Winter brings a lot of juvenile Red-tailed Hawks into Central Park. This one looked great in the sunny weather on Sunday.
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.
At the base of the Astoria Queens side of the RFK Bridge is an established nest of Red-tailed Hawks. It's one of the easiest nests to watch in the city and this year has at least two eyasses.
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.