In addition to the Central Park South hawks, I saw three other Red-tails on Sunday.
Lincoln Karim reports that he has seen the Central Park South pair bringing sticks to 888 7th Avenue. So, it's likely that the nest will be in a new location in 2007.
The old nest building Trump Park (the nest is out of view on the west facing side), and the possible new site on 888 Seventh Avenue. 888 is across the street from Carnegie Hall and is between 56th and 57th Street.
We'll know in a few weeks where the nest will be for sure. Anyone have a high western view from Carnegie Hill tower? If you do, get out your binoculars and send in a report! The possible nest location is on the lower row of vents, 12 stories from the top. From the row of windows one lower than the vents, go five windows from the left, then go up to the lower row of vents. You'll see a beam rather than vent. This is the opening being use by the hawks. [Update: It looks like there are multiple entry and exit points.]
If they have moved the nest, should we start calling them the Carnegie Hall Hawks?
The Northern Pintail whose been on the pond at the SE of the park was in plain sight on Sunday. What an attractive drake he is. He's a new bird for my Central Park list.
On Saturday, I started out at the bottom of the park.
Central Park West has two regulars these day, Lola on the Beresford and our 86th Street regular.
I started my Saturday afternoon in Central Park in the SE corner.
I walked north and found this juvenile Cooper's Hawk among a group of crows below the Zoo. I ended up being able to follow the juvenile, as it traveled north all the way up to the Oven, where I lost track of the hawk.
In the fall, it's rare to see an American Woodcock moving about. You usually see them sitting still or flying when flushed by dogs. In the cold weather and the snow, we had an unusual treat of seeing them feeding. They stick their long beaks into the mud looking for food.
The 86th Street hawk is still around.
I got to the park mid-afternoon on Saturday, to find a quiet park due to the sub-freezing temperatures. I ran into Lincoln Karim at the edge of the Model Boat Pond. He had Lola in his sights atop the "Oreo" building at 79th Street. A man came up to us and said, "You might be interested in the huge bird just east of the boat house."