Red-tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park

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Vintage Departures, 1999 - Nature - 333 pages
Marie Winn is our guide into a secret world, a true wilderness in the heart of a city. The scene is New York's Central Park, but the rich natural history that emerges here--the loons, raccoons, woodpeckers, owls, and hundreds of visiting songbirds--will appeal to wildlife lovers everywhere. At its heart is the saga of the Fifth Avenue hawks, which begins as a love story and develops into a full-fledged mystery.
At the outset of our journey we meet the Regulars, a small band of nature lovers who devote themselves to the park and its wildlife. As they watch Pale Male, a remarkable young red-tailed hawk, woo and win his first mate, they are soon transformed into addicted hawk-watchers. From a bench at the park's model-boat pond they observe the hawks building a nest in an astonishing spot--a high ledge of a Fifth Avenue building three floors above Mary Tyler Moore's apartment and across the street from Woody Allen's.
The drama of the Fifth Avenue hawks--hunting, courting, mating, and striving against great odds to raise a family in their unprecedented nest site--is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking. "Red-Tails in Love" will delight and inspire readers for years to come.
 

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The interesting and endearing tale of wild raptors surviving and thriving in a most unlikely location, the concrete jungle of New York CIty's famous Fifth Avenue. Yes, the more scientifically-inclined ... Read full review

RED-TAILS IN LOVE: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park

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This story is for the birds—but even non-avians will applaud this winning narrative of romantic raptors and other feathered habituăs of Manhattan's Central Park. Surprisingly, Central Park is one of ... Read full review

Contents

The Odd Couple
41
Moving to Fifth
69
In which the green herons raise a family and the hawk
121
Hawk Mania
163
In which Special Agent Kevin Garlick issues a warning
231
Curtain Call
251
AFTERWORD TO THE WINTAGE EDITION
265
UpdateTEN Years LATER
273
A Taste or Two Along the Way by Norma Collin
311
A SELECT ANNOTATED Bibliography
317
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About the author (1999)

Marie Winn wrote a column on nature and birdwatching for the Wall Street Journal for twelve years. Among her previous books are The Plug-In Drug: Television, Children & the Family (twenty-fifth anniversary edition 2003), and Children Without Childhood. Married to the filmmaker and palindromist Allan Miller, she spends part of every day in Central Park.

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