2016 Manhattan Nests - Update 9

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Changes are the confirmation the 84th and West End nest has hatched and the viewing of a single eyass at CCNY.  The Grant's Tomb nest no longer has an eyass on the nest, but there are no signs of a fledgling, so the nest may have had an eyass death.

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Seaside Sparrows

In a little park on the Hudson River Greenway, Clinton Cov, there have been a group of Seaside Sparrows for the last few days.  This species is usually very hard to find in salt marshes, so having these birds hanging out on a lawn and median between a sidewalk and a bike path, has been a great joy for birders used to spending hours to see a brief glimpse.

There being easy to find has had its drawbacks however.  One of the sparrows became a meal for an American Kestrel on Friday.


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2016 Manhattan Nests - Update 7

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Changes are basically in the number of eyasses confirmed at each nest.  This count will grow as the eyasses become easier to see.

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2016 Manhattan Nests - Update 6

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Updates are:

  • Washington Square Park nest has hatched.  One hatch confirmed, but I suspect all three have hatched by now.
  • Feeding observed at Tompkins Square Park.
  • Two eyasses confirmed at 116th and Riverside.
  • Conflicting reports, but the 96th and Fifth nest appears to have failed.
  • At least two eyasses have been been in Pale Male/Octavia's Fifth Avenue nest.

(I suspect that Inwood Hill has hatched, but I just haven't received a report yet.)

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116th and Riverside Has Hatched

Although we can't see the eyasses yet, frequent trips off the nest by the female, flies, what look like feedings and the male bringing in food, make it clear the nest has hatched.  Nice to see a young couple with a new nest be successful.  Between this nest, the Grant's Tomb nest and the Peregrine Falcons on Riverside Church this should be a fun area to watch.  And St. John the Divine is also a short walk away!


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Hatch Watch Begins Soon

NYC hawk watchers will be looking at nests for signs of hatching over the next few weeks.  Calculating hatches can be complicated.  While egg take 28-25 days to incubate

  • females may begin to sit on nests a few days before they lay their eggs
  • egg are laid 36-48 hours apart and incubation may not fully begin until the last egg is laid
  • an egg takes about a day to hatch as the chick pips out of the egg and feeding usually doesn't begin right after hatching

Since we can rarely look into a nest, we'll be looking for signs of a hatch such as a hawk slice from an eyass (pooping chick), a victory flight lap by the parents or lots of food being brought to the nest by the male and a first feeding.  It takes a few extra days from when we see a feeding until we can see fuzzy heads too.

We might see a hatch by next weekend and certainly within two weeks.  It's a great time watch a nest and a sure sign that spring has arrived.


More photos of 96th Street

With better weather, I got to see a nest exchange and both hawks of the 96th Street pair today.  Both hawks look great.  It was the first time I got a good look at the male. 

I look forward to learning about this pair over the next few months.  It should be a fun summer in Central Park.


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Channel Islands National Park

I was in L.A. for Easter but made a side trip to whale watch around the Channel Islands on Good Friday.  Lots of great wildlife, including Brown Boobies, Spotted Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Dolphins, Brown Pelicans, Fin and Gray Whales.

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Washington Square Park

I made a brief visit to Washington Square Park, and didn't find the resident Red-tailed Hawks, although there nest looks newly refurbished.  I did find another raptor in the park however, a Merlin.


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Tompkins Square Park

I visited the park on Sunday expecting the activity I had seen before I left, but instead saw two relaxed hawks one at 1st Avenue and 4th and the other at Avenue A and 3rd.  Maybe it's some relaxing before egg laying?


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Three-toed Sloth

I've been in Panama and Costa Rica on vacation this last week.  I had a great time and got to see lots of great animals including a one in a lifetime view of a Puma. 

On the last day of the trip, we saw a few Three-toed Sloths.


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Everglades Birding

I spent Christmas week in the Everglades.  It has been unusually wet, so the birding was limited.  However, I did get to see some great birds, including this Red-shouldered Hawk, Great Egret and Barred Owl.

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Merry Christmas

It was sixty degrees in Central Park today.  The Great Horned Owl continued to be present and an Accipiter, either a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen nearby.

After the fly out of the Owl, it cleaned its talons and then broke off a branch and chewed on it.  This has happened on previous nights.  I've looked for any mention of this behavior on the internet and haven't found anything that gives a clue about the reason for this interesting behavior.


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WINORR Fundraiser

Cathy St. Pierre has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for WINORR (Wildlife In Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation), which Cathy runs along with her husband, Bobby Horvath.

WINORR has been critical to the comeback of Red-tailed Hawks in New York City.  Not only do they provide much needed rehabilitation resources, they act as consultants to the Parks Department and participate in educational programs thought the city.

It would be great if the Hawk Watching community could help Cathy quickly get to her modest goal of raising $5,000.

Click here to donate.

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Prospect Park Weekend

Prospect Park in Brooklyn had two birds that I had never seen before, a Painted Bunting and a Black-headed Gull.  The Painted Bunting has been in the park for a week and has become a celebrity.  Unfortunately, it was very difficult to photograph.  I only got some poor back photographs, that didn't capture the wonderful bright colors of the bird.  Luckily, I did better with the Black-headed Gull. It was very cooperative!


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