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Juveniles Red-tails

I saw four Juvenile Red-tails along with the Sheep Meadow adults around the rink and the Pond on Monday afternoon/evening.  It was a surprising number.

Past sunset, when I would have expected all of them to be roosting, one of the Juvenile hawks caught and ate a rat, well into the evening.  This is the latest I've ever seen a Red-tailed Hawk eat.


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Another Day With The Couch's Kingbird

Friday was a tougher day to see the Couch's Kingbird, than Thursday.  It was harder to find and when found didn't stay around as much. 

When I was watching it, the most reliable location was 11th and 4th Streets again.   I did find a berry tree just south of 11th Street, which could be seen from West 4th and Perry, where American Robins and the Couch's Kingbird were eating berries.  I suspect the bird is eating and then taking advantage of the sun on 11th Street to digest them.


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Couch's Kingbird

Another rare Kingbird, is in New York besides the Cassin's in Brooklyn.  It's a Couch's Kingbird and is in Greenwich Village.  I saw it as my first bird of the New Year.  (It was a life bird for me.)  The bird was discovered by Zack Winestine.

The bird which is normally in Mexico and southern Texas, is for some reason in some of the most charming blocks of the Village.  This afternoon, it was mostly at 11th and 4th Streets.  (In the Village, these two streets do meet!)

From the looks of the seeds it's regurgitating, it's surviving on a diet of mostly fruit rather than insects.


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