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.
I went down to Avenue A to see how everyone was doing after the excitement on Wednesday, where one of the hawks got relocated to Tompkins Square Park.
I was able to find four of the hawks, but not the one who went to TSP. It had been last seen in the morning. (There were lots of robins attacking something at the top of a tree, near where the bird had been released so it might just have been too high to find.)
The four hawks were together on the Most Holy Redeemer Church.
- Adult Male
- Adult Female
Two of three eyasses fledged today. One to a bar and the other to a church and then a school. How Alphabet!
I went looking to see if the Avenue A nest had fledged on Friday, to find all three eyasses still on the nest. I was a day to early. One fledged on Saturday morning! But they were fun to watch as there last day as an air conditioner trio.
The nest on Avenue A continues to do well. It's a little crowded on the air conditioner, but they're managing. The parents spent most of the evening across the street on the church, with the mother making one brief visit.
The adult male brought food to the nest and the three eyasses ate on their own, a sign they're growing up and will be fledging in a few weeks. The eyasses can be aggressive in going after the food, and one was today, quickly taking it from their father.
It began to rain, so I had to pack up my camera, but I still watched the nest. After about twenty minutes of letting the eyasses work on the food by themselves, the mother came in to help them finish their meal.
The trio at Avenue A and Third Street are doing well, however their window could use some cleaning after they leave! It's going to be a little tight on that nest once jump/flapping starts.
We might have a repeat of last year, where one of the hawks fledges much later than its siblings!