I had dinner down at The Cardinal on 4th Street tonight and made a quick trip to Tompkins Square Park. I found one of the fledglings down on 8th Street and an adult on the flag pole. It was nice to be back with New York City hawks.
I'm still out at the Grand Canyon and found this young Turkey Vulture on a cliff face.
It's so great to be on vacation and see the breeding locations of birds you see migrating through New York City in the spring and the fall. I've never seen a young Turkey Vulture before! Cute, but still with a face only a mother could love!
I had the good fortune to see these five California Condors arrive outside my hotel room during the World Cup Final. Five Condors is 7% of the wild AZ/UT population! Guess what took priority! The tag numbers were 23, 30, J1, J4, L3.
The Tompkins Square Park Adult Male brought three rodents to the fledglings this evening. It wasn't clear if he feed two (with one getting seconds) or all three. There were lots of flights and it was very hard to keep track of who was who.
The video and pictures below contain many of two of the rodents being eaten. Skip this post if it might bother you.
I got to see all of the Fifth Avenue fledglings on Sunday. One was west of the Met, and two were around the Cedar Hill area.
The two near Cedar Hill had a little tussle over some food with both of them ending up on a lawn.
All of the hawks looked well feed and the one who had been closing its right eye frequently yesterday was back to normal. All of them also seem to have mastered flying and soaring. They aren't hunters yet, but they're no longer newbies either.
After visiting the Sheep Meadow fledglings, it was off to see the Fifth Avenue fledglings. They were around Cedar Hill and nearby locations. Pale Male and Octavia flew overhead, but I ran into Pale Male much further north near the South Gate House of the Reservoir and the Met roof.
I saw all of the fledglings. One fledgling was closing its right eye a great deal. It was hard to tell if this was normal/minor or if something more serious was going on. I'm sure the hawk watchers at Fifth Avenue will be keeping track of this fledgling, just in case.
I finally got a chance to visit Central Park today.
My first stop was a look at the Peregrine Falcon nest, which yielded nothing. It was unclear if the birds had fledged or were sleeping. I suspect they've fledged, but will need to make another trip back to be sure.
Then it was off to Sheep Meadow to look for the fledglings. I always suspected they would hang out among the fenced off American Elms along the Mall, and that's exactly where I found them. Both were in the same tree one on a lower branch and one on a higher branch. They were very relaxed and looked healthy and well fed.
The day after the final fledge of a nest, you realize how much harder it's going to find the hawks. Today, I was lucky to find two fledglings and the adult male this afternoon before the heat and humidity made me want to find some air conditioning!
One fledgling was on the school and the other was enjoying some shade on a tree in the park. The father came in with food and the fledgling in the shade made a quick flight to get lunch.
The last eyass on the nest at Tompkins Square Park finally left the nest Wednesday morning. When I arrived at the park in the early evening, I found the second fledgling and then the adult male.
Then it began to rain! I got to see the father try and hunt in the rain and watch the second fledgling change fly to a new tree. Then there was a break in the rain.
Three of us went looking for the new fledgling and the call of robins guided us to the middle of the block of 8th Street between Avenue A and B. We found the third fledgling on the edge of a roof overlooking a community garden. It looked very peaceful even as the rain started to come down hard.
At that point, knowing the youngster was safe, I went home to get into dry clothes!
The last eyass to fledge at Tompkins Square Park was joined by a sibling on the nest for about 45 minutes on Tuesday evening.
This generally doesn't happen. Once an eyass leaves the nest, it generally ignores it. Experienced hawk watchers when asked if the fledglings will be returning to or sleeping on the nest usually say something like "The nest is really just a nursery, don't expect the fledglings to return to it."
But this evening after seeing a parent pick at food on the nest, a fledgling decided to check out the nest and look for food. It also spent some time flapping and jumping, as if to say to its yet to fledge sibling, "here's how it's done".
The eyass who hasn't fledged, who has been doing a lot of jump flapping, was finally seen rapidly beating its wings and hovering tonight. A good sign that it is mature enough to go when ever it decides to "leave home". The gap between the first and the last to fledge is now at eight days, a time period much larger anyone would have expected.
With one eyass still on the nest at Tompkins Square Park, we're all getting a little impatient watching. Its siblings left last Monday and Tuesday, so it's been a surprise that this last one hasn't gone yet.
At least tonight, when it's parents and siblings were around the nest, and food was shown for a long time in a tree in the park, the eyass looked like it was interested in leaving the nest. On past days, it would usually just take a nap!
The fledglings are getting very mobile and are exploring trees in the park now. It's getting harder and harder to find them!
Tompkins Square Park continues to provide amusement. Even thought there is still an eyass on the nest, the two fledglings are providing lots of entertainment. They were in trees and rooftops keeping us running around.
The parents were also active with lots of views, especially of the male, whose current molt is resulting in tail feathers with a much more narrow sub-terminal band. Still wider than the females, but no longer so pronounced.
Tonight, the two fledglings and the eyass still on the nest were visible for about an hour from a single spot on 9th Street. It was great fun to be able to keep track all of them.
In addition, there was an adult eating on 10th Street and a fledgling playing on a roof at 10th and Avenue B, later in the evening. I always enjoy watching young hawks learn how to do the simple things, like turn around on a pipe. It takes some getting used to!
The youngest bird is finally getting a long enough tail and darker head feathers. I would expect the last fledge will be on Friday or Saturday.
Tompkins Square Park still has a reluctant eyass who hasn't fledged, along with two fledglings. For a brief moment all three could be viewed at once. Two in different trees and one on the nest. All looked just great and well fed, with the fledglings moving between building roofs and park trees with ease. It should be a fun summer on the Lower East Side.
The first fledgling from Tompkins Square Park flew off around 10:45 a.m. on Monday. It was relocated in an airshaft in the early evening across the street from the nest. Red-tailed Hawks can get stuck in narrow airshafts, so Ranger Rob Mastrianni was called to relocate the bird to a tree in the park.
Ranger Rob arrived, captured the fledgling, check its health and quickly got it relocated. The fledgling soon explored the tree it was placed in, while the parents watched over it from a nearby tree.
I love it when a neighborhood gets together to enjoy a fledge and also watch out for a young bird's health. This happened today. Residents of the Lower East Side should be proud of their neighboors who looked out for the welfare of an innocent young bird today. They're all real hawk watchers now!
The Washington Square Park fledglings have been spending time on top of buildings around Mercer Street the last few days. On Sunday afternoon both were on a building railing at Washington Street and Mercer Street (Psychology Building of NYU). Both fledglings looked to be in good shape.
The Tompkins Square Park nest still has three eyasses on the nest. They should be leaving the nest sometime this week. This is the first year for the nest, so it will be interesting to see where the parents encourage the youngsters to fledge towards, building roofs or trees of the park.
The second fledgling of the Washington Square Park nest was returned to the park yesterday afternoon after its adventure in a NYU classroom and rehab. I found it this evening on University Place.
It started out on the window ledges of 19 University Place, wrapping around the building from University Place to Eight Street. It then flew to eastern wing of The Brevoort. It tried to land on a ninth floor windows ledge, but misjuded the width of the ledge. It tried to readjust but floated down to a second floor terrace.
After about five minutes it jumped up to the railing of the terrace. Eventually, it flew back down University Place and landed on scaffolding in front of the Weinstein Residence Hall. After about ten minutes, it went into a Gingko tree, where I suspect it roosted for the night.
The last 5th Avenue fledgling finally got its act together and left the nest Tuesday morning. It appears to spent the day in a few trees near where it first landed. I continue to be amazed by differences in personalities in Red-tailed Hawk fledgings. They range from fearless and confident to shy and uncertain.
On Sunday at Sheep Meadow, when I arrived it looked like one of the eyasses had fledged. After about twenty minutes, however it became apparent that there were still two eyasses in the tree, and one had learned to go out on the branches.
Branching is common in tree nests, but I've become so accustomed to building nests, I had forgotten to give the tree a good going over before assuming we had had a fledge! I think the eyasses hatched around May 1st, so we should have a fledge by the weekend.
On Sunday, I got to see the Peregrines again. The youngsters were out on a ledge and an adult was watching over them. The eyasses wings are now more fully developed and they look great. During my visit a partially eaten bird was retrieved and feed to the eyasses. It's nice to be able to watch them so easily.
I spend a great deal of time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday hoping to see the last fledgling leave the nest. Given that its older siblings left last Wednesday, I was expecting it to go. But it certainly seem to be in no rush to go!
It's two siblings are doing great in the park and are being well fed by Pale Male and Octavia.
I got a little behind on editing video, so this is from Friday, June 6th. This is a fledgling playing on an NYU dorm roof being watched by Rosie. (This is most likely not the fledgling that decided to go to school and enter an NYU classroom.)