Sunday, August 12, 2012
I went out this morning is search of hawks or peregrines. Instead I found a juvenile female and male kestrel tearing up Morningside Park. A male and juvy female were in the same tree. She lit out after some house finches, and he as well. I watched them pursue some goldfinches and waxwings too, sending the desparate birds out of the Park. I lost sight of them near the Cathedral. After some time, I tried to find the juvy hawks, but had no luck. Instead, I re-found the kestrels...hunting in the very same Close as the hawks! Here the female goes after some sparrows in the bushes. After a few minutes of relative calm, the male kestrel showed up. He was focusing on the sounds of the cicadas all around us. He then zeroed in on one and dove in. He then returned to his perch and consumed his prey. It was a great fun! But sadly, no sign of the hawks at all. One interesting note is that I found a dead skunk on the 125th Street Exit of the WSH.