I believe all of the New York City Red-tailed Hawks babies have fledged, the last ones being the two in Prospect Park. I'm going do some flying of my own and will be on vacation until July 9th.
The second and the last eyas on the Astoria Park nest, left this morning and headed to a park north of the bridge. (Thanks to Jules Corkery for letting me know about the fledge.)
When I got there this evening it was still there with its mother watching over it.
I arrived to a quiet afternoon in Astoria. One of the parents was on the bridge and the eyas still on the nest was making practice jumps around the nest and up to a bracket on the bridge.
At some point the fledgling had enough and flew south to a residential block of Astoria. I walked around the block looking for it, but couldn't find it. I think it was on a flat roof that wasn't visible from the street. With the excitement over, I returned to Manhattan.
The 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling continues to do well in the park. A good flyer, she still has problems with branching.
The fledgling has been banded. Despite protests by some bloggers against bands, they do not bother the birds. They allows scientists to study migration patterns and if this bird is injured give those giving help access to its past medical records.
The Central Park South hawks were having a relaxed time Saturday evening. The fledgling was in a tree, taking it easy and the parents were flying about the south end of the park. They must be enjoying the weekend after such a hard week!
The Astoria Park nest had its first fledge on Saturday around 2 p.m. The fledgling went to the equipment depot under the bridge near the nest. It was the safest place to fledge. Good choice young one.
I got to Central Park in the early evening after visiting Inwood Hill Park. I had struck out trying finding the hawk family in Inwood, so I was hoping for better luck at the Heckscher Ballfields.
The mirrored building seems to fascinate this pair. New York City Audubon has been working to minimize bird deaths from building collisions. This spring they published an excellent guide for building owners and architects, Bird-Safe Building Guidelines, as part of their Project Safe Flight initiative.
What a nice way to start the summer, with fledglings playing all over New York City.
Our Central Park South fledgling is a good flyer for being so young. She has managed to make it to the southern edge of the Sheep Meadow, and to each corner of the Heckscher Ballfields.
Wednesday started out as a foggy, rainy morning in the southern portion of Central Park with a fledgling who spent the night alone, and ended as a sunny evening, with a family reunited.
My earlier posts detail the morning and the reunion. It had been found by its parents earlier in the afternoon and noisy reunion was followed by a feeding.
I got back into the park around 6 p.m. The fledgling was in a small tree behind a baseball diamond. The fledgling was hopping from branch to branch learning how to maneuver around a tree.
I had to leave the park to join some friends for dinner, but left with a warm feeling, that a hawk family was back to normal in the park I love, Central Park.
Thank you to Bobby Horvath and all of the Urban Park Rangers who made this possible.
Charlotte (the mother) and the fledgling of the Central Park South/888 Seventh Avenue pair reunited around 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon. It was noisy affair with lots of calling by both of them. They were seen flying off together.
Later, the parents caught a squirrel for the youngster around 4:45.
There are still some concerns that everything will go back to normal, and the fledgling needs to become people shy after all of the handling, but everything so far has been positive.
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.
The Astoria Park eyasses are 45 days old, so they should be fledging soon. These pictures were taken on Monday.
Everyone was accounted for on Sunday, but it took some real effort to find everyone. The father was on a low branch behind the church playground along Morningside Drive. Above him was one of the fledglings.
I spent more time up at Riverside Church on Sunday. The fledglings spent lots of time flying between the God Box (Interfaith Center) and the Church. The ones I could photograph were mostly the parents.
On Friday, about an hour after I had left, Robert found the third fledgling. On Saturday, I was able to see all three too.
Riverside Church Peregrine Falcon's have three or four fledglings. Its hard to figure out the exact number. Here are some pictures from Friday of the fledglings and their parents.
I'm just catching up with posting images from the weekend. These are from Friday.
I'll have more pictures up later, but I wanted to quickly share portraits of our three new St. John the Divine fledglings...
The fledgling from the 888 Seventh Avenue nest is in the caring hands of Bobby Horvath. Details of the fledglings troubles in the plaza of the Ziegfeld Theater, can be found on the websites of the various New York City newspapers. A fledgling's first few days on the ground can be full of troubles.
Bobby Horvath is a licensed rehabber and will do what is best for the fledgling. He runs a rescue center on Long Island, Wildlife in Need of Rehab and Rescue, Inc.
His phone number has been placed on the www.palemale.com website along with some very negative and untrue statements about Mr. Horvath. Please don't harrass Mr. Horvath. He's got the best interests of the fledgling at heart.