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After The Snow

Central Park was full of people today.  It seemed that everyone who stayed inside on Saturday was in the park on Sunday.  Pale Male had just finished eating a bird in the Ramble when I arrived. 

The Great Horned Owl, that no on saw for two weeks but was rediscovered a few days ago, was out in the open in the bright sunlight.  She did her best to sleep but helicopters, a drone, a Gray Squirrel, a Tufted Titmouse, Pale Male and a Cooper's Hawk did there best to keep her awake.


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Snow Geese and Pale Male in the Snow

As winter finally arrives and we get a light dusting of snow, Central Park has two Snow Geese on the reservoir.  Large flocks of snow geese fly over the park during migration, but it's unusual for there to be a pair hanging out on the reservoir, especially in January.  So, they were a nice treat on a gray day.

As I was leaving the park, I ran into Pale Male in the east Pinetum.  He looked handsome with a dusting of snow.


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Orange-crowned Warbler

While two of our winter stars left when the first freeze arrived this last week, the Great Horned Owl in Central Park and the Painted Bunting in Prospect Park, one star from the Christmas Bird Count is still in Central Park, an Orange-crowned Warbler.  This fabulous little bird has been hanging around the south west corner of the Met, and loves to visit some fresh cuts made by a Yellow-belled Sapsucker.

In addition to the warbler, many of us were treated to a double rainbow after a brief, but heavy downpour.


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After Dark

I was able to track the Central Park Great Horned Owl for an hour and fifteen minutes after fly out tonight.  While I've learned her favorite trees and perches, I've yet to see her hunt for food.  I guess like many New Yorkers, she's well fed and in no rush to eat early.  She must enjoy having the park to herself when it's closed from 1 a.m. to dusk!


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Happy New Year!

My blog turns ten today!  That's over 2,000 posts.  I hope everyone has enjoyed the original content.

The Great Horned Owl in Central Park has stayed in to 2016.  Tonight she stuck around after fly out for over 35 minutes before flying to the east.  It's the first time I've seen her head in that general direction.


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