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Falcon, Hawk, Owl

Central Park was delightful this afternoon.  After visiting the reservoir to see the Ring Necked Duck that's been hanging around the southeast corner, I found a Peregrine Falcon perched on the south tower of The Eldorado. 

Soon after, I found a Red-tailed Hawk in the Pinetum, who was joined by a second hawk.  They circled over Seneca Village before moving out of sight.

My last bird of the day was the Great Horned Owl that has now been in the park for three weeks.


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Great Horned Owl

At the risk of being repetitive, here are some more photographs of Central Park's Great Horned Owl.  I'm off to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving, so you'll have a break from owl photos for a week!  Tonight the owl explored the tree it was roosting in, by jumping/flying to three additional perches before flying out for the evening.


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Fun Day In Central Park

My visit to Central Park started with the search for the Western Flycatcher.  It was the star of the day.  A vagrant from the west coast, it is unclear if it is a Pacific-Slope or Cordilleran Flycatcher.  It was photographed by at least twenty photographers, so I decided just to watch it.  A fun bird to watch and get to know, even if it looks a bit scruffy.  The two species interbreed, so the discussion about "which species this is?", is really fascinating.  See the NY State Bird List for an interesting discussion.

The end of the day was with the Great Horned Owl which was cooperative before and after fly out.  It tends to like the tops of bare trees after fly out, which helps greatly while following it after fly out.


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Great Horned Owl on Saturday

The Great Horned Owl in Central Park was difficult to photograph and observe today.  It faced away from the easy spots to photograph from this afternoon and evening.  Fly out was a little later than the last few nights, but it was a clear rather than cloudy night so this was to be expected.  Except for a a brief second flight, we were unable to track the owl tonight.

Update: The owl was not seen Sunday morning, 11-15-15


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More Great Horned Owl

I arrived at the roost just as some Red-tailed Hawks spooked the Great Horned Owl. It made for some fun owl watching as we got to see some flights in daylight, but it didn't make for great photography.  After dark, two of us were able to keep track of the owl for a good 30 minutes from a vantage point across the lake.  It was wonderful to watch the owl stretch and wake up without any birders or hawks to distract it.


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Great Horned Owl Continues

The Great Horned Owl in Central Park has hung around. Tonight was a typical fly out.  Lots of stretches and a wonderful circular flight around the roost site.  It then perched on a nearby tree for about ten minutes before flying a good distance south.

For those lucky enough to see this bird, please be respectful of this wonderful owl.  The ABA's Code of Ethics has some great recommendations about how to promote the welfare of birds and their environment.  


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Great Horned Owl

I went to Central Park, in New York City today to look for Pale Male and an Immature Red-headed Woodpecker.  I saw both but the surprise of the day was a Great Horned Owl roosting in a Sweet Gum Tree.  The tree had red and yellow leaves and was a perfect backdrop for the owl.  Let's hope it sticks around for a few weeks.


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Sora in the North Woods

For about two weeks, there has been an injured Sora in the Loch in the North Woods. If you look closely at the photographs and video you'll see the left wing is dragging.  Today was the first time I had seen it myself. 


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