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.
I never can predict when hawks will fledge. The common wisdom is sometime around the Puerto Rican Day Parade (the Sunday after next) is the time the Fifth Avenue hawks will fledge. But these hawks seem close to being ready. Only time will tell!
On a cloudy damp Memorial Day, it seemed like a good day to take some slow-motion videos of the eyasses jump flapping on the Fifth Avenue nest.
The young Fifth Avenue hawks look great. They should be leaving the nest in a week or so. All we have to do is watch and wait.
While they still have some growing up to do before leaving the nest, the eyasses look more and more grown up every day. They're eating on their own now. Pale Male on the nest in the beginning of the video, followed by Octavia.
Saturday was just another enjoyable day at the Fifth Avenue hawk bench. Three eyasses being fed by their mother.
This evening I got to see the eyasses, Octavia and Pale Male. Pale Male caught a pigeon and spent thirty minutes plucking it before delivering it to the nest. Octavia returned to the nest after the food drop, but was not in a rush to feed the eyasses.
This evening, after doing a little birding, I watched a feeding at the Fifth Avenue nest. It's wonderful to see a predator be so gentle with her offspring.
I sat on the "hawk bench" on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed the view of the Pale Male and Octavia's nest, as well as the many observers of the nest. After all these years, the nest continues to delight tourists and locals alike.