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.
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.
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.
The little fluff ball we saw a month ago has grown up and is almost ready to leave the nest. It happens so fast! We should have lots of hawks leaving their nests in the next week around the city.
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.
The only child at Washington Square Park is getting lots of TLC from its parents. These pictures are from Saturday.
This afternoon, I got to witness a very nice feeding of the single eyass at Washington Square Park. Both parents were very attentive of their single child.
I finally got to see the head of the eyass at Washington Square Park today. This was after both parents left the nest for over 45 minutes. Both of them were all over the park and the buildings to the east, south and west.
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.
The eyasses are still a little too small to see at Washington Square Park now, but the nest is still fun to watch. Both parents are more active and Bobby is bringing lots of food.
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.
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.
I got to see the female getting a break, and her return. Everything looks on target for a mid-April hatch. Two eggs have been confirmed by NYU staff.
At least one egg has been confirmed by NYU staff and the Washington Square female has begun sitting on the nest. Tonight, I caught a late exchange. So, one by one, the New York City nests are settling down to business.
The male adult of Washington Square Park likes to roost by a kitchen vent pipe when the weather gets colder. Tonight was the first time I've seen him use it since last spring. And yes, another picture of a hawk on a cross.
The young hawk that's been hanging out in Washington Square Park couldn't be found today. But I did get to see one of the adults catch a small rodent and eat the snack.
The youngster in Washington Square Park seems to have settled in and the adults on the territory are getting used to it being around. At least for now!
This afternoon the youngster caught a squirrel near the bathrooms. The adults both hunted nearby. Bobby had a pigeon on top of Dr. Sexton's apartment roof, and we saw the female go after something but couldn't find her afterwards.
The young hawk in Washington Square Park seems to be settling in around the large-dog dog run. It was there this evening. I found it thanks to a young child in a playground who yelled to his mother, "Look an owl". Reports are that the adult pair seem to be tolerating it more.
It went to roost in a tree just inside the park at Sullivan and Washington Square South.
The juvenile that's been spending time in Washington Square Park spent a large part of the morning on a lawn, prompting some concerns. All was good however, as the bird was seen eating a rat in the afternoon.
I saw it for about a minute this evening by the larger-sized dog, dog run (the park has two, one for large dogs and one for small dogs), but I lost track of it as I was setting up my equipment.
Then after sunset, both adults were soaring around One University Place and suddenly a hawk speeds down to a tree. We see another hawk move slightly in the same tree. We ran to the tree and find the youngster, who gets attacked again by Bobby, who was only a few feet above. I don't think any contact got made between the two. It was more of a warning shot, then anything else.
We then found the adult female perched on the Silver Building. Fun evening.