A hawk (I think? Alex?) on the fire escape across the street.

- jim 8-16-2016 3:59 pm

Yes thatís a Red-tailed Hawk. At least Iím reasonably certain; photo is not sharp, and there are a few other possibilities, but theyíd be highly unlikely in the city in summer. When I started birding in 2000 the famous 5th Avenue nest was only a few years old and highly unusual. By now they are relatively common around the city, with multiple nests in every borough. Thatís probably a young bird, as they are still learning, making mistakes and getting into situations that get them involved with humans more often than the adults do.
- alex 8-18-2016 1:46 pm [add a comment]

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