I took a brief break from Washington Square Park and stopped by Tompkins Square Park mid-afternoon. The two eyasses have really grown since I was last in the park. Things are looking just fine.
Tompkins Square Park continues to be frustrating. It's so hard to see what's going on. This nest was built for privacy!
At the end of the video, you can see two eyasses being feed. It's hard to see but you can see two. I can't wait for these birds to get a bit bigger!
I stopped by Tompkins Square Park this evening but only stayed briefly. They wind was strong enough to make watching the nest difficult. I did catch a feeding and was able to see one of the eyasses.
We finally got to see an eyass after watching feedings for a week in Tompkins Square Park. I was able to see two at once, so we've got at least two, possibly three eyasses this year.
Both Christo and Amelia were involved in the feedings today, and Christo as taken to staying close to the nest when he's not on it. It's so nice that after all the drama earlier this year, things are back to normal.
A quick trip to Tompkins Square Park let me see a feeding, but the eyasses are still too small to see. We'll have to wait a bit longer to figure out how many there are!
When I arrived Amelia was feeding. (It will still be some time before we know how many youngsters we have.)
Christo was near the nest. He then attacked a Blue Jay nest. From there, he flew to a church on Avenue B where he was harassed by a group of Blue Jays for an extended period. You can't blame the Jays as they were protecting their young. After things calmed down, Christo ate a pigeon and then flew to the nest.
The hawk watchers of Tompkins Square Park, saw a feeding and an hour long visit by Christo (the father) last night. I went down this afternoon to help confirm the hatch. I saw two feedings, one around 1:15 and one around 3:30. The eyass(es) are too young and small to see from the ground, but it's clear that the nest has youngsters.
After all of the drama with Dora, Nora and now Amelia it is so nice that the Lower East Side has a nest that has hatched this year.
(It says a lot about the difference between Washington Square and Tompkins Square parks when realize which bands play in which park. Especially when you consider they are only a ten minute walk from each other.)
The nest with the new female, Amelia, is due to hatch any day now. This year's nest is in a terrible place to photograph. When the eggs hatch, don't expect "baby pictures" for days!
Tompkins Square Park has had an upheaval this last week. A third new female has fought with Dora, resulting in Dora going back into rehab and the new female taking over! Plus there seems to be no sign of Nora.
This new female, which I'll shorthand as F3, is making herself at home. Christo and F3 copulated at least ten times today. I guess they both know they're late in the season!
Christo was the star of my day. I first saw him copulating twice with Nora on 90 Baruch Drive and then later in the day in Tompkins Square Park. It's going to be an interesting spring! (But we should all be prepared for things to go wrong. This is a very unusual situation!)
The story of Dora's return is getting more interesting.
Due to a WPIX newscast about an apartment needing repair, we've learned of the location of what seems to be Christo and Nora's (Dora's replacement while she was in rehab) nest. It is on an air conditioner on the west façade of 90 Baruch Drive (which is also marked 80 Baruch Drive for reasons only known to the NYC Housing Authority) on the tenth floor. The nest only seems to have just been started and seems to need more work. The new nest is about ten blocks southeast of Tompkins Square Park.
We saw Nora eat lunch on a building just opposite the nest in the early afternoon and had glimpses of another hawk, presumably Christo. Hawk watchers reported seeing them copulate on Friday.
Mid-afternoon a group of us shifted our hawk watching to Tompkins Square Park, where we found Christo and Dora in the same tree. Dora made a loop of the park, and joined a Cooper's Hawk in a tree for a few minutes. Reports came in after I left the park, that Christo and Dora copulated.
I think we'll need some good photographs to know for sure that Christo is trying to support both females, but it sure looks like it.
Just before I arrived in Tompkins Square Park, Christo had caught a pigeon in the park. Hawk watchers had expected him to give it to Dora but he left the park with it. Where he went and where Nora is has been a mystery the last few days.
Then Dora flew to the top of the Christodora building, flew along Avenue B, and ended up hunting and eating on the school ruins east of the Christodora. After a rooftop visit at 10th Street, she looked like she was going to roost below 7th. And just before dusk Christo made a visit to the nest.
It's so great to see Dora doing so well.
Dora seems to be doing fine after being returned to Tompkins Square Park. She was sitting in this year's nest when I arrived and then went after two crows and possibly a juvenile hawk. She ended up roosting on a fire escape for the night.
Christo was seen briefly and circled over Avenue C and 6th Street for a bit. It is unclear what he's going to do about choosing between Dora and Nora (or if he will choose both).
You'll see in the photographs and video Dora's droopy left wing. She seems to be flying well and the wing issue does not seem to be causing here any real issues.
Dora, the female of the Tompkins Square Park nest has been returned to the park by the Horvaths (NYC's great Rehabilitators). She had been in their care for about three months.
I caught up with her after work this evening. Christo, the male, has already found a replacement mate, who the locals have been calling Nora. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few days. It may end up being something of a soap opera.
Here are some cell phone pictures...
For the last two weeks, the native fledgling in Tompkins Square Park has been lethargic and frequently seen closing its eyes during the day. Today, much to the relief of the hawk watchers in the park, she was back to normal.
On Saturday, I caught up with the naturally born fledgling in Tompkins Square Park. She was undisturbed by the Punk Concert in the park.
At Tompkins Square Park, Monday evening, I got to see both fledglings and both parents. It was late in the day and both fledglings were very sleepy. I was lucky enough to watch one of them fall asleep and roost for the night. Late July and early August hawk watching can be disappointing, so it was great to see everyone.
It's been too hot to do much birding over the last week or so, but the weather was cooler on Sunday. I went down to Tompkins Square Park which was fairly quiet. After about an hour this year's fledgling appeared on a TV antenna on a 7th Street roof. Other than that sighting, I didn't get to see anything else.
Both fledglings were easy to watch this afternoon in Tompkins Square Park this afternoon. Not much happened but it was nice to watch them both relax on a hot day.
The afternoon started slowly with the fledgling (the one who hatched in the park, which locals are calling Manhattan to differentiate from the adoptee from Brooklyn) flying off a 7th Street roof and then perching in a tree for almost an hour. I lost track of the fledgling and went down to 4th Street to watch the parents on the Most Holy Redeemer Church.
When I returned the park, the fledgling was in a tree and soon came down to the ground to eat a rat. The kill must have been at least day old as it was covered with maggots. After it was eaten, the hawk flew to a fence and eventually to a 7th Street rooftop.