Red-Tails in Love by Marie Winn
PALE MALE'S STORY--A True Wildlife Drama in Central Park (Vintage Departures)

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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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About Marie Winn

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Marie Winn is the author of Red-Tails in Love: Pale Male's Story; The Plug-In Drug: Televisions, Computers, and Family Life; and many other books. She was born in Prague, but has spent most of her life in New York City, where she lives not far from Central Park.
Published March 30, 2011 by Vintage. 352 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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"Central Park was my Sheherazade," Marie Winn writes in Red-Tails in Love: Mysteries of Urban Wildlife.

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One outraged Regular called the park's horticulture director from her office at Chase Bank, which led to a new park policy: look before you saw.

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In Marie Winn's Red-Tails in Love, dedicated birders obsess over a hawk's love life.

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As the first red-tail ever spotted in the park's sprawling and rapidly naturalizing acreage, the light-plumed bird of prey that came to be called Pale Male caused quite a flutter among a small flock of Central Park birdwatchers -- Winn calls them "the Regulars" -- when he showed up in 1991.

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