A Chuck Will's-widow has been seen in Bryant Park for most of the week. This nocturnal insect eater is a rare visitor to Manhattan, so it has become a celebrity for the New York birder community to visit!
Tonight, I returned to The Beresford to view the exchanges between the pair. The female was sitting on the eggs when I arrived and after about forty minutes the male came to relieve her. She flew off towards the the Pinetum, which is north of the Great Lawn, and didn't return for about thirty minutes.
After she returned, the male then left, first flying towards the bathrooms near the Delacorte Theater, and then he flew off to roost, west of Triplets Bridge.
It's going to be a fun adventure learning more about this new pair.
I would recommend watching the video in full screen mode. Just click on the box in the lower right hand corner, and if needed click on the gear to select a larger resolution.
After years of The Beresford's east facing SE tower window oval being a favorite spot of Pale Male and Lola's, this year it has become a nest site for a pair of hawks. Although a pair tried to nest there last year, it had looked like Pale Male had reclaimed the tower.
So, when reports came in this year that hawks had returned to the tower, I was skeptical. But today, I saw the male visit and watched the brooding female sit on her eggs.
How great is it that Central Park has at least three nesting Red-tailed Hawks this season. (I say at least three, because yet again we have lots of hawk activity around 106th and Fifth again.) This nest brings this season confirmed Manhattan nest count to 12!