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.
At least one of the Fifth Avenue fledglings is hunting for itself now. A mouse and a rat were caught on Saturday afternoon. It's very nice to see at least one of them be so independent, so early in the summer. Most of the action took place around the Kerbs Boathouse, although both hawk fledglings had been on high perches on Fifth Avenue buildings during the afternoon.
Fledglings can easily get into trouble in the city, so it's a relief when they do well on their first day. Today, both Fifth Avenue fledglings seemed to be doing well. Both of them were flying high, controlling their landings and staying out of trouble. Let's hope these two stay out of trouble for the rest of the season!
I arrived in the late afternoon to find Pale Male eating on the nest and no eyasses to be seen. After he took the food off the nest it was clear that the eyasses had fledged. We found one on a building on Fifth Avenue, and one near the Kerbs Boathouse (although it might have been the same bird) just as a thunderstorm let loose.
On Saturday, all four hawks, Octavia, Pale Male and the two eyasses were in the nest together. It was great to see them together and also watch the eyasses do some jump/flapping. They should off the nest soon.
The eyasses at Fifth Avenue are looking very grown up these days. Based on what looked to be an April 18th hatch date, we certainly are at the beginning the fledge window. However, based on the behavior I saw Friday, I would place my bets on a fledge taking place mid-week.