Today was our last winter walk. I'm so glad that Paul did a make-up for people who missed! It started off quite quiet in the park - on my way up I didn't see any hawks, woodpeckers, or even ducks on the lake. Yesterday there were a few dozen, and really fiesty! Today, quiet.
When I was almost there I saw a hawk flying, it looked like it was coming down Central Park West, and then when I got to the meeting spot Paul said they saw a peregrine dive-bomb a hawk! I wonder if it was the same one. So sad I missed that!
Starting out, we did manage to find the usual suspects - white-throated sparrows, red-bellied woodpeckers, downies, cardinals. The walk really picked up when we got to the oven.
Looking alert - what's happening now?
Then we headed back down, and someone spotted another hawk on the way down! It was definitely a hawk-heavy day! It was another red-tailed hawk, adult - it flashed its gorgeous red tail at us. Sadly the pictures did not come out very well.
I split off from the group and headed back south on my own.
Then he flew between trees a few times, staying close to where he put the squirrel. I don't know why he didn't just eat it. Another question for another day. :-)