Last Friday, I tried to find the fledglings from the Fifth Avenue nest but came up short. I did run into a young adult Red-tailed Hawk in the Ramble. It was very light colored like Pale Male but had very light eye color.
At Tompkins Square Park, Monday evening, I got to see both fledglings and both parents. It was late in the day and both fledglings were very sleepy. I was lucky enough to watch one of them fall asleep and roost for the night. Late July and early August hawk watching can be disappointing, so it was great to see everyone.
It's been too hot to do much birding over the last week or so, but the weather was cooler on Sunday. I went down to Tompkins Square Park which was fairly quiet. After about an hour this year's fledgling appeared on a TV antenna on a 7th Street roof. Other than that sighting, I didn't get to see anything else.
Both fledglings were easy to watch this afternoon in Tompkins Square Park this afternoon. Not much happened but it was nice to watch them both relax on a hot day.
I made a brief visit to Washington Square Park this evening and found the fledgling on a building in the southwest corner of the park and the adult male on 1 Fifth Avenue. Not much was happening so I went home. Soon thereafter, I got some texts from a friend that the action started as soon as I left with the fledgling coming down into the trees in the western side of the park and getting a visit from its father. Oh, well!
The afternoon started slowly with the fledgling (the one who hatched in the park, which locals are calling Manhattan to differentiate from the adoptee from Brooklyn) flying off a 7th Street roof and then perching in a tree for almost an hour. I lost track of the fledgling and went down to 4th Street to watch the parents on the Most Holy Redeemer Church.
When I returned the park, the fledgling was in a tree and soon came down to the ground to eat a rat. The kill must have been at least day old as it was covered with maggots. After it was eaten, the hawk flew to a fence and eventually to a 7th Street rooftop.
My visit to Fifth Avenue started with Octavia in the nest and the three fledglings chasing each other along the rooftops of Fifth Avenue. They seemed to be enjoying themselves. Then the three fledglings separated and I found one behind the Met.
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.
I saw one of the Fifth Avenue fledglings today. I found it perched at 77th and Fifth, and then tracked it to 80th and Fifth Avenue near the entrance to the Met garage.
Today, I got to watch two lovely Peregrine Falcon Fledglings, on the Precipice Cliffs, at Acadia National Park in Maine. The had fledged a few day earlier. They clearly aren't Urban Hawks, but were fun to watch just the same!
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.
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.
Changes from last update:
- 72nd and West End Nest has fledged
- 2nd fledgling confirmed at Inwood Hill Park (6-27-17)
Sunday at Fifth Avenue was similar to Saturday, a mix of fledglings in the park and on Fifth Avenue buildings.
The Fifth Avenue fledglings are still centered around 72nd and Fifth but are also being seen further away, including The Ramble and a building on 70th and Fifth.
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.
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.
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.
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.