A December Sunday in Central Park
Christmas Bird Count

103rd Street

I walked through The Rambles, the Great Lawn and the Reservoir without seeing anything too unusual.  So, I left Central Park and made my way to 103rd and Amsterdam.  The Parakeet nest was empty, so I walked through the Fredrick Douglas Houses, and saw a group of about 100 pigeons circling overhead.  A sure sign a raptor was about.

On top of 875 Columbus, I found a Red-tailed Hawk.  This building is at the top of a hill and must have great views in all directions. 

The hawk stayed for about 30 minutes before flying at least 20 blocks south-southwest.  I had been all set to say it was the Cathedral Female, before the long flight south! 

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After the hawk left, I went to the Monk Parakeet nest. There was a couple watching them with binoculars.  They reported that the Monks had just arrived around 4:10.  The Parakeets tucked themselves into their roost by 4:25.

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