When I found Pale Male this afternoon, he was sharing a perch with his mate Octavia. She quickly left and he stayed in the same general area for a few more hours. He looked to be interested in a late afternoon snack but only made one hunting attempt which came up empty. He left the area and looks to have switched to a roosting spot he uses in the late fall and winter. Other than this it was very much like it has been for the last month or so.
I can't believe it's October already. Pale Male was in the Ramble this afternoon. He looked to be hunting but didn't go after anything.
We finally are starting to get some fall temperatures and tree leaves are changing colors. Pale Male has become harder to find, but he went to Cedar Hill late in the afternoon, after chasing away a migrating raptor. He hunted two times, but came up empty on both passes.
On Saturday, after weeks of easy hawk watching, it was harder. Octavia and Pale Male spent time on the Carlyle Hotel but otherwise were hide to find until dusk. Pale Male left the hotel and went to a favorite tree on Castle Walk, before roosting near Glen Span Arch.
After dark I listened for bats. I had listened for bats twice earlier in the week. As I had those last few nights, I had plenty of Eastern Red Bats at the Model Boat Pond, but I only heard Eastern Red Bats. On a hunch, I decided to walk to the lawn between the Summer Stage and Fifth Avenue. There I heard a large number of Big Brown Bats, and a Silver-haired Bat.
For another week in a row, Pale Male hunted along 79th Street. This afternoon he caught two rodents. Here are some pictures of him eating and relaxing.
Pale Male has become such a regular it's almost boring to watch him this last month. He continues his regular afternoon visits to the trees around 79th Street.
Pale Male continues to hunt in the same location as he has late in the day for two weeks or more. In late August this isn't unusual, but usually he is hunting a bit further north. I guess this current location has the best rodents this year.
Pale Male continues to hang around the 79th Street Transverse, west of the East Drive for the second week. This afternoon he caught and consumed two rodents. Enjoy the photos.
Pale Male has been hanging around the 79th Street Transverse in Central Park this week and I found him on both sides of it this afternoon and early evening. He's molting so he looks a bit rough.
My visit to Fifth Avenue started with Octavia in the nest and the three fledglings chasing each other along the rooftops of Fifth Avenue. They seemed to be enjoying themselves. Then the three fledglings separated and I found one behind the Met.
I saw one of the Fifth Avenue fledglings today. I found it perched at 77th and Fifth, and then tracked it to 80th and Fifth Avenue near the entrance to the Met garage.
Sunday at Fifth Avenue was similar to Saturday, a mix of fledglings in the park and on Fifth Avenue buildings.
The Fifth Avenue fledglings are still centered around 72nd and Fifth but are also being seen further away, including The Ramble and a building on 70th and Fifth.
The three fledglings and their parents are doing very well, with them still staying around 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue. They were all flying around when I was there for about an hour this evening.
All three Fifth Avenur fledglings were near the nest building today and for a time you could stand in one place on the sidewalk of 5th Avenue and see all three. One was on the roof of the nest building, one on a balcony a few doors down, and one was very active flying back and forth across 5th Avenue. It was nice to see all three doing well.
I visited the Fifth Avenue nest today and found that all of the eyasses had fledged. I saw everyone except one fledgling. Of the two fledglings I saw one was on a window ledge on the 74th Street side of the nest building and the other on a railing two blocks north. Both parents were keeping a watch over them.
Tonight I got to see all of the Fifth Avenue family. First the two still on the nest, including the one reluctant fledgling who came back. Then Octavia who was on her favorite perch. With Lincoln Karim's kind help, I saw the first fledgling who made some small flights on the "Woody Building". And finally, Pale Male getting ready to roost for the night.
The always crying second fledgling decided it wasn't time and returned to the nest on Saturday afternoon. It was still there on Sunday afternoon. The Salute to Israel Day parade was in progress, which prevented the hawk watchers from hearing signs of the first fledgling.
A second eyass fledged from the Fifth Avenue nest today. While I was in the park, it spent time on a balcony and then a window on the 8th floor of the nest building. It loved to cry. The first fledgling was in the park, and had a meal on the "feeding tree", which was also used last year to feed the fledglings. One eyass remains on the nest.
This morning one of the eyasses left the Fifth Avenue nest. I caught up with the fledgling this evening where it was in trees below the nest inside the park. The fledgling flew well, but as is typical for a bird just off the nest had issues landing. It roosted in a safe spot a block north of the nest.