A Train to Raptors, Birding in Harlem and Washington Heights
Just Kids - Sunday Hawks

Part II of A Train to Raptors: Northern Central Park

[N.B: Please read A Train to Raptors before this entry]

James, Ben and I took the bus down to Central Park from Harlem. I wanted to try and capture photographs of the Eastern Screech-Owl, I had seen earlier in the week.  As soon as we get off the bus at 110th Street, a Peregrine Falcon appears overhead.  This was a new bird for my Central Park list.



We then walked to the location of the Eastern Screech-Owl and I set up my camera.  On Wednesday night, it was so dark at the fly out I couldn't focus my camera.  So, I set up well in advance this time.

While I was waiting both Ben and James went birding. While I sat looking at a tree hole, an immature Red-Tailed Hawk flew into a nearby tree.  An adult was also spotted flying by, so we had a 7+ Red-tailed Hawk day.


After the distraction of the Red-tailed Hawk, I reset my camera equipment.  I was rewarded just after nightfall by the appearance of a beautiful Eastern Screech-Owl.






Our list for an hour's worth of birding in Central Park was:

DATE: Saturday, 28 January 2006
LOCATION: Central Park

  • Canada Goose
  • Mute Swan
  • Gadwall
  • Mallard
  • Bufflehead
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Peregrine Falcon - 1 hunting low over N. end of Central Park
  • American Coot - 1 on the Meer
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Eastern Towhee - 1 female Wildflower Meadow
  • White-throated Sparrow

(Since the Eastern Screech-Owl was reintroduced to the park, it doesn't go on the official list.)