Can you spot the hawk in this photo? Sarah Paulson, the Garden’s Coordinator of Teen Programs snapped this picture this morning near the main Tram Stop. She says she likes the feel of the “December light.” So do we!
After a traumatic nesting season for the Norfolk Botanical Garden’s resident bald eagles—that included the death of the “mother” eagle—things are looking up again: A pair has been spotted performing some of the bald eagles’ traditional “pre-nesting” rituals. We wish our colleagues down south the best of raptor luck!
Even the Garden’s resident red-tailed hawks are looking for ways to beat the heat. Lucky for them, they’re not restricted from using the Garden’s fountains as a way to cool off a bit.
Hawk contemplates taking a dip in the Fountain of Life
Yeah, I think a cooling dip sounds like a great idea!
Oh! Sweet! Relief!
So much better!
Huge thanks to Paul Silverman from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library for sending in these amazing photos!
This anecdote formed part of my introduction to New York winter bird-watching, a pastime as warmly rewarding (despite such potential predatory dramas) as the atmosphere is cold. Bird-watching in spring often resembles hide-and-seek amid the greenery. But viewing birds among leafless branches is like watching your favorite actors perform soliloquies on a bare stage. And there’s nothing like glimpsing a male cardinal or blue jay against the snow.
Winter Bird-Watching in New York - The New York Times
Photo courtesy of The New York Times.