At first glance, Nature and the big city don't seem compatible.
About a month ago, Mark and I stopped at a red light in Park Slope, Brooklyn. There, perched on the traffic light was a red tailed hawk. It was enormous, but Mark and I were probably the only ones who noticed, since most people are too busy looking ahead at the traffic, pedestrians, street life and all else. The hawks feed on the city's huge pigeon population and can be seen sometimes circling high above the skyline.
For my sometimes Wednesday Portrait series, I'm showcasing a site that posts regularly about our animal friends. Marie Winn, at Marie Winn's Central Park Nature News, writes daily about the real natives of New York.
Red tail hawks also make their homes in Central Park. Pale Male made celebrity status when his nest was threatened at its location on Fifth Avenue. The fancy co-op building wished to remove his nest, causing protests from the birding community that were broadcast on the the evening news.
Pale Male and his present mate are still going strong. Marie's blog reports on his brood almost daily. She also posts about the harbor seals that visit the west side of Manhattan, rare bird species spotted by avid New York birdwatchers and anything else that's wild and newsworthy.
It's nice to know that nature is thriving alongside us. Enjoy!
Wednesday Portraits is an ongoing, not so regular installment on this site, featuring other New York blogs.