Pale Male

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.

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Pale Male Again

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.

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Pale Male

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.

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Even More 927 Fifth Avenue Brooding

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?

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Another Exchange at 927 Fifth Avenue

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.

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Octavia Returns To The Nest

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.

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Another Three Raptor Day

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. 

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Fifth Avenue Red-tailed Hawks

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.

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Pale Male

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. 

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Pale Male

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.

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Pale Male

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.

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