Raptor Wednesday

The low winter sun is murder on the naturalist’s eyes, but whenever I’m heading home and turn the corner onto 5th Avenue I always glance up at the tall antenna tower at 40th Street. A female American Kestrel has been up there at last once a day all winter so far. Anyway, this old TV antenna is right across the street from the antenna tower. And that, my friends, is a classic Falco silhouette. Big round head with small bill, long narrow tail. But:

This is a Merlin. With House Sparrow prey. I was about to cross the street to get a different angle on the situation when:

A young Red-tail swooped over, making the Merlin scoot, with prey. My neighborhood is urban raptor-spectacular.

4 Responses to “Raptor Wednesday”


  1. 1 nature969 January 4, 2023 at 8:11 am

    The antennas seem to be great bird perches. Does the cold temperature of the metal hurt the birds’ feet?


  1. 1 Raptor Wednesday | Backyard and Beyond Trackback on January 18, 2023 at 7:02 am

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