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Lima & Palemale mating on 912 Fifth Avenue, Friday evening.

Palemale & Lima mating in the dark just before going to sleep.

Photographed in Central Park on Friday April 1, 2011.

March 25, 2011:
As if Palemale’s life was not complex enough, on Friday March 25th it became even more puzzling.
A new female showed up and Paula has disappeared. This new female resembles the one which Palemale was courting last December after Lola disappeared.
It is very likely that the newest female on March 25th is Mate #5 (Lima) who had a 6 week relationship with Palemale from early December to the end of January, and then disappeared. She was followed by Mate #6 (Paula) who stayed with Palemale for almost two months from late January to late March. Paula and Palemale mated intensively from February 20th until March 24th where on that night she displayed behavior of having laid her first egg. She spent the night of March 24th on her nest suggesting that there was indeed an egg laid.
The very next day my observation began in the early afternoon where I found that Mate #5 (Lima) had taken over the nest and both Palemale and she were behaving like there was indeed an egg in the nest and though Paula was not present Lima sat on the nest just like it was her own. Palemale & Lima hardly left the nest unattended and both hawks were involved in courtship behavior when not on the nest.
Lima remained sitting on the nest until very late Friday evening, but she finally flew over to Palemale’s roosting tree where before actually seeing it I heard the unmistakable sound of mating. They both slept together in the same tree that night (March 25th).

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