Barred Owl

Saturday night with the Barred Owl was less spectacular than previous nights.  The owl had studied the cavities squirrels were using and went to three of them after sunset.  I don't think it got one, but it was a nice start to the evening.  It then gave us the slip going deep into the woods.

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Barred Owl

After a few days without seeing it, the Barred Owl was seen again on Wednesday and again today.  It hunted after dusk, and much to my joy, after missing a Chipmunk perched within a few feet of me on a stump.  I was so worried I might bother it, I just froze and admired it.  What a wonderful experience, and in Manhattan of all places!

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Even More 944 Fifth Avenue Chimney Swifts

I'm amazed to see the Chimney Swifts still roosting in large numbers at 944 Fifth Avenue.  I would have expected the number to have decreased by now.  What's been fascinating to watch is the change in behavior.  Instead of swarming at the model boat pond and then going to the roost, lately the swifts have been appearing almost out of nowhere five minutes before they roost.

It would be fascinating to know if they are swifts hunting higher or in a different place during the day or if these are migrating swifts that know this stop along their migration route?

Update: I went to see them on Thursday, October 22nd and only saw one Chimney Swift at the roost. It made on pass at the chimney and continued on.

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More Barred Owl

The Barred Owl in Central Park was active in the afternoon before I got to see it.  I caught a chipmunk and had another encounter with a Cooper's Hawk before I arrived.

I was there at dusk and got to see it move around for about twenty minutes.

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