Washington Square Fledges
Fledge Day +1

Fledge Day

Fledge Day at Washington Square turned out to be unlike any I have every watched.  Both eyasses fledged within ten minutes of each other (8:05 and 8:15) and ended up on the same ledge of a nearby NYU building.  Red-tailed Hawks don't normally fledge together, nor do they usually fledge to the same place.  The fledge happened at dusk, another rarity.

I caught the first fledge while shooting video.  I couldn't find where the fledgling landed, but both parents seemed to be searching a rooftop.  So, I went to 4th Street to see if I could get a view.  While I was there, a hawk came from the library.  I thought it was one of the parents, but would soon find out it was the second fledgling.

I returned to the building the hawks fledged to.  I thought I was photographing one fledgeling, but as it got dark it became apparent that a second hawk was there.  After reviewing pictures and photographs, it turns out the second fledgling had been there all along, just tucked out of view.  The ledge they fledged to was a favorite spot of the parents, and was one they often brought food to.

So, a new stage of the adventure begins.


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