On Sunday around 5:30 p.m. I ran into Bob Levy, who said there were reports of a large bird west of the Lake. We went to see what was there and within minutes saw a Wild Turkey. After about 40 minutes, it flew up into a tree and roosted for the night. What a nice ending to a day of very mixed weather.
The 55 Water Street Peregrine Falcon pair, Jack and Jill, have two eggs. They have a web site and a web cam.
Warning: Once the chicks hatch, the web cam can be addictive.
Update: As of Wednesday, they have four eggs.
One goes through periods where one doesn't see anything special while birding, and then all at once you turn a corner and see lots of interesting birds. This happened to me on Thursday evening around 6 p.m. I photographed four birds, including a new bird for my Central Park list, a Merlin on a ten minute walk from the East 70's to the West 70's.
The Fifth Avenue hawks are now sitting on their nest.
Daffodils are blooming and other signs of Spring are all around the park. The diversity of birds being reported has increased greatly in the last ten days.
The 5th Avenue hawk watchers found this Brown-headed Cowbird behind their bench at the model boat pond on Saturday.
The nest has eggs. How many? Still a mystery.
On Monday night, after watching an Owl fly out, I made my way down to Central Park South, to see if I could take pictures of Charlotte on her nest. Here are the grainy results...
Reports are that Charlotte laid an egg on Sunday and is now sitting on the Central Park South nest. This is about a week later than Lola who is already sitting on her Fifth Avenue nest.
If all goes well this year, it should be a wonderful Spring with lots of fledglings in the park.
Saturday was a wonderful day. The temperture was in the sixties and it was clear that Spring would soon be arriving.
Veronica G. reports that her moring peek at the nest was at 7:02 a.m. Charlotte was standing and preening. Junior came with a big blob of something and then took off. By 8:01 they were both off the nest, with them both perching on the south edge of the eastern Hampshire House chimney. (This means when we can't see them in the park, we'll have to go to 58th and Seventh Avenue to look for them!)
Rob Jett reports on his excellent The City Birder blog, that the Fordham Campus Red-tailed Hawks have made the move from tree nesting to building nesting.
This makes the fourth New York City building nest I've heard reports of:
Update: I forgot about the St. John the Divine (200?-?) nest, which would make five. If you know of other building nests in NYC, please leave a comment.
The immature Red-tailed Hawk I photographed hunting and eating on the 18th of February was back in the Ramble today looking for something to eat near the bamboo along the shoreline of the lake south of the Oven. It will be interesting to see how long Pale Male tolerates his presence as spring approaches.