The San Remo pair was working on the nest that just seems to blow away this afternoon. They are so late. One Manhattan nest has already hatched and may are due soon. We'll see what happens.
I'm not certain of the timing, but I think due for a hatch at 350 Central Park West within the next week. I went up today and saw the male bring a squirrel and took over incubation duties, so the female could eat and explore. I didn't see any signs of a feeding, so I don't think the nest has hatched yet. It's a long hike for me to visit the next, but I'll make another visit at the end of the week.
An Eastern Red Bat has been roosting in the same bush for a few days in Central Park. Tonight I stayed to watch it wake up. The video is a bit long, but it's fascinating to see the bat slowly wake up. It ended up flying right over my head when it left.
Pale Male and Octavia continue to show me how dull it is to watch a brooding nest. Not much happens when I'm there. I have hours of the same footage. But here's some more of the same!
It will be interesting to see if the eggs hatch this year. Low levels of rodenticides may led to infertility. If this year's eggs don't had, should we worry that Octavia has repeated the problems Lola had?
While walking through Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan (59th and Fifth), I heard the male crying that he had food. I couldn't find him, but heard him on the The Plaza Hotel. He went down 58th and around the corner down Fifth, circling before landing on the roof of Bergdorf Goodman's. He then circled and circled before landing on a very high building roof at 55th and Fifth. He left the pigeon there before spending about ten minutes circling 9 West 57th.
I haven't seen the female for about a week. Where, oh where is the nest!
The San Remo pair, after building a great nest on The Majestic Apartments a few blocks south, have returned to building a nest in the old location on the north tower of the San Remo. As usual, the twigs brought up to this location blow off before a full nest can be built.
- The Tompkins Square Park nest has hatched. Details are on the Laura Goggin Photography blog.
- The San Remo pair is back to building a nest on the San Remo, abandoning The Majestic nest.
Governor's Island will remain closed in May, so it will be hard to figure out what's happening on the newly built nest.
- Thanks to detective work by the Morningside Hawks blog, it has come clear that the male, that was rescued but died shortly there after from Morningside Park, was not the male from the St. John pair. The pair is currently brooding.
- The Washington Square Park male has found a new mate and they have been copulating on One Fifth Avenue. The camera is currently offline, but it will be interesting to see if they try to nest.
A Belted Kingfisher was on the shore of The Pond in Central Park on Wednesday. I caught up with it while it was eating a fish. It took a lot of work to swallow the fish!
My daily social distancing walk took me around the southern areas of Central Park. I first caught up with the two hawks around Grand Army Plaza. One was on 9 West 57th and the other on a perch I just discovered, 520 Park Avenue (which is really 42 East 60th).
I then saw both of the San Remo hawks on the San Remo. The nest on The Majestic look big enough to stop an egg from rolling off, but it still isn't built properly.
Lastly, I saw and filmed Octavia leave the nest and Pale Male take over incubating duties. Sorry about the poor video, the wind was bouncing my camera around.