So far '09 is looking positive as all the familiar resident raptors claim their territory from over-wintering juveniles. A few early pairs are already sitting on the nest...here's some updates.
One of the Cathedral hawks over the Dwyer. They have both been making forays northward recently.
At 150th I saw an adult rth ward off this juvy.
As it passes the Polo Grounds.
I have seen the kestrels around here too, but none of them mating yet. I did catch this pair at 177th St. and Amsterdam Ave.
Nearby at Highbridge,
This pair understand that the key to a relationship is good communication!
A closeup of the female.
She sprang down from the branch, weaving through the woods, redtail bobbing!
I tracked her to the nest where she settled down. (Same location as 2 yrs ago).
Further north, the Broadway Peregrines are still doing their thing. I got shots of them mating again, but they were bad. Yes, it has come to this, Im censoring falcon porn.
Last but not least, I made out this curious sight in Highbridge, near the hawk nest.
Nice raccoon loft!
If anyone has any info on raptors sightings in Harlem, let me know. Good luck!