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Great Horned Owl Moves Thirty Blocks

After hearing reports of the possibility of Buteo hawks other than Red-Tails in the park, I went birding on a wonderfully warm Saturday starting at 105th and 5th Avenue hoping to find a new hawk species for my Central Park list. 

I walked past the Meer which had an interesting selection of birds: 2 Mute Swans, 3 female Wood Ducks, an American Coot, a male Gadwall, 2 Buffleheads, a few Ruddy Ducks, Mallards, Canadian Geese, and Ring-billed Gulls.

As I walked through the North Woods,  I heard an incredible number of jays harassing something on a path.  Oh, great I thought, a new hawk!  I went around and saw not only Blue Jays but Tufted Titmice, White-breasted Nuthatches, and a Downey Woodpecker all around one tree branch.  Tucked behind a number of branches wasn't a hawk, but a Great Horned Owl.  Most likely, the one who has spent the last month roosting in the Ramble.




Squirrels are just as inquisitive in the North Woods as they are in the Ramble.

The Owl kept an eye on dogs and children while I was there, but the combination of a gentleman with very loud boom-box and a passing weather front (very dark clouds and high winds for about fifteen minutes) spooked the owl.  It first moved to a tree about 20 feet north, for a few minutes.

It then went to a branch on the largest tree in a meadow.

After about fifteen minutes of stretching and preening (Plus two appearances by a bat.  A bat in January!!!) the Owl makes it way from tree to tree going southwest.  After a few minutes the Owl then took a long trip south out of sight.