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.
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.
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.
Good luck making it through your first winter.