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Red-Tails in Love : A Wildlife Drama in…

Red-Tails in Love : A Wildlife Drama in Central Park (1998)

by Marie Winn

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A birdwatching journalist describes the activities of a group of birdwatchers around Central Park, New York centring the story on the efforts of a red-tail hawk to find a mate.

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A great read - I enjoyed it so much I basically read it in one sitting. An uplifting story about a male hawk and his various mates as they build their nest each year on a ledge of an apartment building near Central Park. These hawks bring together experienced birdwatchers along with others who are drawn in by the unlikely magic of this ritual in such a busy place. The author shares her joys and worries about the hawks as well as other bird sightings and pairings throughout the park. A great read for anyone who loved the natural worls and/or NYC. ( )
  Lcwilson45 | Jun 14, 2014 |
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 readers out there may find some segments slightly anthropomorphic, but they will undoubtedly appreciate the meticulous wildlife census data amassed by the unusually dedicated birdwatchers of Central Park (many of whom contributed to this book and are just as fascinating as the birds themselves). There's a little bit for just about everybody in Winn's work: poetry, ornithology and zoology info, celebrity encounters, romance, parenting woes, and mystery. A sure fire hit for nature/animal lovers, birdwatchers, parks officials, wildlife rehabilitators, fans of Central Park and Mary Tyler Moore, and just about anyone else with an interest in the outdoors. If you're a tourist planning a trip to Central Park and/or 5th Avenue, I highly recommend reading this before you visit. ( )
  dele2451 | Jul 7, 2012 |
A group of nature lovers coalesces around a red-tail hawk in Central Park, his several mates over the years, and a series of nests/nestlings/fledglings. The book is really about the watchers, not the hawks, although ornithological details aren't absent. Great guides and maps at the end of the book. ( )
  bexaplex | Dec 29, 2010 |
Book club selection.....Fantastic! A book about a pair of birds and the people who love them could be pretty boring, but not the way this tale is written by Marie Winn. An entire subculture unfolds before the reader's eyes and makes me want to run, not walk, to Central Park to see the Bird Register, to walk with the Regulars, and above all......to see Pale Male with my own two eyes! Not to mention that you can see up to date photos at www.palemale.com...............do it!!! ( )
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