Thanks to news from Jason Huettner, there is an eleventh confirmed nest in Manhattan, located on a fire escape directly above the intersection of Fairview Ave and Broadway Terrace, about a block from the corner of Broadway and 190th and just north of Gorman Park.
In the morning, I visited Randall's Island nest. I couldn't see any sign of hawks, but if they've gone back to the old nest, the female can hide fairly well. There's also a good chance that the pair moved, given the Peregrine Falcon nest nearby.
I then went to Tompkins Square Park, which is still a few days from hatching. Both hawks there looked healthy. Locals estimate the hatch date to be May 10th.
Then it was off to Washington Square to see how things were going. As usual, they continue to grow bigger and bigger. They can stand briefly and feather shafts are visable on their wings.
In northern Manhattan is a nest on Shepard Hall on the CCNY campus. I hadn't heard any news about the nest, so I went up to see it on Friday. Like the St. John the Divine nest, it's high up and difficult to get a good read on what's happening early in the season.
From the parents behavior, it sure looks like it's hatched. I couldn't see any eyasses, nor did I have time to wait for a feeding, but no parent would be sitting so high on a nest or leaving it unattended as long as they did if it hadn't hatched.
For the last few weeks I've been keeping track of a new Red-tailed Hawk pair in Sheep Meadow of Central Park. Most of us who knew about the pair decided to keep them under the radar while they got established. But a photograph was recently showed on the palemale.com site, so now that the secrets out I think it's reasonable to share some photographs.
My quest to find the nest of the pair of hawks that have been seen on upper Fifth Avenue came up empty again. While I was in the Consevatory Garden, I saw a Red-tail circle around the garden with a pigeon in its tallons. The hawk then took the bird to the roof of the El Museo del Barrio.
After a few minutes, the Red-tailed Hawk flew off in the direction of the Academy of Medicine, and disappeared. Searches of the ledges of the building came up empty.
A hawk was on the Beresford Apartments tonight, just like last night. I'm feeling this bird wasn't Pale Male, but still can't be sure. At this point, it's a mystery for me. The bird stayed on top of the north tower until 7:30 p.m., then went to the west tower before diving down quickly off the tower. A possibility is that I'm seeing the male, but just haven't found the now brooding female.
I've received reports from three different people that a pair of hawks was building a nest on the Bersesford Apartments. I went last night and saw a single hawk, which could have been Pale Male on top of the building.
So, right now I'm confused about what's going on. Either the hawks started to build the nest and Pale Male chased them away or one of the new hawks has similar markings to Pale Male. This is going to take some return visits to figure out.
Glenn Alvarez has confirmed that the Highbridge/Swindler's Cove is where it was last year and that a hawk was sitting on the nest when he visited the nest
There are multiple reports of hawks on El Doroado Apartments. These hawks have also been seen carrying twigs.
The Morningside Hawks blog confirms the J.Hood Wright Park nest is brooding.
There is no NYU/Washington Square webcam news to report. NYU has not let anyone know if they will be setting up a camera this year.
After posting my scorecard for the year, I got an email that hawks were again being spotted on the El Dorado with nesting materials. I spotted one Red-tail on the El Dorado this evening, but didn't see its mate. Hopefully this year will turn out better than last year when construction workers destroyed the nest just as the female was laying eggs.
Sunday was as warm as Saturday, making it enjoyable to walk around Central Park. I started up north, and saw a Brown Trasher by the Pool, my 57th bird in Manhattan for the year.
While in the Conservancy Garden, I saw a Red-tail perch on the roofs of the Cardinal Cooke Heath Care Center and El Museo del Barrio.
Then after a walk to the middle of the park, I had two Long-eared Owls. A nice relaxing afternoon on Superbowl Sunday.
I finally caught up with NJ 30, the banded hawk which may have been one of the juveniles from the Washington Square nest, in Battery Park today. It was great to see the hawk.
After loosing track of it, but finding the park's Wild Turkey and an American Kestrel, I saw two Red-tailed hawks high in the sky. It was hard to tell if they were friend or foe and I couldn't tell if one of the hawks was NJ30. But it was good to see that the area had more than just one Red-tail.
A quick ride on the A Train to 145th Street and a short walk through a wonderful area of restored Brownstones brings you to Shepard Hall on the uptown C.C.N.Y. campus. This year there are two eyasses on the nest.
This Gothic building yields another wonderful nest location in Manhattan. For more detailed information and photographs of this nest, see The Origin of the Species blog.
On the Northeast light post of the soccer field north of Icahn Stadium is the 2013 Randalls Island Red-tailed Hawk nest. The female of the nest was sitting on the eggs. She sat low on the nest and when she settled in after getting in did the back and forth wiggle a brooding mother does.
So, I don't thing we've had a hatch yet out on Randalls Island.
The pair that has been trying to build a safely located nest on Central Park West has found a new nest location on top of an air conditioner on between 87th and 88th Street.
A second clutch is unusual for Red-tailed Hawks, although we have seen it in the city before. It will be interesting to see if this pair attempts one this year.
Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center is at 106th and Fifth Avenue. This winter I've frequently seen a hawk on top of the building. I didn't think much of it, since we usually have a few wintering hawks in the north part of the park.
Today, I was surprised to see not one but two hawks on the building. Before I could get my camera out, the male flew off, circled the hill with the compost heap, and returned to the building and copulated with the female.
My first thought was these could be the Central Park West hawks? But both seem lighter both in eye color and in chest banding. The couple looks young. Anyone seen nest building on upper Fifth Avenue?
On the day that the Washington Square Hawks had their first egg hatch, the Central Park West hawks gave up on their 322 Central Park West nest.
Tonight, I first found one of the hawks on the back of 350 CPW, on a ledge on 94th Street. The hawk left the perch and when I got back to CPW, the two hawks were copulating on a building on 93rd Street. Then the female went off to a tree in the park.
We'll see what happens. The hawks look to be building a new nest on a different location on 350 CPW.
After receiving reports that the Central Park West had been taken down, I went to the park today to look for the hawks. You can imagine my surprise when I found a hawks sitting on a slightly smaller nest than I had seen on the weekend. (It's not clear if the female has laid eggs just yet, or will be in the next few days.)
When I got home, folks on the WSP chat room directed me to the Pale Male Irregulars website. It had news of destruction of the nest by the construction company working on the façade. There was also a story in the New York Post.
Lets hope the hawks can rebuild the nest in time to make a good go of it this year.
Update: 4/11/13. I was sent a photograph today that showed the female sitting on the ledge with one egg having rolled away from her. Without a proper nest bowl, she may have had to choose to incubate only one egg.
The pair on Central Park West continues to copulate and doesn't seem quite ready to settle down to nesting just yet. Reports are that they are not bothered by the construction crews on the building where they have built there nest so this is great news. On Sunday, I saw them copulate on the south tower of the Eldorado and watched the male fly in the high winds.
Today was a nice day in Central Park. I had the two Red-tailed hawks trying to establish a nest on CPW, (now working on a nest on 322 CPW.) Then a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk on the American Museum of Natural History followed by Sharp-shinned Hawk in the Evodia Field.
My next stop was Fifth Avenue, where Octavia is now brooding. Pale Male was tending to the nest (rearranging twigs as is his habit) and she returned to the nest.
A quick walk down to Central Park South uncovered one Red-tailed hawk there. Seven hawks, not too bad for a brief afternoon visit to the park.
Two Red-tails appeared over the Reservoir this afternoon, soared together and then came back down to perch about 100 yards apart near the Tennis Courts in Central Park. This is the pair that was bringing twigs to 350 Central Park West earlier in the week.
They stayed in the same trees for about twenty minutes, and didn't like they were going to be moving soon, so I moved on. Let's hope they stay in the park this spring.
I got an email yesterday from Emily, a resident of 350 Central Park West, that a pair of hawks were building a nest on the 15th Floor of her building.
I got to see the pair this evening. The hawks are building on an air conditioner, on the right most faux balcony. I watched them copulating on the north tower of The Eldorado and bringing twigs to 350 Central Park West. (94 and 95th Street are the cross streets.) The nest building is in the very early stages, so there is still a good chance the hawks could decide to nest elsewhere.
But if the hawks do nest on Central Park West, we might have a bumper copy of young hawks in the park this summer. Between this new nest, the new nest on the Plaza Hotel, Pale Male's nest on 5th Avenue, and the St. John the Divine nest, whose kids always end up in the north end of Central Park, we could have lots of fledglings in the park.
Of course a lot could happen between now and summer, but a hawk watcher can always dream!
You always hear that owls and hawks don't interact much, but a young Red-tailed Hawk didn't get the message. It's been harassing the Barred Owl that's in Central Park for the past few weeks.
Tonight the Barred Owl must have had enough. The Red-tailed Hawk tried to roost in a tree the Barred Owl used to use during the day, so the Barred Owl flew out early and chased the Red-tail away.
I was taking pictures of the Flatiron Building in New York City, when I saw a hawk fly in and land on what used to be the northern Toy Center building, which is undergoing renovation. It landed and returned south. It was dark, so I couldn't get a good enough I.D. to figure out if it was one of the Washington Square hawks, the hawk that had been seen hanging around the park, or just a migrating hawk.
Within the last few weeks there have been four dead Red-tailed Hawks found on the Upper West Side: three in Central Park, and one in Riverside Park. The hawks were:
While necropsy results are still pending, the likelihood that rodenticides were the cause of death is an urban reality.
As hawks have made a comeback in New York City over the last twenty years, we're seeing the issues hawks face living in the Big Apple.
I know from personal experience that we have lots of allies in this effort, including the Parks Department, the Central Park Conservancy, the Department of Health, NYC Audubon, and others. While we figure out how to turn our anger over these deaths into action, we need to be careful not to attack our allies.
This is an incredibly complex issue. A few hundreds raptors in New York City aren't going to limit the rat populations. Controlling rat infestations utilizing methods that have the least potential for negative impact on wildlife is going to take years of incremental change. We'll need the help of all our allies as we tackle long term issues, such as improving sanitation and reducing poison usage.
It isn't publicized enough, but behind the scenes, there are many people working to protect raptors in the city. So, rather than attacking our friends over these deaths, we should approach the Riverside and Central Park staff, not with the question "Why did you kill our hawks?", but with the questions "How can I help you protect our hawks? And what support do you need from me?"
A young hawk has been hanging around Madison Square Park since early October. I've heard reports and been sent a few pictures, but today was the first time I saw the youngster in person.
(I only had a point and shoot camera with me, so the pictures aren't that great.) It's most likely a migrant from further north and not a hawk from Manhattan, but you never know!