Dora on Saturday

Dora seems to be doing fine after being returned to Tompkins Square Park.  She was sitting in this year's nest when I arrived and then went after two crows and possibly a juvenile hawk. She ended up roosting on a fire escape for the night.

Christo was seen briefly and circled over Avenue C and 6th Street for a bit.  It is unclear what he's going to do about choosing between Dora and Nora (or if he will choose both).

You'll see in the photographs and video Dora's droopy left wing.  She seems to be flying well and the wing issue does not seem to be causing here any real issues.  

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Dora Is Returned To Tompkins Square Park

Dora, the female of the Tompkins Square Park nest has been returned to the park by the Horvaths (NYC's great Rehabilitators).  She had been in their care for about three months.

I caught up with her after work this evening.  Christo, the male, has already found a replacement mate, who the locals have been calling Nora.  It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few days.   It may end up being something of a soap opera.

Here are some cell phone pictures...

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Juvenile Cooper's Hawk

On Saturday afternoon, I walked for about five miles through Central Park. I was able to add three more birds to my 2018 Manhattan list, a Ring-Necked Duck (female at the North Gate House of the Reservoir), a Great Cormorant (on the dike in the middle of the Reservoir, a rare visitor to Central Park, but seen frequently off Randalls Island in the winter) and an immature Cooper's Hawk.

The Cooper's Hawk was exploring the Loch, a waterway with three waterfalls that flows under the Glen Span and Huddlestone arches from The Pool to the Harlem Meer.  It has recently been restored by the Central Park Conservancy. The restoration carefully reshaped the waterway, to provide a mix of currents and depths designed to maximize biodiversity, with the help of a environmental consulting company.  Improved landscaping was also added to minimize erosion and run offs from the North Meadow Ball Fields.  I'm looking forward to seeing the biodiversity results in a few years.

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Red-throated Loon

The surprise of the day was a Red-throated Loon on the reservoir this afternoon.  About two thirds of the reservoir is still covered with ice, so the Loon was closer to the shoreline than normal making for great looks.

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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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Burrowing Owl in Miami

I'm on vacation in Miami and couldn't help look out for owls while I was here.  I was able to see a few Burrowing Owls at a Miami Executive Airport.

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Snowy Owl

This winter Snowy Owls have been spotted along the sea coast of New York City and Long Island this winter.  I love watching them from a distance. If you are interested in seeing a Snowy Owl, read up on the special care needed to watch these great birds before you go out to see one.

I was worried about this owl getting disturbed by people, but it and two other owls nearby managed to get spooked by a large four engine jet coming in low to land at JFK.

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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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Great Horned Owl

Just in time for Halloween, Central Park had a bright moon, a bat and a Great Horned Owl this evening.  I think it may be an old visitor, as it flew out to a favorite post fly out perch of the owl from two years ago.

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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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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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