Joe DiCostanzo identified a White-winged Dove at the Evodia Feeders of Central Park this afternoon among a group of Mourning Doves. The bird is usually seen in the far south. While it is seen along the Northeast Coast up through Maine and into Canada on rare occasions, it may be the first recorded sighting for Manhattan. Great birding Joe!
There was a Great Horned Owl in Central Park on Wednesday. There are concerns by many Central Park birders that owl safety is being compromised for "twitter likes" and so I thought it might be good idea to wait a few days before posting these photos.
One of the adults was on the "nest" which had a plastic bag and a few twigs. Since a female Red-tail can take almost a week to lay three eggs, I'm not sure if we might see another egg so I've been keeping an eye out when I'm nearby. Today, I didn't get any answer to what's happening.
I looked at the two Central Park Red-tailed Hawk nests on Tuesday.
On the San Remo, one of the hawks was on the ledge. It flew in and out a few times. Most of the twigs have blown off. The female may have an egg or two more to lay so I'll be keeping an eye on the ledge over the next few days.
350 CPW continues to look good. The female was sitting on the eggs and rolled them while I was there. I'm looking forward to eyasses in late April.
The new nest in Fort Washington Park, may be a replacement for the J. Hood Wright nest. It's right next to Henry Hudson Parkway, so it will be interesting to see how the fledglings do. It has the benefit of a no-man's land between the Parkway and the railroad tracks, but also the danger. I saw the female on the nest and the male, who chased out a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.
- I've added the San Remo nest to the list of nests. While they lost an egg, there is a slight possibility that they will lay additional eggs.
- A new nest has been identified for Manhattan. Thanks to Jessica Ancker, who saw a photographer's Facebook post of the nest. The nest is just west of the south lane of the Henry Hudson Parkway, and east of the Amtrak tracks at 164th Street. It can be seen from Riverside Drive or from Fort Washington Park.
On my way home from the North Woods of Central Park, I went by 350 Central Park West to see how the pair was doing. Luckily, I got to see the pair exchange places on the nest. Both hawks looked great.
Neither of the San Remo hawks was sitting on the nest late this morning, so I assume they lost their egg to gravity sometime in the last 24 hours.
The good news is that the San Remo hawks have an egg. The very sad news is that yet again they haven't built a proper nest and while the egg didn't roll off the ledge, it came very close to being lost this afternoon. It is more than likely that this couple will have a failed nest again this year.
I caught up with the San Remo pair late in the day, when they had completed their work for the day on the nest. They were perched on the north tower and one of them made a brief nest visit.
The San Remo/Beresford pair are again trying to build a nest on The San Remo's north tower. They brought sticks, copulated and then brought plastic bags to the nest. In the high winds, it looked as though they lost more material than they had brought in. This pair just can't get its act together. They have has a serious of failed nesting attempts, including letting an egg fall in 2016.
I saw a Silver-haired Bat (and recorded its echo location) flying around the southern end of Turtle Pond. On days early or late in the season it is not uncommon to see a bat in the late afternoon. Nice to see my third bat in a week.
I was able to confirm that the nest at 310 West 72 Street was active today. So that gives us ten known active nests in Manhattan for 2109.
Below are video and images from the 310 West 72nd Street nest.
St. John the Divine nest is active again this year. I saw the two parents exchange nesting duties.
I was doing a sweep of northern Manhattan and St. John was the only positive of note on my tour. I came up empty at CCNY and J. Hood Wright Park, both of which have had their old nests removed. There have to be nest between St. John and Inwood Hill Park. Where are they?