I walked around the entire Flushing Bay Promenade but had no luck in finding any Osprey. I did manage to see Buffleheads, Lesser Scaups, Black Ducks, Mallards, a single Mute Swan, and two pairs of Red Breasted Mergansers, pictured below.
Red Breasted Merganser Male
On my way back to the 7 train I saw a rather large bird perched atop a street light overlooking the Grand Central Parkway. As I was heading towards it another large bird had landed on top of it and it appeared that they had mated. Could this be the RTH pair I had seen an hour earlier? After mating the male took off while the female remained perched on the street light. I rushed over there through a maze of highways and boulevard over/underpasses, hoping she wouldn't leave. As I approached her from behind from a distance I couldn't help but think this was something other than an RTH as she was rather huge(perhaps my missing Osprey?). But is was in fact a female Red-tailed Hawk.
Maybe I'm losing my marbles, but she appears to be larger than any other RTH I have seen so far
As I hovered below her I noticed that she paid no attention to me or the constant flow of traffic all around us. She had her eye on something in the field below her.
A few minutes later she dove straight down into the field and tried to snag a rat.
She stuck her claw in the hole the rat came out from but had no luck getting a rat out(I have no pics of this unfortunately as I was to slow and didn't want to frighten her). She returned to a nearby lightpost and shortly after that the male returned.
This pic gives you an idea of the traffic going on around the area
Some Pics of the Male
I followed the pair around for another hour but could not pinpoint where their nest is.