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5th Avenue Hawks

I was walking near Cedar Hill, when I saw a Red-tailed hawk fly north at an incredible pace, and then make a perfect right angle to turn and proceed towards the back of the Met.  I walked north, and found both Pale Male and Lola. I heard a wonderful sound from them.  The circled quite low in the area between the Obelisk and the museum.  (It was quite windy and I wonder if this was a protected area.)

Within minutes I lost them, and headed south towards the model boat pond.  I ran into Lincoln Karim who reported that the pair had copulated three times earlier in the day.

Here are some pictures from the Northwestern shore of the model boat pond around 4:30.





Nest Building On C.P.S.

After arriving at Central Park South around 2:15 p.m. on President's Day, it took me awhile to find our two Trump Parc Red-tailed Hawks.  I finally found them both on the northeast corner of the Trump International Hotel and Towers, at 61st and Central Park West.

Charlotte is on the left, Junior on the right.

Junior, the male leaves the building.

Charlotte, the female moves twenty feet south on the Trump International.

Charlotte then moves to the eastern Hampshire House chimney.

Junior reappears and dives down near the restrooms at 61st and Central Park West.  I rush over from 7th Avenue to find him, but when I got over to Central Park West, he was already soaring and gaining altitude.  I though he had been hunting, but discover that instead he has torn off a tree branch.

The branch gets placed on the nest.

The couple is then reunited on the Hampshire House chimney.

Spring is in the air.

Pale Male Brings Lola Take-Out

While birding at the Oven (a section of the Ramble on the shore of the Lake), I was enjoying the variety of birds which included, Canada Geese, Mallards, a Mourning Dove, a Red-bellied Woodpecker,  two Downy Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, a Fox Sparrow, four Northern Cardinals, two male Red-winged Blackbirds, a Rusty Blackbird, a Common Grackle, a House Finch, and lots of House Sparrows. 

Around 4:30 p.m. we spotted Pale Male with a rat circling over the Oven.  He then headed towards 5th Avenue. 

It was very cold. A group of us thought heading to see where Pale Male went with the rat would warm us up.  So, it was off to "The Bench" by the model boat pond. 

When we arrived we found both Lola (lower left) and Pale Male (upper right) on a 5th Avenue building around 77th Street.

Pale Male watching Lola eat.

Lola on the same building eating the "Take-Out", Pale Male has brought her.

Pale Male makes a brief trip to the nest.

Leaves the nest.

And heads north returning to Lola.

Pale Male back on the 77th Street building.

Lola gives Pale Male the left overs.

Lola hops up on a railing and soon exits heading due West.

East Harlem Red-Tailed Hawks

While birding on the shore of the Harlem Meer in Central Park, I saw a pair of Red-Tailed Hawks flying over East Harlem on Sunday afternoon.  They flew progressively higher until I lost sight of them.  They appeared to be flying over the housing developments that are bounded by Lenox Avenue, 1st Avenue, 112th and 115th Streets. 

When I got home, I looked up the area on Google Earth and found that this is a strip of green that runs to the East River with Wards Island/Randalls Island across the river.  What a great territory that would make for a Red-tailed Hawk pair.  Especially if it also included Marcus Garvey Memorial Park and the area around the 125th Street Metro North Station.

Or is this just the eastern territory of a Morningside Park Red-tailed Hawk pair?  Or the northern territory of a Central Park North Meadow pair?

Harlem's Red-tailed population confuses the heck out of me!


Sunday Birding

I started birding on Sunday afternoon at the north end of the park and worked my way down to the Ramble.

Northern Mockingbird eating berries.

Northern Mockingbird on the southeastern shore of the Harlem Meer.

Three female Wood Ducks that have spent the winter on the Harlem Meer.  Whenever I see them I think, are they three maidens, three spinsters or three widows?

A hornet's nest above the Wildflower Meadow.

House Finch

Red-Winged Blackbird

Immature Red-tailed Hawk Hunting and Eating in the Ramble

On a very cold winter afternoon, I found this immature Red-tailed Hawk hunting in the Ramble at the area along the lake called the Oven.  The hawk waited patiently for at least 30 minutes before swooping down to catch a rodent. It then flew with the prey to the Point for a few minutes before returning to a tree in the Oven to consume its catch, which took another 30 minutes. (The pictures in this post are fairly graphic.  If you're squeamish, feel free to skip this post.)