Here's "Appie", a Ring-billed Gull with an auxiliary marker (APP) photographed today in a little bay on the East River at Inwood Hill Park, in northern Manhattan. I reported it to the Patuxent Wildlife Center, and will let you know when I hear back from them where this bird was banded.
Snow all day yesterday and blue skies today made for a photogenic walk in the park this morning. It may not be obvious, but this is in Manhattan!
As everybody knows, these days you can see many raptors of various species in New York City. There's Peregrine Falcons on the city's bridges and skyscrapers, American Kestrels all over the city (saw one on 14th St between 6th and 7th Ave today), sometimes in winter a Bald Eagle over the Hudson, several Cooper's Hawks in various city parks, and of course the resident Red-tailed Hawks. Pale Male is only the most famous, certainly not the only, redtail breeding in the city. For years, Inwood Hill Park has had a breeding pair, and this morning one of these birds perched briefly in a tree overhead. As real urbanites, they have become so habituated to humans that they can be approached quite closely.