Not much happened at Tompkins Square Park in the early evening. The young hawks were back on the nest and the parents were enjoying the wind.
At Tompkins Square Park, at least two hawks have fledged, but they were all back on the nest Sunday afternoon. Dora, the adult female had brought food, so they all ended up on the nest. We've see this at other nests, where the nest becomes a feeding station, but it is unusual. It will be interesting to see how things progress over the next few days.
I love fledge days. After days of waiting and watching, mostly at a nest, a greater adventure begins both for the young hawks and the hawk watchers. Today was like so many other fledge days. It included lots of enthusiasts sharing the joy of watching a creature enjoy flight for the first time.
At 8:08 p.m. this evening we had the first fledge. The eyass made its way to the highest branch of the tree on the west side of the tree, and made a good flight west. It explored one tree for about fifteen minutes before flying to another tree. They were good flights with good landings.
The Tompkins Square Park eyasses are full of energy jumping from branch to branch around the nest. It's a sure sign that they'll be fledgling soon. I can't wait to see how they fledge and do they gravitate to the tall trees of the park or the buildings around the park the first few days off the nest?
My visit to the Tompkins Square Park nest coincided with the Memorial Day Punk Event. The hawks didn't seem to mind the concert at all. The eyasses don't seem ready to branch or fledge yet. After two years of air conditioner nests, it will be fun to watch this batch of youngsters branch this year.
The Tompkins Square Park hawks look fantastic. They're doing well in their tree nest after two years on air conditioners. All three youngsters look healthy and well fed.
The three eyasses at Tompkins Square Park and their parents were all seen this evening. As the young ones get bigger their parents are leaving the nest unattended more often and feedings are less frequent. They're getting grayer and less white with their primary feathers starting to be visible. It's great to see the family doing so well.
I was thrilled to see three eyasses being fed by their mother and then their father at Tompkins Square Park this evening. So were many school children who got a look at the young ones having a meal by looking at my camera screen.
If you have a spotting scope, there is a great spot to look at the nest in front of a restaurant at Avenue B just south of 7th Street.
I was thrilled to see the little head of an eyass feeding at Tompkins Square Park this evening. It's best seen by very carefully watching the parents feeding the eyass on the video. This is going to be one tough nest to watch, but I'm happy they aren't on an air conditioner this year!
The hawks in Tompkins Square Park, copulated, rested and copulated again within an hour today. They didn't even bother to fly to another branch. Spring really is in the air.
Reports are coming in about how nests are doing around Manhattan...
- There is a pair hanging out in Chinatown around Canal Street and the Manhattan Bridge, but no nest has been found as of yet.
- There is a new nest at 116th and Riverside Drive, possibly the pair that abandoned a fledgling at Grant's Tomb last year. (Update 3/18/16. Grant's Tomb and the 116th Street might both be active this year.)
- The Sheep Meadow nest blew down over the winter and the pair has been seen bringing twigs to a number of buildings on or near Central Park South including Trump Parc, The Plaza and the Crown Building.
- The pair that tried to nest on the Beresford last year, as been seen bringing twigs to both the San Remo and the Beresford this winter.
It should be a fun year, and hawk watching will get easier after we change to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday.
I returned to the park on Sunday, and caught two behaviors I had missed on Saturday, copulation and eating. Looks like all systems are go for the Spring.
The Tompkins Square Park pair were very active today. They copulated frequently and worked on their nest. This year they've decided to be traditionalists and are working on a nest in a tree, after two years of using air conditioners.
They both roosted for the evening on different fire escapes. The roost were about a third of a block apart, and both had clear views of the new nest.
I got to see both Tompkins Square Hawks tonight, but was only able to photograph one on a church cross. I'll be away next week and then we'll soon be back on standard time, so hawk watching will become a weekend activity soon.
The Red-tails of Tompkins Square Park have been building a nest this past week in a tree. For a pair that's had two air conditioner nests, it's been a surprise. I didn't get to see any nest building tonight, but did see the female work her way around the park and go to roost. She took 50 minutes from when she went to roost to shutting her eyes. This was much longer than I expected.
I saw both parents today on a chimney, then saw Dora on a church cross on Avenue B. She's molting, so she looks a little "rough" right now. No sign of the youngsters who have been difficult to find.
In July, I was very busy with work and then on vacation, so I didn't have much time to hawk watch. I finally had some free time and was able to visit Avenue A and Fifth Avenue this afternoon.
Hawk Watching can be frustrating. Most fledgings have learned to hunt and are going further and further away from their home base. And they're becoming more independent, venturing away from siblings and parents.
So, I wasn't surprised when I only saw one fledgling briefly on the Most Holy Redeemer Church today. That's normal for August.
The whole Avenue A family, the parents and the three fledglings were on the Most Holy Redeemer Church on Third Street this evening. It was great to see all three fledglings at once.
One of them has been getting him/herself into trouble over the last few days. Once it hung out low on Avenue A and had to be relocated to the park, and then two days later it flew into an air shaft. So, it was great to see all three flying around the church.
Dinner for one of the fledglings was a rat, which it stole from a sibling!
A store right below the Avenue A nest made the most out of the mess they endured while the eyasses were above. They created a great window display of the eggs and the eyasses. Worth a detour if you're on the Lower East Side. 45 Avenue A between 3rd and 4th Streets.