you'll see lots of Chimney Swifts feeding.  But as it gets darker, almost like magic, there are fewer and fewer swifts and in their place you'll see bats. 

(It's too dark to even guess at the species of bat.  Central Park has at least five species of bat, which are most easily identified using a "bat detector", which listens for the pitch of a bat's echolocation sounds.)


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Squirrel Standoff

It was too hot to stay too long watching the Tompkins Square Hawks.  Plus the punk bands celebrating the TSP riot, were a little too loud.  But I did get to see two fledglings and Dora.  There was a funny squirrel/hawk standoff too.  A squirrel climbed a small tree that the hawk was in, and then realized it wasn't a good idea.  Luckily, no one was hurt.


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