The lone Washington Square Park eyass has yet to fledge. It has a few wing feather that haven't grown in properly, but looks a good deal better than it did a week ago. The eyasses always seem to take their time at this nest and I suspect this hawk will be no exception.
This year the fledglings are spending time north and south of 72nd Street, something I don't remember being common in years past. Maybe it's easier to venture south without the Sheep Meadow pair. The fledglings are doing a great job of flying high as well as exploring down low.
The Scot Cove, Darien Ospreys have returned to their nest this year for a second season. This year they have three young ones. (The first year they had two.) We guess they're about two weeks old, but aren't sure.
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.
Yesterday at Tompkins Square Park had the eyasses branching near the nest which was like jumping with some flapping. Today an eyass flew from one side of the tree to the other and back. It was more than just basic branching. It was advanced. Someone is going to be off this nest soon!
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?
Fledglings can easily get into trouble in the city, so it's a relief when they do well on their first day. Today, both Fifth Avenue fledglings seemed to be doing well. Both of them were flying high, controlling their landings and staying out of trouble. Let's hope these two stay out of trouble for the rest of the season!
I arrived in the late afternoon to find Pale Male eating on the nest and no eyasses to be seen. After he took the food off the nest it was clear that the eyasses had fledged. We found one on a building on Fifth Avenue, and one near the Kerbs Boathouse (although it might have been the same bird) just as a thunderstorm let loose.
The key news this week is a number of fledges:
- Fifth Avenue, 2
- 72nd Street, 1
- 100th and Third Avenue, 1
- J. Hood Wright Park, where there were 4 eyasses, 3 so far
- St. John the Divine, 3 with one getting into trouble, being picked up by the police and sent to rehab
As always any news or corrections are welcome.
On Saturday, all four hawks, Octavia, Pale Male and the two eyasses were in the nest together. It was great to see them together and also watch the eyasses do some jump/flapping. They should off the nest soon.
All three kids have fledged from the Cathedral. Two are doing well, but the third was found by the Police unable to stand on June 1st at 109th and Manhattan Avenue. It is now with the rehabbers Cathy and Bobby Horvath.
The 116th Street nest was relaxed until food was delivered on Saturday afternoon. Gone are the relaxed careful feedings of the mother, having been replaced by a grab for food by a youngster who can feed itself. Boy, do they grow up fast!
The eyasses at Fifth Avenue are looking very grown up these days. Based on what looked to be an April 18th hatch date, we certainly are at the beginning the fledge window. However, based on the behavior I saw Friday, I would place my bets on a fledge taking place mid-week.
The hawks at 116th and Riverside have begun "branching", so they should be leaving the nest soon. Good luck little guys!
The little fluff ball we saw a month ago has grown up and is almost ready to leave the nest. It happens so fast! We should have lots of hawks leaving their nests in the next week around the city.
I got a text from Ranger Rob Mastrianni today saying that the J. Hood Wright Park nest had four eyasses in their nest. That's very, very rare. So, I took the A train up to 175th Street and took a look this evening. I got to see all four of them. It's a good thing I went today, since one of them looks ready to leave nest.
I love these surprises. When the eyasses were younger most folks could only tell that there were one or two eyasses on the nest.
It's still very relaxed at Fifth Avenue. This afternoon, Pale Male delivered food and Octavia fed the kids. Other than that it was a lot of lying around. I guess there's no rush when you live on Fifth Avenue!
One of the reasons I started blogging about hawks was the myopic view that Red-tailed Hawks in New York were all about Pale Male, his mates and his offspring. Today, just in Manhattan, we have at least 50 and more likely 60-80 Red-tailed Hawks in Manhattan. What a wonderful number!
This update includes some fledges, the single eyass at 84th and West End, and the discover of the successful nest at 100th and Third Avenue. As always, please email me with any updates.
Update: 5/31, The J. Hood Wright Park nest has four eyasses! A very rare number!
The 84th and West End Avenue nest has one eyass this year. This has been a difficult nest over the years with eyasses dying on the nest and a low birth rate. Hopefully this year's eyass will do well, fledge and have a good summer in Riverside Park.