Fifth Avenue Feeding

The Fifth Avenue nest of Pale Male and Octavia has hatched and feedings began yesterday.  I got to see two feedings and a visit to the nest by Pale Male today.  We'll be able to figure out how many eyasses there are in about a week.

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Cambria, California

I'm on vacation visiting family and enjoying the central California coast.  I had a great day watching sea mammals, including Harbor Seals, Elephant Seals and Sea Otters.

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Brood Patch

It was a nice spring evening in Washington Square Park.  Bobby, the male was on the Education Building flagpole when I arrived.  He went to the nest to give the female a break.  She went to a spanish roof at the southwestern side of the park where she preened for about an hour.  Her brood patch was visible at times when she faced the wind.  While watching her, there was a photogenic Palm Warbler in the park grass.

The female hawk returned to the nest and Bobby then went to the Pless building and appeared to take a chest bath.  After about fifteen minutes he few west and we lost him somewhere around the Judson church.

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Quick Glimpses

Tonight I only had quick glimpses of the female.  Once when the male came to visit and later when the male delivered a rodent.  Watching brooding hawks is a bit slow.  I can't wait until the forth week of April when we'll have lots of young hawks to watch!

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2017 Nest Update 2

After visiting the two nests on West End Avenue, and not seeing any sign of activity, I've moved them to the previous activity section.  This leaves us with eight confirmed nest for the year.  I suspect I am missing nests in Harlem and Washington Heights.

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Pale Male

While doing some early spring birding, I ran across Pale Male in the Ramble.  He was in a tree atop a large hill with a perfect view of Octavia, his mate.  He was being harassed by five Bluejays.

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CCNY

I finally got up to CCNY to find two hawks hanging out and not brooding.  What was interesting was one was young, less than a year old, with a brown tail.  It will be interesting to see if anything comes of this nest in 2017 or if we'll need to wait until 2018?

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2017 Nest Update 1

It looks like we might have fewer nests this year in Manhattan, but I'm sure we'll get more news after nests hatch.   Eight nests are confirmed to have brooding pairs.  I haven't gotten reports about CCNY and have gotten conflicting reports about the two West End Avenue nests.

There are also a number of areas where nests may be found over the next month.  I also suspect that we're missing nests in Harlem and Tribeca.

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Washington Square Park Excitement

I was on my way to visit CCNY uptown when I saw an email on my phone with a report of a grounded hawk in Washington Square Park.  So, I switched subway trains and headed for the park.  When I got there I found a hawk in a tree looking a bit stunned, but otherwise fine.  It didn't look like either of the nesting adults, so I was confused.  Then the resident male, Booby appeared on the Judson church cross and I could see the female on the Ustream camera feed, so I knew for sure this was an intruder.

Bobby hunted nearby, caught a small rodent and ate it, before going off to roost in a favorite spot.  Only after Bobby had left did the intruder leave the park, flying down LaGuardia Place.

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Lower East Side

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.

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American Woodcock and Wilson's Snipe

After the snowstorm the park ended up with an record number of over 40 American Woodcocks on Thursday.  It also had a Wilson's Snipe.  While the number of American Woodcocks was much lower in the park today, I was able to get photographs of both species. The first two photographs are of the American Woodcock, the rest are of the Wilson's Snipe.

Link to New York Times about this year's Woodcock migration.

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One Egg, More To Come

The Washington Square Park hawks have one egg in the nest with one or two more to come over the next few days.  The male gave the female several long breaks during the day.  At sunset, the male started hunting for rodents in the park.  He ended up catching a rat as it ran across a playground.  He then went to a few different location before calling to his mate in case she wanted the rodent.  When she didn't come he gave us the slip going towards the east.  It was fun to have the extra hour of daylight after work to watch them.

Update 3-14-17: The second egg was laid at 11:45 am on Tuesday.

Update 3-17-17: The third egg was laid on Friday afternoon.

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