The 888 Seventh Avenue pair were on the CNN sign and 15 Central Park West late this evening. (I didn't stick around to see where they roosted for the night.) No sign of any juvenile birds today.
We're in a fun but unpredictable period for hawk watching in Central Park. Familiar fledglings are disappearing and new ones are appearing as birds migrate and wander about the New York area. There have been sightings of immature hawks in the Conservency Gardens at the north of the park and at Bethesda Fountain. in the center of the park.
At the south end of the park, we have a new immature hawk. Lincoln Karim saw it on Monday, and I found it again on Tuesday. Its smack dab in the middle of the 888 Seventh Avenue adults territory, but they don't seem to mind. Late fall and early winter seem to be relaxed times with roaming juveniles being given lots of leeway.
The new juvenile was finishing a meal of a rodent when I found it.
Note the full crop, while this bird is doing well, many young Red-tails starve during this period. Now separated from their parents, if they haven't developed their hunting skills by now or haven't found a hunting ground with enough food they could be in trouble. Red-tailed Hawk rehabilitation experts talk about two spikes in bird rescues, one during fledgling season and another during the early fall has young Red-tails starve.
The young bird slept for the night in a tree near Central Park South and Seventh Avenue. It was in a tree just above an area full of mice. As the hawk went to sleep, a feral cat appeared below the hawk to begin its nocturnal hunting of mice in the same area.
The 888 fledgling hasn't been seen for a few days, but its parents have been around their normal hunts. On Monday night they were on top of 15 Central Park West looking into expensive apartments and then roosting for the night.
On Saturday, the 2nd Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge was held. It was a joint presentation of NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society. About 80 birders were in attendance.
Kevin Karlson led the walk and gave a lecture in the afternoon. His latest book is about birding by impression - size, and shape rather than field marks. It is a good method, but I'll need to buy his book to get the hang of it.
A female plumaged Blue-winged Teal has been on the Harlem Meer since the 11th of August. It is a small duck, much smaller than the Mallards, American Ducks and Gadwalls that are normally on the Meer.
I had missed it on two other trips to the Meer, but saw it today. When I saw it on Saturday afternoon it was resting on the sandy beach on the southeast shore of the Meer.
The fall migration has started. The Central Park list had 81 species on Sunday.
Saturday Hawk watching started at the Beresford.
The light was very bright on Saturday, so I got a chance to photograph Barn Swallows in flight over the Harlem Meer. At times two birds would touch in flight. I was able to catch a few of these touches. I haven't figured out the purpose of the touching, although it seems to be some kind of social behavior.
Thanks to a call from Lincoln Karim, I got to photograph the 888 fledgling who is now very, very difficult to find. It has been raining, so her coloring is more intense than usual.
After the discovery of the Red-tailed Hawk nest on the Unisphere in Queens, I thought global domination by Red-tails was over for the season. But the adult male of the 888 Seventh Avenue nest proved me wrong. He perched on the replica of the Unisphere outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower on Tuesday evening, just outside the park at 60th and Central Park West.
The 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling is doing great. She's now a quite capable hunter. On Tuesday evening, she captured a large rodent and put on show for the tourists at the south of the park.
She's becoming much harder to find, a sign of her increasing independence. I won't be surprised if she leaves the park soon to begin her life's adventure away from her parents. I'll miss her, but will be happy knowing that Central Park has been a safe haven for yet another Red-tail youngster.
Not to be out done by their child, the 888 Seventh Avenue parents spent the night on 15 Central Park West. This may be the highest roost, we've seen a Red-tailed Hawk use.
While I was watching these two, an inline skater came by and showed me pictures from earlier in the evening. It was of the 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling. She was hunting on the bridge just inside the park from Central Park South at Seventh Avenue. Unfortunately, while he was taking pictures someone actually went up to the fledgling and touched her. No harm was done, but it's a shame some New Yorkers don't have common sense!
On Sunday evening, I found the 888 fledgling high atop the new Zeckendorf building at 15 Central Park West. She looked quite majestic that high up. I think she's sitting on a 45 million dollar condo! The building's 201 units sold for over 2 billion. The 888 Seventh Avenue hawks have expensive tastes!
Up at the top of the Guggenheim Pavillion of Mt. Sinai Hospital was a Red-tailed Hawk and an American Crown on Sunday morning. I'm not sure who this hawk is. Is it the new hawk folks have been seeing or Pale Male up north?
Update: Robert Schmunk reminded me that this could also be the St. John the Divine male. Both of the St. John's hawks hunt in northern portions of Central Park.
I birded both ends of Central Park on Saturday. Up north, there were Snowy Egrets flying south. The fall migration has started and the species list on NYC Bird Report has warblers, ducks and other birds that haven't been seen since the spring.
My Sunday walk from the Sheep Meadow to the Metropolitan Museum of Art started and ended with two fathers, the 888 Seventh Avenue male, nicknamed Junior and the 5th Avenue male, Pale Male.
After watching the fledgling, I went up to The Lake to watch Sandpipers. Here are two Least Sandpipers having fun. They're quite a social bunch. We're used to seeing a stray Sandpiper or two in the park, so it's a treat to watch the Least Sandpiper flock behavior.
On Saturday, I took a NYC Audbon trip to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The trip was led by Don Riepe, who did a wonderful job. Audubon provided a bus, so the trip was easy. After leaving the Manhattan Audubon office, our first stop was the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's West Pond, followed by the East Pond and then a visit to Fort Tilden before returning to Manhattan.
It was a fun day. The trip had a full range of birders, from the beginner to the advanced. Don Riepe, did a great job of keeping everyone interested and kept us out of the Poison Ivy too! NYC Audubon has a full calender of events throughout the year. The current schedule can be found on their website, www.nycaudubon.org.
I went looking for the 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling this afternoon, but found her mother instead. She was at the northwest corner of the Sheep Meadow in Central Park around 67th near Tavern on the Green.
She was being scolded by a group of Robins, who helped me find her.
Thank you to all of the readers who wrote to the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. The MOFTB announced this afternoon that the proposed film rules will be re-drafted and new hearings and public comment period will be scheduled.
Full details of the announcement are at the MOFTB website.
Update: On Saturday, a portion of my letter of protest against the regulations was quoted by The New York Times!
I found the 888 fledgling flying west on 58th Street today, and then landing on the Time-Warner building in Columbus Circle. Her flying skills have really improved. This perch is about ten stories high.