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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Growing Up On Fifth Avenue

After lots of rain, I was finally able to go hawk watching today.  I spent time at Pale Male and Octavia's nest on Fifth Avenue.  Octavia was with the two eyasses, and Pale Male was on the Carlyle. The bird attacking Pale Male is a Northern Mockingbird.

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Model Boat Pond

I visited the Model Boat Pond at dusk to listen for bats, and was able to detect two species, Big Brown Bat and Silver-haired Bat.  But before it got dark, I saw Octavia return to the nest and got brief glimpses of the two eyasses.

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2 or 3

The Fifth Avenue nest's eyasses are still a bit too small to see clearly.  It may well turn out that there are only two.  This evening's meal was gray squirrel.

Update 5/10/18: It looks like we have only two eyasses this year.

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Enjoying Pale Male

I recently gave a talk on Enjoying Pale Male.  I thought I would share the slides from the talk.  Click on the slide or use your keyboard's right arrow to advance to the next slide.  Hovering over the left edge allows you to skip to a specific slide.

(The player can be buggy, so don't get frustrated if you have problems.)


Fifth Avenue Eyasses

Pale Male and Octavia's nest was very active this afternoon.  Two eyasses (nestlings) were visible at one point.  A feeding lasted a very, very long time, so there is a change we have an unseen younger eyass that remains too small to be seen.

I've uploaded two videos, a short one that lets you see the two eyasses if you look closely, and a standard lengthy one.

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Fifth Avenue Nest

Reports from the hawk bench are there at least two eyasses this year.  They saw the oldest briefly in the afternoon, while another eyass was being fed.  I hope to be able to capture "baby pictures" this weekend.

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Octavia, Eating or Feeding

When the eggs hatch, which takes place one egg at a time, it takes about a week more to see the eyasses on the Fifth Avenue nest.  The only clue that they've hatched are feedings and changes in behavior of both Pale Male and Octavia. 

Today, an hour and a half apart, it appeared that Octavia was feeding an eyass. I'll let you judge the video for yourself, but it looks like we may have good news.

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Octavia Sitting On Her Nest

I arrived at the Fifth Avenue nest to the sounds of the St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Pale Male was just leaving the nest.  At first I thought it was empty but then I saw Octavia's tail in the wind.  It looks like she's either getting ready to or has already laid an egg.  Pale Male made another visit to the nest before perching on the Carlyle Hotel.

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Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Two Adult Red-Tailed Hawks

I started my raptor watching in the North Woods and then worked my way around the reservoir.  My first raptor was a Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk at the Wildflower meadow, who then flew around the Compost Heap.  Then it was off to the reservoir, where a Peregrine Falcon has been seen for the last few days near the North Gate House. Then after looking at the nice selection of waterfowl using the open areas of reservoir, I ran into two adult hawks at the South Gate House.  By then it was too dark to I.D. the hawks, but it looked like one of them was an intruder and the other was either Pale Male or Octavia.

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Pale Male and Juvenile Hawk

Both Pale Male and Octavia are doing just fine in the cold. Both have been spotted numerous times over the long weekend.  I got a few pictures of Pale Male on Saturday.  Today, the hawk of my visit was a young hawk in the area of the Ramble called The Oven.  This bird didn't get any not respect from numerous Squirrels and Blue Jays.

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Pale Male and Octavia

Pale Male and Octavia spent the late afternoon around Cedar Hill and the playground at 77th Street and Fifth Avenue.  Pale Male was hunting halfheartedly and Octavia was keeping an eye on Pale Male.  Both chased a Sharp-shinned Hawk at dusk.  It was nice to get good looks at both of them, especially the shy Octavia.

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Accipiter and Pale Male

Central Park was beautiful this afternoon.  The snow covered trees and lawns but there wasn't enough snow to block any of the roads or paths.  When I arrived a Red-tailed Hawk was chasing a small Accipiter, which I struggled to decide whether it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk or Cooper's Hawk.  Later in the afternoon, Pale Male was in a tree near the 79th Street transverse.

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Pale Male and Octavia

When I found Pale Male this afternoon, he was sharing a perch with his mate Octavia.  She quickly left and he stayed in the same general area for a few more hours.  He looked to be interested in a late afternoon snack but only made one hunting attempt which came up empty.  He left the area and looks to have switched to a roosting spot he uses in the late fall and winter.  Other than this it was very much like it has been for the last month or so.

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