November is a great time to watch hawks in Central Park. Migrants are coming through, both adults and juveniles and resident Red-tailed adults are more visible as the trees loose their leaves. Here's a group of images taken over the last two weeks, from the south end to the north.
I looked at the two Central Park Red-tailed Hawk nests on Tuesday.
On the San Remo, one of the hawks was on the ledge. It flew in and out a few times. Most of the twigs have blown off. The female may have an egg or two more to lay so I'll be keeping an eye on the ledge over the next few days.
350 CPW continues to look good. The female was sitting on the eggs and rolled them while I was there. I'm looking forward to eyasses in late April.
Neither of the San Remo hawks was sitting on the nest late this morning, so I assume they lost their egg to gravity sometime in the last 24 hours.
The good news is that the San Remo hawks have an egg. The very sad news is that yet again they haven't built a proper nest and while the egg didn't roll off the ledge, it came very close to being lost this afternoon. It is more than likely that this couple will have a failed nest again this year.
I caught up with the San Remo pair late in the day, when they had completed their work for the day on the nest. They were perched on the north tower and one of them made a brief nest visit.
The San Remo/Beresford pair are again trying to build a nest on The San Remo's north tower. They brought sticks, copulated and then brought plastic bags to the nest. In the high winds, it looked as though they lost more material than they had brought in. This pair just can't get its act together. They have has a serious of failed nesting attempts, including letting an egg fall in 2016.
While the egg dropping was a shock to me, a day later the San Remo pair was back to business as usual. The male was seen eating a rodent in Strawberry Field, both hawks visited the nest briefly, and the pair copulated north of Bow Bridge.
Tonight, I watched an egg roll out of a nest still under construction at the San Remo's north tower at 75th and Central Park West. This pair was seen all winter on both the San Remo and the Beresford, and seemed to be having troubles choosing which ledge to use for their nest. For awhile they seemed to be bringing twigs to every ledge!
(The video may make it look like the female pushed the egg out of the nest. However, I think it rolled out on its own after she first saved it from rolling out. I suspect the ledge isn't level to ensure that rain water runs away from the building.)
Almost every time I visit the park a hawk is on either the south or north tower of the Beresford Apartments for at least half an hour. Tonight it was the south tower.
This afternoon, the male was on the oval widow of north tower at the Beresford Apartments, and the female was on the nest, which is on the oval window of the southeast tower. The ironwork of the north tower window is painted black, while the ironwork of the south tower is painted white, which makes it easy to figure out which tower is which in videos and photographs.
Not much happened while I watched. The male left the tower a few times and at one point two hawks buzzed the Beresford, most likely the Beresford male and another hawk. The other could easily could have been one of the males from the other nearby nests.
I spent about an hour watching the Beresford nest this afternoon. Not much happened while I was there. The only excitement was a brief visit by an American Kestrel.
Tonight, I returned to The Beresford to view the exchanges between the pair. The female was sitting on the eggs when I arrived and after about forty minutes the male came to relieve her. She flew off towards the the Pinetum, which is north of the Great Lawn, and didn't return for about thirty minutes.
After she returned, the male then left, first flying towards the bathrooms near the Delacorte Theater, and then he flew off to roost, west of Triplets Bridge.
It's going to be a fun adventure learning more about this new pair.
I would recommend watching the video in full screen mode. Just click on the box in the lower right hand corner, and if needed click on the gear to select a larger resolution.
After years of The Beresford's east facing SE tower window oval being a favorite spot of Pale Male and Lola's, this year it has become a nest site for a pair of hawks. Although a pair tried to nest there last year, it had looked like Pale Male had reclaimed the tower.
So, when reports came in this year that hawks had returned to the tower, I was skeptical. But today, I saw the male visit and watched the brooding female sit on her eggs.
How great is it that Central Park has at least three nesting Red-tailed Hawks this season. (I say at least three, because yet again we have lots of hawk activity around 106th and Fifth again.) This nest brings this season confirmed Manhattan nest count to 12!