You would think Tompkins Square Park would be quiet in early December, but the resident Red-tailed pair has had to deal with visiting Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks and Peregrine Falcons. It's a great show and a makes for fun visits to the park.
I went down to City Hall Park to look for the Western Tanager. I saw brief glimpses of it, but also got to see two Peregrine Falcons chase a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk. Here's a few pictures of the Red-tailed Hawk.
Octavia, Pale Male's current mate was on top of 1001 Fifth Avenue this afternoon. (1001 Fifth Avenue is a bland Philip Johnson (Johnson and Burgee) building across from the Met.)
It was a very windy afternoon on Friday. When I arrived the two adults were escorting a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk out of their territory. We lost track of the adult female, but the male came into the park and made two loops around the park and made a trip to the top of the Chritodora House. It's amazing to watch hawks maneuver in high winds. They move very fast with incredible control.
With thunderstorms expected on Thursday and the end of Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, today was the last day I could go birding after work until the spring. So, I went to Tompkins Square Park and watched Christo (and Dora briefly) hunt in the park. He caught a small rodent but didn't really get a great meal.