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Flight Training Continues

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.


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Memorial Day in Washington Square Park

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!


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Exercise Continues

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.)


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CCNY Shepard Hall

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.


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Fifth Avenue Rain Break

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.


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Riverside Park

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. 


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Rainy Afternoon

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.


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Growing Up

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.


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RFK Bridge

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.


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Randalls Island

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.


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