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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Washington Square Park Fledgling

The Washington Square Park Fledgling was having lots of fun this evening.  I found it on top of 2 Fifth Avenue where it played in the wind realizing that if it put its wings out, it would have lift off.  He then went down into the park chasing a group of pigeons and ending up on the Judson Church roof.  That's a great deal of flying.

Later, he made some a few trips around the east side of the park, and even went over to the roofs of Washington Square North. 

From the pictures, you can see his primary and secondary feathers that hadn't grown in when he fledged look good now.  The only feathers with issues are two tail feathers.  It's nice to see him looking less scruffy.


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Washington Square Park Fledgling

Despite having a few missing primary and secondary wing feathers, the Washington Square Park fledgling is actually a good flier.  It made its way to a number of buildings around the park today, and did a great job of flying to high locations.  It did much better than many new fledglings.


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Washington Square Park Fledge?

There were no hawks on the nest this evening, and reports are that none were seen today by anyone.  So, we assume the single eyass has fledged.  The parents were spending a lot of time above the Pless building, so the fledgling is most likely on its roof.  A group of us are eager to see how it's coping with the few primary and secondary feathers that are missing.  It would be nice to see a few normal flights.

Update: 6/15/16  The fledgling has been perched and flying well in the SW corner of the park today.  Reports are nice flights, to perches high on buildings.  So, the wings might not look perfect but they certainly work just fine.


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Washington Square Park

The lone Washington Square Park eyass has yet to fledge.  It has a few wing feather that haven't grown in properly, but looks a good deal better than it did a week ago.  The eyasses always seem to take their time at this nest and I suspect this hawk will be no exception.


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Washington Square Park

With the hot weather the lone eyass at Washington Square Park spent the early part of the evening lying down on the cool stone of the library.  I could only see it by walking to 9th Street and University Place.  Luckily, as things cooled off, the eyass became more active and could be photographed.


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Washington Square Park

It's looking more and more like only one egg out of three hatched at Washington Square Park.  I was at the nest this afternoon and through the twigs could see only one eyass eating (around the 2:30 mark on the video).

One of the lesser known issues with rodenticides is their effect on fertility in raptors.  We might be witnessing this here.  While the Parks Department has stopped using poisons in Washington Square Park, they are commonly used by NYU properties around the area.


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Washington Square Park Hatches

Thanks to a contact at NYU, news spread that the first of three eggs had hatched at Washington Square Park today.  I went down after work to find fascinated parents, feeding the newly hatched bird, but mostly looking at the youngster.  Great news on Earth Day.


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Washington Square Park

While hawks are incubating eggs, visits to a nest can be dull or exciting.  At Washington Square Park, it was exciting tonight with a nice rodent kill and some visits to the nest.  News from NYU is that there are three eggs this year.


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