The two fledglings at Tompkins Square Park have become less secretive over the last few days. They're now more likely to be in a place you can find them, rather than tucked into a hiding place on a tree. They've both been on buildings, but on my visits I've only seen them in trees around the nest tree.
On Saturday and Sunday, I observed the Tompkins Square Park nestling, and the fledgling, who returned to the nest for an evening. I missed all of the actions on my trips. The excitement had been on Friday.
Today, I also went to the nest which was empty. One youngster was found below the nest, and both parents kept a close eye on both the nest tree and a nearby tree. It was unclear if the bird that hadn't fledged was just branching below the nest or both had fledged.
I stopped by the Tompkins Square Park nest to see how the eyasses were doing. It's a good thing I did, because one fledged on Friday afternoon around 2 pm. It should be a fun summer in the park with these two!
The Fifth Avenue fledglings are at that wonderful, playful stage, where they're learning to hunt. This means "playing" on the ground and practicing diving runs. The activity has centered on the south side of the Met, west of the Group of Bears statue.
There comes a point at each nest site, each year, when you realize the fledglings will be fine. They still have lots of youngster in them, but you see that they can fly without problems, are learning to hunt, and are preparing to be on their own some day. For me, today was that day on Fifth Avenue.
At least one of the fledglings has started to practice hunting in Washington Square Park. It made a few attempts at a squirrel while I was there this afternoon. Another was on the tower of Judson Church. This is a great stage to watch them. Unlike after they fledge were they seen to want to venture to the highest buildings, they're much closer to the ground and easier to watch.
All three fledglings were hanging out around the Catholic Center roof on the south side of the park this afternoon. There were occasional trips to the Judson Church, Furman Hall, and the Kimmel Student Center. It was good to see all three doing so well.