In Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, Red-tailed Hawks have nested in the Unisphere, a 12-story high globe created for the 1964-1965 World's Fair.
I didn't know this when I went to Queens this evening however. This is the story...
I received an email this morning that a fledgling Red-tailed Hawk had been wandering on the ground and the benches of Flushing Meadows Park. The letter went on to detail that someone had arranged to put the fledgling in a high tree branch to get it off the ground and in a safer spot. News like this gets me on the next subway train after my work day is over!
I arrived in Queens and walked to the Unisphere. I spotted a parent on the top of the globe. I thought the parents would be near the fledgling in a tree, but would soon find out this hawk was in just the right spot.
The parent, who I think is the female.
I soon heard a group of noisy Robins and Blue Jays and went to take a look. I found a shy fledgling trying to stay out of sight.
It got fed up with the Robins and Blue Jays and moved about the tree. It did a good job of jumping and branching. I didn't get to see it fly. It may have fledged a few days too early.
I then saw the parent on the Unisphere and then something caught my eye.
A nest. A nest on the unofficial icon of Queens. A nest on the Unisphere!
There were two eyasses on the nest. This brings my count of Red-tailed Hawk babies to 22 for the season, all visited by Metrocard.
They look close to fledging age.
Then both parents arrived. One would quickly fly nearby and then off toward the Tennis Complex, and the other would stay and feed the eyasses.
The parent who left quickly, who may be the male.
The other parent feeds an eyas.
Once the feeding is over the parent moves to the other side of the globe.
The nest from the outside view. It is a third from the left, just above Indonesia.
The light begins to fade, so I return to Manhattan.