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.
Both the adopted fledgling and the biological fledgling are starting to feel at home flying around the park and exploring the ground too. This evening it was one happy family with the adult male feeding both youngsters. It should be a fun summer.
The Tompkins Square Park foster child has been fully adopted by the parents in the park. They're feeding it at least twice a day. It however seems a little overwhelmed by the park and is still a little reticent to fly around. It's preferring to branch around a tree rather than fly just yet. I'm sure this will work itself out over the next few days.
Thanks to the Horvaths for giving this youngster a chance to be a wild animal again. Nothing is without risk, but giving this bird a chance to live a natural life is fantastic.
The Tompkins Square Park foster child finally decided to leave it's tree. It first went to a fence and then spent much of the afternoon exploring the main lawn of the park.
The fact that it wasn't eager to fly back up into a tree had a few folks overly concerned. The parents had already fed the new bird twice since it arrived. Fledglings are like toddlers and can do silly things. The right folks were keeping track of the bird, and everyone who needed it had the phone number of both parks employees and the rehabbers.
Releasing a bird back isn't without risk but rescued eyasses deserve to be given a chance to be wild again. I learned a long time ago not to second guess an established, trusted rehabber.
The foster child and the fledgling were both in the same trees they had been the day before when I visited Tompkins Square Park. What was different was the behavior of the parents. Both were doing their best to entice both fledglings to leave their respective trees. Christo, the adult male few around with a pigeon, making multiple passes to entice the youngsters to fly. Dora made visits too, but without food. However, both youngsters were content to stay perched in their respective trees.
After visiting Washington Square Park and striking out in my attempt to find the fledgling (who was sighted earlier in the day), I went over to Tompkins Square Park. To my surprise there was an extra juvenile in the park. It has been brought by WINORR so it can be adopted by the Tompkins Square Park parents. In almost all cases, the parents will adopt a juvenile brought into their territory, although it may take a day or two and a crying, hungry youngster for things to click. We'll see what happens over the next few days.
The first five photographs are of the transplanted hawk from Flatbush, Brooklyn who is banded. The others are of the Tompkins Square Park fledgling.
The eyass at Tompkins Square Park has started to do some minor branching but shows no sign of leaving home just yet. I visited the park briefly on Sunday.
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.