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.
The eyasses on Fifth Avenue are easily seen and are doing a good job of moving around the nest. They were lots of fun to watch today.
The colder weather made for a quiet day on Pale Male and Octavia's nest. However, there were a large number of migrates, including a Least Bittern (a small heron) and Red-headed Woodpecker.
Fifth Avenue's parents Pale Male and Octavia have three eyasses this year. They're big enough that a visit to the "hawk bench" at the model boat pond will ensure a glimpse of the little ones. I can't wait for the three to grow up and explore Central Park in a month or so.
After watching the Wild Turkey, I took a look at the Fifth Avenue Red-tailed Hawk nest and caught a feeding of the eyasses. They're still to little to see from the street, but photographs by Lincoln Karim from a nearby building show two eyasses.
The Fifth Avenue nest of Pale Male and Octavia has hatched and feedings began yesterday. I got to see two feedings and a visit to the nest by Pale Male today. We'll be able to figure out how many eyasses there are in about a week.
While doing some early spring birding, I ran across Pale Male in the Ramble. He was in a tree atop a large hill with a perfect view of Octavia, his mate. He was being harassed by five Bluejays.
The Fifth Avenue nest seems to have settled down now that it has eggs. Octavia was hunkered down while I visited and Pale Male just stayed near the nest. Let's hope they do well through our Tuesday snowstorm.
It appears that Octavia has started brooding. She spent last night on the nest as well as tonight. Pale Male sat on the nest after he brought Octavia a small rodent. So, it looks like we should have little ones in mid-April.
The hawks on Fifth Avenue are looking like they've got everything ready for spring. They copulated on the Carlyle this afternoon and worked on the nest. The female usually starts spending nights on the nest by March 15, laying eggs soon thereafter. We're getting close to this special milestone.
Tonight, I saw Pale Male and Octavia who were keeping their eyes on an Accipiter. In the park, I was sure it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk, but looking at my photographs it might have been a Cooper's Hawk.
After my visit to see the new nest on Lexington Avenue, I went to Central Park. I saw both Octavia and Pale Male on the north side of the Met as soon as I arrived. Octavia quickly went south, and Pale Male went to his usual pre-bed time hunting grounds near the reservoir's south gate house. It was great to see both of them so easily.
Octavia, Pale Male's current mate was on top of 1001 Fifth Avenue this afternoon. (1001 Fifth Avenue is a bland Philip Johnson (Johnson and Burgee) building across from the Met.)
Pale Male hunted near one of his favorite roosts tonight. While he was eating, Octavia flew in to join him. They ended up roosting only a few feet apart at the top of London Plane Tree.
I couldn't find the Fifth Avenue fledglings today, but did get to spend a good deal of time watching Pale Male on the bridle path just south of the Central Park Reservoir. Octavia flew in and out briefly, but otherwise Pale Male just relaxed in the hot weather.
The two fledglings on Fifth Avenue had a mellow afternoon keeping cool and hunting behind the Kerbs Boathouse on Tuesday. Some seasons we have reluctant fliers or hunters and this season it great to have two healthy fledglings doing so well.