Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk
Christmas Eve Mystery

Common Loon

On Christmas Eve Day, I got to see the Common Loon that's been on the Reservoir.  It's a new bird for my Central Park list.

I entered the park at 90th and Fifth Avenue and looked for the Loon.  I ended up making the entire loop of the Reservoir before finding the bird at 87th about 100 feet from the eastern bank.

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The Common Loon has been doing lots of underwater diving, coming up for only about 20 seconds before going under.  Then it changed behavior.

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It flapped its wings.

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Stretched them out.

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And took an aggressive posture.

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The reason for all this behavior surfaced nearby, a Cormorant.