Riverside Park Blue Jay Nest

I went over to Riverside Park this afternoon, to look for the Red-tailed Hawk fledglings.  I've been sent pictures of one of them who has been spending time on a set of terraces in the 70's.  But the fledglings can't be seen from the street.

So, after hearing some noise from two Blue Jays, I found their nest just inside the 72nd and Riverside Drive entrance to the park.

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Cedar Waxwing Nest

I've gone a few times to look for the West End Avenue Red-tailed Hawk fledglings, but have been unable to find them on my last visits.

So, I spent time in Central Park today.  At the north end of Strawberry Field in a Black Locust tree which is in the steep slope between the end of the chip path and the road, is a Cedar Waxwing nest.  It appears to have two birds in the nest.  I saw them and both the parents today.  The feedings took place about 30 minutes apart, so the nest requires some patience if you're going to watch it.  This is the first time I've seen a Cedar Waxwing nest in the park.

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West End Avenue

The action I saw today, was a parent and a fledgling, up and down West End Avenue from 70th to 76th Street, on building on both the west and east side of the street.  I believe the fledgling I was watching was the second one to leave the nest.

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72nd Street Fledglings Go East

The young fledglings and their father spent time on 310 West 72nd Street, 263 West End Avenue, the rear of 269 West 72 Street, the rear of 253 72 Street, and 253 West 73rd Street while I watched them this evening.

The parents and fledglings may still be using the nest for feedings, because I keep seeing the fledglings return to the nest. 

The real fun of the evening was to see the fledglings cross West End Avenue and end up on the rear of 253 72 Street.  A pair of Northern Mockingbirds and later a pair of Blue Jays, started to harass one of the fledgling.  The father quickly came in and allowed himself to be attacked and pulled the attacking birds away from the fledgling.  I've seen this behavior at lots of nests, and I enjoy watching the protective instincts of the parents.

Just like yesterday, the eyasses look healthy and seem to have enough experience flying and landing that they should do well when the parents bring them to trees and lawns nearby.  The real question is, will it be the Lincoln Towers area or Riverside Park.

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