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Rainy Sunday

There were about two hours on Sunday without rain and I tried to make the most of it.  I birded in the North of the park along the Pool and the Loch.  It was so dark, I missed most of the birds I would have liked to have photographed.  Luckily, I didn't walk way completely empty handed.

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Wilson's Warbler

On a gray Saturday afternoon, the park was very quiet with little activity in the Rambles.  I did find a few warblers: a Wilson's Warbler, a few Black and White Warblers, a great many American Redstarts, a Black-throated Blue Warbler, and a Magnolia Warbler.

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New York City Audubon Fall Roost Benefit

On Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 from 6-9 p.m. the New York Audubon Society will be holding its annual Fall Roost Benefit at the Boathouse in Central Park.  I went last year, had a wonderful time and will be attending again this year.  If you live or work in New York City, you should consider attending.  Tickets start at $200.

I'm donating two items to the silent auction: a framed print of the image used for this blog's masthead and a limited edition signed folio of my Trump Parc Red-tailed Hawk photographs.

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The framed, signed print is number four of a ten copy edition.  The print measures 17" by 8 1/2" and the frame is 24" by 16".  The subjects of the photograph are the two forty-two day old, Trump Parc eyasses and their view of Central Park and the Upper West Side. 

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A copy of my signed, limited edition (50 copies), 11" by 8", 64 page, folio of Trump Parc Red-tailed Hawk photographs will also be an item at the auction.  This folio documents the parents and their two eyasses over a hundred day period.  To my knowledge it is the only printed photo documentary of the Central Park South nest. Section include:

  • detailed photographs of the hawks nesting location and the surrounding Central Park South perches
  • the two eyasses on their nest with the spectacular New York skyline behind them
  • the days just after fledging as the two young fledglings discovered the buildings on Central Park South and 58th Street
  • their early days in Central Park
  • and how the fledglings matured and began to explore larger regions of the park and hunt on their own

The folio can be previewed as a PDF at my website.

If you attend the auction, please consider bidding on these two items.  I've donated the two items, so 100% of your winning bid will go directly to support NYC Audubon’s on-going conservation and education programs in the five boroughs.

For full details of about the event and how to purchase tickets, go to the New York City Audubon website.


Wildflower Meadow Warblers

Tuesday evening, I got a new hybrid for my Central Park list, a Lawrence's Warbler, which is a Blue-Winged/Golden Winged Warbler hybrid.  The Blue-Winged/Golden Winged Warbler hybrids are discussed in great detail in the Warblers book in the Peterson Field Guide series.  The book has a great set of color plates that many Central Park birders have cut out and bound into a light weight, illustrated Warbler guide.  If you can buy the book used, buy two, one to keep as a reference and one to cut up for the plates.

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The Yellow Warblers are still being as photogenic as ever.  I can't stop posting them!

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Pale Male Catches And Eats A Mouse

Warning Graphic Content!  If you're not interested in seeing a mouse get caught and eaten, you might want to view these pictures of Pale Male from Friday.

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Pale Male patiently waited in a tree branch on Sunday evening for supper to arrive near Cleopatra's Needle.

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I was pleased to see the photographers who watch Pale Male regularly, made sure he had an unobstructed flight path to his common hunting areas.

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After hunting too fast for me to capture the kill, he jumps up on a low hanging tree branch bringing a few blades of grass along with his prey.

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He's caught a mouse.

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Soon he moves to a higher tree branch.

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He takes about ten minutes to consume the mouse.

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At the end, he swallows what's left in one huge gulp.

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He then used a number of tree branches as "toothpicks" to clean his beak.


Sunday Warblers

Central Park had lots of warbler sightings on Sunday, eighteen species and one hybrid.  I had slept in on Sunday and missed photographing all but two species, a Black-and-white and a Yellow.  Luckily, a Yellow Warbler gave me some wonderful poses among some flowers in the Wildflower meadow, so I still had a fun afternoon.

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Yellow Warbler

Just north of Wagner Cove, along the lake, a few Yellow Warblers have been seen the past few days.  I counted four on Saturday afternoon.  They are a sure sign that fall migration has begun.

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Finally, A St. John's Red-tail Sighting

I had almost given up hope of finding one of the fledglings again, when I got a call from James O'Brien on Saturday afternoon saying that one of the fledglings was at 115th and Morningside Drive in a tree just inside the park.  James had seen the fledgling catch and eat two rodents.

When I arrived things had quieted down, but the fledgling did move about from tree to tree every so often.  I saw the fledgling go after a squirrel and a pigeon without success before loosing the fledgling as it flew east past Fredrick Douglas Boulevard around 112th Street.

Thanks to James for the phone call!

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Morningside Park

An afternoon search of Morningside Park and the NW section of Central Park for the St. John Red-tails came up empty on Friday.  I suspect that the fledglings are now hunting on their own and their range has increased making it much harder to find them.  If you've seen them recently, please leave a coment!

I did see two unexpected sightings.  An Eastern Kingbird and an Amercian Crow one one of the Red-tails favorite spots, 301 W 110th Street.

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Couldn't Find What I Was Looking For. . .

I went birding on Sunday in hopes of finding the St. John the Divine hawks or the 1st Year Red-tailed hawk, Ben Cacace and Lincoln Karim have been seeing in Central Park.  I didn't find either of them.

I did see some old favorites however, the Red Squirrel (the only one in Central Park), Lola, the female Red-tailed Hawk from the 5th Avenue nest, who was on the NE tower of the Beresford keeping an eye on a Kestrel pair on the SE tower, and the two young Green Herons.

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Green Herons Have Grown Up Fast

My knee is improving, so I went into Central Park for the first time in about two weeks.  The fall migration has started and warblers are starting to return to the park.  In my brief outing in the park, I saw a Yellow Warbler, an American Redstart and two Northern Waterthrushes.

The Green Heron young have left the nest, and I found two of them feeding with a parent in a tree 20 feet south of the nest and along the shoreline of the lake.  Having been away for two weeks, I'm not sure if we've lost another young heron, or if one of the birds has already fledged and has begun to feed on its own.

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Adult flying in to feed the young.

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Adult in the middle with fledgling below and one just visible behind the adult.

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Adult in the center.

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Adult on left.

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Fledgling.

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Fledgling.