Monday, December 27, 2010

eBird-a-thon 2011 (Southeast New York)

Head over to Benjamin Van Doren's site ‘Warblings’ for contest details.

Monday, November 22, 2010 NYC Area Abundance Charts


Below is a table of abundance charts based on data submitted to The data is arranged by location, by month and by season.

When the location name in the left column is clickable this will bring up a page of 2011 arrivals showing the latest arrivals first. This feature does not work for multiple locations i.e. counties or hotspots

Monday, October 18, 2010 NYC Area Reports (2010 & Overall)


Below is a table of abundance charts based on data submitted to The data is arranged by location, by month and by season.

When the location name in the left column is clickable this will bring up a page of 2011 arrivals showing the latest arrivals first. This feature does not work for multiple locations i.e. counties or hotspots

Saturday, July 04, 2009

American Kestrel with Lizard 14-Jun-2009

American Kestrel With Lizard
Female American Kestrel With Lizard
Images by BEN CACACE

The nesting American Kestrels, on the Upper East Side in the mid 70s, have revealed the presence of lizards on their territory.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Upper East Side: Kestrels Mating 12-Apr-2008

American Kestrels
Images by BEN CACACE

The image above is an animation of 22 stills taken on Saturday 12-April-2008 from 6:03:20 — 6:03:32 EDST.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Park Ave. Peregrines Are Back: 14-Mar-2008

Today I spent a half hour during lunch hour plus a little less than a hour after work watching raptors over Park Ave. from a convenient seat near 52nd St.

Met Life Building: Peregrine Perch 13-Mar-2008

Peregrine Falcon Perch
(Click image for a larger view)

During lunch hour today I spotted a Peregrine Falcon heading south while looking for American Kestrels from Park Ave. & 51st St. north of St. Bart's.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Central Park Report: 18-Aug-2007

DATE: Saturday, 18 August 2007 (3:45p-7:20p)
LOCATION: Central Park - reservoir & north end

It's easy to see Central Park is not a nature sanctuary. While counting the Mallards on the Meer I spotted one with a huge fishing lure lodged in its lower bill. Last week the same was seen with a Canada Goose.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

“Krider's” Red-tailed Hawk Links: 7-Aug-2007


Monday, August 06, 2007

Park Ave. Peregrine Falcons: 6 August 2007

It was good to finally see a Peregrine Falcon tonight on its Park Ave. territory — north of the Met Life building. My last sighting was June 21st when a Peregrine was seen circling over Park Ave. with prey. It landed on 350 Park Ave. to eat the meal.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Adult Red-tailed Hawk in Pale Male's Space

Adult Red-tailed Hawk
(Click image for a larger view)

Tonight this adult Red-tailed Hawk was spotted near the north edge of Pale Male's territory. The hawk has a red tail. It was just inside the 85th St. & 5th Ave. entrance. Blue Jays and Robins were making a racket.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Park Ave. Peregrine Falcons: 24 April 2007

320 Park Ave.

These observations occured while heading back to work as I passed through the Park Ave. Peregrine Falcon territory. As soon as I turned the corner I spotted a falcon on 320 Park Ave. (‘Mutual of America Building’).

The image to the right was taken on March 28th and is the exact same perch I found this Peregrine on. It was facing south and keeping an eye on the nest building. This falcon was first spotted at 6:10pm EDT.

At 6:35pm I decided to move north from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where the President was just arriving, to my usual viewing spot at 52nd St. and Park Ave.

From here I spotted an ‘object’ in one of the openings on the north face of the ‘nest’ building. Since I didn't have binoculars I could only guess this was a Peregrine Falcon. It was the right size, the right color and had the right attitude.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Central Park Reservoir: 5 Common Loons 18-Apr

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Three of Five Common Loons
Image by B. Cacace
(click either image for a combined view)
420mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter: 1/160s | Aperture: f/5.6

The number of Common Loons in breeding plumage on Central Park's reservoir has increased to five. All were seen on the surface simultaneously.

Two were feeding in close proximity to each other.

To read the full report of the birds seen in the park after work click here.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Park Ave. Peregrine Falcons: 7 April 2007

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♀ on 280 Park Ave.
7-Apr 5:25pm

photo by B. Cacace
420mm | ISO: 80 | Shutter: 1/400s | Aperture: f/6.3
Above Park Ave.
7-Apr 5:28pm

photo by B. Cacace
420mm | ISO: 80 | Shutter: 1/640s | Aperture: f/5.6

I decided to record the 3rd round of the Master's in order to check up on the Peregrine pair. It might be hard to tell but the highly processed uncompressed image above is my 1st flight shot of any kind.

Bruce Yolton of ‘Urban Hawks’ was already at the site with his camera. Soon we were watching an already perched falcon at the base of the ‘flag’ on the ‘Mutual of America Building’ (320 Park Ave.) This perch can be seen in the post from March 30th.

Bruce took a number of photos from 50th St. on the east side of Park Ave. The falcon was facing south the whole time and remained in the same position from 3:20pm - 4:05pm.

Bruce then headed off to Central Park. I went off to take care of some chores. As I was heading south I turned to look at falcon and noticed that it wasn't perched any longer. This was around 4:10pm.

On my way back I passed by 46th St. & Park Ave. around 5:15pm and spotted a falcon circling over Park Ave. The falcon then entered an opening at the top of a building's east face. This is probably the site of their nest.

The falcon exited the site followed by its mate. One falcon then landed on the roof of 280 Park Ave. Soon after the male circled then landed on the female for the 1st mating I've seen by this pair for the season. This is also the 1st time seeing a Peregrine perched on the roof of 280 Park Ave.

Shortly after mating the male falcon headed out and entered the east face of the probable nest site.

The female remained on the perch from 5:18pm leaving at 5:27pm. It returned to the area at 5:29pm and circled over Park Ave. then entered the ‘nest site’. One exited (not sure which), circled over the avenue and then headed towards the east.

I left the site at 5:30pm.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Park Ave. Peregrine Falcons: 2 April 2007

299 Park Ave.
Image by Ben Cacace
(31-Mar 6:21pm EDT)

420mm | ISO: 80 | Shutter: 1/125s | Aperture: f/5.6

I left the office late and didn't think to go birding but since there was still a few minutes of daylight left I headed downstairs to observe the Peregrine Falcons. It was worthwhile since I got to see a phenomenal stoop and the first evening roost of either falcon.

I arrived at 6:45pm, about 35 minutes before sunset, and a falcon was already perched on the northwest corner of 299 Park Ave. (‘UBS Building’) between 49th & 48th St. on the east side of Park Ave.

I started taking photos and missed the moment when the Peregrine moved. This was around 6:52pm. I kept an eye on the buildings and noticed a falcon taking off from 299 Park Ave. from a point a bit further south from where I first spotted it. This was around 7:00p.

The flight display over the next few minutes was spectacular even though it was purely functional. The falcon took off from 299 Park Ave. and dove directly towards the highest point of a building due west. The heights of both buildings were about the same. It perched in a space 12 openings from the north edge of the building.

After settling in for minute or so it headed back out and started making clockwise circles over Park Ave. When the Peregrine came close to the face of 299 Park Ave. it flipped over and plunged vertically along the face of the skyscraper. A breathtaking sight.

When it leveled out it was at the exact height it needed in order to perch in the opening of a building and did this flawlessly. I still can't believe how fast and accurate this maneuver was and that it perched in the opening with seemingly little effort. This spot was 6 spaces from the building's north edge.

Within a minute it made a powered flight up the face of 299 Park Ave. and perched on one of the vertical metal strips that are so popular with the newer buildings. It remained on this perch from 7:02pm until I left the site well after sunset at 7:50pm. This is the first roosting site I've spotted for either of these Peregrines.

Park Ave. Peregrine Falcons: 31 March 2007

Peregrine Falcon
(Click image to visit Bruce's site with add'l photos)

The above image was taken by Bruce Yolton on Saturday March 31st shortly after 6:30pm. Thank's to Bruce for allowing me to use his image on this blog. He had the right idea in trying to get as close as possible to the Peregrine Falcon. This was the easiest way of increasing image size without having to buy more glass.

299 Park Ave.
(6:21pm EDT)
420mm | ISO: 80 | Shutter: 1/200s | Aperture: f/5.0
(clickable image)

The image to the right was taken by me and is the of the same Peregrine on the same perch as Bruce's photo. I took this from 49th St. looking east as I was approaching Park Ave. I was half a block away from the Peregrine.

The activity was limited. I arrived at the site around 6:25pm.

It was great having Bruce there. At his suggestion we looked for a closer spot to image the falcon. We ended up at the corner of 51st St. & Park Ave. on the west side of the avenue for the photos he took.

The falcon remained on the same perch from before the time I arrived around 6:20pm until 6:44pm. Bruce left the site around 6:50pm.

I stayed on and watched the last pass of a falcon at 7:16pm. It headed north behind 350 Park Ave. and then passed behind the Park Ave. Atrium between 52nd & 53rd St. I wasn't able to follow it north of the Atrium.

I left the site at 7:20pm. Be sure to visit Bruce's site (click the top photo) for more images and in the future for additional updates.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Park Ave. Peregrine Falcons: 30 March 2007

320 Park Ave.
(7:05pm EDT)
345mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter: 1/25s | Aperture: f/3.6

After spending a few evenings watching this pair of Peregrines some patterns are emerging:

  • They prefer certain perches over others. Four buildings have been used for this purpose and 2 are used more often than the others. The preferred buildings are 299 Park Ave. (‘UBS Building’) & 320 Park Ave. (‘Mutual of America Building’)
  • The pair have engaged in some tandem flights. One will head out and the other will leave its perch and lead or follow the 1st. It's not possible from my vantage point to see the results of this behavior.

During lunch I spotted a Peregrine Falcon going to perch on 320 Park Ave. at 12:50pm . At 12:57pm it left towards the SE over 51st St. I departed at 1:00pm.

Also seen were 3 Turkey Vultures heading NW over Lexington Ave. at 12:40pm.

After work I stopped by the site again. I arrived at 5:28pm & left at 7:20pm.

After scanning the tops of the buildings I picked up the 1st Peregrine which was already on 320 Park Ave. on a favorite perch pictured in the March 28th entry. This perch is on the south side of the roof. The building is on the west side of the avenue.

Shortly after at 5:32pm I spotted an already perched falcon on the southeast corner of 350 Park Ave. (‘Park Ave. Bank Building’). By 5:30pm it set off to the east then headed back towards 320 Park Ave. and then it was gone. Later on at 5:47pm this Peregrine was seen heading north over Madison Ave. I didn't seen where it was originally perched.

At 6:36pm the 320 Park Ave. bird went through every conceivable type of stretching possible — wing & leg, tail spread plus a lifting of both wings which has been referred to as the ‘De Lorean’. This phrase was coined by D. Bruce Yolton while watching owls preparing to fly out. The camera wasn't out to capture any of these poses.

At 6:48pm, more than 80 minutes on the same perch, the 320 Park Ave. falcon lifted off and traced a few counterclockwise circles. It then headed towards a building's east face into one of the openings near the roof — 4 openings from the north edge.

Within a minute the other Peregrine arrived from the south to enter the same face on the same building — 3 openings from the south edge.

At 6:50pm a falcon exited the building and headed to a new perch on 320 Park Ave pictured in the photo above.

At 7:11pm the female Peregrine (the size difference is obvious when they're seen together) left the building heading north along Park Ave. The 320 Park Ave. falcon then left its perch leading the female. They both headed north. When they passed the Four Seasons Hotel (around 58th St.) they veered west over Central Park.

I left shortly after at 7:20pm.

Question: Does anyone know of a place where the public can visit in one of the buildings surrounding the territory where these Peregrines have set up their territory? Thanks in advance.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Park Ave. Peregrine Falcons: 29 March 2007

299 Park Ave.
(5:32pm EDT)
35mm film equiv.: 420mm | ISO: 80 | Shutter: 1/200s | Aperture: f/5.6

The evening session was cut short due to headache. Enough time was spent at the site to make it a worthwhile outing.

I stayed for an hour arriving at 5:13pm.

At 5:31pm, 18 minutes after arriving, a Peregrine was spotted moving south along Park Ave. to a perch on the northwest corner of 299 Park Ave. (‘UBS Building’).

While the 299 Park Ave. falcon was scanning the territory another Peregrine was seen flying north from a building's opening at 6:09pm. It headed for a favorite perch on 320 Park Ave. (‘Mutual of America Building’) on its south facing side.

While photographing the 320 Park Ave. falcon I spotted the 299 Park Ave. Peregrine heading north behind the 320 Park Ave. building. Even though I was looking west along 52nd St. I didn't see it flying north of 52nd St.

Shortly after the previously seen north bound falcon was heading south towards the opening of a building's east face. This opening is 5 from the south side.

I left the site with a falcon still perched on 320 Park Ave. at 6:15pm.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Park Ave. Peregrine Falcons : 28 March 2007

320 Park Ave.
(7:07pm EDT)
35mm film equiv.: 405mm | ISO: 80 | Shutter: 1/30 | Aperture: f/3.7

Activity was seen from 7:02pm-7:21pm.

I arrived at 7:00pm and spotted a Peregrine Falcon exiting an opening from a building's south face. It then headed west, then north, then perched on the south side of 320 Park Ave. (‘Mutual of America Building’). The photo on the right was taken at this time.

At 7:19pm a 2nd falcon was seen heading north just west of Park Ave. It continued north & disappeared from view between the ‘Sony Building’ (the ex-ITT Building) and the Four Seasons Hotel off Central Park South.

At 7:21pm the 320 Park Ave. falcon left its perch & circled a few times over Park Ave. It then headed west disappearing south behind the ‘Mutual of America Building’.

I left the site at 7:30pm. So far I've been able to view activity over Park Ave. every day I've visited the site. This is a better hit rate versus viewing Peregrines from the south end of Central Park.

Park Ave. Peregrine Falcons : 27 March 2007

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299 Park Ave.
(6:29pm EDT)
420mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter: 1/500s | Aperture: f/3.7
320 Park Ave.
(6:45pm EDT)
420mm | ISO: 80 | Shutter: 1/80s | Aperture: f/4.5
350 Park Ave.
(6:32pm EDT)
317mm | ISO: 80 | Shutter: 1/80s | Aperture: f/4.0

The center and right images were taken when both Peregrines were visible. They were perched a city block from each other.

There was a lot of activity tonight. Both the male & female were visible simultaneously on several occasions.

I arrived at 6:00pm. At 6:13pm a single falcon was heading uptown along Park Ave. It veered to the east as it approached 57th St. My observing location was at 52nd & 51st St. on the east side of the avenue.

A lot happened between 6:30-6:34pm.

First a falcon was seen coming in from the north heading down Park Ave. to a perch on 299 Park Ave. (the ‘UBS Building’) between 48th & 49th St. The perch was the same corner (north-west) used on the 22nd of March. This is the leftmost image above.

From the south another Peregrine was seen heading for a perch on 320 Park Ave. (the ‘Mutual of America Building’). This is between 50th & 51st St. It perched facing south.

Soon after landing this falcon headed for an opening at the top of a building along the west side of Park Ave. Seconds later the falcon on 299 Park Ave. followed it to the same opening.

After the second falcon landed one of the Peregrines left the site with prey in its talons to a perch on 350 Park Ave. (the ‘Park Ave. Bank Building’) between 51st & 52nd St.

By 6:43pm I noticed a Peregrine perched just south of this falcon on 320 Park Ave. This is the falcon in the center photo above. The falcon that carried the prey to 350 Park Ave. is in the rightmost image.

At 6:50pm the 350 Park Ave. falcon headed south along Park Ave. followed by the 320 Park Ave. bird. Both veered west along 48th St.

The last sighting at 7:25pm was of a Peregrine heading north along Park Ave. pursuing a Mourning Dove. The falcon didn't appear to be flying hard to keep up with the dove. Both disappeared from view behind the ‘Park Ave. Atrium’ (between 52nd & 53rd St.) briefly.

Seconds later the Peregrine appeared again swooping on a bird. I couldn't tell if the bird was caught since the Peregrine disappeared again behind the ‘Park Ave. Atrium’.

The sky was clear and the temperature was between 74°-71°F.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Park Ave. Peregrines & CZA: 25 March 2007

Peregrine Falcon
(Click image for a larger view)

Peregrine Falcon
(Click image for a larger view)

Recently I spotted some activity over Park Ave. that suggests there may be some nesting in the area north of the Met Life Building.

On March 21st I watched a Peregrine Falcon circling over Park Ave. while I was heading back to work. I followed it to a perch just below the roof of a building. A few openings away from this Peregrine was a second falcon perched on the same level just below the fencing.

Over the next few minutes the Peregrines were seen perched side-by-side with one of them entering the opening and then leaving the site with something in its talons. The whole time spent observing was no more than 20 minutes.

Tonight I stopped by the site to see if there was any activity that could lead to a definitive nest location. Five minutes after settling in I spotted both falcons heading north. The male was in the lead followed by the female. This occurred around 5:10p.

Watching Peregrine Falcons is mainly a waiting game. When I was at the site the day after first spotting the pair it took 4 outings before I saw any activity.

Tonight, after the 5:10p sighting, I waited for 40 minutes before a Peregrine returned to the area. It circled and perched on 320 Park Ave. (the ‘Mutual of America’ building) between 51st and 52nd St. After 5 minutes it flew east to the west tower of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel which is a huge building.

It remained on this perch for 35 minutes. When it left at 6:33p it took the same path as the pair did when I saw them heading north at 5:10p.

I left the area at 6:45p.

The photos were taken with a 420mm (35mm equivalent) lens, hand held with image stabilization. A larger lens mounted on tripod should pull in some nice photos.

Circumzenithal Arc — 5:15p EDT
(Click image for a larger view)

The image above is a circumzenithal arc (CZA) I took this evening. The image was shot at 5:15p. The internal clock on the camera was not adjusted for Daylight Saving Time in case you can see the EXIF information.

The altitude of the Sun at the time of the photo was a bit over 21°. The greatest brilliancy for a CZA is when the altitude of the Sun is 22° which was 5 minutes earlier. CZAs cannot form when the altitude of the Sun is 32° or higher. I wish I took down the time when the CZA disappeared but my focus was on the falcons. An hour before the photo was taken was when the Sun was 32° above the horizon.

Some references for circumzenithal arcs:

History of 5th Ave. Red-tailed Hawks

Attached is the document ‘History of the Fifth Avenue Red-tailed Hawks as of 4/21/06’ produced by Jim Lewis and supplied to me by Marie Winn. I've uploaded the document to my site in order to make it available to the public.

Click on the title in quotes to view the chart ... Enjoy!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Bald Eagle on Reservoir 24-Feb-2007

Bald Eagle - juvenile
(Click image for a wider view)

Update 9-Apr-2007: I've spoken to a number of birders from Central Park who have birded there awhile and/or know the history of sightings in the park and the consensus is that this is the first confirmed sighting of a Bald Eagle landing in Central Park!

Update to original post: added a full frame image to show the amount of cropping and some additional details surrounding the reservoir. The eagle was spotted at 8:30 am and left shortly after finishing its meal at 9:20 am. The image is taken from the east looking towards the west.

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DATE: Saturday, 24 February 2007 (7:50a-2:20p)
LOCATION: Central Park - reservoir to south end of park
OBSERVERS: Omar Morales, Ben Cacace

Even though the reservoir was almost completely frozen over we decided to take a trip around the running track. The only open water on the reservoir continues around the 'fountain' in the SW quadrant. In this opening were ~50 Canada Geese, 6 American Coots & several Ring-billed Gulls. It's unfortunate I didn't make an exact count of the gulls.

As we made our way along the east side of the reservoir heading north I noticed the gulls had just lifted off the reservoir. I always look for raptors in the sky when this happens since this is sometimes the reason for the scare. This time the reward was a juvenile Bald Eagle carrying one of the Ring-billed Gulls. The eagle started climbing a bit but then started settling into descending loops and finally landed out in the middle of the reservoir on the ice.

It was almost immediately joined by 3 crows waiting on scraps.

We didn't spot the eagle arriving but saw it shortly after the gulls lifted. It already had the Ring-billed in its talons.

Also seen were 6 Red-tailed Hawks. Both sets of adults from the 5th Ave. nest and the Trump Parc nest. A Red-tailed was seen north of the reservoir. On my way to the south end there was a juvenile RT feasting on a pigeon just east of the Falconer's statue.

Red-tailed Hawk — juvenile
(Click image for a larger view)

The male Northern Pintail continues on The Pond at the south end of the park.

** Total species - 33 **

'Infrequent' migrants [1 spp]:
+ Northern Pintail - 1 male on The Pond at S end of park

'Less Common' migrants [3 spp]:
+ Bald Eagle - 1 juvenile (probable 1st year) on the reservoir's ice feeding on a Ring-billed Gull
+ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1 heard near Chess & Checkers House
+ Fox Sparrow - 1 just N of Swedish Cottage W of Shakespeare Garden

'Common' migrants [13 spp]:
- American Black Duck - At least 6 incl. 4 on the lake plus 2 on The Pond
- Northern Shoveler - At least 12 on the lake
- Ruddy Duck - At least 3 on the lake (2f/1m)
- American Coot - 6 continue on the reservoir
- Northern Flicker - 2 incl. 1 female near Locust plus 1 male on Sheep Meadow
- White-breasted Nuthatch - At least 6 throughout the park
- American Robin - 2 in The Oven (Ramble)
- Eastern Towhee - 1 male around Strawberry Fields
- Song Sparrow - 1 on N edge of Turtle Pond
- White-throated Sparrow - Several dozen throughout the park (~100)
- Red-winged Blackbird - 2 adult males around Evodia Field feeders
- Common Grackle - At least 2 dozen (~24)
- American Goldfinch - At least 4 around Evodia Field feeders

Year round residents [16 spp]:
- Canada Goose - Approximately 50 in open water near the reservoir's fountain
- Mute Swan - 4: 2 on the lake plus 2 on The Pond
- Mallard - Approximately 100 on the lake plus 100 on The Pond
- Red-tailed Hawk - 6: 1 N of reservoir, 2 adults: 5th Ave nest, juv feeding near Falconer's statue, adults: S end nest
- Ring-billed Gull - Several dozen on the lake including several on the reservoir before the Bald Eagle arrived (~48)
- Rock Pigeon - Several dozen (~80)
- Mourning Dove - Several throughout the park (~6)
- Red-bellied Woodpecker - Several seen and heard (~4)
- Downy Woodpecker - Several seen and heard (~5)
- Blue Jay - Several throughout the park (~12)
- American Crow - 3 on the reservoir interacting with Bald Eagle while waiting for scraps
- Tufted Titmouse - At least a dozen throughout the park (~12)
- European Starling - At least 12 throughout the park
- Northern Cardinal - At least 4 in The Ramble
- House Finch - At least 2 dozen around Evodia Field feeders (~24)
- House Sparrow - At least 3 dozen (~36)

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Central Park Reservoir: 16-Feb-2007

American Coots (6)
Images by BEN CACACE
(Click image for a larger view)

Last night I made my first trip to the reservoir after work seeing that sunset is starting to fit in with quitting time.

I arrived at 5:26pm, roughly 5 minutes before sunset. I left the reservoir a few minutes before 6pm. I didn't know what shape the reservoir would be in but I wasn't too surprised that the ice coverage is close to 100%.


The only sizeable open water exists just south and east of the ‘fountain’ near the reservoir's south edge.

The waterfowl in this small open area has been filtered down to American Coots. These were the only ducks on the reservoir.

‘Birds of North America’ on-line says this about their flight:

“An extended period of Splattering along water’s surface required to become airborne …”

I wonder if this is the reason only coots remain.

Before leaving the reservoir a single White-throated Sparrow landed in a leafless bush. It called for a time while looking for a place to rest. It finally perched on the downwind side of a branch and appeared to have settled in for the night.

Before exiting the park at 81st St. & Central Park West a Red-tailed Hawk was seen roosting on the window frame of the Beresford Building's south-east tower. With westerly winds this appeared to be a very comfortable perch.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Avian Media Watch #1

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Some avian related items in the media to keep an eye on:

PBS: Nature — ‘Raptor Force’
Sun., 18 Feb 2007 at 8pm & 11pm (Thirteen, WNET - New York )
“Raptors such as the peregrine falcon, golden eagle and red-tailed hawk are spotlighted. Included: a miniature camera captures the world as birds see it; and chronicles a golden eagle's pursuit of a jackrabbit. Also: raptors' influence on airplane design.”
Outdoor Photographer — March 2007 issue
Article ‘The Birds of Central Park’ by Cal Vornberger
Bird Watcher's Digest — Mar/Apr 2007 issue
Article ‘Birds, Blogs, and You’ by Mike Bergin of 10,000 Birds
‘The Hawk is Dying’ &mdash starring Paul Giamatti
According to the Altoona Mirror this movie will be released in the U.S. in May/2007.