wildlife

A Sparrow & Sign at Washington Square

A Sparrow & Sign at Washington Square

September 30, 2014

Love the sparrows and all the wildlife at the park and how they intermingle within the environment. I also really loved this top photo! Photos: Cathryn

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Wildlife Appreciation: Washington Square

Wildlife Appreciation: Washington Square

July 9, 2014

One of my favorite things about Washington Square Park is how appreciative of the park’s wildlife people are! And, in turn, children learn to appreciate the wildlife that are around them, including the pigeons and squirrels, which are New York City’s nature and wildlife and deserve that appreciation! (Cell phone pictures = a little fuzzy!) […]

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Five week old Red-tailed hawks across from Washington Square are getting bigger, will fly soon!

Five week old Red-tailed hawks across from Washington Square are getting bigger, will fly soon!

May 27, 2014

The two baby hawks, who have not been named yet, are about five weeks old sitting along Washington Square South twelve stories up. They are called eyasses at this stage. They have not taken flight yet. This is the fourth year the nest has been on the 12th floor of the Bobst Library outside NYU […]

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Lady With Pigeons, Washington Square Park

Lady With Pigeons, Washington Square Park

May 15, 2014

I’m a pigeon fan! One of the many nice things about Washington Square Park is that many people are fans of the park pigeons, and, if they are not, they often become converts watching the interactions between people and birds. If you’re still not convinced, read here: 21 Reasons you should Appreciate Pigeons Photo: Cathryn

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Red-Tailed Hawk - Bobby or Rosie? - Watches Over Saturday Goings-On at Washington Square From Atop Park Light

Red-Tailed Hawk – Bobby or Rosie? – Watches Over Saturday Goings-On at Washington Square From Atop Park Light

September 28, 2013

Seems fitting for a Red-tailed hawk to surface on the Fountain Plaza as the Pagan Pride Celebration Goes On Around Him (or Her?). I didn’t cover the red-tailed hawks at the park too much this year and not as much in general since Mama Hawk Violet died. There were three juveniles this year, children of Bobby […]

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Washington Square Regulars: William MacLeod & Park Pigeons in New York Times

Washington Square Regulars: William MacLeod & Park Pigeons in New York Times

August 5, 2013

Friday’s New York Times featured a piece, a “character study,” on park personality, William MacLeod (right). MacLeod rescued two baby pigeons he found in Washington Square Park one day six years ago, rehabilitated them to health, and then re-released them in the park. He has named them, knows which ones they are and they know […]

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Happy Holidays | Blog Break

Happy Holidays | Blog Break

December 13, 2012

I’m going to take a blogging break until the New Year to focus on some other writing. You can read new posts at my other site, Cathryn’s World. Don’t forget to give your favorite bloggers a virtual hug for the holidays! We (I think I can speak for most bloggers) really do love to hear from […]

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Seen At the Chess Plaza --

Seen At the Chess Plaza —

November 21, 2012

Black Squirrel and a coveted nut. Photos: Cathryn

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(Photos) Squirrel Taking a Break on Washington Square's "Hangmen's" English Elm, Oldest Living Tree in Manhattan, More

(Photos) Squirrel Taking a Break on Washington Square’s “Hangmen’s” English Elm, Oldest Living Tree in Manhattan, More

October 24, 2012

It always amazes me (in a good way) how much people at WSP appreciate the wildlife. As I entered yesterday through the North West Quadrant, this sweet squirrel, top, was taking a break on a thin branch of the “Hangmen’s” English Elm. The park’s squirrels, pigeons, and, of course, notably, the red-tailed hawks have many […]

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Seven or Eight New York City Red-Tailed Hawks Dead Thus Far in 2012 from Secondary Rodenticide Poisoning; Is Rodenticide Returning to Washington Square Park?

Seven or Eight New York City Red-Tailed Hawks Dead Thus Far in 2012 from Secondary Rodenticide Poisoning; Is Rodenticide Returning to Washington Square Park?

September 5, 2012

In late July, the number of New York City Red-Tailed Hawks dead of secondary rodenticide poisoning numbered six or seven and was receiving red flags of alarm in some quarters. Then, two of Pale Male’s latest children both got sick, were subsequently rescued, and are believed to be on the road to recovery.* In late […]

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