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.
News from Brett Odom
"Sometime between last night and this morning the eyas at 888 7th Avenue fledged. I
have not been able to locate him as of yet from my office. If any of you hear of
anything (good or bad) can you please either email me or post it on your blogs.
I've been reading them religiously this year.
Also, if there are any tips on how to locate fledged hawks, please pass them along and I will keep an eye out for him from my window.
Regards, Brett Odom"
James O'Brien passed along excellent advice to Brett in response to his question.
"Thats great news...he's probably hanging out on top of a building! The best way to locate him is to look for the parents. They will be bringing him/her food, so when you see them with prey, they'll be calling and circling trying to lure the fledgling out. "
New York City Audubon hosted an Ecotour of the East River on Tuesday. Before the boat ride, I stopped by the Brooklyn Bridge.
The band reads 04, then 2 below. I haven't seen this type of band before. Update: I received some emails about this band type. It is used to supplement a Federal band, since it much easier to read. It is usually two digits and a letter, so it is most likely 04Z and not 042.
Peregrine Falcons also nest on New York Hospital. The best view of them is from the river. It was dark and I was on a moving boat, so the pictures aren't the best. Young ones are inside the nesting box.
Reports are coming from Donna Browne and Richard Schmunk about fledgings.
Donna reports that the first fledge has occurred at Fordham University in the Bronx via her blog.
Robert also has a report of a first fledge at St. John the Divine on his blog.
These early days watching new fledglings can be lots of fun. If you have a chance, visit either location and enjoy the experience.
The eyas on 888 Seventh Avenue should be fledging soon too. Watch for it to fly to a nearby roof sometime over the next few days. Keep an eye on Carnegie Hall. This may be the first stop.
All was quiet when I arrived. The eyasses were settling down after a feeding.
On Sunday afternoon, I went to the Unisphere. Only one eyas was on the nest. I saw both parents, but none of the fledglings.
The parents can watch the sorrounding area and the nest at the same time from this high spot. I also saw for the first time the mother fly to the nest from the top of the globe through the hollow center of the sphere rather than around it.
On Saturday, I got to see to see the adult female and the eyas at 888 Seventh Avenue. It will be an interesting fledge and journey to the Central Park.
The St. John the Divine eyasses have grown up. The three of them "posed" for pictures late on Friday evening.
The eyas on 888 Seventh Avenue is now running/flapping along the ledge, so one can finally see some activity from the street. The eyas looks very healthy and in great shape to fly soon.
Until today, this was the one eyas I known about but hadn't yet seen. This brings my hawk watching total for the season to 23 adults, 2 1st years, and 23 eyasses/fledglings for a total of 48 Red-tailed hawks in four boroughs of New York.
With the exception of the Astoria nest, all of these nests were in established territories.
I know I am missing a number of nests in the upper Bronx, eastern Queens and all of Staten Island. The total number of New York City's Red-tailed Hawks could easily be double my count.
I learned more about the history of the Unisphere nest. The pair has been at the location for at least five years according to a parks employee. The nest has changed locations, having been on the towers of the NY State pavilion and another location in earlier years. The nest was also on the Unisphere last year, and one of the chicks fell out prematurely and was sent to a rehabilitater but did not survive.
The eyasses woke up and then were very active. I got a report from Richard Fleisher that earlier in the day, one of the young ones had ventured all the way to New Zealand. Should we call branching behavior "globe hopping" at this location?
In Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, Red-tailed Hawks have nested in the Unisphere, a 12-story high globe created for the 1964-1965 World's Fair.
I didn't know this when I went to Queens this evening however. This is the story...
I received an email this morning that a fledgling Red-tailed Hawk had been wandering on the ground and the benches of Flushing Meadows Park. The letter went on to detail that someone had arranged to put the fledgling in a high tree branch to get it off the ground and in a safer spot. News like this gets me on the next subway train after my work day is over!
I arrived in Queens and walked to the Unisphere. I spotted a parent on the top of the globe. I thought the parents would be near the fledgling in a tree, but would soon find out this hawk was in just the right spot.
I went to McCarren Park in Brooklyn today to follow up a report sent to Rob Jett from a friend who plays baseball in the park.
Within minutes of arriving, I found this hawk on lights for the baseball field. It made a hunting attempt across the street. (The 36 acre park is divided up into strips with north/south streets going through the park.)
I went up to Highbridge Park today, and found the "window" from the path that provides a view from below. (Thanks to James and Robert for directions.) I arrived to what looked to be an empty nest but knew from the angle that the eyasses might just be on the other side of the nest.
I went up to visit on Saturday and all was well. The eyasses are now much more active and visible. They're at the stage were they enjoy sitting near the edge of the nest and keeping an eye on the world.
I couldn't stay long. The mother was on a finial near the nest and the eyasses were using both sides of the nest to look out. (This makes it difficult to watch them as one has to walk half a block to get a clear view of the left side.)
The Astoria Park nest was having a lazy afternoon in the hot weather.
I visited the Briarwood, Queens nest today. It still had one eyass on the nest and a fledgling exploring nearby. The mother was visible, but I didn't see the father. This was my first visit to the location.
These two bring my count for Red-tailed Hawk youngsters to 19 for the season. Wow! Red-tails are doing wonderfully this season. Briarwood also marks my first fledgling sighting of the season.
For more about these hawks and their history, visit Jeffrey Kollbrunner's Nature Gallery.
I had expected to have a hard time. The area surrounding the nest includes a few highways. Usually, if all else fails, you can hear a fledgling beg for food. In this location however, hearing the fledgling will be difficult because of all the traffic noise.