Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Total surprise

Still editing. Saw a bird fly by across the way. Not a pigeon. Not a starling. Not a hawk or crow.  Holy cow, a kestral!  Caught something while flying and landed on window ledge, 22nd floor. That's the equivalent of a block away. Gorgeous kestral. I think it caught a sparrow.  By the time I got to camera it was working on guts. Now I have the big camera set in window for next time, hopefully there will be a next time.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Odd lot

Busy with lots of photo requests, so not posting as much. More images on Facebook and Instagram. Here from Wagner Cove, the bluejay and the flicker.
Trying to get butterfly's eyes
Hiding behind flower.
Curious young catbird.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Young hawk, continued

Love those talons
Time to preen
Bye bye birdie, but not too far away
Into trees in garden right behind bench sitters who had no idea what was going on behind their heads.
Off to the school yard. Higher perch. Food? A pigeon flew by. Hawk gave chase.
Pigeon  not caught. Next perch on balcony of 180 West End, 6th floor.
Down to 4th floor. Anyone home?
Hawk then headed  north west. I didn't follow. Maybe it will be back.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Absolutely no robins

Every small bird in the garden vanished yesterday afternoon. Visiting young redtail hawk on the prowl for food. Second floor balcony chosen for visual hunt. Total delight for neighbors.
To be continued. Have to go out for photo request.

Friday, August 11, 2017

No robins

I suspect the final cluster of baby robins were the final fledglings for this season. This coincided with the end of the mulberry season.  No more robin babies. Time to watch other subjects.
Young blue jay
Young cat bird.  Both youngsters in same area, Wagner Cove in the park. That's the south tip of the 72nd street lake.
Where is a hawk when you need one. Actually the rats are cute if you ignore the tail. There is a huge rat community in all areas of the park. They're looking healthy, not like the subway rats.
Layer of algae scum on the lake surface so turtles look surreal.
                                                                    Summer  fashion.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Just a few robins

Work all day. Time for a garden fix. Pretty soon these babies are going to move on.
Oh good, found a crispy critter.

Berries are drying up. Babies will leave.