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Fallen Riverside Nest Remains

I went by the 2009 Riverside nest site to look at the remains of the fallen nest.  There was lots of ribbon, what looked like nylon rope pulled apart and an Ace bandage.

The nest built in the same location after the 2008 nest failure also fell down, so this is not bad news.  The hawks should be rebuilding the nest in the next few weeks.  "Where will they build it?" is the question.

Exiting the park, I got a good look at the restoration project of the biking and walking path along the river in the upper 80's and 90's.  It finally looks like they're making progress and that it should be completed soon.

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Riverside Nest

I got a short note yesterday from Leslie Day that last year's nest fell from the London Plane tree by the Hudson River. 

"This afternoon I walked by the tree and  - no nest! I looked on the ground and there it was. Lots of ribbons, fabric and feathers and all the branches. I'm pretty sure it was exactly a year ago that the first nest fell down too. We had some big winds a few nights ago off the river."

It will be interesting if they choose a new location or return to the same tree later this winter.


Pale Male

Pale Male eating on the Great Lawn in the late afternoon.  I got there after the prey had been caught.  Bird watchers in the crowd said he was eating leftovers from Lola.  I'm not sure who caught the pigeon.


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Southwestern Florida Birding

On Christmas Week, I was in Southwestern Florida and visited J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  I was birding casually but had one life bird, a Reddish Egret.

If you wonder why I haven't been posting lately, I've been studying owls this January.  The owls are easily disturbed in their winter roost, so I'm postponing reporting about them until the late Spring.