A little blizzard can't keep our red-tailed Christo down!
I found him today in Tompkins Square, his face covered in ice, but alive and well. It wasn't that cold out, and he seemed only to be irritated by the wind.
He has a third eyelid, called a nictitating membrane, that helps protect against things like blowing ice shards. You can see it covering his eye in the photo below. It looks like a cataract.
At times, though, the wind was just too much and he had to close his eyes. I had to do that, too.
Christo appeared to be hunting, but I couldn't stick around to find out.
You can get an idea of the weather conditions in the videos below.