« May 2006 | Main | July 2006 »

Monday Excitement

Monday evening was a great deal of fun as there was lots of interesting activity by both the parents and the eyasses.

060506rtsjtda
The adult female was on St. Luke's when I arrived.

060506rtsjtdb
Although, they aren't ready to fledge just yet, the are looking older than I had first thought.  Fledging could happen as soon as this weekend.

Besides their age, another mystery is how many eyasses do we have? Although I have pictures of three from 7-10 days ago, in the last week, I've only been able to see two. 

060506rtsjtdc
The adult female flies into the nest, picks something up. . .

060506rtsjtdd
. . .and flies off.

060506rtsjtde
The adult female returns to a perch on St. Luke's and is joined by three House Finches.

060506rtsjtdf
The adult male, who has been spending most of the evening on the Archangel Gabriel statue, looks wonderful in the setting sunlight.

060506rtsjtdg
The adult male.

060506rtsjtdh
The adult female has flown off and returned with a squirrel.

060506rtsjtdi
Two tails in the city.

060506rtsjtdj
The adult male switches positions to a spot closer to the nest.

060506rtsjtdk
The parents reunite late in the evening.


Sunday at the Cathedral

Sunday was a relaxed day at the Cathedral.  It was cloudy and cool.

060406rtsjtda

060406rtsjtdb
The mother perched on a new spot atop the bronze statue of St. Gabriel.

060406rtsjtdc
The eyasses now regularly use this left hand position on the nest.

060406rtsjtdd
They're getting so big, I may need to revise my June 15th fledge date.  It may be coming a week earlier.

060406rtsjtde
The parents are leaving food on the nest, and the eyasses are eating without assistance when they're hungry.

060406rtsjtdf
A full crop after eating.

060406rtsjtdg
Their feathers have really filled in.

060406rtsjtdi
The adult female comes in and does a quick check. . .

060406rtsjtdj
. . . before flying off. . .

060406rtsjtdk
. . . to St. Luke's across the street.

060406rtsjtdl
The eyas on the left has such a mature look now.

060406rtsjtdm

060406rtsjtdn
As I was leaving around 5:30, the female adult flew off in the direction of Central Park.  The male was above her circling above the park 300-500 feet higher.

060406rtsjtdo
The female then landed on 301 W 110th and had another brief encounter with a Mockingbird. . .

060406rtsjtdp
. . .before leaving and returning to the Cathedral.


Exterior of Choir Clerestory

Christopher Lyons was kind enough to send me information about the section of the Cathedral where the nest is located.

From the guidebook, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, originally compiled by Edward Hagaman Hall, 17th edition, 1965, originally published in 1920.

"Exterior of Choir Clerestory

This rises above the roofs of the chapels.  In the canopied niches near the tops of the turrets and buttresses are ten stone figures nine and a half feet high by Borglum, as follow (south to north): St. James the Less with fuller's club (indicating manner of his martyrdom), and St. Philip with Latin cross (symbol of his crucifixion), together on turret; St. Bartholomew, St. Thomas with square (spiritual architect); St. James the Great with pilgrim staff; St. Peter with key; St. Andrew with diagonal cross; St. Matthew with drapery over head; St. Simon with saw, and St. Jude with spear (indicating manner of their death), together on turret.  On the roof of the Choir facing eastward is a nine and a half foot bronze statue of St. Gabriel of the Resurrection, blowing a trumpet.  This is also by Gutzon Borglum."

(Borglum was also the sculptor of Mt. Rushmore.)

So, as we look at the birds, we'll need to remember that the sculptures are almost double life size!

P1000197
The exterior of Choir Clerestory as seen from 113th Street.  From left to right, St. Andrew (nest site), St. Matthew, St. Simon, and St. Jude.   The bronze statue of St. Gabriel of the Resurrection, blowing a trumpet is above with a Red-tailed hawk perched on top of it.

P1000197b
Detail of the St. Andrew statue.  An eyas is visible in the nest and adult is at the top left behind the nest.

P1000197bb
Detail of the St. Matthew statue.

P1000197c
Detail of the St. Simon and St. Jude figures.


Mockingbird vs. Red-tailed Hawk, Part II

Last week, I saw a Mockingbird in the garden on the south side of the Cathedral, and knew it was only a matter of time before I'd see a confrontation between this Mockingbird and a Red-tailed Hawk near the nest.  (This is a different Mockingbird than the one that harassed the Red-tail on 110th Street.)

This morning the female adult was about twenty feet from the nest when a Mockingbird attacked.  After acting like the Mockingbird was nothing more than an annoying insect, the Red-tailed moved north to a St. Luke's Hospital perch.

060306rtsjtda
(Her strange appearance and coloring is due to the rain.)

060306rtsjtdb

060306rtsjtdc

060306rtsjtdd