Spring Migration

The lens I use for hawk watching was in for repair the last week, so I spent my time enjoying the spring migration.  Highlights included a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Prothonotary Warbler, Common Nighthawk, Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron, and a Northern Cardinal nest.

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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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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are migrating through the city and it's a pleasure to watch them.  How something that small, can be so fast, amazes me even after years of watching them.

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Central Park

Last Friday, I tried to find the fledglings from the Fifth Avenue nest but came up short.  I did run into a young adult Red-tailed Hawk in the Ramble.  It was very light colored like Pale Male but had very light eye color.

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American Woodcock and Wilson's Snipe

After the snowstorm the park ended up with an record number of over 40 American Woodcocks on Thursday.  It also had a Wilson's Snipe.  While the number of American Woodcocks was much lower in the park today, I was able to get photographs of both species. The first two photographs are of the American Woodcock, the rest are of the Wilson's Snipe.

Link to New York Times about this year's Woodcock migration.

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First-Year Red-tailed Hawk and the Red-headed Woodpecker

I explored the SE section of Central Park on Saturday.  My first stop was The Pond, where right next to the Plaza Hotel some fun birds for the winter are a Wood Duck, Northern Pintail, and a Great Blue Heron.  Then it was off to see how the Red-headed Woodpecker was doing.  While I was on my way, I spotted a young Red-tailed hawk.  A nice afternoon of birding.


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