888 Seventh Avenue Fledgling - Wednesday Morning
The 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling has been returned to the park. It was placed in a quiet fenced-in area. It is two blocks into the park and about five blocks from the nest. The parents haven't found the fledgling yet and still seem to be searching in the blocks around the nest. Hopefully, the young fledgling will get hungry soon and start to beg for food so the parents can find it.
(For those who aren't New Yorkers, the nest site is in a horrible location. It's far from the park, has a narrow ledge and is very high. When fledglings are returned to their parents, one would usually put the fledgling as close as possible to the nest. In this case however, 57th and Seventh Avenue is too dangerous an area, and returning the bird to the actual nest would require a window washing rig. It could also result in second poor fledge attempt. So, we have this less than ideal situation. Nature can be a harsh mistress.)
I arrived at the nest a little after sunrise to find the fledgling in the tree it has roosted in last night.
The park's department has assigned an Urban Park Ranger to keep an eye on the fledgling for a few days. The ranger is Rob Mastrianni. He was responsible for the rescue of the Inwood Hill Park female, who had two wonderful eyasses this spring. He's a great choice for the job.
Now, just hope and pray that nature will get these parents and their fledgling back on course.