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25-Year-Old Pale Male Is Alive and Well

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Since Pale Male came to New York City as a youngster in 1991 — presumably born in 1990 — some people cannot believe that this is the very same bird 25 years later. It is, and the legend of Pale Male continues. The markings are the same; this is him on 5th Ave on a windy Saturday, April 4, 2015.

We should plan a 25th big birthday party for Pale Male this spring or summer! If interested, please contact me.  And if you haven’t read Marie Winn’s book, Red Tails in Love, you should.

Best Bird Books & Movies

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I believe that if I were to breakdown the elements of my bird education so far, it might go something like this:  Observation of birds  50%, reading books 20%, Internet resources 10%, information from other birders 10%, videos & movies 10%. Education aside, I love watching birds. For me identification is important, but I just love watching birds.

I go all over now, but the truth be known, I am a devoted and fanatic backyard birder. These days, I am trying to coax my crows to come closer to my deck with peanuts. Meanwhile, I have an adorable Carolina wren that can hammer with delight one-half-peanut into pieces for a treat. He loves ’em and comes right up to me to get his peanut.

I like to read and watch movies, and  I have discovered some really great bird books and movies. I am still expanding my lists, but here are ones that I recommend in the order in which I read or viewed them. My apologies if left out your favorite book or movie that should be listed. If so, please email me your suggestions or just leave a comment here.

These links provided below are almost all Amazon simply because I do most of my shopping  on Amazon. Obviously most all of the items below are available on other sites and in regular stores, too

The Thing with Feathers

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

The Feather Quest

Golden Wings

The Mind of a Raven

The Birds of Pandemonium

Red Tails in Love

The Birds of Central Park

What the Robin Knows

The Big Year

Kingbird Highway

Hawks in Flight

Songbird Journeys

Tales of a Low-Rent Birder

The House on Ipswich Marsh

Small-Headed Flycatcher. Seen Yesterday. He Didn’t’ Leave His Name

Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion

Before the Echo

The Wind Masters

Bayshore Summer

Birding on Borrowed Time

H is for Hawk

The Bluebird Effect

I am a big fan of Pete Dunne; most of the above books are his. He is a terrific writer, and we go birding together from time to time.

Movies. There is one series that is an absolute must see, The Life of Birds. It is a BBC ten-part series with David Attenborough. It is also on Netflix.

Here are some other of my favorite movies:

Pale Male

The Big Year

Opposable Chums

Nature: Hummingbirds

Birders: The Central Park Effect

A Birder’s Guide to Everything

Flight: The Genius of Birds

Winged Migration

Please send me your recommendations for books and movies!




Pale Male … He’s Back!

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Does this Building and the nest (above middle/top window) look familiar? It is 927 Fifth Avenue at 74th Street, New York, home of Pale Male for the past two decades. (Click photos to enlarge and left arrow to return to post.)

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Pale Male is back with (I believe ) his 8th mate, Octavia. If you are a birder, and you don’t know who Pale Male is, you must have been living under a rock for the last twenty years. Pale Male has a website, and a really wonderful book by Marie Winn entitled Red Tails in Love, and a movie, The Legend of Pale Male, and a Nature show.  (I am still trying to learn the details of his 24 amazing years in New York … your info and comments are welcome!)

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While I was watching at about 4.30 p.m. this afternoon, Pale Male took off and flew right over my head, all the while making his I-am-going-to-get-my-dinner-now Red-tail scream. It sent shivers down my spine and gave me goose bumps all over.