Could it be?????
Murray Head took the photo above on October 7, 2008, that is, yesterday. His caption: Sleeping owl in crook of tree illuminated by shaft of light... The Great Lawn
It sure looks like an owl in there. Very exciting. That would be the first owl sighting since August 4, 2008, when Caroline Greenleaf and Bruce Yolton had a final sighting of one of the young screech owls that fledged at The Pool last spring. Bruce tells the whole screech saga on his website -- Http://www.urbanhawks.blogs.com
PS The owl in Murray's photo looks like a red-phase screech owl. That would mean it is a new one to Central Park. All of the North Woods owls are gray in color.