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Unisphere 2009

Red-tailed hawks are once again nesting on the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, in Queens, New York.  This year, they have abandoned the old nest located off the coast of Somalia (fear of pirates?) in the Indian Ocean and built a new nest directly south of Los Angeles, in the Pacific Ocean.  The new nest, like the older ones, is on the equator.

The equator of the Unishere is a I-beam, and the female can be completely out of view if she wants to be.  I was there at sunset, so the picture quality is poor.  I'll be going back later in the season to see the eyasses.

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Riverside Nest

After all of the bad weather, the female at Riverside seemed be enjoying the calm after the storm on Wednesday evening.  (The video is a little shaky due to the car traffic vibrating the tripod.)

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Manhattan Nests

From north to south, we have the following confirmed nesting sites in Manhattan this year:  Inwood Hill Park, Highbridge Park (back to the old location, which should be safer than last year's location), Lower Riverside Park (also in a new and safer location), Fifth Avenue and 888 Seventh Avenue.  I visited all of them this weekend.  They all seem to be in good shape, with chicks expected within the next few weeks.

Some nests have changed from last year. 

There is no sign of a nest below 14th Street, although there have been reports of hawks downtown all winter, including Tompkins Square Park, the World Trade Center construction site, the Court Houses around Center Street, Seward Park, Washington Square Park and the Greenway.

Last year's nest on Houston Street is not being used again this year.  The male from last year's nest died of Fronce and while hawks have been seen on the Lower East Side all winter, no signs of a new nest has been found.

The St. John the Divine's pair have both been seen recently but further uptown.  Construction continues on the church and they may have moved but no one has found a new nest location.  This one is a real mystery.

The Shepard Hall, City College nest looks bigger according to reports, but nest looks unoccupied.  The hawks may be nesting somewhere nearby.

Here are pictures of four nests from this weekend:

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