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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