Octavia was hanging out on a building just south of the Frick about a week ago. It's one of her favorite spots and the "hawk chawk" below the window proves it.
Pale Male continues to hunt near the "Polish statue" in Central Park. He might be the easiest Red-tailed Hawk to watch in New York. He had caught a small mouse before I arrived, but was certainly keeping an eye out for his next meal, while I watched him.
Pale Male at the Obelisk (also know as, Cleopatra's Needle) in Central Park today. He loves this area in the fall, and patiently waits until the rats come out at dusk.
Pale Male continues to eat and hunt in the late afternoons east of the Great Lawn in Central Park. He's not there every day, but he's there often, as he has in past years. I caught up with him on Friday and Sunday.
Pale Male was in one of his favorite late summer/fall eating spots on Saturday. He likes a tree with a wide flat branch that makes a great picnic table in a triangle shaped lawn that is north of the Polish statue and south of the Obelisk. He was eating a rat. After he was done, he flew over to the Met. He should enjoy now before the roof reopens to visitors.
Frederic Lilien has generously made his film The Legend of Pale Male available to watch for free during the Covid-19 outbreak. Enjoy the film!
Pale Male and Octavia continue to show me how dull it is to watch a brooding nest. Not much happens when I'm there. I have hours of the same footage. But here's some more of the same!
It will be interesting to see if the eggs hatch this year. Low levels of rodenticides may led to infertility. If this year's eggs don't had, should we worry that Octavia has repeated the problems Lola had?
My daily social distancing walk took me around the southern areas of Central Park. I first caught up with the two hawks around Grand Army Plaza. One was on 9 West 57th and the other on a perch I just discovered, 520 Park Avenue (which is really 42 East 60th).
I then saw both of the San Remo hawks on the San Remo. The nest on The Majestic look big enough to stop an egg from rolling off, but it still isn't built properly.
Lastly, I saw and filmed Octavia leave the nest and Pale Male take over incubating duties. Sorry about the poor video, the wind was bouncing my camera around.
I found a good vantage point to watch Octavia incubate her eggs, off the beaten track so I can safely practice social distancing. Nothing much happened while I watched her for about an hour.
I caught up with the 927 Fifth Avenue nest as Octavia had returned and Pale Male was leaving the nest.
The background music is from an Accordion player, illegally using an amplifier to totally dominate the Model Boat Pond area. Sadly, the COVID-19 outbreak is being used by many, mostly affluent park users to flaunt the park regulations. There are hundreds of off leash dogs, bikes illegally on paths, dogs in the lakes and ponds, people jumping fences damaging the landscapes and motorized scooters in the park now. While I expected some break down of the social order due to COVID-19, I wasn't expecting it to start with the most affluent New Yorkers.
Just catching up with posts. This was from Sunday. Octavia can be seen on the 927 Fifth Avenue nest from Pilgrim Hill if you stand in exactly the right place.
Octavia has been sitting on the nest for at least the last few days. She's very hard to see when she's on the nest. I got some brief glimpses of her this afternoon.
On Monday afternoon, Pale Male was on the 927 Fifth Avenue nest and Octavia was on a building at 79th and Fifth Avenue. Pale Male did some rearranging of some sticks on the nest.
Central Park has been very quiet this winter. Birds number are low, and many of our standard winter species are hard to find. But three species of raptors, are consistently being seen, Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks and Peregrine Falcons.
The park has a number of Cooper's Hawks, mostly juveniles spending the winter. On Friday, two were working the Evodia Field feeders. One of them caught a sparrow. While eating it, the other tried to steal the food without success.
On my way north, I ran into Pale Male sunning outside the Maintenance bathrooms. Central Park had no fledglings last year. The pair at 95th Street/CPW lost their young about two weeks after they hatched and the adult female died. Pale Male and Octavia, who were not seen copulating last year, did not have their eggs hatch. And the pair on the San Remo, laid eggs without a nest yet again.
So, it will be interesting to see what happens this year. There definitely are three adult pairs of hawks in the park, with possibly a forth (59th and Fifth Avenue) or fifth pair (north of Mount Sinai). After Valentine's Day, we should be seeing lots of copulation and nest building activity. Let's hope we have at least one successful pair this year. Keep an eye out for activity over the next eight weeks.
Further north, the lone Peregrine Falcon that has been on the El Dorado, was there yet again.
I had some nice encounters with Pale Male and Octavia over the last two days. Pale Male was on the "Linda Building" at 73rd and Fifth Avenue on Sunday, and both hawks were near the Ancient Playground just north of the Met on Monday. It was nice to see Octavia, who can be hard to find in the winter. The first four images are of Pale Male and the last four are of Octavia.
On Wednesday, Pale Male was on one of his favorite buildings at 73rd and Fifth Avenue. I has seen him at dusk further north on Monday and watched him catch a rat.
I caught up with Pale Male on Wednesday on one of his favorite window railings at 73rd Street and Fifth Avenue. The days have gotten short and soon he and Octavia will be working on the nest for next season. Last year, there were no reports of anyone seeing Pale Male and Octavia copulate and the eggs didn't hatch. Let's hope for a more productive 2020.
November is a great time to watch hawks in Central Park. Migrants are coming through, both adults and juveniles and resident Red-tailed adults are more visible as the trees loose their leaves. Here's a group of images taken over the last two weeks, from the south end to the north.
Pale Male was perched east of the Maintenance Building in the Ramble for most of the afternoon in Central Park on Saturday before going off to roost via a tree on Cedar Hill. He's been hunting rodents, where he was perched, on earlier days this month.