Saturday, November 22, 2008

New Red-tail in Green-Wood Cemetery?

On Wednesday I took a quick ride over to Green-Wood Cemetery ... and, "No", I didn't find the you-know-what. Marge and I did come across a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk that neither of us recognized.

We spotted the young bird perched near the top of a pine tree on Ocean Avenue. He was a couple of feet below the top and almost hidden by the tree's needles. Like the adult named Ralph from Prospect Park, this bird had very pale head feathers. I looked through my photos of the four offspring from Green-Wood Cemetery and Prospect Park, but they all had the typical dark heads. As I took photos of the hawk, we noticed Big Mama her mate, Junior, soaring high above the cemetery. The young hawk saw them, as well, and nervously watched them from his discreet perch. Perhaps they had tried to chase him from their territory earlier in the day.

I started to think about the year that Junior arrived in Prospect Park. He still had his youthful brown-banded tail feathers. Big Mama was in the process of building a new nest with her mate of three years, Split-tail. Junior decided to "help" and got into numerous fights with the older male hawk. Eventually, Split-tail split and Junior hooked up with Big Mama. The following year the pair moved their territory into the Green-Wood Cemetery. I wonder if this new, young bird in the cemetery is going to try and move in on Big Mama.

4 comments:

Pamela said...

a gorgeous specimen!

Dillon said...

Hi Rob,

It was great to meet you on Saturday and thanks for the support. If anyone would like to see pictures of the event we have some up here http://www.implausibot.com/gallery/index.php?album=junco
It certainly was cold!

Dillon

Samantha said...

I saw a hawk flying over green wood a few weeks ago. I think I caught it on film (well video on my dig camera). But I wasn't sure..nice to know it could have been!

Starz723 said...

Samantha
Big Mamma and Jr nest at Green-Wood. You will no doubt always see them flying overhead. The pale headed Juvie is hunting between Prospect & Green-Wood. Im curious to see how long he can sustain being around the pairs that live in GW & Prospect.
Marge Raymond

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