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96th Street and Lexington Has A Real Fledge

Early this afternoon, one of the 96th Street hawks fledged to a fire escape on the building to the east of the nest above a Starbucks.  The hawk missed the landing and ended up dangling from a single talon upside down.  Not to unusual for a first flight! This all happened before I arrived.

When I arrived the fledgling was doing fine except for a tender foot. It found some sun and took a nap for over an hour.  Some locals went crazy that the hawk was injured enough to require care because they said fledgling hawks don't nap and one person even tried to flag down a fire truck.  The owner of the apartment put water and raw meat out.  All of this was unnecessary and created needless panic.  The bird was not in any immediate danger and didn't need to be fed.  These are wild birds and not pets.

Tuesday Update: NYC Audubon and the Urban Park Rangers are aware of the fledgling's location and status. The Urban Park Rangers (a division of the NYC Parks Department) will be monitoring the fledgling today.

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Grant's Tomb News

I arrived at Grant's Tomb after the rehabilitator had already left with one of the fledglings, so what I'm going to say is all second hand.  A few days ago the male crashed into a window hard enough to break the glass.  He hasn't been seen since.  The female got into an accident with a car, and appears to have rodenticide poising.

This leave all three fledglings with no one to feed them.   So, Bobby Horvath of WINORR came to capture the fledglings.  He got one, but two can fly too well to be captured at this point.  It will be a challenge to capture these two!  Good luck Bobby!

Here are picture of one of the fledglings that needs to be put into protective care.

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Not Yet At Fifth Avenue

The eyasses stayed put today, even with the Puerto Rican Day Parade.  They do look ready to go however.  Pale Male delivered food this evening and Octavia got into a food fight with one of the fledglings.  Youngsters!

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Fledgling Reconsiders at 96th Street

I received photographs, texts and emails this morning showing that one of the fledglings had left the nest.  It had gone down to scaffolding below the nest early in the morning.

I was spending the weekend and was able to get to the nest around 5 p.m.  When I arrived I was surprised to see three eyasses in the nest.  It turns out the fledgling decided it was too soon to leave and using the stairs of the fire escape returned to its two siblings.  I guess this was extended "branching".

Urban nests continue to surprise me!

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2018 Manhattan Nest Update 15

Good News and Bad News

  1. One of the eyasses at 96th and Lexington Avenue fledged to the "shed" (the scaffolding with a deck for workman) on the building north of the nest early this morning.
  2. A hawk at the Grant's Tomb nest was involved in an auto accident.  There is concern about the eyasses.  I understand local hawk watchers are keeping an eye on the situation.

The Grant's Tomb hawk is being treated at the Wild Bird Fund.  It may also have been exposed to rodenticides (rat poison) and is receiving prophylactic treatment. 

Testing of raptors over the last twenty years by N.Y. State has show that many hawk "accidents", were not really accidents at all.  The hawks got into trouble because they were weakened by rodenticides.

Update: The Morningside Hawks has a good update on the Grant's Tomb hawks here.

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Fifth Avenue

Hawk watchers at Fifth Avenue joke that their hawks fledge around the Puerto Rican Parade.  It's a good marker and the parade is this Sunday.  We'll see what happens.

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96th Street

The hawks at 96th Street are getting ready to leave.  One is having fun on the fire escape railing and it looks like the other two will be joining in on the fun soon. 

The neighborhood is getting excited about the hawks too.  It looks like there will be lots of eyes and ears on the fledglings.  Good luck young fellows!

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Tompkins Square Park

Tompkins Square Park continues to be frustrating.  It's so hard to see what's going on.  This nest was built for privacy!

At the end of the video, you can see two eyasses being feed. It's hard to see but you can see two.  I can't wait for these birds to get a bit bigger!

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2018 Manhattan Nest Update 14

Updates:

  1. The 310 West 72nd Street nest has three eyasses.  I had originally thought there were only two.
  2. I've received sad news that the adult male of the 96th and Lexington nest who had been picked up and sent to the Wild Bird Fund and then to a surgeon had to be euthanized.  The mother, who seemed to be courting a new male, appears to be a single mother again.

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Fifth Avenue

The eyasses look like they're close to fledge age.  They both look great.  Octavia and Pale Male were perched near the nest too.  I can't wait for the two eyasses to venture into the park.

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310 West 72nd Street

I finally had a chance to run over to 310 West 72nd Street this afternoon.  It took about 20 minutes for a hawk to be visible.  Then two, and then three.  I had seen an early photo of the nest and thought there were only two, so three eyasses was a nice surprise.

The nest is in a wide rain gutter, so the hawks have a "runway" to explore.  It was fun to watch them go up and down the "runway".  Just before a rain shower, an adult arrived to check in on the kids.

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Mellow Hawks On A Cold Day

The Washington Square Park hawks spend most of the late afternoon and early evening huddled together in the cold weather.  Fortunately, they did take a few breaks so I could watch them.  They're looking good and should fledge in mid-June.

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2018 Manhattan Nest Update 13

We can add two more eyasses for Manhattan now that we can see the youngsters at Tompkins Square Park.  This brings us to a confirmed number of 18 eyasses for the season.  As always, I'm sure we've missed a nest or two.  We must be missing a nest or two this year in Harlem and The Heights.

We'll soon be seeing lots of eyasses leave their nests over the next three weeks.  I suspect we'll see some fledges late this week.  Hawk watchers who've been stuck on a bench for two and a half months are going to get lots of exercise soon!

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At Least Two Eyasses in Tompkins Square Park

We finally got to see an eyass after watching feedings for a week in Tompkins Square Park.  I was able to see two at once, so we've got at least two, possibly three eyasses this year.

Both Christo and Amelia were involved in the feedings today, and Christo as taken to staying close to the nest when he's not on it.  It's so nice that after all the drama earlier this year, things are back to normal.

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Watched Over

The three eyasses at 96th Street looked great and the should be fledging in a week or two.  It will be interesting to see where they fledge to.  Usually New York City nests have real parks nearby.  This nest has more of an asphalt school playground then a real park nearby.

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Grant's Tomb

I took a trip up to Grant's Tomb to see the eyasses before they fledged.  The three looked great.  No sign of the parents, but that's not surprising this late.  I'm sure they were nearby.

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