Friday, January 22, 2010

Blackwater Eagles Update, Red-tail Hawk Tiercel Norman, Another Coyote Does Manhattan

2010--Here is Nicola's photograph of Norman (left) and Isolde the Morningside Park Red-tails.
For those who have asked to see some photos of Norman--
Here is Stormin' Norman in 2008 guarding the nest while Isolde incubated the eggs on the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

Unfortunately for our comparison the current shot is the posterior of the hawk and the 2008 photo is the anterior. We're working on rectifying that but let's see what we can see in the meantime.

Also keep in mind, though not obvious in this photo that Norman still had light eyes, he was a very young Red-tail. Currently he is fully mature and has gone through two molts during the time between the photographs.

Note the less warm colored patch on Norman's face just below and to the right of his beak. You can see it in the current and the 2008 shot. Most hawks have it but it can be quite varied in size and color depending on the individual. Norman gives the impression of being a more uniformly dark headed hawk.

For those who remember Tristan, there was quite a difference between he and Isolde's size. Norman is somewhat larger though not as large as Isolde, who is a good sized female.

The male's beak in the photos does appear different when looking at the past and present photos, this may be due to the sleeker summer feathers of 2008 when compared to fluffed up feather's partially obscuring the beak in the appearance of a hawk in winter.

contributed by Robin of Illinois

And from P. Greenwood of Virginia, there's their first egg!
Note the dates. Raptors do copulate for some time usually before a egg is actually created.

Also from Robin of Illinois--Once again a coyote makes it way into Manhattan.
Coyote captured in Harlem
New York (CNN) -- One wily coyote traveled a bit too far from home, and its resulting adventure through Harlem had alarmed residents doing a double take and scampering to get out of its way Wednesday morning.

Police say frightened New Yorkers reported the coyote sighting around 9:30 a m., and an emergency service unit was dispatched to find the animal. The little troublemaker was caught and tranquilized in Trinity Cemetery on 155th street and Broadway, and then taken to the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, authorities said.

"The coyote is under evaluation and observation," said Mary Dixon,
spokesperson for the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Dixon said the coyote is a female, between 1 and 2 years old. She said the
Department of Environmental Conservation will either send the animal to a rescue center or put it back in the wild.

According to Adrian Benepe, New York City Parks Commissioner, coyotes in Manhattan are rare, but not unheard of.

"This is actually the third coyote that has been seen in the last 10 years,"
Benepe said.

Benepe said there is a theory the coyotes make their way to the city from
suburban Westchester.

He said they probably walk down the Amtrak rail corridor along the Hudson River or swim down the Hudson River until they get to the city.

Donegal Browne

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