Start with the RED-TAILED HAWK. There is a tree that sits at the southwest corner of the Tennis House, that is usually a favorite perch for the Merlin. Well, get to that guy later. In the morning, it's the throne for the RED-TAILED HAWK, getting 360 degree views of the landscape...so watch out squirrels ! ( or maybe a flyby Red headed Woodpecker ;) )
Then later, what would that perch be , not blessed by the presence of a MERLIN ? Sure enough, when I left work at 335, there's the MERLIN, the very same limb perch that the buteo took earlier, now very much like Archie's Bunker "chair" that belongs to the falcon. I got some cell phone photo shots (but its a dot, more like an irregular "blob" in my zoomed up photo) . About 5 minutes later , the MERLIN takes off , flying fast and aggressively towards the Quaker Cemetery and it chased something out of my view. You know now why I love bold Merlins.
Getting now to the COOPER's HAWK. Just about my morning break time, I spotted an AMERICAN CROW, and all of a sudden , 36 crows materialized ! Up over the Vanderbilt St Playground, the tight flock of these irregular numbers of crows seemed to be chasing something as well. Well , of course, there is a juvenile COOPER'S HAWK soaring in circles.Took me a while to figure it out the raptor, with the clincher when it flew over me. Then later, in the late afternoon, I suddenly see a raptor fly in my direction from the Well Drive picnic tables and fly up into the beech tree where it perched. Nice to see an adult COOPER'S HAWK just above me in great pose; then as I walked by the west shore of the lake, I see this biker looking up the tree by the oval near the playground where initially I didn't see anything but a few seconds later, I see it's the COOPER'S again.
Winter is coming , but with these raptors hanging around, there won't be any boredom to complain about.
date = 2013/12/03 site = Prospect Park observers = Peter Double-crested Cormorant Lake Great Blue Heron 2;1 Binnen Pool, an later Upper Pool Island, one Lake Northern Shoveler Lake, 100 + Gadwall mix pair at Upper Pool American Black Duck 2 Lake Canada Goose 37 flyover Park Circle for eve roost Hooded Merganser 7 ; 4 at Three Sisters Isl; 3 at Duck Isl Ruddy Duck Lake scattered Mute Swan 6 lake Mallard Cooper's Hawk 2; flyover Juv chased by 37 crows Vanderbilt PG; then later adult at Welldrive Red-tailed Hawk Perched at Tennis House tree, later Merlin same perch in late afternoon Merlin Tennis House raptor tree American Coot Great Black-backed Gull 2 lake Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Downy Woodpecker Upper Pool elms Yellow-bellied Sapsucker south lakeside Hermit Thrush south Lakeside Swamp Sparrow 2 west isl cove edge White-throated Sparrow 1 west isl cove edge Northern Cardinal 2 west isl cove edge; 2 well drive Red-winged Blackbird 6 West Isl sweetgums House Finch 4 west isl cove edge House Sparrow