Accipiter and Pale Male

Central Park was beautiful this afternoon.  The snow covered trees and lawns but there wasn't enough snow to block any of the roads or paths.  When I arrived a Red-tailed Hawk was chasing a small Accipiter, which I struggled to decide whether it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk or Cooper's Hawk.  Later in the afternoon, Pale Male was in a tree near the 79th Street transverse.

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Great Horned Owl

Just in time for Halloween, Central Park had a bright moon, a bat and a Great Horned Owl this evening.  I think it may be an old visitor, as it flew out to a favorite post fly out perch of the owl from two years ago.

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Pale Male and Octavia

When I found Pale Male this afternoon, he was sharing a perch with his mate Octavia.  She quickly left and he stayed in the same general area for a few more hours.  He looked to be interested in a late afternoon snack but only made one hunting attempt which came up empty.  He left the area and looks to have switched to a roosting spot he uses in the late fall and winter.  Other than this it was very much like it has been for the last month or so.

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