I returned to the park on Sunday, and caught two behaviors I had missed on Saturday, copulation and eating. Looks like all systems are go for the Spring.
The Tompkins Square Park pair were very active today. They copulated frequently and worked on their nest. This year they've decided to be traditionalists and are working on a nest in a tree, after two years of using air conditioners.
They both roosted for the evening on different fire escapes. The roost were about a third of a block apart, and both had clear views of the new nest.
Tonight I was able to track the Great Horned Owl to the Great Lawn, without missing any perches! Stops included a tree near the "humming tombstone", a lighting tower of the Delacorte Theater and finally to one of Pale Male's favorite trees on the Great Lawn.
I'm still no closer to seeing her hunt, but was happy to keep track of her for an hour.
Octavia spent about twenty minutes on her nest this afternoon. Red-tailed Hawks courtship and nest building usually kicks in by Valentine's Day, so we should starts seeing activity all around the city.
The Sheep Meadow nest blew down this winter and a pair seems to be building a nest on The San Remo.
The day started with Octavia and Pale Male on the Carlyle Hotel. He left before I could get my camera out. But she stayed for about half an hour.
The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent with the Great Horned Owl. For the first time, I was able to follow her above 79th Street. She was perched in a tree in the Locust Grove and then she flew over the Great Lawn.
Central Park's Great Horned Owl has found a nice Hemlock tree to roost in during the day. It's a good tree for the owl, but a difficult tree for photographers!
After fly out the owl made a few stops before spending time in her favorite tree by the lake.