East vs. West, Where Did The Amsterdam Monks Come From?
A December Sunday in Central Park

Not What I Was Looking For...

I went into Central Park on Saturday hoping to find a Cooper's Hawk, take a few pictures of Pale Male and then go off to the Monk Parakeets on Amsterdam Avenue.

As often happens when birding, I ended up with a different set of observations.

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This American Kestrel was on the Met.  I missed the Cooper's Hawk, which I found out from other birders had spent an hour in the Tupelo tree in the Ramble.

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The Reservoir had a number of ducks, including two pairs of Hooded Mergansers.

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American Coot.

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Pied-billed Grebe.

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I then went off to 103rd and Amsterdam.  No sign of the Parakeets, who seem to have completed their nest/roost.  I suspect that they'll be harder to spot now, since they're going to spend more time exploring the neighborhood now that the nest is done.

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Having struck out with the Parakeets, I went to the The Pool and the Loch in Central Park.  The Pool was quiet and partially frozen over.  In the Loch, I heard a group of Blue Jays.  They were aggressively after this juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.  There are a number of young hawks in the city this fall.  One is in Tompkins Square Park, which someone has given a very complicated Myspace page.

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Attacking Blue Jay in the lower right.

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This young hawk moved from tree to tree moving west to the Pond and then up to the Great Hill.  It made a number of half hearted hunting attempts along the way.

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Good luck making it through your first winter.