2017 Nest Update 12

This will be the last update for 2017.  The St. John nest has fledged.

Although the number of confirmed nests is lower than last year, all in all, 2017 was a good year.

Hawks 2017-12


St. John the Divine

I hadn't been at the nest for over a month and realized I better visit before the eyasses got ready to fledge.  There are three youngsters, although it took some careful observing to make out all three at once.  It's good to see this nest get back to normal after all of the construction in the area over the last few years.

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Tompkins Square Park Feeding

Tonight, both parents and fledglings were very active in the park.  It was nice to see the biologically related fledgling chase after the father for food.  A great sign the fledglings are maturing and getting used to the park.

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Washington Square Park

After a few days where the fledgling alluded hawk watchers, it was nice to get a text from a friend that she was quietly sitting in a tree on the west side of the park.  She moved around a bit while I was there and Bobby, her father came in to check on her.  But in general, it was a quiet afternoon.

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Fifth Avenue Hawks

The three fledglings and their parents are doing very well, with them still staying around 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue.  They were all flying around when I was there for about an hour this evening.

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Tompkins Square Park Fliers

Both the adopted fledgling and the biological fledgling are starting to feel at home flying around the park and exploring the ground too.  This evening it was one happy family with the adult male feeding both youngsters.  It should be a fun summer.

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Tompkins Square Park Foster Child Adopted

The Tompkins Square Park foster child has been fully adopted by the parents in the park.  They're feeding it at least twice a day.  It however seems a little overwhelmed by the park and is still a little reticent to fly around.  It's preferring to branch around a tree rather than fly just yet. I'm sure this will work itself out over the next few days.

Thanks to the Horvaths for giving this youngster a chance to be a wild animal again.  Nothing is without risk, but giving this bird a chance to live a natural life is fantastic.

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Tompkins Square Park Foster Child

The Tompkins Square Park foster child finally decided to leave it's tree.  It first went to a fence and then spent much of the afternoon exploring the main lawn of the park.

The fact that it wasn't eager to fly back up into a tree had a few folks overly concerned.  The parents had already fed the new bird twice since it arrived.  Fledglings are like toddlers and can do silly things.  The right folks were keeping track of the bird, and everyone who needed it had the phone number of both parks employees and the rehabbers. 

Releasing a bird back isn't without risk but rescued eyasses deserve to be given a chance to be wild again.  I learned a long time ago not to second guess an established, trusted rehabber.

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Washington Square Park

Today, I after a good deal of searching I was able to find the fledgling and the adults.  My first sighting was a parent going west off of the student center towards Washington Square West.  Then after about ten minutes both adults were on top of an apartment building on the NW corner of the park.  It's unusual to see them together at this spot, so I hoped the fledgling was nearby.  One of the parents kept flying to a building on the SW corner of the park, so I guessed the fledgling was on one of the western buildings.  But I couldn't find it, but could hear Blue Jays from the park.  So I went out to Sixth Avenue and from in front of the IFC movie theater could see the fledgling on a railing of the SW building on the park.  It was foggy, so the photographs aren't great.  But I felt like I had been a great detective to find the fledgling!

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Tompkins Square Park

The foster child and the fledgling were both in the same trees they had been the day before when I visited Tompkins Square Park.  What was different was the behavior of the parents.   Both were doing their best to entice both fledglings to leave their respective trees.  Christo, the adult male few around with a pigeon, making multiple passes to entice the youngsters to fly.  Dora made visits too, but without food.  However, both youngsters were content to stay perched in their respective trees.

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Tompkins Square Park Surprise

After visiting Washington Square Park and striking out in my attempt to find the fledgling (who was sighted earlier in the day), I went over to Tompkins Square Park.  To my surprise there was an extra juvenile in the park.  It has been brought by WINORR so it can be adopted by the Tompkins Square Park parents.  In almost all cases, the parents will adopt a juvenile brought into their territory, although it may take a day or two and a crying, hungry youngster for things to click.  We'll see what happens over the next few days.

The first five photographs are of the transplanted hawk from Flatbush, Brooklyn who is banded.  The others are of the Tompkins Square Park fledgling.

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2017 Nest Update 10

Changes from the last update:

  • Three eyasses seen at St. John
  • Fledges at J. Hood Wright, Washington Square and Tompkin Square Parks

Hawks 2017-10


Washington Square Park, Day 2

The fledgling's second day included trips back and forth from the Pless Building to trees on the east side of the park, and at the end of the day a journey to the top of the Silver Building.  The fledgling seems strong and confident.  A hawk that is late to fledge may be better prepared for life outside the nest, and this seems to be the case here.

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