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Fifth Avenue Hawks

This weekend was the first time I saw 927 Fifth Avenue nest without the scaffolding that has been up for weeks.  Although there is still some scaffolding on the lower floors, it looks like most of the work has been done.  The building management did a good job of protecting the nest, even with all of the cleaning work.  It's height and shape matches pictures I took this summer.

Here are pictures of the nest, Pale Male on a building a few blocks north, and the pair on the Beresford Apartments north tower.


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Bloody Skies

Lauren Hodapp at National Geographic sent me an interesting link about a piece they just published on their Daily News Blog, Bloody Skies: The Fight to Reduce Deadly Bird-Plane Collisions by Eric Uhifelder.  It's a great piece that connects well with our NJ30 banded Red-tail Hawk that was in Washington Square ealier this year.

I'm glad that our beloved hawks in Washington Square Park, are leading to a more general understanding of the risks raptors face in their daily lives.  Be it secondary poisonings due to rat poisons or collision fatalities. These issues need as much publicity as possible.  Thanks for the article Nat Geo!


Wood Ducks and a Northern Pintail

Fall brings back to Central Park a wide variety of ducks.  Today, there was an unusual duck for the Park, a Northern Pintail, and a group of Wood Ducks among the Mallards on the northern shore of The Pool.  The Pintail was trying to sleep and was hard to photograph, but the Wood Ducks were having fun being out in the open.


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