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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
On a cloudy damp Memorial Day, it seemed like a good day to take some slow-motion videos of the eyasses jump flapping on the Fifth Avenue nest.
The young Fifth Avenue hawks look great. They should be leaving the nest in a week or so. All we have to do is watch and wait.
While they still have some growing up to do before leaving the nest, the eyasses look more and more grown up every day. They're eating on their own now. Pale Male on the nest in the beginning of the video, followed by Octavia.
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.