Monday, June 25, 2012
On Sunday I took an early morning walk around Harlem to survey as many nesting birds as possible. At CCNY, I found the adult RTH pair atop Shepard Hall. Looks like its the Momma with the bad eye. Dad was nearby, and got chased out by the adult male kestrel. After some searching, I found out why. Looks like there's at least 3 young from his 135th St. nest. Walking North, I found this just fledged crow at 145th and Broadway. In Riverside Park, I found the daddy Monk Parakeet with the missing toes guarding his nest. Didnt see youngsters, but they were very skittish so I left them in peace. Working back south again, I found this adult Black-backed Gull with a bunker. Finally, at Riverside Church, the young falcons practice their flight skills with a game of tag.