With westerly winds on Tuesday night, both hawks found roosts sheltered from the winds. They were about four blocks apart one east and one west of the park.
Tonight, I had the pleasure of watching Rosie and Bobby go to roost on a fire escape a few blocks from the nest. I have visited the park a few times this month and not found the hawks, so it was nice this night to watch them for over an hour. After striking out a few times, it was good to have a home run.
On Sunday, I had a great time in Central Park.
As I walked into the park, Pale Male was in a favorite windows on Fifth Avenue. It was so nice to find him within a minute of walking into the park. Later, I saw another Red-tail circling around 85th and Central Park West.
Then it was off to see a Vesper Sparrow in the Pinetum. It was eating grass seed on a newly seeded lawn. This semi-rare sparrow for Central Park was fairly easy to watch.
The last highlight of the day was a Cape May Warbler high atop an Elm tree. This specific tree has been knocked full of holes by Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers and has been dubbed by some birders the Magic Tree, because it is attracting so many warblers this year.
Bryant Park, a small city park west of the New York Library, is a magnet for migrating birds. This week's specialty was a Sora, a bird normaly seen in reeds along water shores.
Pale Male loves to spend time up by Turtle Pond, the Met and the Great Lawn in the Fall. His schedule this season seems a little off though. Between the nest and the Beresford being covered in netting, and a new mate that seems a little more alouf than past mates, I haven't seen him in his regular perches or hunting locations this season.
However, on Saturday evening he was back in his favorite Fall spots. Eating in a favorite tree, perching on a streetlight over the East Drive, and then perching on the Met.