Splashy Central Park ducks and Hawk flybys - February 7th, 2013

I'm not sure, but I think maybe a FDNY rescue worker placed this "thin ice" warning railing onto Central Park Pond's ice to show where the ice was especially thin:

I write that only because two young Bronx men were rescued from the ice only two days ago. Article and related video here. I was not able to visit the park that day so thankfully I missed witnessing that drama unfold.

Sparrow trying to nap in the sun: 

Pond ducks in preening mode:

The Mallards have no trouble dealing with the ice:

My favorite Wood Duck is still at The Pond, seemingly accepted by all the other ducks:

 The Wood Duck became splishy himself:

I hadn't seen either of the Plaza Red-tailed Hawks yet so was spending a good while with the ducks.

All of a sudden a Hawk's cry in the sky above The Pond grabbed my attention:

Both Hawks flew north and out of view so it was back to my Wood Duck:

The Hawks returned. They flew toward The Plaza Hotel, circled around, then flew over The Pond again and dropped out of view.

Regretfully, I had to head back to work.

We're expecting a blizzard to pass through the area starting Friday night. The Hawks I'm familiar with all survived Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012 so I am not 100% worried for them. But I do have my fingers crossed that they all fare well and find good hiding spots to tuck into until the storm leaves the area over the weekend.