Squirrel Standoff

It was too hot to stay too long watching the Tompkins Square Hawks.  Plus the punk bands celebrating the TSP riot, were a little too loud.  But I did get to see two fledglings and Dora.  There was a funny squirrel/hawk standoff too.  A squirrel climbed a small tree that the hawk was in, and then realized it wasn't a good idea.  Luckily, no one was hurt.


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Father and Child

Tonight, Christo acted almost like it was late fall. He spend the evening in the park, casting a pellet, visited the flag pole and did some hunting.  It was nice to spend time with him.  One of the fledglings was also in the park and on nearby buildings.  A nice evening, finally with some normal temperatures too.


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Another Self-Caught Meal

This evening, a fledgling caught another Rock Pigeon and had a meal of it.  While it was eating both parents, arrived and Christo, the male gave Dora a pigeon to eat.  Humorously, the fledgling who had just eaten a whole pigeon, stole the pigeon from Dora.


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Dry Ice

New York City has begun to experiment with Dry Ice (frozen CO2) as an alternative to using rat poisons in city parks.  The technique has turned out to be very effective and as been used recently in a few parks with known Red-Tailed Hawk populations in Manhattan.

Articles about the program have appeared in the New York Daily News and on NY1.  For years there has been tension between hawk lovers and rat haters, and this solution seems to be a wonderful alternative to rodenticide use, that works for everyone.

Kudos to those who wrote letters of complaint after the death of the hawk earlier this year downtown, and many, many thanks to the Department of Health and the Parks Department for finding a safer rat control solution.


Rock Pigeon For Dinner

Today we watched a fledgling do at least fifteen hunting runs before finally catching a Rock Pigeon in Tompkins Square Park. It was exciting to watch and may have been one of the fledglings first kills.

The hawk's sibling hunted a different way.  It stole the pigeon leftovers from its sibling!


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High and Low

It looks like the fledglings at Tompkins Square Park are growing up and venturing farther and farther from the park.  They've been venturing down to 4th Street and Avenue A, on churches and public housing.  They've also been on the top of the Christodora Apartments frequently.

But there has still be at least one fledgling near the pool each day.  But this might not last long.  As July turns into August, the fledglings are going to get harder and harder to find.


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Tompkins Square Park

The first sighting of the night was a hawk on the top of the Christodora House.  It was exploring the scaffolding.  The second was hanging out by the General Slocum memorial.  It started to hunt, and ended up by a family feeding squirrels.  Luckily the young hawk didn't catch any of them.

Near the end of the evening this hawk flew to Avenue A and 10th Street to beg a parent for food.  The parent wasn't having any of it, and so the young hawk tried to catch some pigeons.


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Pale Male

I couldn't find the Fifth Avenue fledglings today, but did get to spend a good deal of time watching Pale Male on the bridle path just south of the Central Park Reservoir.  Octavia flew in and out briefly, but otherwise Pale Male just relaxed in the hot weather.


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Tompkins Square Park Meal

The fledglings in Tompkins Square Park are still being feed by their father.  This evening one of them got a pigeon.  The fledglings have begun to explore beyond the park as well, with the abandoned school on 9th Street becoming a common destination.


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Washington Square Park Fledgling

One Friday afternoon, I caught up with the Washington Square Park fledgling in a tree about 50 yards west of the fountain.  While I was there he spent at least 45 minutes preening and looking at the pigeons near his perch.  He looked in no rush to move on the hot and humid afternoon, so I took off for Tompkins Square Park.


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Tompkins Square Park Fledglings

We found two of the youngsters and their father in the park this evening.  One was playing on the roof of the Men's room, playing hide and seek with a squirrel and then taking a bath.  The other was in a nearby tree and their father was hunting near a dumpster.


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2016 Manhattan Nests - Update 13

One last nest update.  The single fledgling at 84th and West End fledged a week or two ago while I was away.

The Sheep Meadow hawks may have nested on the SE corner of the Plaza this year and had three eyasses.  The nest can not be seen from the street, and it is unclear if they have fledged yet.  Any reports from the SE corner of the park would be welcome.

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Calm Fledglings On Fifth Avenue

The two fledglings on Fifth Avenue had a mellow afternoon keeping cool and hunting behind the Kerbs Boathouse on Tuesday.  Some seasons we have reluctant fliers or hunters and this season it great to have two healthy fledglings doing so well.


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Darien Osprey Have A Brood Of Four

On my last visit to Darien, I counted three chicks, but now that they are larger, it's clear there are four.  The nest was very busy with lots of feedings. 

There was also an interesting "sponge bath" of grass, that the mother brought up to the nest as well.  Plus there was an intruder Osprey who made a half-hearted attempt to steal a fish from the nest.



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