Long-eared Owls (LEO) are a special treat in Central Park. They sometimes are found during spring and fall migration, but usually they arrive mid-winter for a few weeks when there is dense snow further north.
This Long-eared Owl was very accommodating. It was in a section of a tree without too many branches near its perch. It spent about a week in the same tree and has now moved on.
As we curse all of the recent snow, remember that it can bring Long-eared Owls to Central Park, Bald Eagles to Fort Tryon and Inwood Hill parks (there have been sightings this week), and Hawks to various backyards and fire escapes thought the city.
(These pictures are from January 27th. I delayed posting them to protect the Long-eared Owl. It was in a very public place, and would have been harassed if news about its location had been made public.)