2019 Manhattan Red-tailed Hawk Nest Update 13
Third Fledge At Washington Square Park

Second Fledge At Washington Square Park

This morning, the second of three eyasses left the Washington Square Park nest.  It may have been knocked off the nest by the new adult male.  The fledgling tried to land on Pless, but did what is common for a fledgling and misjudged the glass and ledges and ended upside down in a Ginkgo Tree.  It took a long time for it to figure out how to right itself, but it managed.  The "first day of school" is hard!  For hours it didn't move much but by the end of the day it was alert and started to explore the branch it was on.  We've seen this type of hard first day before. 

The first fledgling was not seen or heard from during the day.  The park was full of people and the noise was incredible.  We won't have heard the fledgling if we wanted to.  Although the first fledgling had a run in with the new adult male on its first day off the nest, chances are it was just hiding somewhere on the set of connected roofs of either Pless or Goddard.  In years past, we've lost track of a new fledgling on theses roofs for a day or two.

The new adult male continued to be aggressive and made multiple visits to the nest.  It gave the remaining eyass a very hard time on a few occasions.  We're all trying to figure out what's going on from a behavioral standpoint. At one point, he tried to take the food of the eyass on the nest, and the mother had to chase the male away and fed the eyass to make sure it ate.

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