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The always crying second fledgling decided it wasn't time and returned to the nest on Saturday afternoon.  It was still there on Sunday afternoon.  The Salute to Israel Day parade was in progress, which prevented the hawk watchers from hearing signs of the first fledgling.

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Fifth Avenue Second Fledgling

A second eyass fledged from the Fifth Avenue nest today.  While I was in the park, it spent time on a balcony and then a window on the 8th floor of the nest building.  It loved to cry.  The first fledgling was in the park, and had a meal on the "feeding tree", which was also used last year to feed the fledglings.  One eyass remains on the nest.

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Fifth Avenue First Fledgling

This morning one of the eyasses left the Fifth Avenue nest.  I caught up with the fledgling this evening where it was in trees below the nest inside the park.  The fledgling flew well, but as is typical for a bird just off the nest had issues landing.  It roosted in a safe spot a block north of the nest.

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Fifth Avenue

I never can predict when hawks will fledge.  The common wisdom is sometime around the Puerto Rican Day Parade (the Sunday after next) is the time the Fifth Avenue hawks will fledge.  But these hawks seem close to being ready.  Only time will tell!

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Fifth Avenue Family

This evening I got to see the eyasses, Octavia and Pale Male.  Pale Male caught a pigeon and spent thirty minutes plucking it before delivering it to the nest.  Octavia returned to the nest after the food drop, but was not in a rush to feed the eyasses.

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FIfth Avenue Hawk Bench

I sat on the "hawk bench" on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed the view of the Pale Male and Octavia's nest, as well as the many observers of the nest.  After all these years, the nest continues to delight tourists and locals alike.

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Fifth Avenue Trio

Fifth Avenue's parents Pale Male and Octavia have three eyasses this year.  They're big enough that a visit to the "hawk bench" at the model boat pond will ensure a glimpse of the little ones.   I can't wait for the three to grow up and explore Central Park in a month or so.

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Feeding In The Rain

After watching the Wild Turkey, I took a look at the Fifth Avenue Red-tailed Hawk nest and caught a feeding of the eyasses.  They're still to little to see from the street, but photographs by Lincoln Karim from a nearby building show two eyasses.

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Fifth Avenue Feeding

The Fifth Avenue nest of Pale Male and Octavia has hatched and feedings began yesterday.  I got to see two feedings and a visit to the nest by Pale Male today.  We'll be able to figure out how many eyasses there are in about a week.

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Pale Male

While doing some early spring birding, I ran across Pale Male in the Ramble.  He was in a tree atop a large hill with a perfect view of Octavia, his mate.  He was being harassed by five Bluejays.

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Fifth Avenue Calm

The Fifth Avenue nest seems to have settled down now that it has eggs.  Octavia was hunkered down while I visited and Pale Male just stayed near the nest.  Let's hope they do well through our Tuesday snowstorm.

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Octavia's Brooding

It appears that Octavia has started brooding.  She spent last night on the nest as well as tonight.  Pale Male sat on the nest after he brought Octavia a small rodent.  So, it looks like we should have little ones in mid-April.

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Looking Good On Fifth Avenue

The hawks on Fifth Avenue are looking like they've got everything ready for spring.  They copulated on the Carlyle this afternoon and worked on the nest.  The female usually starts spending nights on the nest by March 15, laying eggs soon thereafter.  We're getting close to this special milestone.


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Ocatavia and Pale Male

After my visit to see the new nest on Lexington Avenue, I went to Central Park.  I saw both Octavia and Pale Male on the north side of the Met as soon as I arrived.  Octavia quickly went south, and Pale Male went to his usual pre-bed time hunting grounds near the reservoir's south gate house.  It was great to see both of them so easily.


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Pale Male

I couldn't find the Fifth Avenue fledglings today, but did get to spend a good deal of time watching Pale Male on the bridle path just south of the Central Park Reservoir.  Octavia flew in and out briefly, but otherwise Pale Male just relaxed in the hot weather.


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Hunting Begins On Fifth Avenue

At least one of the Fifth Avenue fledglings is hunting for itself now.  A mouse and a rat were caught on Saturday afternoon.  It's very nice to see at least one of them be so independent, so early in the summer.  Most of the action took place around the Kerbs Boathouse, although both hawk fledglings had been on high perches on Fifth Avenue buildings during the afternoon.


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Looking Good At Fifth Avenue

Fledglings can easily get into trouble in the city, so it's a relief when they do well on their first day.  Today, both Fifth Avenue fledglings seemed to be doing well.  Both of them were flying high, controlling their landings and staying out of trouble.  Let's hope these two stay out of trouble for the rest of the season!


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Fifth Avenue Nest Has Fledged

I arrived in the late afternoon to find Pale Male eating on the nest and no eyasses to be seen.  After he took the food off the nest it was clear that the eyasses had fledged.  We found one on a building on Fifth Avenue, and one near the Kerbs Boathouse (although it might have been the same bird) just as a thunderstorm let loose.


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Family Portrait

On Saturday, all four hawks, Octavia, Pale Male and the two eyasses were in the nest together.  It was great to see them together and also watch the eyasses do some jump/flapping.  They should off the nest soon.


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Fifth Avenue

The eyasses at Fifth Avenue are looking very grown up these days.  Based on what looked to be an April 18th hatch date, we certainly are at the beginning the fledge window.  However, based on the behavior I saw Friday, I would place my bets on a fledge taking place mid-week.


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More Fifth Avenue

It's still very relaxed at Fifth Avenue.  This afternoon, Pale Male delivered food and Octavia fed the kids. Other than that it was a lot of lying around.  I guess there's no rush when you live on Fifth Avenue!


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Nice Wings

The two eyasses at Fifth Avenue are looking a lot older than when I last saw them.  They still need to grow longer tails and get some mature head feathers, but they're looking almost grown up. Their mother left them alone for over an hour this evening, another sign they're growing up.

Octavia was a little unsettled by two women using their balcony on the building just north of the nest.  Octavia was a little concerned by the new folks in the area who were just enjoying the warm weather.  She called out for about twenty minutes, voicing her displeasure at the new neighbors.


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Fifth Avenue

While it's still possible we'll discover that there is a third eyass in the Fifth Avenue nest, for now it looks like we have two.  Pale Male was on the nest when I arrived and left to return for a brief visit an hour later.  The youngsters are being very well looked after.


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Pull and Twist

The last thing I needed to see to be sure the Fifth Avenue nest had hatched I saw on Monday evening, the classic feeding of an eyass.  The mother pulls a piece of food off the prey and gently twists her head by 45-90 degrees to hand the food off to the eyass.  Seeing this behavior removed all doubts about the nest hatching for me.  Now the questions is how many eyasses is she feeding, two or three?


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Fifth Avenue Maybe?

There is a good chance the Fifth Avenue nest has hatched.  Food was visible, both hawk let the nest be exposed for long periods of time, and there were lots of flies. Plus, Octavia may or may not have done a feeding based on who you asked.

When some other hawk observers asked me what I thought, I said I'd like to wait at least one more day before calling it for certain.  Things all looked right but why not wait a day to be sure.


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Fifth Avenue

I was hoping to see signs of Pale Male and Octavia's nest hatching today.  But it looks like we're still a few days away.  Octavia spent a great deal of time standing up off the eggs, but it was a warm sunny day, so this could just have been due to the weather.


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Fifth Avenue

It looks like we still have a few more days before the nest hatches at Fifth Avenue.  I looked for signs of a hatch but found none tonight. Pale Male was on the Carlyle Hotel and Octavia was on the nest.


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Pale Male and Octavia

When I arrived at the Fifth Avenue nest, Pale Male was on the Carlyle Hotel and Octavia was on the nest.  Pale Male soon flew over the Met and wasn't seen for the rest of the evening.  Octavia stayed on the nest occasionally getting up to roll the eggs or preen.  All in all a quiet evening by the boat pond.


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