September 8, 2013

9/8, Cathedral Kestrel

Not much luck looking for birds of prey elsewhere (does two seconds of a hawk soaring over Riverside Drive count?), but it's become almost a given that at least one of the American kestrels will be hunting on the south side of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in the early evening. Sunday it was the male on view.

Cathedral Kestrel

September 5, 2013

9/5, Divided Territory

Again two birds of prey found early Thursday evening, but this time one of them was a hawk.

On the north side of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, across the street on the roof of St. Luke's Hospital, was one of the adult red-tails.

Hospital Hawk

Too high up and too far away to decide whether it was Isolde or her mate. Whoever it was seemed to be just enjoying the fine weather, with a touch of preening.

And over on the south side of the cathedral, again perching atop the lawn pulpit and apparently on the hunt, was the female kestrel.

September 5

September 3, 2013

9/3, Ma & Pa Kestrel

The cathedral kestrels were out hunting from the lawn pulpit early Tuesday evening. Or at least ma and pa were, I saw no signs of the third who'd been around the last few times I'd encountered them.

Ma & Pa Kestrel

I need to get over there earlier in the day to check on the kestrels, as there are too many shadows in the 60-90 minutes before sunset.

Ma & Pa Kestrel

And sorry, no sign of the red-tailed hawks.