St. John the Divine
McCarren Park, Brooklyn

Highbridge Park, Brancher or Fledgling

I went up to Highbridge Park today, and found the "window" from the path that provides a view from below.  (Thanks to James and Robert for directions.)  I arrived to what looked to be an empty nest but knew from the angle that the eyasses might just be on the other side of the nest.

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What's this?  The movement came from twenty feet above the nest.

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A youngster.

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Now are you a brancher or a fledgling?  You're still in the same tree as your nest.

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One of the parents kept circling over the nest in a pattern that seemed to say "Follow me, Follow me."

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Another fly over by the parent.

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An eyass appears on the nest.  So, two are accounted for.

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Then a second eyass appears.  So, all there young ones are accounted for.

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They get close for a bit, two heads stacked.

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The eyass looks up at its older sibling on the branch.

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And our brancher keeps looking at the parent circling overhead.

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So, you didn't let me know if you were just a brancher or real fledgling.  I do know one thing for sure, you aren't going to be in this tree next weekend!