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Bobby Horvath, Wildlife Rehabilitator

Rob Jett has a wonderful blog entry about Bobby Horvath's rescue of a young bald eagle out on Long Island.  Click here to read the article.

Bobby was involved with assisting many of the Red-tails that got into trouble in New York City this summer.  If you're looking for some last minute 2008 tax deductions, and you're a NYC Raptor lover, I can think of no better donation then to help Bobby's organization. 

If you’d like to make a monetary donation, checks can be made out to “Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation” and sent to:

202 N. Wyoming Avenue
North Massapequa, NY 11758


I went up to Croton-on-Hudson to look for Bald Eagles today.  I didn't have any luck finding one, but did run into this Red-tailed Hawk who was hunting in a marsh.



Christmas Birds

I did some lazy birding in Central Park on Christmas Day.

I started out and ended up searching for owls, which were impossible to find today. The red phased Screech-Owl is only being found on very cold days.  Her alternative cavities haven't been discovered. 

The Screech-Owl from last season, either from the 60's or up in the North Wood, haven't been found either.  Nor have any Long-eared Owls stayed for more than a day, although two have been seen in the fall.

Between my owl searches, I did get to see a Cooper's Hawk, two Common Loons, some cute Hooded Mergansers and the "other" Red-headed Woodpecker (up by the tennis courts rather than in the Locust Grove).








Out On A Limb

The snow had this raccoon out in the daytime, eating crab apples at the top of the tree.  The raccoon could not move out any further, so it had to do all kinds of tricks to get the fruit that was just barely within reach.




Immature Red-headed Woodpecker

The Christmas Bird Count took place in Central Park today.  Among the birds counted were three Red-headed Woodpeckers.  (It's possible that the Locust Grove bird was double counted.  So, there might only be two.)

Below are pictures of the one in the southern section of the Locust Grove.  Note the hint of red growing in on the back of the bird's head.