Looking Good At Fifth Avenue

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!


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Fifth Avenue Nest Has Fledged

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.


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Family Portrait

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.


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Fifth Avenue

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.


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More Fifth Avenue

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!


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Nice Wings

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.


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Fifth Avenue

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.


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Pull and Twist

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?


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Fifth Avenue Maybe?

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.


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Fifth Avenue

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.


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Fifth Avenue

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.


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