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Limpkin

Although the vacation started a few days late due to a snow related flight cancellation, my trip to Fort Myers turned up some new birds for life list.

A Limpkin was on my list because all of my friends had teased me about this noisy bird. I saw the species on December 31st at Harns Marsh in Lee County. An off the beaten trail place that has lots of Apple Snails.

There were two pairs of Limpkins in easy viewing distance.


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Safe and Sound

Above all the white stuff on the ground...

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P.S. This is most likely Pale Male up on the Beresford.  For those concerned about Lola because of comments made by Lincoln Karim on palemale.com, I haven't taken any pictures of Lola for a few weeks.  That doesn't mean much however, as I haven't been looking for her.


Christmas Owl

After a week where it was difficult to find her, and where a tree was removed very close to her cavity, she was out sunning when I arrived on Christmas afternoon.

After being very quiet the last few nights I've seen her, she was very vocal tonight.  A wonderful Christmas gift for me!


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Christmas Bird Count Weekend

The annual Central Park Christmas Bird Count was on Sunday.  It's a great event that brings together the Urban Park Rangers, the Parks Department, Audubon NYC and lots of amateur birders to take a census of the birds wintering in the park.

After a series of bad weather counts with snow, rain or bitterly cold temperatures, this count had enjoyable, if chilly weather.

The day before, I looked for the two unusual birds that have been around, the Varied Thrush and a young Red-Headed Woodpecker (which at this age, has yet to get a red head.)  Along the way I had nice looks at a Cooper's hawk.

On Sunday, I joined the Northeast team.  Highlights for me were a Carolina Wren and young Red-tailed Hawk at Mount Sinai Hospital.  After our counting was done, our team saw a Merlin in the Northwest team's area, I saw a young Red-tail being harrased by Pale Male at 63rd and Fifth, and at dusk I watched the park's surviving Eastern Screech-Owl's fly out.

The count had 62 species of birds, including birds from the count week.  There are lots of birds in Central Park, even in the winter!  The count had 11 Red-tailed Hawks, 9 Cooper's Hawks, 2 Merlins, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, and 1 Eastern Screech-Owl.


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Moving About

These photographs and videos are from mid-week.  I wasn't able to find this owl this weekend.  I think she's changed cavities.


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Eastern Screech-Owl

It was cold enough that she only came out at dusk, rather than sitting up in the cavity earlier, as she does when it is warmer.  But other than that it was a fairly normal fly out.


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Pale Male

Pale Male was at the entrance to the park at 79th and Fifth Avenue this evening.  He memorized me and I forgot to go up and look for the Varied Thrush until it was too dark!


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