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!
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.
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.
The eyasses at Fifth Avenue are looking very grown up these days. Based on what looked to be an April 18th hatch date, we certainly are at the beginning the fledge window. However, based on the behavior I saw Friday, I would place my bets on a fledge taking place mid-week.
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!
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.
I've gotten behind in processing photos and video over the last few days. These are pictures of the Fifth Avenue nest from Thursday evening.
The eyasses at Fifth Avenue are getting big enough that a visit to the nest is a rewarding visit even without watching a feeding. I had a lot of fun watching them this evening.
The two eyasses at Fifth Avenue are getting bigger. They've now easy to see at feedings. This weekend should be a great time to come visit the nest.
After bird watching in Central Park on Friday and Saturday, I made visits to the Fifth Avenue nest. The two eyasses have gotten large enough that they are seen frequently from the "hawk bench."
While it's still possible we'll discover that there is a third eyass in the Fifth Avenue nest, for now it looks like we have two. Pale Male was on the nest when I arrived and left to return for a brief visit an hour later. The youngsters are being very well looked after.
I visited the Fifth Avenue nest on Sunday evening and got to see two eyasses being fed by Octavia. There's always a chance that there is a third, younger eyass still too small to be seen.
I finally got to see a Fifth Avenue eyass twice tonight for a few seconds each time. They should be easier to see as the days progress. Now we just need to figure out how many there are.
It happens every year. I know it takes a few days before the eyasses are big enough to see, but I always try too soon to see them. I check every angle but it doesn't help. I just need to be patient.
The last thing I needed to see to be sure the Fifth Avenue nest had hatched I saw on Monday evening, the classic feeding of an eyass. The mother pulls a piece of food off the prey and gently twists her head by 45-90 degrees to hand the food off to the eyass. Seeing this behavior removed all doubts about the nest hatching for me. Now the questions is how many eyasses is she feeding, two or three?
There is a good chance the Fifth Avenue nest has hatched. Food was visible, both hawk let the nest be exposed for long periods of time, and there were lots of flies. Plus, Octavia may or may not have done a feeding based on who you asked.
When some other hawk observers asked me what I thought, I said I'd like to wait at least one more day before calling it for certain. Things all looked right but why not wait a day to be sure.
I was hoping to see signs of Pale Male and Octavia's nest hatching today. But it looks like we're still a few days away. Octavia spent a great deal of time standing up off the eggs, but it was a warm sunny day, so this could just have been due to the weather.
While I was at the Fifth Avenue nest, which I thought would be the first nest to hatch in Manhattan, I got two emails saying it looked like a feeding was taking place at 116th and Riverside Drive. So, it looks like we are starting to have eggs in the city hatch!
It looks like we still have a few more days before the nest hatches at Fifth Avenue. I looked for signs of a hatch but found none tonight. Pale Male was on the Carlyle Hotel and Octavia was on the nest.
Tonight, it was a quiet night at Fifth Avenue, with Pale Male and Octavia not doing much of anything!