Red-Tails in Love: PALE MALE'S STORY--A True Wildlife Drama in Central Park

Red-Tails in Love: PALE MALE'S STORY--A True Wildlife Drama in Central Park

by Marie Winn
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Red-Tails in Love: PALE MALE'S STORY--A True Wildlife Drama in Central Park by Marie Winn

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307787897
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/30/2011
Series: Vintage Departures
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,028,335
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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

From the Hardcover edition.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic bok about a beautifull red tailed hawk nesting in new york city. This is am exellent story of you are a bird lover (like me) or not!!! Highly reccomended.
Garden_Gal More than 1 year ago
Marie Winn takes what could be a very dry subject and makes it interesting and compelling enough to find out more about Pale Male and his fans, both avian and human. The evolution of awareness of protecting the natural habitats of the birds of Central Park is a side plot that thickens with each chapter. On a recent trip to NY, I was delighted to see the bird registry is still at the boathouse and Pale Male is still nesting in the area. What a joy to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are very few books I just can't put down. This was one of them. I became a virtual hawkwatcher because I felt like I was there. Can't wait for the new edition in April 2005. And hopefully a trip to Central Park in the near future (from Florida).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about two red tailed hawks that nest on New York cities upper east side. Yes they moved on up. But morever, it too, is a tale of the admirers (the people on the bench) who laugh, who cry, and who celebrate each new twist and turn in the red tails lives. This book made me know each and every one of them as though they were MY friends. Doctors, lawyers, laborers, affluent and poor, all brought together for the love of Pale Male and his family.....truly a 'Miracle on 74th street'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am looking for a color coded field guide, meaning you could find out what grey bird you just saw by looking in the grey bird section. Please respond!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is grey with a stripe on her back which is black has blue eyes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A red rust colored tom he is a bit chubby but knows how to bite and scratch and knows the best places for prey
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cream colored she kit with blue eyes. Aged quarter moon. Obedient and shy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good