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Saturday Hawks

On Saturday, I went to see Pale Male and our 86th Street hawk.

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Pale Male was in a tree off the East Drive, having a late lunch.

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He then moved to a tree on the path that goes west of the Boat House.  After ten minutes, he moved north, making lots of circles to gain height.  I lost him as he moved above 79th Street.

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After a stop on the Reservoir, which had gulls, geese, American Coots, American Black Ducks, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads and an American Crow, it was off to see our 86th Street Hawk.

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Two interlopers arrived.  One Red-tailed Hawk, which I didn't photograph went west at about 96th Street.  This hawk, who may have been chasing the first hawk out of its territory, landed on the south tower of El Dorado...

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Before taking off, going down Central Park South, before heading back west at around 83rd.  There are reports of four Red-tailed being seen on Riverside Drive.  I wonder if we have a pair or two, either here for the winter or who are planning on nesting on the west side?

I wouldn't doubt that this spring, there is a new nesting pair discovered in Manhattan, either by Gracie Mansion, in Highbridge Park, or along Riverside Drive.

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Our 86th Street hawk moved around a bit, but seemed undisturbed by the two visiting hawks.

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She stayed in a tree near the West Drive as it got too dark to continue to photograph.