What are they? That pattern always makes me think woodpecker but....
In case you haven't been to the Celery Farm and enjoyed the snow, here's what you've been missing -- courtesy of John Pastore. (Thanks, John!)
I'm thinking a Barred Owl...
I do point out a couple of examples where birds (and beasts) need humans for protection.
Example: A murre colony on an island in the Baltic Sea benefited from having humans around. Photo above courtesy of the Baltic Seabird Project.)
Here's the column:
Urban Hawks with Gabriel Willow
NYC naturalist Gabriel Willow will give a multimedia presentation about Pale Male and some of the other Red-tailed Hawks that have made an astonishing and inspiring comeback in the area over the past 30 years.
There were no breeding Red-tails in urban NYC & NJ in the 1980s, and now there are at least 50 pairs!
He'll also discuss the basics of raptor ID and conservation challenges as well.
You can register for this talk -- free and open to all -- at:
I took the photo above on one of Gabriel's excellent Wave Hill walks.