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Foggy Afternoon At Fifth Avenue

It was a foggy afternoon at the Model Boat Pond.  When I arrived the eyasses were sleeping with Octavia, their mother, two buildings down on Fifth Avenue.  Soon, Pale Male arrived with food and brought it to the nest.  One eyass ate the new prey and the other ate leftovers. 

One tried to eat too big a piece.  The first time I saw this I worried that the eyass would choke, but it seems to be a common behavior as they learn to tear food and eat on their own.  I've now seen it dozens of time, and nothing ever goes wrong!

At the end of the afternoon, there was some "jump-flapping".  But the eyasses were very mellow, which makes sense given the weather.

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Exploring The Ledge

The eyasses are starting to roam out of the nest and onto the window ledge that supports the nest.  They were fun to watch today.  I was there in the early evening.  I watched a food delivery, a feeding (with one eyass feeding itself), and some "jump flapping".

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Feedings and Blue Jays

When I arrived Amelia was feeding.  (It will still be some time before we know how many youngsters we have.) 

Christo was near the nest.  He then attacked a Blue Jay nest.  From there, he flew to a church on Avenue B where he was harassed by a group of Blue Jays for an extended period.  You can't blame the Jays as they were protecting their young.  After things calmed down, Christo ate a pigeon and then flew to the nest.

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Kestrel and Eyasses

When I arrived at the 96th Street nest this afternoon, the mother was on a nearby building being harassed by an American Kestrel. She took it in stride. 

She had gotten her chest wet, something that is commonly seen with Red-tailed Hawks.  It's a mini bath that doesn't get the flight feathers wet.  So her ragged appearance is nothing to worry about.

The eyasses looked healthy and well fed as usual.

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2018 Manhattan Nest Update 12

Two positive updates...

  1. The Tompkins Square Nest (now with the third female of the season, Amillia) has hatched.  The eyasss are too little to count just yet, but we have at least one youngster.
  2. The female at 96th Street is no longer a single parent.  It is unclear if she has a new mate or if the old mate was returned from rehab, but local hawk watchers are seeing two adults now.

Update: After posting this, I was sent photos confirming three, not two eyasses at Grant's Tomb.  This had been corrected below.

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Punk Bands and Feedings

The hawk watchers of Tompkins Square Park, saw a feeding and an hour long visit by Christo (the father) last night.  I went down this afternoon to help confirm the hatch.  I saw two feedings, one around 1:15 and one around 3:30.  The eyass(es) are too young and small to see from the ground, but it's clear that the nest has youngsters.

After all of the drama with Dora, Nora and now Amelia it is so nice that the Lower East Side has a nest that has hatched this year.

(It says a lot about the difference between Washington Square and Tompkins Square parks when realize which bands play in which park. Especially when you consider they are only a ten minute walk from each other.)

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Doing Well At 96th

The eyasses all looked good at 96th Street and Lexington Avenue.  The single parent mother seems to be coping well keeping them well fed.  It will be interesting to see how she does after the eyasses fledge.

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Afternoon at Fifth Avenue

I was a nice afternoon, so I spent a few relaxing hours at the "hawk bench".  The eyasses got fed, Octavia also provided shade and Pale Male made a brief visit.  We're only a few weeks from the hawks fledging, so I'm enjoying being able to watch these youngsters while they're in one place for awhile!

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Randalls Island

I finally had time to go out to Randalls Island and see this year's nest.  There seem to be two eyasses this year.  The nest is in the lights of Field 10, just north of the stadium.

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Common Nighthawk

I'm not sure if it's the same bird as last week, but the Ramble in Central Park had another Common Nighthawk sighting today.  It was high up but in an exposed location making it easy to see.

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In The Rain

The three eyasses at 96th Street looked like they were doing well.  Their mother seems to be doing well without her mate.  She wasn't on the nest, nor did I see her, but the eyasses looked well fed.

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2018 Manhattan Nest Update 10

Updates:

  1. The 72nd Street Nest on the West side has two eyasses.
  2. A hawk was picked up at 97th and Lexington, and was most likely the father of the 96th and Lexington pair.  The mother is continuing to look after the three eyasses.
  3. An adult hawk was recovered near the nest on Central Park West.  While the female continues to incubate the eggs, it is unlikely the eggs will be hatch.

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Growing Up On Fifth Avenue

After lots of rain, I was finally able to go hawk watching today.  I spent time at Pale Male and Octavia's nest on Fifth Avenue.  Octavia was with the two eyasses, and Pale Male was on the Carlyle. The bird attacking Pale Male is a Northern Mockingbird.

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Model Boat Pond

I visited the Model Boat Pond at dusk to listen for bats, and was able to detect two species, Big Brown Bat and Silver-haired Bat.  But before it got dark, I saw Octavia return to the nest and got brief glimpses of the two eyasses.

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2018 Manhattan Nest Update 9

Since the last update:

  1. A third eyass has been seen at 96th Street.
  2. The 72nd and West End nest has hatched.
  3. Inwood Hill Park's nest has hatched and one eyass has been seen (although there may be more).
  4. Activity at St. John the Divine nest suggests that the nest may have failed.

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350 Update

It looks like the St. John nest may have failed this year and I've been worried about the new 350 Central Park West nest as well.  Luckily, I realized that the late hatching of the 350 Central Park West nest may be OK.  I first saw the female sitting on the nest on April 6th.   The eggs hatch between 28-35 days after being laid.   That would put the hatch at May 11th for the first egg.  However, female hawks can sit a few days before they start laying eggs and the eggs don't all get laid at once.  So, we need to add about a week more after the May 11th date, as the outside hatch date.

So keep your figures crossed for the 350 Central Park West nest.  It's not uncommon for a new nest to fail, so we should be prepared for a failure, but hope for the best.

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Kirtland's Warbler

Found by Kevin Topping on Friday, hundreds of birders got great looks at a Kirtland's Warbler in Central Park today.  Its migration path is usually up and down the Mississippi River, so this was a very rare event.

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Spring Migration

The lens I use for hawk watching was in for repair the last week, so I spent my time enjoying the spring migration.  Highlights included a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Prothonotary Warbler, Common Nighthawk, Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron, and a Northern Cardinal nest.

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Grant's Tomb

I finally had a chance to visit Grant's Tomb this season.  The nest is now in front of the Tomb and is much more visible than the old nest.  There are two eyasses this year.  I didn't get to see a feeding, but I did get to see a Peregrine Falcon from the Riverside Church nest, hassle one of the parents.

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96th Street Has Two Eyasses

They youngsters are finally big enough to photograph at 96th and Lexington Avenue.  It looks like we have two little ones in the nest. 

Update 5/13/18: It turns out we have three eyasses this year.

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2 or 3

The Fifth Avenue nest's eyasses are still a bit too small to see clearly.  It may well turn out that there are only two.  This evening's meal was gray squirrel.

Update 5/10/18: It looks like we have only two eyasses this year.

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