350 Central Park West

My post about brooding nests yielded news that the Inwood Hill Park nest started brooding on Sunday.  So, that makes the fourth confirmed, active nest of the season. 

I went up to 350 Central Park West to see if they were brooding yet, but it looks like they haven't yet.  They did however copulate over the playground at 96th/97th.

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All Set At 350 Central Park West

The hawks at 350 Central Park West seem all set of the season.  The nest is in much better shape than last year and looks great.  One of the hawks was on the church at 96th Street for twenty minutes. Then both hawks visited the nest and they then copulated while I was there in the early afternoon today.  The building is excited to have them nesting and seems very protective of them which is great news.

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350 Central Park West

Third times a charm.  On my third visit to the 350 Central Park West nest this year, I was finally able to watch the new male on the nest and watch the pair together.  The new male, with his light eye color looks to be a young bird.  It looks like they're all set for 2019.

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350 Central Park West

I went up to look at the 350 Central Park West nest again and finally found one of the adults for the first time in 2019.  The hawk was sitting in a tree 100 feet inside the park at 96th and Central Park West, and after a long period flew over to the empty church on the corner.

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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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It was unclear if the nest had hatched yet.  The female seemed higher on the nest, but I didn't witness any feedings.  But she did leave the nest unattended for a few minutes.  So, I couldn't tell the status of the nest.  I suspect it will become clear in early May.

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350 Central Park West

I hadn't had a chance to get up to 350 Central Park West for a few weeks and the nest looks great.  The nest looks solid and in good shape.  I caught up with the male near the Tennis Courts, and after watching the female on the nest, saw an exchange of the two hawks.  The male took over egg warming duties and the female eat a pigeon left for her in a nearby tree.  Then after she flew around for about five minutes, returned to the nest, and the male left.

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Day 3, 350 Central Park West

The nest continues to grow!  I arrived late in the afternoon, and saw the pair interact and copulate on a building on 97th. 

There has been speculation that these hawks might be the pair we see frequently around Mt. Sinai Hospital across the park.  They clearly are not the hawks that have been trying for a few years to build a nest around the San Remo.

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Day 2, 350 Central Park West

The 350 Central Park West hawks must have been busy over the last 24 hours, because the nest look to have a lot more twigs.  This afternoon one of the hawks continued to work on the nest, while the other made a few fly overs.  Keep your fingers crossed for this pair!

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350 Central Park West

On the tenth floor of 350 Central Park West, five windows south of 95th Street on a air conditioner facing the park, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks is building a nest.  I got to enjoy watching both of them bring twigs to the nest.  Let's hope they succeed!

The nest is below the treeline, so the best vantages are from the park side of Central Park West, either at 92nd or 96th.

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