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Not Yet

A week after the first fledgling left the Tompkins Square Park nest we still have a rather mature eyass on the nest.  I can't believe it will be feldging in July!

Early evenings seems to be bringing all of the youngsters together near the nest for an evening feeding.  Tonight all of the young hawks were spaced about 100 feet from one another.


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Grow Up Already

With one eyass still on the nest at Tompkins Square Park, we're all getting a little impatient watching.  Its siblings left last Monday and Tuesday, so it's been a surprise that this last one hasn't gone yet.

At least tonight, when it's parents and siblings were around the nest, and food was shown for a long time in a tree in the park, the eyass looked like it was interested in leaving the nest.  On past days, it would usually just take a nap!

The fledglings are getting very mobile and are exploring trees in the park now.  It's getting harder and harder to find them!


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Another Fun Day Downtown

Tompkins Square Park continues to provide amusement.  Even thought there is still an eyass on the nest, the two fledglings are providing lots of entertainment.  They were in trees and rooftops keeping us running around.

The parents were also active with lots of views, especially of the male, whose current molt is resulting in tail feathers with a much more narrow sub-terminal band.  Still wider than the females, but no longer so pronounced.

I hope the last eyass finally fledges on Sunday!


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Fun Evening Around Tompkins Square Park

Tonight, the two fledglings and the eyass still on the nest were visible for about an hour from a single spot on 9th Street.  It was great fun to be able to keep track all of them.

In addition, there was an adult eating on 10th Street and a fledgling playing on a roof at 10th and Avenue B, later in the evening.  I always enjoy watching young hawks learn how to do the simple things, like turn around on a pipe.  It takes some getting used to!

The youngest bird is finally getting a long enough tail and darker head feathers.  I would expect the last fledge will be on Friday or Saturday.


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TSP Trio

Tompkins Square Park still has a reluctant eyass who hasn't fledged, along with two fledglings.  For a brief moment all three could be viewed at once.  Two in different trees and one on the nest.  All looked just great and well fed, with the fledglings moving between building roofs and park trees with ease.  It should be a fun summer on the Lower East Side.


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First Fledge at Tompkins Square Park

The first fledgling from Tompkins Square Park flew off around 10:45 a.m. on Monday.  It was relocated in an airshaft in the early evening across the street from the nest.  Red-tailed Hawks can get stuck in narrow airshafts, so Ranger Rob Mastrianni was called to relocate the bird to a tree in the park.  

Ranger Rob arrived, captured the fledgling, check its health and quickly got it relocated.  The fledgling soon explored the tree it was placed in, while the parents watched over it from a nearby tree.

I love it when a neighborhood gets together to enjoy a fledge and also watch out for a young bird's health.  This happened today.  Residents of the Lower East Side should be proud of their neighboors who looked out for the welfare of an innocent young bird today.  They're all real hawk watchers now!


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TSP Close to Fledging

The Tompkins Square Park nest still has three eyasses on the nest.  They should be leaving the nest sometime this week. This is the first year for the nest, so it will be interesting to see where the parents encourage the youngsters to fledge towards, building roofs or trees of the park.


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Post Graduate

The second fledgling of the Washington Square Park nest was returned to the park yesterday afternoon after its adventure in a NYU classroom and rehab.  I found it this evening on University Place. 

It started out on the window ledges of 19 University Place, wrapping around the building from University Place to Eight Street.  It then flew to eastern wing of The Brevoort.  It tried to land on a ninth floor windows ledge, but misjuded the width of the ledge.  It tried to readjust but floated down to a second floor terrace. 

After about five minutes it jumped up to the railing of the terrace.  Eventually, it flew back down University Place and landed on scaffolding in front of the Weinstein Residence Hall.  After about ten minutes, it went into a Gingko tree, where I suspect it roosted for the night.


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Finally Off

The last 5th Avenue fledgling finally got its act together and left the nest Tuesday morning.  It appears to spent the day in a few trees near where it first landed.  I continue to be amazed by differences in personalities in Red-tailed Hawk fledgings.  They range from fearless and confident to shy and uncertain.


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Reluctant Eyass

They remaining eyass on the Fifth Avenue still hasn't fledged yet.  Its siblings fledged last Wednesday.  The longest I've seen between sibling fledges is seven days.  We'll see what happens!


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Branching Begins At Sheep Meadow

On Sunday at Sheep Meadow, when I arrived it looked like one of the eyasses had fledged.  After about twenty minutes, however it became apparent that there were still two eyasses in the tree, and one had learned to go out on the branches.

Branching is common in tree nests, but I've become so accustomed to building nests, I had forgotten to give the tree a good going over before assuming we had had a fledge!  I think the eyasses hatched around May 1st, so we should have a fledge by the weekend.


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More Views Of The Century Peregrines

On Sunday, I got to see the Peregrines again.  The youngsters were out on a ledge and an adult was watching over them.  The eyasses wings are now more fully developed and they look great. During my visit a partially eaten bird was retrieved and feed to the eyasses.  It's nice to be able to watch them so easily.


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Still One To Go

I spend a great deal of time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday hoping to see the last fledgling leave the nest.  Given that its older siblings left last Wednesday, I was expecting it to go.  But it certainly seem to be in no rush to go!

It's two siblings are doing great in the park and are being well fed by Pale Male and Octavia.


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Sheep Meadow Just About Ready

This is also from Friday afternoon.  Two healthy eyasses looking like they will fledge within the week.  It's so nice to have a tree nest to watch in Central Park!

(Despite the soundtrack of the video, beer sales and alcohol consumption in Central Park is prohibited but the regulation is randomly enforced.)


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Washington Square Fledgling

I got a little behind on editing video, so this is from Friday, June 6th.  This is a fledgling playing on an NYU dorm roof being watched by Rosie.  (This is most likely not the fledgling that decided to go to school and enter an NYU classroom.)


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Thank You, Thank You

In the middle of the night, a NYU Public Safety officer found a Washington Square Park fledgling in an NYU classroom.  The proper folks were called, and Rob Mastrianni, an Urban Park Ranger with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation responded in the middle of the night.  He captured the bird and at dawn released it into the park.  It did not fly off, so it was transfered to WINORR on Long Island.

While there has been much frustration with NYU's decision not to install a camera this year, the NYU Public Safety staff has taken its role to protect the fledgings very seriously over the years.  They deserve our thanks yet again.

Rob Mastrianni, who responsed in the middle of the night, also deserves our thanks. He loves raptors and will do almost anything in any neighborhood of the city to help out, on or off duty.  Thanks Rob.

And of course the Horvath's deserve our thanks most of all.  WINORR does wonders in New York City.  Thanks Cathy and Bobby.

Over the next few days, while Cathy and Bobby get the fledgling a check-up, and give the fledgling some time to grow up and be a better flier so it can be returned to the park safely, we'll see the parents searching for their youngster.  I know from past experience this can be difficult to watch. 

When Ziggy fledged too early, off 888 7th Avenue a few years ago, there were outcries to have him returned quickly.  But the Horvath's decision to wait a week to return the fledgling, ended up in the best possible outcome, a great family reunion and a fledgling that safely spent the summer in Central Park.

So, please try to avoid any monday morning quarterbacking, and let the Horvath's do their jobs.

(The Horvath's also have the male from the Cathedral of St. John in their care as well as a very sick eyass from the Bronx.  I'm so thankful for what they do.)

Update 6/10: The fledgling was returned to the park and is doing fine.


Two Off, One to Go at Fifth Avenue

I learned today that two, not just one hawk had fledged at Fifth Avenue on Wednesday.  One of the two birds was flying all over the place, as though it had fledged weeks ago.  The other was a bit more reserved hanging out in trees north of the Model Boat Pond building.


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