- Pale Male and Octavia's nest had hatched
- Tompkins Square Park's new female, Amelia is brooding.
When the eggs hatch, which takes place one egg at a time, it takes about a week more to see the eyasses on the Fifth Avenue nest. The only clue that they've hatched are feedings and changes in behavior of both Pale Male and Octavia.
Today, an hour and a half apart, it appeared that Octavia was feeding an eyass. I'll let you judge the video for yourself, but it looks like we may have good news.
It looks like the J. Hood Wright Park and CCNY/Shepard Hall nests are both inactive this year. I visited J. Hood Wright Park earlier in the week and saw a Red-Tailed Hawk perched on Haven Avenue on the west side of the park, so the nest may be in a new location this year. At CCNY, I didn't see any activity. The CCNY pair may have relocated to the radio tower they used a few years ago. Let's hope we hear some good news about either pair, later in the season.
The hawks at 96th and Lexington seem to be doing fine. The female was on the nest in the late afternoon and evening. Her mate was flying about the neighborhood, was hassled by two different American Kestrels and hunted unsuccessfully in a nearby park.
The Barn Owl in Central Park roosted in a new tree and was much more visible than in days past. It gave some great looks and took its time preening before fly out.
The Barn Owl was a bit easier to photograph today. It's now on its 8th day in the park, which is longer than expected. It regurgitated a pellet at dusk.
The nest on 350 Central Park West looked like it was doing well on a brief visit on Saturday. I can't wait until early May to watch our Manhattan nests hatch.
Last seen in Central Park over a decade ago, a Barn Owl has been seen for a few days. I caught up with it this afternoon and got to watch it fly out from its roost after dark. It made one stop after fly out, and then flew across The Lake.
Today, while at the Pond at the Southeast corner of Central Park, I saw a Red-tailed Hawk with a branch, fly up to the Crown Building at 57th and Fifth. It went to a balcony railing, jumped down to a terrace, and then flew around the building. It wasn't clear where the twig was left. The hawk then went to the Sherry-Netherland Hotel.
We've seen hawks here in the past, with nest attempts nearby on The Plaza hotel in years past. But I've never seen fledglings in the park from this location. Any reports from nearby office buildings would be appreciated.
Tompkins Square Park has had an upheaval this last week. A third new female has fought with Dora, resulting in Dora going back into rehab and the new female taking over! Plus there seems to be no sign of Nora.
This new female, which I'll shorthand as F3, is making herself at home. Christo and F3 copulated at least ten times today. I guess they both know they're late in the season!
A Wilson's Snipe was on the west shore of The Pool, a body of water at the north end of Central Park. It's a wonderful bird, and was out in the open, which was a real treat.
I hadn't had a chance to get up to 350 Central Park West for a few weeks and the nest looks great. The nest looks solid and in good shape. I caught up with the male near the Tennis Courts, and after watching the female on the nest, saw an exchange of the two hawks. The male took over egg warming duties and the female eat a pigeon left for her in a nearby tree. Then after she flew around for about five minutes, returned to the nest, and the male left.
310 West 72nd Street has to be the hardest nest to view in the city. It's in a gutter at the top of the building and one can't really see into the nest. But I was able to view an exchange of the two hawks, so I it would be safe to say the nest has eggs.
On the fourth floor level of the fire escape on a building on the northwest corner of 96th and Lexington Avenue, there is a new hawk nest. The female was brooding when I arrived and the male was briefly on a water tank before flying out of view. I stayed until after sunset, but didn't see a nest exchange between the two hawks.
Two changes today.