Saturday was just another enjoyable day at the Fifth Avenue hawk bench. Three eyasses being fed by their mother.
This evening I got to see the eyasses, Octavia and Pale Male. Pale Male caught a pigeon and spent thirty minutes plucking it before delivering it to the nest. Octavia returned to the nest after the food drop, but was not in a rush to feed the eyasses.
After reports of one, then two, eyasses on the Grant's Tomb nest, it became apparent that there were three eyasses on the nest this week. I caught up with them and both there parents this evening.
I finally had a chance to get up to J. Hood Wright Park and found the mother doing her best to keep her eyasses out of the sun. After the sun got lower, she took a break. The nest has three eyasses this year.
Changes from the last report:
- Three eyasses confirmed at J. Hood Wright Park
- Three eyasses confirmed at Grant's Tomb
- Tompkins Square Park has one eyass
This evening, after doing a little birding, I watched a feeding at the Fifth Avenue nest. It's wonderful to see a predator be so gentle with her offspring.
I sat on the "hawk bench" on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed the view of the Pale Male and Octavia's nest, as well as the many observers of the nest. After all these years, the nest continues to delight tourists and locals alike.
Washington Square Park was full of birders after a beautiful male Kentucky Warbler this afternoon. After photographing the Kentucky, I watched the nest briefly. I saw my first wing flap from the eyass, a great sign of things to come.
After visiting Tompkin Square Park, I hoped over to Washington Square Park to see the nest. Nice to see the eyass getting bigger.
Despite lots of looking by the hawk watchers of Tompkins Square Park, we've only seen one eyass who is now fairly big. Although I'd be happy to be wrong, it looks like we have an only child.
Blue Jays alerted me to an Eastern Whip-Poor-Will about 50 feet south of the waterfall at The Pond near Sixth Avenue around 62nd. It was a fun find on a damp day.
The pair of Peregrine Falcons nesting on the El Dorado on lower Central Park supposedly have three chicks this year. I studied them for an hour and only saw signs of a parent. I suspect I'll need to make a number of visits to see the youngsters.
The eyasses on Fifth Avenue are easily seen and are doing a good job of moving around the nest. They were lots of fun to watch today.
The number of eyasses on the Tompkins Square Park nest continues to be difficult to determine. One for sure but most likely more.
This evening was windy (which resulted in some camera shake) but I was able to watch the parents and their eyass without any problems. The eyass has changed from white to gray over the last few days. It's growing up fast.
I got to see glimpses of at least on eyass in the Tompkins Square Park nest this evening, along with a Red-breasted Nuthatch. For such a small park, there is amazing number of good birds.