In my post two days ago about signs that show a nest has hatched, I forgot about another way hawk watchers know there are eyasses on the nest. The eyasses "slice", or in layman's terms defecate. I recorded this twice on Sunday afternoon, so absolutely, positively the nest has hatched.
I started hawk watching after the Fifth Avenue nest had been taken down, so this will be my first real Fifth Avenue season. It will be fun to observe the nest that started serious hawk watching in New York City.
The hatch vindicates Marie Winn, the Park's Department and NYC Audubon for their compromise with the co-op to put up the nest cradle. When the nest failed to produce offspring, everyone's conjecture was it was most likely the cradle, and possibly Pale Male's advanced age, but very few suggested it might have been Lola. So, to Marie Winn, the Park's Department and NYC Audubon a very, belated thank you.