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Awesome Foursome

I got a text from Ranger Rob Mastrianni today saying that the J. Hood Wright Park nest had four eyasses in their nest.  That's very, very rare.  So, I took the A train up to 175th Street and took a look this evening.  I got to see all four of them.  It's a good thing I went today, since one of them looks ready to leave nest. 

I love these surprises.  When the eyasses were younger most folks could only tell that there were one or two eyasses on the nest.


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More Fifth Avenue

It's still very relaxed at Fifth Avenue.  This afternoon, Pale Male delivered food and Octavia fed the kids. Other than that it was a lot of lying around.  I guess there's no rush when you live on Fifth Avenue!


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2016 Manhattan Nests - Update 10

One of the reasons I started blogging about hawks was the myopic view that Red-tailed Hawks in New York were all about Pale Male, his mates and his offspring.  Today, just in Manhattan, we have at least 50 and more likely 60-80 Red-tailed Hawks in Manhattan.  What a wonderful number!

This update includes some fledges, the single eyass at 84th and West End, and the discover of the successful nest at 100th and Third Avenue.  As always, please email me with any updates.

Update: 5/31, The J. Hood Wright Park nest has four eyasses!  A very rare number!

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84th and West End

The 84th and West End Avenue nest has one eyass this year.  This has been a difficult nest over the years with eyasses dying on the nest and a low birth rate.  Hopefully this year's eyass will do well, fledge and have a good summer in Riverside Park.


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Tompkins Square Park Punk

My visit to the Tompkins Square Park nest coincided with the Memorial Day Punk Event.  The hawks didn't seem to mind the concert at all.  The eyasses don't seem ready to branch or fledge yet.  After two years of air conditioner nests, it will be fun to watch this batch of youngsters branch this year.


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Fifth Avenue Calm

The hot weather made hawk watching kind of slow at Fifth Avenue.  They eyasses did there best to stay cool, and the parents weren't all that active.  Pale Male perched on a nearby building for about half an hour and Octavia made one visit to the nest.


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Third Avenue and 100th Street

Thanks to a tip from the Morningside Heights blog who received the news from Gary Hansen, we have a new nest in Manhattan.  (The blog also reports that an eyass has fledged at St. John on Friday.) The nest is at 3rd Avenue and 100th Street.  Hawks had built a nest there last year, but no one reported it being successful.  I had forgotten about it.  So, it was great to see it a eyass close to fledging age on the nest.


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Washington Square Park

With the hot weather the lone eyass at Washington Square Park spent the early part of the evening lying down on the cool stone of the library.  I could only see it by walking to 9th Street and University Place.  Luckily, as things cooled off, the eyass became more active and could be photographed.


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Nice Wings

The two eyasses at Fifth Avenue are looking a lot older than when I last saw them.  They still need to grow longer tails and get some mature head feathers, but they're looking almost grown up. Their mother left them alone for over an hour this evening, another sign they're growing up.

Octavia was a little unsettled by two women using their balcony on the building just north of the nest.  Octavia was a little concerned by the new folks in the area who were just enjoying the warm weather.  She called out for about twenty minutes, voicing her displeasure at the new neighbors.


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2016 Manhattan Nests - Update 9

Please email with any corrections or additions.

Changes are the confirmation the 84th and West End nest has hatched and the viewing of a single eyass at CCNY.  The Grant's Tomb nest no longer has an eyass on the nest, but there are no signs of a fledgling, so the nest may have had an eyass death.

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2016 Manhattan Nests - Update 8

Please email with any corrections or additions. 

Changes are the count of St. John the Divine eyasses, now 3, and the discovery of nest building activity uptown.

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St. John The Divine

The nest which is now above the statue of St. Peter about ten feet has three eyasses this year.  With the construction over next door, and the nest bigger than last year, the parents seem back to a normal pattern this year. 


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Tompkins Square Park

The three eyasses at Tompkins Square Park and their parents were all seen this evening.  As the young ones get bigger their parents are leaving the nest unattended more often and feedings are less frequent.  They're getting grayer and less white with their primary feathers starting to be visible.  It's great to see the family doing so well.


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Chuck Will's Widow

After many gray days, Central Park had sunshine and a nice selection of migrants, including a Chuck Will's Widow.  This species usually roosts high in a tree, but this on settled on a limb only a foot off the ground, giving Central Park birders some of their best views in memory of this bird.


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