Hawks and Bats On Fifth Avenue

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.

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Pale Male Yet Again

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.

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Pale Male

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.

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Fifth Avenue Aerobatics

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.

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Fifth Avenue Hawks

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.

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Fifth Avenue Trio

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.

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All Three Fledged At Fifth Avenue

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.

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Whole Fifth Avenue Family

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.

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You Can Go Home Again

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.

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Fifth Avenue Second 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.

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Fifth Avenue First Fledgling

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.

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Fifth Avenue

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!

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