Pale Male and Hummingbird

Just a short video of Pale Male today on the "Oreo" Building, called this because it is brown with a white strip of bricks. Plus some photos of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  It was nice to have some sunshine today!

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Fifth Avenue Action

As is the usual pattern for the Fifth Avenue Fledglings this time of year, they have roamed north to the areas around the Great Lawn.  Today, one of the fledglings ran me all around from the Hamilton Statue, to the East Pinetum, to the Great Lawn, the two ball fields above the Great Lawn, the West Pinetum including a picnic table, across the 86th Street Transverse to the Bridle Path south of the Reservoir, Seneca Village, and finally the Locust Grove where it caught and ate a pigeon.  What a great day!

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Relaxed Fledgling On Fifth Avenue

One of Pale Male and Octavia's offspring was enjoying itself south of the Met yesterday afternoon. It didn't do much but relax on a single tree branch for over an hour.

This was far different from the behavior I witnessed (without a camera) earlier in the week.  A fledgling raided an American Robin nest, eating each of young Robins.  Like father, like fledgling.

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Fun Around The Met

The Fifth Avenue fledglings are at that wonderful, playful stage, where they're learning to hunt.  This means "playing" on the ground and practicing diving runs.  The activity has centered on the south side of the Met, west of the Group of Bears statue.

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Confident Fledglings on Fifth Avenue

There comes a point at each nest site, each year, when you realize the fledglings will be fine.  They still have lots of youngster in them, but you see that they can fly without problems, are learning to hunt, and are preparing to be on their own some day.  For me, today was that day on Fifth Avenue.

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Growing Up On Fifth

At least one of the Fifth Avenue fledglings is learning to hunt.  I witnessed a number of attempts today around 79th Street.  Pale Male was nearby and one of the fledgling made a trip halfway to Madison Avenue on 78th Street too.  I forgot how fast they grew up!

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Fifth Avenue

The two fledglings were easy to find this evening.  One was calling from a roof at 78th and Fifth Avenue and one was near the Three Bears playground.  Both parents were seen too.  It's nice that everything is going to plan at this nest.

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Fifth Avenue Exploration

The Fifth Avenue fledglings are beginning to explore the ground.  Today one of the fledglings went to the ground twice, once on Cedar Hill and once on the south side of the Met.  Soon they'll be playing with sticks and learning how to hunt.  It should be a fun summer.

Update: I've learned that after I left the fledgling caught a mouse. May it catch many more!

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Another Day On Fifth Avenue

This afternoon was great because I got to watch everyone in the Fifth Avenue family, Pale Male, Octavia and the two fledglings one at 73rd and Fifth, and one further north.  The second fledgling was on Cedar Hill and then went down to the Three Bears playground.

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Fifth Avenue Fledgling

Today, I spent a relaxed afternoon with one of the two fledglings at Fifth Avenue.  I had brief glimpses of both parents, but for the most park I watched a single fledgling as it made its way slowly south from the Kerbs Boathouse to a Cedar Tree just north of 72nd Street.

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Hiding On Fifth Avenue

Over the last few days, I've only seen one fledgling at Fifth Avenue.  Today, both were found within 25 feet of their mother on separate buildings.  One was on the west face of a building on the southeast corner of 73rd and Fifth and the other on the south face of a building on the northeast corner of the same intersection.  At times they would cry in unison. They didn't do much while I was there. But they both looked safe and sound.  Octavia tried to get them to come down to a tree she likes to use for feedings but they both stayed up on their high perches.

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Second Fledgling At Fifth Avenue

The second hawk left the nest at Fifth Avenue today.  When I visited both parents and a fledgling were on a building at 73rd and Fifth Avenue.  Both parents made a few flights, but didn't give us a clue as to where the second hawk was hiding.

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First Fledge At Fifth Avenue

Pale Male and Octavia had their first fledge today.  They fledgling made a long flight over the Model Boat Pond to a tree by the Hans Christian Andersen statue.  It must have remained there for at least two hours.  It then flew towards the nest and landed in a tree before going to a balcony on a building three doors down from the nest.   It tried to go to the south face of the nest building but got confused. It thought the middle bar separating two window panes was a perch.  It floated down five floors before flying out over Fifth Avenue.  It tried to perch up high but missed and ended up landing flat with its wings open on a low branch above the sidewalk on park side of Fifth Avenue.  After a short rest it recovered its barrings and explored a number of low branches.   It ended up roosting on Fifth Avenue for the night.

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Not Yet At Fifth Avenue

The eyasses stayed put today, even with the Puerto Rican Day Parade.  They do look ready to go however.  Pale Male delivered food this evening and Octavia got into a food fight with one of the fledglings.  Youngsters!

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Fifth Avenue

Hawk watchers at Fifth Avenue joke that their hawks fledge around the Puerto Rican Parade.  It's a good marker and the parade is this Sunday.  We'll see what happens.

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Foggy Afternoon At Fifth Avenue

It was a foggy afternoon at the Model Boat Pond.  When I arrived the eyasses were sleeping with Octavia, their mother, two buildings down on Fifth Avenue.  Soon, Pale Male arrived with food and brought it to the nest.  One eyass ate the new prey and the other ate leftovers. 

One tried to eat too big a piece.  The first time I saw this I worried that the eyass would choke, but it seems to be a common behavior as they learn to tear food and eat on their own.  I've now seen it dozens of time, and nothing ever goes wrong!

At the end of the afternoon, there was some "jump-flapping".  But the eyasses were very mellow, which makes sense given the weather.

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Afternoon at Fifth Avenue

I was a nice afternoon, so I spent a few relaxing hours at the "hawk bench".  The eyasses got fed, Octavia also provided shade and Pale Male made a brief visit.  We're only a few weeks from the hawks fledging, so I'm enjoying being able to watch these youngsters while they're in one place for awhile!

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