Since the blizzard that wasn't, I've been walking alongside Riverside Park in the 100s and 110s on my way to work to see if the young red-tailed hawk was still in the area. Friday I found him hunting near 108th St.
Just enough time to shoot two pictures and then he was in the air. Up to 109th St and then back and down toward 107th.
Back up and into a tree. Perch for maybe half a minute, and then take off again.
And down into a tree almost touching the park wall. Hmmm, apparently missed some prey.
Oh, wait. There's a squirrel on the other side of the tree. But how to get at him?
Hop up a branch, look around, hop back down. Meanwhile the squirrel takes off. Drat.
Take off again and go perch in a tree in the middle of the park.
And ponder our tactics.
There I left him as I continued on to work. But he wasn't the only raptor sighting of the day. At 113th St. I happened to look up and way, way overhead, someone was circling around. It seems a turkey vulture was checking out the scene.