Young Raccoon Near The Hawk Bench
Watching Paint Dry

Central Park South Change Of Pace

Until today watching the Central Park South Hawks nesting from the street has been like watching paint dry. 

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5:45 p,m - Empty Nest.

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5:47 p.m. A light colored head appears.  What's Junior (the male) doing on the nest?

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6:00-6:15 p.m. After some movement around the nest he looks like he's trying to cool off a bit.  Not your typical egg sitting behavior. 

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6:15 p.m. Charlotte returns with a gray squirrel.  Unusual behavior, since Junior has spent the last month feeding her.

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6:17 Junior leaves the nest.

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6:18 He quickly returns.  Charlotte is in the back of the nest out of sight.

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6:23  After both disappearing to the back of the nest, they both reappear.  Junior then takes off for the evening.

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6:30-7:00 p.m. Charlotte spends a lot of time out of sight, but also spends a lot of time at the edge of nest.

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7:40 She settles down for the evening.

All of these behavior changes could be a sign that the eggs have hatched or are about to.  We'll know the answer in a few days.

Update: I received an email from Ben Cacace who was digiscoping (using a digital camera with a telescope) from a nearby hotel at the same time I was photographing from the street.  From the higher view, there appeared to be an egg in the nest.  So, we'll need to wait a bit before passing out the cigars.