While birding on the shore of the Harlem Meer in Central Park, I saw a pair of Red-Tailed Hawks flying over East Harlem on Sunday afternoon. They flew progressively higher until I lost sight of them. They appeared to be flying over the housing developments that are bounded by Lenox Avenue, 1st Avenue, 112th and 115th Streets.
When I got home, I looked up the area on Google Earth and found that this is a strip of green that runs to the East River with Wards Island/Randalls Island across the river. What a great territory that would make for a Red-tailed Hawk pair. Especially if it also included Marcus Garvey Memorial Park and the area around the 125th Street Metro North Station.
Or is this just the eastern territory of a Morningside Park Red-tailed Hawk pair? Or the northern territory of a Central Park North Meadow pair?
Harlem's Red-tailed population confuses the heck out of me!