It looks like the J. Hood Wright Park and CCNY/Shepard Hall nests are both inactive this year. I visited J. Hood Wright Park earlier in the week and saw a Red-Tailed Hawk perched on Haven Avenue on the west side of the park, so the nest may be in a new location this year. At CCNY, I didn't see any activity. The CCNY pair may have relocated to the radio tower they used a few years ago. Let's hope we hear some good news about either pair, later in the season.
- Red-tailed Hawks are nesting on the flood lights of Field 10 out on Randals Island again this year.
- The 310 West 72nd Street nest is confirmed to be active again.
- Tompkins Square park has become a version of the dating game, will it be Contestant #1, Contestant #2 or Contestant #3?
- I made a note that there is a good chance we'll find a nest on Governors Island this year. We'll find out when the island opens to the public May 1.
I hadn't had a chance to get up to 350 Central Park West for a few weeks and the nest looks great. The nest looks solid and in good shape. I caught up with the male near the Tennis Courts, and after watching the female on the nest, saw an exchange of the two hawks. The male took over egg warming duties and the female eat a pigeon left for her in a nearby tree. Then after she flew around for about five minutes, returned to the nest, and the male left.
On the fourth floor level of the fire escape on a building on the northwest corner of 96th and Lexington Avenue, there is a new hawk nest. The female was brooding when I arrived and the male was briefly on a water tank before flying out of view. I stayed until after sunset, but didn't see a nest exchange between the two hawks.
Two changes today.
- The Highbridge Park nest appears not to be in use this year. I suspect there a nest in the park, but is as of yet not found.
- In Tompkins Square Park, Dora appears to have injured her wing again and has gone back to rehab. A new female is claiming the nest. There is a post on the EV Grieve blog. Laura Goggin Photography's has also posted about the events on Wednesday.
I'm on vacation in California, but I'm getting reports about the Manhattan nests. Any additional news would be welcome. In general, it looks like this year's nests are running a week or two later than last years nests.
This winter Snowy Owls have been spotted along the sea coast of New York City and Long Island this winter. I love watching them from a distance. If you are interested in seeing a Snowy Owl, read up on the special care needed to watch these great birds before you go out to see one.
I was worried about this owl getting disturbed by people, but it and two other owls nearby managed to get spooked by a large four engine jet coming in low to land at JFK.
The Osprey platform out in Scot Cove in Darien, Connecticut only had one chick this year. Nevertheless, it was fun going out to watch the family for a third year.
This will be the last update for 2017. The St. John nest has fledged.
Although the number of confirmed nests is lower than last year, all in all, 2017 was a good year.
Changes from last update:
- 72nd and West End Nest has fledged
- 2nd fledgling confirmed at Inwood Hill Park (6-27-17)
Changes from the last report:
- Three eyasses confirmed at J. Hood Wright Park
- Three eyasses confirmed at Grant's Tomb
- Tompkins Square Park has one eyass
Washington Square Park was full of birders after a beautiful male Kentucky Warbler this afternoon. After photographing the Kentucky, I watched the nest briefly. I saw my first wing flap from the eyass, a great sign of things to come.
Changes from the last report:
- The 95th and Lexington nest has been abandoned
- The J. Hood Wright Park nest has hatched according to observers
- The Grant's Tomb has at least two eyasses
- The Washington Square nest had an eyass die. The current pair have had three nests.
- In 2015 the nest produced 2 healthy fledglings
- In 2016 there were two unhatched eggs and while one eyass fledged suscessfully, it had problems with late feather growth.
- In 2017, there was one unhatched egg, one eyass that died in the first week and one hopefully healthy eyass.
The decline of the success rate for the Washington Square nest makes one question if there is a problem with the environment around the park. We might be seeing the effects of low levels of rodenticides or some other agent.
Thanks to a Tompkins Square Park Birder's great spotting, I got to watch a group of migrating Savannah Sparrows in the park on Thursday evening. It was a nice surprise in foggy weather.
- The Gorman Park Nest is brooding. The female has been seen sitting on the nest
- Although the J. Hood Wright Park nest is listed as not having hatched, it most likely has hatched but gone detected just yet.
- It looks unlikely that the 3rd egg at Washington Square Park will hatch.
As always, please email me if you have any updates for this chart.
Reports of Manhattan nests hatching are coming in...
Update 4/19: A second egg hatched at Washington Square Park.