Despite lots of looking by the hawk watchers of Tompkins Square Park, we've only seen one eyass who is now fairly big. Although I'd be happy to be wrong, it looks like we have an only child.
The number of eyasses on the Tompkins Square Park nest continues to be difficult to determine. One for sure but most likely more.
While it has clearly hatched, the nest is very hard to "spy on". My visit on Thursday continued to confirm feedings but I was unable to see any eyasses. Hopefully, they'll be big enough to see in a few days.
Although we can't see or count the eyasses at Tompkins Square Park yet, due to feeding behavior by Dora, we know the nest has hatched. Dora didn't leave the nest while I was there, but Christo was all around the park. I can't wait to see the eyasses in a week or two.
I spend a cloudy evening looking to see if the Tompkins Square Park had hatched. This early on you look for behavioral queues from the parents, since an eyass will be too small to see at this point. I didn't see any of the behavior I was hoping for. This doesn't mean the nest hasn't hatched. It just means that while I was there, I didn't see any positive signs.
My visit to the Lower East Side started with a trip to Houston and Avenue D where I saw a Red-tailed Hawk fly off a nest under construction on a school air conditioner. This is the same site of a nest built in 2008. We'll see what happens with this pair/nest.
Then it was off to Tompkins Square Park, where the activity was similar to yesterday's.
The hawks in Tompkins Square Park are brooding. Today, I got to see a few nest exchanges, both hawks share a rodent, and see them copulate.
My visit to Tompkins Square Park started off slowly. The male arrived and quietly sat on a branch looking for prey. But soon we saw three hawks, the pair and an intruder flying over head. After the intruder was chased off the pair made a trip to the top of the Christodora Apartments. Then they went out of sight. This nest is usually a few days behind Washington Square Park, so expect eggs next week.
The Tompkins Square Park pair are getting serious about nesting. They've built a new nest close to Avenue A and 9th Street, and the male is busy courting the female. They copulated while I was there and he also caught a small rodent and went off to give it to his mate as a present. So, it looks like everything is in place for spring.
As the days grow longer, Red-tailed Hawk couples who in the fall may have spent much of their time apart, spend more and more time together. Today, the Tompkins Square Park spent much of the after noon close to each other. A sign nesting season is right around the corner.
One of the hawks caught a pigeon on Avenue B around 12th Street. I was surprised the kill was so far north. After eating much of the pigeon, it shared the leftovers with its mate.
With the days getting longer, the two adult hawks seem to be spending more time together. Intruders to the park today included a juvenile Red-tailed hawk, a Cooper's Hawk and a rare visitor, a Merlin.
The Tompkins Square Hawks and a young Cooper's Hawk were in the the park this afternoon. There were snow flurries and a tree lighting in the park.
You would think Tompkins Square Park would be quiet in early December, but the resident Red-tailed pair has had to deal with visiting Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks and Peregrine Falcons. It's a great show and made it a fun visit to the park.
It was a very windy afternoon on Friday. When I arrived the two adults were escorting a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk out of their territory. We lost track of the adult female, but the male came into the park and made two loops around the park and made a trip to the top of the Chritodora House. It's amazing to watch hawks maneuver in high winds. They move very fast with incredible control.
With thunderstorms expected on Thursday and the end of Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, today was the last day I could go birding after work until the spring. So, I went to Tompkins Square Park and watched Christo (and Dora briefly) hunt in the park. He caught a small rodent but didn't really get a great meal.
I've been away at a conference for a week in Las Vegas. I returned to the city last night and went down to Tompkins Square Park this afternoon.
Christo, the male of the pair that resides in the park, fly into a tree next to me within minutes of my arrival at the park. He then went hunting and caught a rodent. He then ended up into a tree where he roosted for the night. As I was leaving, I saw an Eastern Red Bat.
What a nice homecoming back to New York City.
The temperatures are dropping and Red-tailed Hawk pairs are returning to their old hunts. Both hawks were in Tompkins Square Park this evening. Nice to see them enjoying the park.
The Tompkins Square Park adults on the Most Holy Redeemer church near 4th Street and Avenue A on Tuesday evening.
Mid-August can be a frustrating time to watch hawks. Juveniles are becoming harder to find as they expand their range, and for some precocious ones, begun to migrate. So, for the last week I've had to be content to find some adult hawks in both Washington and Tompkins Square Parks.