Astoria/Triborough Bridge Nest Moves North
St. John the Divine

Unisphere 2008

Thanks to a text message from Lincoln Karim, I went out to the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows, Queens and was able to find the new Red-tailed Hawk nest location.  It is about minus 30 degrees of longitude from the old nest.  Instead of being near Indonesia, it is now in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia.

I had received reports earlier in the season that the nest site was empty.  The nest is in an I-beam, so it must be easy for the mother to hide while brooding and for the eyasses to hide when they are young.

There are at least two chicks in the nest.  In the pictures that follow, the mother captures, eats and feeds a young pigeon to her eyasses.  Readers beware.

051908unrt01 The Unisphere

051908unrt02 On the left, East Africa, the nest is in the center, and the adult female is on the right.

051908unrt03 The adult female perches on a light around the perimeter of the Unisphere plaza.

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051908unrt05 The adult female hunts at the bottom of the Unisphere. 

051908unrt06 There are a number of nesting pigeons, and she grabs a juvenile pigeon.

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051908unrt08 After eating a great deal, she takes a piece to the nest after a few stops to gain altitude.

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051908unrt12 Landing on the nest.

051908unrt13 My first sighting of an eyas.

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051908unrt20 Two eyasses.

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051908unrt22 Two young heads.

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051908unrt27 The adult female on Cuba. 

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