McCarren Park, Brooklyn
Unisphere

Red-tailed Hawks Take Over The Globe!

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...

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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!

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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.

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The parent, who I think is the female.

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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.

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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.

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I then saw the parent on the Unisphere and then something caught my eye.

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A nest.  A nest on the unofficial icon of Queens.  A nest on the Unisphere!

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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.

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They look close to fledging age.

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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.

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The parent who left quickly, who may be the male.

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The other parent feeds an eyas.

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Once the feeding is over the parent moves to the other side of the globe.

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The nest from the outside view.  It is a third from the left, just above Indonesia.

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The light begins to fade, so I return to Manhattan.