This Couch’s Kingbird has been hanging out in the West Village (Manhattan NYC 10014) in my neighborhood for days. Apparently, this bird has never been seen in New York before: its normal range is Texas and Mexico. I took these photos in the Bleecker Street Playground and on Bank Street on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at about noon.
Here’s the Playground, and across the street was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
This bird hunts from Central Park South (CPS).I have seen him here several evenings at about 4 p.m. Looking over his shoulder at me in this photo, it is almost as if he were saying, “Yes, I know that I have to watch my back, here.” (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)
The first time I saw him, he was high in the sky over the buildings of CPS pursuing a flock of starlings. And he caught one, which he consumed while sitting on the Trump Park Hotel. This is him digesting, perched near Columbus Circle, that is at the corner of CPS and Central Park West.
It is possible that this red-tailed hawk is “Junior,” one of the offspring of Pale Male, for more about Pale Male, here’s his Wikipedia site. The story of Pale Male is very cool, and like Henry VIII, Pale Male has had eight wives.