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October 22, 2010 (L)

Strange hawk passing over the Model Sailboat Pond (awaiting an ID).

"It seems likely to be a young Red-shouldered Hawk, will look a little more closely at the photos a bit later on. Nice photo-set - thanks for sharing. Btw, it is coming into "prime time" for Red-shouldered Hawk migration in this area. They tend to really get going after a period of much cooler weather. It's possible that this has to do with their preferred hunting habitats which are most often damp or wet areas, such as in or near swampy places. Such damp areas are often low-lying and may receive cool air and thus, frosts in the autumn a bit before other nearby and different habitats, thus these hawks may move on temperature cues that another buteo our familiar Red-tailed Hawk has less concern with. A lot of the prey items of Red-shouldered Hawk may be related to wetlands as well, including such creatures as frogs. Red-shouldered Hawks can be very common in Florida where there are resident (non-migratory) populations which can be found year-round, typically in swampy areas. This is one of my favorite raptors in the entire world, and in my opinion one of the most attractive, especially in bright adult plumage."
Tom Fiore

Palemale visiting his nest on Friday morning.

Lola playing on the old Stovepipe building (965 Fifth Avenue).

Turkey vulture passing over 79th Street & Fifth Avenue.

Lola looks up at a passing Turkey vulture.

Young Stinker near Cleopatra's Needle.

Palemale on the Great Lawn.

Palemale on the Great Lawn.

Palemale sleeping.

All images photographed on Friday October 22, 2010.