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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Pale Male and Octavia

When I arrived at the Fifth Avenue nest, Pale Male was on the Carlyle Hotel and Octavia was on the nest.  Pale Male soon flew over the Met and wasn't seen for the rest of the evening.  Octavia stayed on the nest occasionally getting up to roll the eggs or preen.  All in all a quiet evening by the boat pond.


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Fifth Avenue

When I arrived at the Fifth Avenue nest, Octavia was on it, and Pale Male was being harassed by an American Kestrel.  He ended up perching on what the "regulars" call the Linda Building.  I must have missed the exchanges for the day, as Pale Male soon went off to roost for the night.  There isn't a lot of action when their are eggs to be kept warm!


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Southern Central Park Raptors

I spent the weekend trying to figure out what was happening with our three pairs of hawks in Central Park. 

  • The Sheep Meadow pair continue to be seen in the SE corner of the park, but don't seem to have settled on a nesting location just yet.
  • The pair that tried to nest on the Beresford last year, are bringing twigs to the Beresford and San Remo this year.
  • Pale Male and Octavia are doing just fine.  Pale Male gave Octavia a long break on Sunday afternoon.
  • A Merlin was a nice extra bonus near the band shell.

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An Exchange On Fifth Avenue

When hawk watchers talk of an exchange, they're talking about the process where the male gives the female a break.  When these start, it's usually safe to assume at least the first egg has been laid.  Today, I was fortunate to see Pale Male give Octavia a break of about twenty minutes. 

(The exchange was a little odd, in that Pale Male left the nest unattended for about four minutes.  He may have been helping Octavia with a territorial dispute out of my view.)


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