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Red Crossbill

Today, thanks to the excellent birding skills of Jacob Drucker which were followed up on by Anders Peltomaa, many NYC birders got to enjoy a flock of Red Crossbills in Central Park.  The light made photographing them tough, but it was enjoyable to watch them.  The Red Crossbills are a new bird for my life list.

The video has regular and slow motion clips of the Red Crossbills extracting seeds for cones. The Red Crossbills were identified as the Type 3 subspecies using recordings made by Anders Peltomaa, by Matthew Young and Andrew Farnsworth, the flight-call-wizards of Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  This subspecies specializes in smaller and softer cones from trees such as Spruce, Fir and Hemlock.


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Pale Male, Same Time, Same Channel

Pale Male, continues his evening schedule of hanging around west of the Met.  This may continue well into the fall.  Watching Pale Male during nesting season is any easy way to see him from afar, these late summer evenings with him are an easy way to see him up close.


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Regular Habit

Pale Male continued his nightly habit of hunting before roosting yet again tonight.  He's hunting in area he's used year after year during the fall. 

He's caught another rat.  To those who've postulated that Pale Male's longevity is somehow connected to "a preference for pigeons", the facts just don't add up!  Pale Male loves his rodents.


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Pale Male

I spent a few hours late this afternoon and early evening observing Pale Male.  I found him first on the Beresford Apartments and then later east of the Great Lawn.  As he has been doing fairly regularly, he had a rat for dinner and then roosted.


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Réserve Naturelle des Sept-Iles, Bretagne, France

On vacation in Brittany, France, I discovered a wonderful two hour cruise to a nature preserve, off of Pleumeur-Bodou.  The cuise visits a set of islands that host breeding puffins and gannets, that this year is celebrating its centenial as a nature preserve.

The puffins had already left for the season, but hundreds of Northern Gannets were still raising young on one of the islands.  Other birds and mammals seen on the trip were European Oystercatchers, Herring Gulls, Gray Seals, European Shags and a single Peregrine Falcon.

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Pale Male Has Dinner

Pale Male in the late summer and early fall seems to fall into a routine in the late afternoon.  Hunting near the Great Lawn, eating a meal, and then going to roost.  He's begun that pattern once again.


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Third Times A Charm

I started my day exploring Central Park without any luck, then Washington Square without any luck and finally found two hawks in Union Square.  For those unfamiliar with New York City Parks, Union Square is about eight blocks north of Washington Square and can be seen from that park's nest.

In Union Square, I first spotted Rosie, the adult female, between the W and U of the W Union Sq sign, at Park Avenue South and 17th Street.   I then saw a young hawk hunting around the Square's main lawn.  It was most likely Boo.  It caught a small rodent.  The hawk looked very healthy and has its mother's enthusiasm for hunting, making at least ten passes at squirrels.


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Healthy Fledgling

The healthy Fifth Avenue fledgling, that has so far escaped eating a poisoned rodent, has become an excellent hunter and is exploring further and further.

Today, thanks to fellow hawk watchers, I caught up with the youngster just north of "The Yard", the equipment depot for the park at 79th Street on the western side of the park.  After a patient wait, the hawk caught a rat and then flew across the West Drive to a tree just north of the Swedish Cottage to eat. 

The video and pictures have lots of eating, so if this bothers you feel free to skip this post.  Also, the panting and spread wings are normal for any hawk trying to stay cool on a hot, summer day.


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I'm Back In NY

A vacation, followed by a business trip, followed by a failed hard drive have kept me from posting for two weeks. 

While I was away, two of the juveniles at Fifth Avenue fell sick.  The first was easily captured.  But as often happens, it was clear the second youngster was sick, but was still able to elude caputure for a few days.  Thanks to all who kept an eye on the second sick hawk, and Rob Mastrianni, an Urban Park Ranger, who was able to capture the second hawk.

At least one juvenile has been confirmed to have have ingested rodenticides.  The two hawks are now with WINORR.  Visit their Facebook Page for updates on the fledglings and to see some of the other work they're doing.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday I made three, very, brief visits to Central Park between rain storms.  On Friday, I saw the 2nd Year hawk that is just getting it's Red Tail.  On Saturday and Sunday, I got to photograph Pale Male.  I also had glimpses of his mate and the healthy juvenile, but didn't get any pictures.




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