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!
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.
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.
Please visit Laura Goggin's website, www.gogginphotography.com for sad news about a hawk's death in Chinatown. She has documented a terribly tragic event in an increadibly touching and respectful way.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I made another attempt to see the Painted Bunting in Prospect Park today and had much better views than this weekend. What a fantastic bird.
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!
While I'm not thrilled that summer is coming to an end, it does mean we have lots of Jewelweed flowers and Hummingbirds in Central Park!
I went to Governors Island for the afternoon, and did the typical tourist stuff. But I did get some great view of an American Kestrel. The ferry to the island is only $2 and runs through the last weekend in September.
On a very hot evening, I looked for the sick fledgling in Central Park without success. But I did have some fun watching two raccoons play at dusk.
The Osprey nest in Darien, CT no longer has two little ones, but two large fledglings flying on and off the nest. They're doing great and it was fun to watch then for an afternoon. Highlights included a number of "food fights" over fish the father brought, and watching the mother go wading and then bathing in the ocean.
The birds with rows of small dots on the wings and yellow on the back of their necks are the fledglings, and the mother has markings on her upper breast, which are much fainter on the male.