At least two eyasses were clearly visible in the Washington Square Park nest this evening. It was great to watch them and their parents. I'm looking forward to watching them a lot more!
I went to McCarren Park in Brooklyn today to follow up a report sent to Rob Jett from a friend who plays baseball in the park.
Within minutes of arriving, I found this hawk on lights for the baseball field. It made a hunting attempt across the street. (The 36 acre park is divided up into strips with north/south streets going through the park.)
I asked Rob Jett, who has one of the best birding blogs on the Internet, City Birder, if he would give directions to the Prospect Park nest. He said sure, but that he would need to take me in person.
These two eyasses bring the eyasses I've seen in person and photographed to 14 for the season! All on one Metrocard.
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Green-Wood commemorated their fallen Civil War soldiers on Memorial Day. They are in the midst of a research and restoration project to provide new tombstones for their Civil War soldiers buried in the Cemetery.
I forgot to take a wide shot of the nest yesterday. It is in the tree in the middle of the photograph. The cemetery welcomes birders, but I was reminded that one should respect the primary purpose of the cemetery. This includes leaving an area, if anyone seems uncomfortable.
I went to Green-Wood Cemetery for the first time on Sunday. It looks like a great place for a Red-tailed Hawk family.
Red-tailed Hawk nests are the order of the day in New York City this year. I think we have at least ten confirmed nests. In the next few weeks, we should have lots of babies all through the city. I'm going on vacation but will be back in time for some Red-tail babies.
Beyond my reporting there are lots of excellent websites in New York with news of Red-tail nests.
Rob Jett's City Birder blog has news of two nests in Brooklyn and news via Chris Lyons of hawks in the Bronx.
Robert B. Schmunk's Bloomingdale Village blog has been keeping tabs on the Cathedral Church of St. John hawks and other hawks in Central Park.
Jeffrey Kollbrunner's website has news of a pair of hawks in Queens.
Plus, James O'Brien's The Origin of Species blog has news of American Kestrel, Peregrine and Hawk in midtown and Harlem.