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Fun, Fun, Fun

Sometimes a visit to Washington Square has lots of dull moments, but this evening there were visits by Bobby to the park, Rosie going off to eat, and lots of feedings.  Plus it was a very nice day, sunny and in the sixties.

The Kestrel was back giving Bobby a hard time.  I suspect both pairs of raptors have nestlings.


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Family Dinner

Thursday night in Washington Square Park was wonderful.  A crisp sunny day, and lots of activity by the eyasses, Rosie and Bobby.  We got to watch all of them eat, and the eyasses are big enough that one can get great views of them.


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Fifth Avenue Feeding

Tonight I spend the evening looking for warblers, but made a brief visit to the Fifth Avenue nest and caught Octavia feeding her eyasses.  They're still too little to see and count but it's great to know they're in the nest.


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Feeding on Fifth Avenue

Pale Male and his new mate have new offspring.  Food was brought to the nest on Saturday evening and feeding began on Saturday.  Today, I watched a feeding and a number of visits by Pale Male.  We'll know how many eyasses there are within the week.


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Riverside Park

Every breeding season in New York City, we have lots of nests that work like clockwork.  This year, this seems to be Washington Square Park, Fort Washington Avenue, Inwood Hill Park, Fifth Avenue, CUNY Uptown and St. John seem to be in this category this year.  (I haven't had a chance to see what's up on Randall's Island, but that I suspect is fine.)

Then we have mysteries or mishaps.  The Highbridge Park nest had problems, and a new one was built recently.   In Central Park three pairs of hawks, one at the south, one in the northwest and one in the northeast, are all trying to get established.

The most confusing though is Riverside Park.  After a few seasons of tragedies, last year two new hawks failed to make a nest although they tried on a number of fire escapes.  This season, two hawks have been reported in the 90's of Riverside Park.  I went to see them today, but came away with more questions than answers.


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Bobby Takes A Bath

Wednesday night in Washington Square Park was lots of fun.  Bobby spent a great deal of time on the Law School, eating and bathing.  Later in the evening Rosie left the nest unattended and ate some of his leftovers.  It was nice to see them close up for a change.


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Washington Square

I made yet another visit to Washington Square Park this evening.  (It's close to my office and my workday ran long.)  Things continue to look great and it looks like the adults are getting used to having kids. 

Rosie only took a quick break and Bobby was around the park but didn't spend much time in view.


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Washington Square Feeding

The Washington Square nest has two hatched eyasses and an unhatched egg as of this morning.  I was able to capture a few minutes of the NYU webcam video of a feeding.

The chat room as named them Kiku and Archie.  Kiku after a member of the chat room who passed away, and Archie for the Washington Square Arch. 


The third egg hatched at 12:45 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 15th. It has been named Judson.



Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center

Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center is at 106th and Fifth Avenue.  This winter I've frequently seen a hawk on top of the building.  I didn't think much of it, since we usually have a few wintering hawks in the north part of the park.

Today, I was surprised to see not one but two hawks on the building.  Before I could get my camera out, the male flew off, circled the hill with the compost heap, and returned to the building and copulated with the female.

My first thought was these could be the Central Park West hawks?  But both seem lighter both in eye color and in chest banding.  The couple looks young.  Anyone seen nest building on upper Fifth Avenue?


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Best and Worst of Times

On the day that the Washington Square Hawks had their first egg hatch, the Central Park West hawks gave up on their 322 Central Park West nest.

Tonight, I first found one of the hawks on the back of 350 CPW, on a ledge on 94th Street.  The hawk left the perch and when I got back to CPW, the two hawks were copulating on a building on 93rd Street.  Then the female went off to a tree in the park.

We'll see what happens.  The hawks look to be building a new nest on a different location on 350 CPW. 


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Central Park West Drama

After receiving reports that the Central Park West had been taken down, I went to the park today to look for the hawks.  You can imagine my surprise when I found a hawks sitting on a slightly smaller nest than I had seen on the weekend.   (It's not clear if the female has laid eggs just yet, or will be in the next few days.)

When I got home, folks on the WSP chat room directed me to the Pale Male Irregulars website.  It had news of destruction of the nest by the construction company working on the fa├žade. There was also a story in the New York Post.

Lets hope the hawks can rebuild the nest in time to make a good go of it this year.

Update: 4/11/13.  I was sent a photograph today that showed the female sitting on the ledge with one egg having rolled away from her.  Without a proper nest bowl, she may have had to choose to incubate only one egg.


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Washington Square

Rosie and Bobby in Washington Square are close to their hatch date, so I decided to make a trip and see how things are doing.  It was quiet at first.  Then Bobby appeared on top of 2 Fifth.  A nest exchange took place and Rosie did some high flying.  She settled down on the west side of the park, before dropping down to some low tree branches to look for rodents.

Eventually, see went to the north side of the park where it looks like she caught a pigeon.  (It was out of view, so there is a possibility she just picked up a pigeon Bobby cached for her.)  She eat a good deal of it, then flew of towards the nest.  Even before she got back to the eggs, Bobby had left the nest to eat the leftovers!


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Fifth Avenue Nest

Boring can be at good thing when it comes to a hawk nest.  It means all things are working as they should.  Sunday night, Pale Male stood guard as Ocatavia kept her eggs warm.


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Central Park West Update

The pair on Central Park West continues to copulate and doesn't seem quite ready to settle down to nesting just yet.  Reports are that they are not bothered by the construction crews on the building where they have built there nest so this is great news.  On Sunday, I saw them copulate on the south tower of the Eldorado and watched the male fly in the high winds.


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Classic Fifth Avenue

Watching the Fifth Avenue nest takes patience but there is that magical moment when a hawk exchanges places with the other that makes waiting worthwhile.

Tonight, I got to see Octavia return to the nest and replace Pale Male.


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