The eyasses on the Washington Square nest look all ready to go, but seem to be in no rush. There parents don't seem to be in a rush either. So, we just wait and hope they'll fledge soon.
The eyasses will become fledglings any day now. As we watch and wait for the big event(s), we get to watch eyasses that are now looking angelic after a "ugly duckling" stage, get ready for their big day(s).
On the video from this evening, you can see one of the eyasses jump at the window, around 6:40. As you can see from a section of the video and some of the photographs, the hawk is trying to land on the edge of a picture frame on the other side of the glass. For a species that is used to branching from tree branch to tree branch around a tree nest before fledgling, the lack of branches must be confusing and frustrating to an eyass being raised on a window ledge.
The fledge watch continues at Washington Square. Hopefully, we'll see at least one eyass off the nest by Saturday.
I spent about six hours in Washington Square Park on Monday. The eyasses are close to fledging and it was a lot of fun to watch them and answer questions from passerbys.
Both parents visited the nest. While many folks look to the age and maturity of the fledglings to figure out the fledge date, we shouldn't forget the parents involvment in the process. By placing food on nearby buildings and reducing feedings on the nest, the parents can help by encouraging the eyasses to fly for the first time.
Now is the time to come to the park and watch the action in person!
The Washington Square Park hawks could fledge any day now. They look a little young still, with tails a bit too short and a little bit of head down, but we're close.
The eyasses were using the window ledge as a runway this evening and were very active. I can't wait to see what the NYU buildings and then the park are like with three youngsters around!
(On the webcam you can see one of the hawks jump up at the window. I believe the eyass thinks it can land on the top of a picture frame on the other side of the window pane. You can see the top of the frame on the second photograph.)
A quick ride on the A Train to 145th Street and a short walk through a wonderful area of restored Brownstones brings you to Shepard Hall on the uptown C.C.N.Y. campus. This year there are two eyasses on the nest.
This Gothic building yields another wonderful nest location in Manhattan. For more detailed information and photographs of this nest, see The Origin of the Species blog.
After a stormy afternoon, there was a break in the rain that allowed a quick trip to Fifth Avenue. All three eyasses looked healthy and looked closer to fledgling. They were eating scraps of food on their own, and one even tried to still the family meal from it's siblings when Pale Male delivered dinner.
While they have about a week or two more on the nest, the eyasses are starting to become more and more active. They're exercising their wings and enjoying the long window ledge.
The Riverside Park hawks have eyasses that are old enough that they can easily be seen now. It makes it much easier to watch the nest. Tonight there were a number of visits by both parents, and a Northern Mockingbird harassed both of them.
With light rain, the Fifth Avenue nest didn't have much excitement while I was there late in the afternoon. But eventually, the eyasses became active and I got to see how much they had grown.
The Washington Square eyasses are growing up fast. I didn't see them for a few days, and they've changed greatly. Come to the park and see them on the nest before it's too late!
Judging by the under tail of the bird, we had a female Chuck-Will's-Widow in Central Park today. A nice surprise on a wonderfully warm spring day.
A few techincal problems delayed my posting video and photographs until today.
Monday was very enjoyable in Washington Square. Everyone was visible and active making for a nice evening.
I spent most of the weekend bird watching, so I only shot about 15 minutes of hawks over the last two days. I did get to see the Fifth Avenue nest on Sunday afternoon.
We're at about the halfway point between hatching and fledgling at Washington Square. It's an awkward stage between fluff and juvenile feathers. But flapping has begun, as has ledge exploration, so it's a great time to watch them.
This evening at St. John, a feeding revealed three eyasses in the nest. This beautiful location continues to consistently give us young hawks year after year.
Tonight, Pale Male and Octavia, plus their three eyasses were on view for most of the evening. So much fun to watch all of them.
At the base of the Astoria Queens side of the RFK Bridge is an established nest of Red-tailed Hawks. It's one of the easiest nests to watch in the city and this year has at least two eyasses.
On the Northeast light post of the soccer field north of Icahn Stadium is the 2013 Randalls Island Red-tailed Hawk nest. The female of the nest was sitting on the eggs. She sat low on the nest and when she settled in after getting in did the back and forth wiggle a brooding mother does.
So, I don't thing we've had a hatch yet out on Randalls Island.