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Heidi McCullough reports from the Today Show on the use of a Harris Hawk to
clear pigeons out of Bryant Park in NYC, mentioning that she heard a warbler
and a Red-tailed Hawk in the background. She wonders if a sound track was
added and whether the warbler she heard was a Hooded or Chestnut-sided.

I wonder, too. Bryant Park is a relatively small park near the NY Public
Library, quite a distance from New York's famous pair of breeding Red-tails
near Central Park, several  miles up town. Unlike Kansas City, which has
lots of Red-tails all winter, there were no Red-tails in Manhattan when I
lived there, and the Central Park pair are considered unusual even now. (On
the other hand, perhaps the breeding pair has caused a recent population
expansion!)

Warbler migration is about a week later in NYC than it is in K.C. MO. May
15th is usually the peak time. April 18th would be extremely early for
either Hooded or Chestnut-sided in the Big Apple. (Hooded is a pretty good
find in NYC at any time). The only warblers to be expected before May are
Yellow Palm, La. Waterthrush and Myrtle. (Orange-crowned, which is one of
our early ones here in MO, is very rare on the east coast, especially in
spring.)

Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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