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Washington Square Park Fledgling

The Washington Square Park Fledgling was having lots of fun this evening.  I found it on top of 2 Fifth Avenue where it played in the wind realizing that if it put its wings out, it would have lift off.  He then went down into the park chasing a group of pigeons and ending up on the Judson Church roof.  That's a great deal of flying.

Later, he made some a few trips around the east side of the park, and even went over to the roofs of Washington Square North. 

From the pictures, you can see his primary and secondary feathers that hadn't grown in when he fledged look good now.  The only feathers with issues are two tail feathers.  It's nice to see him looking less scruffy.


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Washington Square Park Fledgling

Despite having a few missing primary and secondary wing feathers, the Washington Square Park fledgling is actually a good flier.  It made its way to a number of buildings around the park today, and did a great job of flying to high locations.  It did much better than many new fledglings.


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Washington Square Park Fledge?

There were no hawks on the nest this evening, and reports are that none were seen today by anyone.  So, we assume the single eyass has fledged.  The parents were spending a lot of time above the Pless building, so the fledgling is most likely on its roof.  A group of us are eager to see how it's coping with the few primary and secondary feathers that are missing.  It would be nice to see a few normal flights.

Update: 6/15/16  The fledgling has been perched and flying well in the SW corner of the park today.  Reports are nice flights, to perches high on buildings.  So, the wings might not look perfect but they certainly work just fine.


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2016 Manhattan Nests - Update 12

The key news this week is:

  • Washington Square Park, 1 Fledgling
  • Tompkins Square Park, 2 or 3 Fledglings.  (They are returning to the nest which makes it hard to be sure.)
  • The fledgling picked up by police from St. John did not survive.
  • On Sunday during the Puerto Rican Day parade, one of Pale Male and Octavia's offspring ended up in the Conservatory Water.  It was in rehab for 24 hours, and returned to the park.
  • A one year old hawk got tapped between a window and a storm window on 69th Street, was freed by the NYPD 19th Precinct and managed to get stuck again.  Thanks to the Ranger Rob Mastrianni it got captured a second time and sent out to WINORR.

Correction 6-15-16: Unfortunately, the second eyass at 116th and Riverside did not fledge but died, probably from Frounce (Trichomonas).

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You Can Go Home Again

At Tompkins Square Park, at least two hawks have fledged, but they were all back on the nest Sunday afternoon.  Dora, the adult female had brought food, so they all ended up on the nest.  We've see this at other nests, where the nest becomes a feeding station, but it is unusual.  It will be interesting to see how things progress over the next few days.


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Washington Square Park

The lone Washington Square Park eyass has yet to fledge.  It has a few wing feather that haven't grown in properly, but looks a good deal better than it did a week ago.  The eyasses always seem to take their time at this nest and I suspect this hawk will be no exception.


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Fifth Avenue Fledglings

This year the fledglings are spending time north and south of 72nd Street, something I don't remember being common in years past.  Maybe it's easier to venture south without the Sheep Meadow pair.  The fledglings are doing a great job of flying high as well as exploring down low.


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Darien Osprey Nest

The Scot Cove, Darien Ospreys have returned to their nest this year for a second season.  This year they have three young ones.  (The first year they had two.)  We guess they're about two weeks old, but aren't sure.


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Fledge Days

I love fledge days.  After days of waiting and watching, mostly at a nest, a greater adventure begins both for the young hawks and the hawk watchers.  Today was like so many other fledge days.  It included lots of enthusiasts sharing the joy of watching a creature enjoy flight for the first time.


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First Fledge At Tompkins Square Park

At 8:08 p.m. this evening we had the first fledge.  The eyass made its way to the highest branch of the tree on the west side of the tree, and made a good flight west.  It explored one tree for about fifteen minutes before flying to another tree.  They were good flights with good landings.


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Super Branching

Yesterday at Tompkins Square Park had the eyasses branching near the nest which was like jumping with some flapping.  Today an eyass flew from one side of the tree to the other and back.  It was more than just basic branching.  It was advanced.  Someone is going to be off this nest soon!


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Tompkins Square Park Branching

The Tompkins Square Park eyasses are full of energy jumping from branch to branch around the nest.  It's a sure sign that they'll be fledgling soon. I can't wait to see how they fledge and do they gravitate to the tall trees of the park or the buildings around the park the first few days off the nest?


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Looking Good At Fifth Avenue

Fledglings can easily get into trouble in the city, so it's a relief when they do well on their first day.  Today, both Fifth Avenue fledglings seemed to be doing well.  Both of them were flying high, controlling their landings and staying out of trouble.  Let's hope these two stay out of trouble for the rest of the season!


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Fifth Avenue Nest Has Fledged

I arrived in the late afternoon to find Pale Male eating on the nest and no eyasses to be seen.  After he took the food off the nest it was clear that the eyasses had fledged.  We found one on a building on Fifth Avenue, and one near the Kerbs Boathouse (although it might have been the same bird) just as a thunderstorm let loose.


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2016 Manhattan Nests - Update 11

The key news this week is a number of fledges:

  • Fifth Avenue, 2
  • 72nd Street, 1
  • 100th and Third Avenue, 1
  • J. Hood Wright Park, where there were 4 eyasses, 3 so far
  • St. John the Divine, 3 with one getting into trouble, being picked up by the police and sent to rehab

As always any news or corrections are welcome.


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Family Portrait

On Saturday, all four hawks, Octavia, Pale Male and the two eyasses were in the nest together.  It was great to see them together and also watch the eyasses do some jump/flapping.  They should off the nest soon.


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St. John

All three kids have fledged from the Cathedral.  Two are doing well, but the third was found by the Police unable to stand on June 1st at 109th and Manhattan Avenue.  It is now with the rehabbers Cathy and Bobby Horvath.


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Riverside Feeding

The 116th Street nest was relaxed until food was delivered on Saturday afternoon.  Gone are the relaxed careful feedings of the mother, having been replaced by a grab for food by a youngster who can feed itself.  Boy, do they grow up fast!


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