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Old Tuesday 17th July 2012, 15:30   #51
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Dear Arthur, just (09.40) had three Red-tailed Hawk rising form the area of Washington Park, then circling and heading north west (broadly speaking). That's the largest group I've seen in Manhattan, let alone down here in the Village. Good birding, Patrick
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Were any red tailed hawks juveniles?

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Old Tuesday 17th July 2012, 15:37   #52
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i have never seen a white throated sparrow,do they arrive in flocks,
like sparrows in uk , live in familys, and stay all year round,
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Hello RogerO,

The white throated sparrows arrive in the autumn, fall as the locals call it, and stay for the winter. They usually appear in groups but I cannot say if they flock.
BTW the house sparrow is a relatively recent import from the Uk, they have been around for around 140 years. Before they became ubiquitous in American cities, they were known as English sparrows.

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Hi Arthur. At least one of the birds seemed to be in this year's plumage. Best, Patrick
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Hello,

I have been visited, twice, by a juvenile northern cardinal. They show an extraordinary brownish red hue.

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Eyes on the skies

Arthur, and other occasional Manhattan Window readers. This afternoon saw a fairly good (or exceptionally good depending on previous records) passage of Broad-winged hawks moving south over Central Park. I had one group of 88 birds, and I know that counts have been in the several hundreds. If north winds continue overnight and conditions stay favourable, you might well get a few continuing the movement tomorrow. One or two Sharp-shinned involved too. And good numbers of Chimney swift and Monarch. Very best, Patrick
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Arthur, and other occasional Manhattan Window readers. This afternoon saw a fairly good (or exceptionally good depending on previous records) passage of Broad-winged hawks moving south over Central Park. I had one group of 88 birds, and I know that counts have been in the several hundreds. If north winds continue overnight and conditions stay favourable, you might well get a few continuing the movement tomorrow. One or two Sharp-shinned involved too. And good numbers of Chimney swift and Monarch. Very best, Patrick
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Good news.

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Cedar Waxwings

Arthur. Just this moment had 6 Cedar Waxwing heading south over 12th Street at a rate of knots. If this weather is blocking movement further north, might be interesting to see what arrives on Wednesday or even Thursday.
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Arthur. Just this moment had 6 Cedar Waxwing heading south over 12th Street at a rate of knots. If this weather is blocking movement further north, might be interesting to see what arrives on Wednesday or even Thursday.
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Raining and blowing, all day. A change is in the air.

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Hello,

Tuesday, I spotted a northern flicker from my window. Yesterday, a warbler turned up, dead on the ground, which looked like a blackburnian, but i could not be sure.

Some years, ago, a northern flicker flew into my closed window, frightening me, then flew off.

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Black-and-white warbler on 12th St and 5th

After the heavy rain, an unexpected bonus: a Black-and-white warbler working its way through the tree opposite our window. Perhaps other stragglers are also seeking refuge in unlikely spots?
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An Autmnal Sign

Hello all,

A sign of the change of season arrived, outside my window: white throated sparrows.
A few minutes before I saw the sparrows, a female northern cardinal was in the bushes. Then I saw two birds which I could not identify, each more than 35 metres, away. First a bird which briefly grasped a tree trunk, which suggests a woodpecker. There was also a thrush like in the grass, even more distant. Then I noticed an ovenbird beneath my window. It might have been the distant bird. This would be the first ovenbird, which I have seen at my building.

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It's always so exciting to see a new bird out the window isn't it.

An Ovenbird... oh my how lovely.

Nice one Arthur.
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It's always so exciting to see a new bird out the window isn't it.

An Ovenbird... oh my how lovely.

Nice one Arthur.
Hello Delia,

Indeed, it is. I don't know if you read that my flat is only four minutes' walk from Broadway, about 300 metres, and only a little more distant from the Hudson River, but it is graced with a private garden of grass, bushes and trees.

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Changing season

Hello,

This morning brought both white throated sparrows and a gray catbird to my window, while the temperature was about 4ēC. That was cold enough for the central heating to be going, although it is still shut off in all but one of my rooms. Immediately afterwards, a female northern cardinal turned up, but cardinals are around all year. Another glance out the window was rewarded with a hermit thrush.

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West 12th today

New for my list, two Tufted Titmouse feeding during the heaviest of today's downpours in the London plane across the way.
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A northern mockingbird turned up at my block of flats. Mockingbirds seem to winter near my building.

I once met a very aggressive tufted titmouse in Central Park. I buzzed me for a couple of minutes. I was on the footpath, so I cannot comprehend why.

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Hello,

A lone mourning dove turned up, on this overcast afternoon.

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A northern mockingbird turned up at my block of flats. Mockingbirds seem to winter near my building.

I once met a very aggressive tufted titmouse in Central Park. I buzzed me for a couple of minutes. I was on the footpath, so I cannot comprehend why.

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Arthur
Hi Pinewood,
The little visitor may have been expecting a snack from you.
Our NYC Titmice are certainly quite brash and will happily feed from your hand if you put a few nuts or sunflower seeds in your palm.
My guess is that it thought you looked like a sure thing.
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Hi Pinewood,
The little visitor may have been expecting a snack from you.
Our NYC Titmice are certainly quite brash and will happily feed from your hand if you put a few nuts or sunflower seeds in your palm.
My guess is that it thought you looked like a sure thing.
Hello Ḗtudiant,

I follow the rules in Central Park and never feed the wildlife. The titmouse panhandler, local argot for beggar, had me misjudged.

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Hello all,

Waiting for Sandy but I am snug in my block of flats, which is located many metres above sea level.
Some common grackles, purple race, turned up, this afternoon.

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Hello Ḗtudiant,

I follow the rules in Central Park and never feed the wildlife. The titmouse panhandler, local argot for beggar, had me misjudged.

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You're more law abiding than me, Arthur.
I happily contribute to the NYC Audubon feeders at Evodia Fields in the Park
and always have a few sunflower seeds for the titmice and chickadees.

It is true the Park has a big population of 'thin tail squirrels' (aka rats), but that is mostly a function of the several Park restaurants operating with inadequate garbage management.
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You're more law abiding than me, Arthur.
I happily contribute to the NYC Audubon feeders at Evodia Fields in the Park
and always have a few sunflower seeds for the titmice and chickadees.

It is true the Park has a big population of 'thin tail squirrels' (aka rats), but that is mostly a function of the several Park restaurants operating with inadequate garbage management.
Hello Ḗtudiant,

For sure. That boreal owl, which turned up, some years, ago, was always in the vicinity of Tavern on the Green, which provided plenty of mice.

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Hello Ḗtudiant,

For sure. That boreal owl, which turned up, some years, ago, was always in the vicinity of Tavern on the Green, which provided plenty of mice.

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Hi Arthur,
Boreal Owl memories are always welcome.
Even though the bird only allowed really terrible views, folded into the dense top of a pine, there was enough visible to call it.
I'd not thought of how that owl stayed fed, but thought it too small to tackle NYC Central Park rats, as they are pretty corpulent. I suspect the ones around the Tavern of the Green had beer bellies as well. Still, nature will find a way, the owl seemed pretty comfy during its visit.

This year seems to be a good year for visitors from the North, Chickadees and Kinglets are both already here in numbers, Purple Finches are routine and Evening Grosbeaks have been reported, although none yet in the Park.
Will keep my eyes peeled hoping for a return of our Boreal Owl!
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Hello Lashinala,

It is relatively calm and there is no rain, even a hint of sun, in the east. In Central Park, there were wind gusts to 60 miles per hour, 95 kph, yesterday. Everywhere there are leaves and branches on the ground, even some shop and building awnings which were blown off.

The Hudson rose over its banks, about 300 metres from me, but my block of flats is at least 7 metres higher than high water. We also suffered no loss of electrical power.

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