Another Peregrine Perch

I went looking for the Peregrine Falcon today, and saw it leave the "picnic table perch" on the north tower of the El Dorado and fly to the south tower.   On the south face, near the top it perched for over an hour in the warmth of the setting afternoon sun.

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Peregrine Falcon Picnic Table

On the north tower of the El Dorado Apartments (300 Central Park West), there is an air conditioner in the left/right center of the tower about a quarter of the way down.  The Peregrine Falcon which likes to hang out by the reservoir, uses this AC unit as picnic table.  In the photographs, you can see the remains of a Rock Pigeon.  So, if you're looking for the Peregrine Falcon and don't see it in the trees by the Gothic Bridge, take a look up at the El Dorado.

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Bryant Park American Woodcock

There is an American Woodcock who appears to be over wintering in Bryant Park.  Today it was just north of the Bryant Park Grill, in a small garden.  Nearby was a Song Sparrow.

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Peregrine Falcon at the Reservoir

I finally caught up with the Peregrine Falcon that likes to sun on the north edge of the Reservoir in Central Park for the first time this winter.  We had a pair in the same tree last year, and a single Peregrine the year before.  This one was very vocal.  I couldn't see what it was concerned about, but if it was like last year, it was most likely a Red-tailed Hawk.

It's nice to have the Peregrine back.  The low tree branch the bird perches in gives great looks at the bird.

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Beresford Red-tailed Hawk

One of the hawks from the failed San Remo nest was on the Beresford Apartments on Thursday and Friday.  The pair which keeps laying eggs on the San Remo before their nest is done, did use this Beresford location to nest one year before abandoning the nest after a few weeks.  This had been Pale Male's mate Lola's favorite winter spot for years before she died.  So, whenever I see a hawk in this window it reminds me of her.

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From December to January

Two wonderful birds, seen in December have stayed for the New Year in the north of Central Park.  An immature Red-Headed Woodpecker at 98th and the West Drive and a Green-Winged Teal, which was first seen on the Harlem Meer, rediscovered on the Reservoir on the Christmas Bird Count, and is now hanging out on the The Pool at 102nd Street.  It is nice they have stayed. 

They aren't rare birds for the New York area, but they are infrequent visitors to Central Park.  So, it's nice to be able to have more than just a brief look at them both.  The woodpecker continues to dig out cavities and cache acorns, while the teal, seems happy to hang out with the Mallards.

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