Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Two Adult Red-Tailed Hawks

I started my raptor watching in the North Woods and then worked my way around the reservoir.  My first raptor was a Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk at the Wildflower meadow, who then flew around the Compost Heap.  Then it was off to the reservoir, where a Peregrine Falcon has been seen for the last few days near the North Gate House. Then after looking at the nice selection of waterfowl using the open areas of reservoir, I ran into two adult hawks at the South Gate House.  By then it was too dark to I.D. the hawks, but it looked like one of them was an intruder and the other was either Pale Male or Octavia.

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Pale Male and Juvenile Hawk

Both Pale Male and Octavia are doing just fine in the cold. Both have been spotted numerous times over the long weekend.  I got a few pictures of Pale Male on Saturday.  Today, the hawk of my visit was a young hawk in the area of the Ramble called The Oven.  This bird didn't get any not respect from numerous Squirrels and Blue Jays.

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Pale Male and Octavia

Pale Male and Octavia spent the late afternoon around Cedar Hill and the playground at 77th Street and Fifth Avenue.  Pale Male was hunting halfheartedly and Octavia was keeping an eye on Pale Male.  Both chased a Sharp-shinned Hawk at dusk.  It was nice to get good looks at both of them, especially the shy Octavia.

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Accipiter and Pale Male

Central Park was beautiful this afternoon.  The snow covered trees and lawns but there wasn't enough snow to block any of the roads or paths.  When I arrived a Red-tailed Hawk was chasing a small Accipiter, which I struggled to decide whether it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk or Cooper's Hawk.  Later in the afternoon, Pale Male was in a tree near the 79th Street transverse.

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Pale Male and Octavia

When I found Pale Male this afternoon, he was sharing a perch with his mate Octavia.  She quickly left and he stayed in the same general area for a few more hours.  He looked to be interested in a late afternoon snack but only made one hunting attempt which came up empty.  He left the area and looks to have switched to a roosting spot he uses in the late fall and winter.  Other than this it was very much like it has been for the last month or so.

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Pale Male On A Fall Day

We finally are starting to get some fall temperatures and tree leaves are changing colors.  Pale Male has become harder to find, but he went to Cedar Hill late in the afternoon, after chasing away a migrating raptor.  He hunted two times, but came up empty on both passes.

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Hawks and Bats On Fifth Avenue

On Saturday, after weeks of easy hawk watching, it was harder.  Octavia and Pale Male spent time on the Carlyle Hotel but otherwise were hide to find until dusk.  Pale Male left the hotel and went to a favorite tree on Castle Walk, before roosting near Glen Span Arch.

After dark I listened for bats.  I had listened for bats twice earlier in the week.  As I had those last few nights, I had plenty of Eastern Red Bats at the Model Boat Pond, but I only heard Eastern Red Bats.  On a hunch, I decided to walk to the lawn between the Summer Stage and Fifth Avenue.  There I heard a large number of Big Brown Bats, and a Silver-haired Bat.

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Pale Male Yet Again

Pale Male continues to hunt in the same location as he has late in the day for two weeks or more.  In late August this isn't unusual, but usually he is hunting a bit further north.  I guess this current location has the best rodents this year.

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Pale Male

Pale Male has been hanging around the 79th Street Transverse in Central Park this week and I found him on both sides of it this afternoon and early evening.  He's molting so he looks a bit rough.

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Fifth Avenue Aerobatics

My visit to Fifth Avenue started with Octavia in the nest and the three fledglings chasing each other along the rooftops of Fifth Avenue.  They seemed to be enjoying themselves.  Then the three fledglings separated and I found one behind the Met.

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Fifth Avenue Hawks

The three fledglings and their parents are doing very well, with them still staying around 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue.  They were all flying around when I was there for about an hour this evening.

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