Connecticut Warbler
The Whole Family

She's Back

The 888 juvenile was back in Central Park on Sunday.  She was first discovered in Columbus Circle and then went on a hunting trip catching two mice and keeping three photographers on their toes as she flew around the park.  She's no longer staying in one place, but enjoys moving around.

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I missed seeing her in Columbus Circle, but caught up to her as she flew to the southwest corner of the park.

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She moved east.

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Her band number allows me to be sure it's the 888 juvenile.

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She's off again, moving to a tree by the Pond and then back west to a tree near Cop Cot.

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She then catches a small mouse by the wall on Central Park South, just across the street from the Essex House.

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She makes quick work of this snack sized mouse.

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Then it's off to an area just north of the South Drive around Seventh Avenue.

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She has what looks to be some food, possibly something she's cached.

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Then a small war begins.  This squirrel whose den is at the end of the tree, decides to protect its branch.

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The squirrel is amazingly aggressive.  The squirrel tries to bite the juvenile, so she flies off quickly but then returns to the tree branch.

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So, this is why you're worried.

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After a stand off, the squirrel come out again.

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This stand off ended in an amazing way.  The juvenile dropped from the tree to catch a mouse.  How it kept track of the squirrel and the mouse at the same time, I'll never know.

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It caught the mouse, even while being distracted by the squirrel.

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After finishing her meal, she was off again.

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By this time, I felt like I had been run around the park too much and gave up on tracking her.  It's nice to have her back.