Over the last few days, I've only seen one fledgling at Fifth Avenue. Today, both were found within 25 feet of their mother on separate buildings. One was on the west face of a building on the southeast corner of 73rd and Fifth and the other on the south face of a building on the northeast corner of the same intersection. At times they would cry in unison. They didn't do much while I was there. But they both looked safe and sound. Octavia tried to get them to come down to a tree she likes to use for feedings but they both stayed up on their high perches.
The second hawk left the nest at Fifth Avenue today. When I visited both parents and a fledgling were on a building at 73rd and Fifth Avenue. Both parents made a few flights, but didn't give us a clue as to where the second hawk was hiding.
Pale Male and Octavia had their first fledge today. They fledgling made a long flight over the Model Boat Pond to a tree by the Hans Christian Andersen statue. It must have remained there for at least two hours. It then flew towards the nest and landed in a tree before going to a balcony on a building three doors down from the nest. It tried to go to the south face of the nest building but got confused. It thought the middle bar separating two window panes was a perch. It floated down five floors before flying out over Fifth Avenue. It tried to perch up high but missed and ended up landing flat with its wings open on a low branch above the sidewalk on park side of Fifth Avenue. After a short rest it recovered its barrings and explored a number of low branches. It ended up roosting on Fifth Avenue for the night.
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!
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.
It was a foggy afternoon at the Model Boat Pond. When I arrived the eyasses were sleeping with Octavia, their mother, two buildings down on Fifth Avenue. Soon, Pale Male arrived with food and brought it to the nest. One eyass ate the new prey and the other ate leftovers.
One tried to eat too big a piece. The first time I saw this I worried that the eyass would choke, but it seems to be a common behavior as they learn to tear food and eat on their own. I've now seen it dozens of time, and nothing ever goes wrong!
At the end of the afternoon, there was some "jump-flapping". But the eyasses were very mellow, which makes sense given the weather.
I was a nice afternoon, so I spent a few relaxing hours at the "hawk bench". The eyasses got fed, Octavia also provided shade and Pale Male made a brief visit. We're only a few weeks from the hawks fledging, so I'm enjoying being able to watch these youngsters while they're in one place for awhile!
Another great day watching the 5th Avenue nest. The next ten days are peak nest watching days. Make a visit if you can!
The two eyasses on Fifth Avenue got fed mid-afternoon. One of them was taking bites that were a little too big resulting in a bit of a tug-of-war. It was fun to watch.
After lots of rain, I was finally able to go hawk watching today. I spent time at Pale Male and Octavia's nest on Fifth Avenue. Octavia was with the two eyasses, and Pale Male was on the Carlyle. The bird attacking Pale Male is a Northern Mockingbird.
I visited the Model Boat Pond at dusk to listen for bats, and was able to detect two species, Big Brown Bat and Silver-haired Bat. But before it got dark, I saw Octavia return to the nest and got brief glimpses of the two eyasses.
The Fifth Avenue nest's eyasses are still a bit too small to see clearly. It may well turn out that there are only two. This evening's meal was gray squirrel.
Update 5/10/18: It looks like we have only two eyasses this year.
I recently gave a talk on Enjoying Pale Male. I thought I would share the slides from the talk. Click on the slide or use your keyboard's right arrow to advance to the next slide. Hovering over the left edge allows you to skip to a specific slide.
(The player can be buggy, so don't get frustrated if you have problems.)
Pale Male and Octavia's nest was very active this afternoon. Two eyasses (nestlings) were visible at one point. A feeding lasted a very, very long time, so there is a change we have an unseen younger eyass that remains too small to be seen.
I've uploaded two videos, a short one that lets you see the two eyasses if you look closely, and a standard lengthy one.
Reports from the hawk bench are there at least two eyasses this year. They saw the oldest briefly in the afternoon, while another eyass was being fed. I hope to be able to capture "baby pictures" this weekend.
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.
I arrived at the Fifth Avenue nest to the sounds of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Pale Male was just leaving the nest. At first I thought it was empty but then I saw Octavia's tail in the wind. It looks like she's either getting ready to or has already laid an egg. Pale Male made another visit to the nest before perching on the Carlyle Hotel.
Hints of spring are in the air. The park has some Snowdrops and Forsythia in bloom and the city's Red-tails have begun to copulate. Today, I caught up with a Cooper's Hawk, and both of the Fifth Avenue Hawks, Octavia and Pale Male.
I started my raptor watching in the North Woods and then worked my way around the reservoir. My first raptor was a Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk at the Wildflower meadow, who then flew around the Compost Heap. Then it was off to the reservoir, where a Peregrine Falcon has been seen for the last few days near the North Gate House. Then after looking at the nice selection of waterfowl using the open areas of reservoir, I ran into two adult hawks at the South Gate House. By then it was too dark to I.D. the hawks, but it looked like one of them was an intruder and the other was either Pale Male or Octavia.
Both Pale Male and Octavia are doing just fine in the cold. Both have been spotted numerous times over the long weekend. I got a few pictures of Pale Male on Saturday. Today, the hawk of my visit was a young hawk in the area of the Ramble called The Oven. This bird didn't get any not respect from numerous Squirrels and Blue Jays.