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Wild Turkey

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.

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Merlin and other birds

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.

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Merlin

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Wood Duck

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Winter Wren

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Brown Thrasher


Brown-headed Cowbird

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.

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Junior Gives Charlotte An Early Afternoon Break

The nest has eggs.  How many? Still a mystery.

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The afternoon sun hits the nest around 1:35 p.m.

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A relaxed mother to be.

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A close up of the nest.

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Junior arrives to give Charlotte a break.

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A few minutes interaction and she's off. There are a two extra feet in the picture, so I guess lunch was involved.

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Junior

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He quickly settles down on to the nest.

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The wonderful view.


Saturday on Central Park South

Saturday was a wonderful day.  The temperture was in the sixties and it was clear that Spring would soon be arriving.

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Junior flying near the nest around 7:30 am.

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Charlotte with Junior behind, with only his tail is visible, on top of the Essex House sign in the early afternoon.

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Junior on his first visit to the nest while I was photographing in the afternoon.

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The nest looks great with about double the volume of last year's nest.

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Junior returns, leaves briefly and returns with some paper.

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The paper gets wedged into the nest.

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Later he returns later.  I couldn't tell if he has brought an addition to the nest.

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He looks great.

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Charlotte, left and Junior, right on a ledge of the Hampshire House where they spend 45 minutes.

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Later he returns with another piece of paper, one he caught in mid-air!  He not only helps control pigeons and mice, he collects trash and recycles.

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Junior then flies west, and after a few minutes out of sight.

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The nest is a little bigger after some Saturday additions by Junior.


Veronica Reports on Charlotte and Junior

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!)


Fordham Hawks make the tree to building nest move

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:

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Bronx Fire Escape (2004) (Daily News, NYC DEP)
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Fordham Campus

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.


Immature Red-tailed Hawk Hunting in the Ramble Again

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.

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