Global Domination Continues

After the discovery of the Red-tailed Hawk nest on the Unisphere in Queens, I thought global domination by Red-tails was over for the season.  But the adult male of the 888 Seventh Avenue nest proved me wrong.  He perched on the replica of the Unisphere outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower on Tuesday evening, just outside the park at 60th and Central Park West.







One Less Rodent In The Park

The 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling is doing great.  She's now a quite capable hunter.  On Tuesday evening, she captured a large rodent and put on show for the tourists at the south of the park.

She's becoming much harder to find, a sign of her increasing independence.  I won't be surprised if she leaves the park soon to begin her life's adventure away from her parents. I'll miss her, but will be happy knowing that Central Park has been a safe haven for yet another Red-tail youngster.








Roosting On 15 Central Park West

Not to be out done by their child, the 888 Seventh Avenue parents spent the night on 15 Central Park West.  This may be the highest roost, we've seen a Red-tailed Hawk use.

One of the hawks arrived and then left.  I think it was the female of the pair.

The female returns to the building perching on scaffolding.

Soon the male arrives (right) and the female then joins him on a the left.  These are the highest windows on the building on the north tower of the rear building at 15 CPW.

The hawks settle in for the night.

Although it looks like daylight in this long exposure, it is well past dark and both hawks have settled in for the evening.

While I was watching these two, an inline skater came by and showed me pictures from earlier in the evening.  It was of the 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling.  She was hunting on the bridge just inside the park from Central Park South at Seventh Avenue.  Unfortunately, while he was taking pictures someone actually went up to the fledgling and touched her.  No harm was done, but it's a shame some New Yorkers don't have common sense!

On Top Of 15 Central Park West

On Sunday evening, I found the 888 fledgling high atop the new Zeckendorf building at 15 Central Park West. She looked quite majestic that high up.  I think she's sitting on a 45 million dollar condo!  The building's 201 units sold for over 2 billion. The 888 Seventh Avenue hawks have expensive tastes!






She dove quickly to what looked to be the roof of the YMCA a few blocks north.  Was pigeon a bedtime snack?

High Above Opposite Ends Of The Park

I birded both ends of Central Park on Saturday.   Up north, there were Snowy Egrets flying south.  The fall migration has started and the species list on NYC Bird Report has warblers, ducks and other birds that haven't been seen since the spring.




Down at the southern end of the park one of the 888 Seventh Avenue Red-tailed Hawk parents was on the upper right hand corner of the Essex House sign.


An American Kestrel came by to give the Red-tailed Hawk a hard time, but didn't actually come too close before...

heading north into the park.


Sunday Walk Starts And Ends With Fathers

My Sunday walk from the Sheep Meadow to the Metropolitan Museum of Art started and ended with two fathers, the 888 Seventh Avenue male, nicknamed Junior and the 5th Avenue male, Pale Male.

Junior was with his daughter in the southwestern corner of the Sheep Meadow.  He had just delivered a late lunch.

The 888 fledgling enjoying the meal.


After eating and wiping her beak on some bark, she relaxed in the shade.




After watching the fledgling, I went up to The Lake to watch Sandpipers.  Here are two Least Sandpipers having fun.  They're quite a social bunch.  We're used to seeing a stray Sandpiper or two in the park, so it's a treat to watch the Least Sandpiper flock behavior.

Least Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Cedar Waxwing.

On my way out of the park, I saw another father, Pale Male on the Beresford's North Tower.

888 Seventh Avenue Mother

I went looking for the 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling this afternoon, but found her mother instead.  She was at the northwest corner of the Sheep Meadow in Central Park around 67th near Tavern on the Green.

She was being scolded by a group of Robins, who helped me find her.






The adult hawk flew off out of sight.  While looking for her, I found this raccoon sleeping just north of Tavern on the Green.  Does it dream of the goodies in the dumpsters nearby?

Internship at Time-Warner

I found the 888 fledgling flying west on 58th Street today, and then landing on the Time-Warner building in Columbus Circle.  Her flying skills have really improved.  This perch is about ten stories high.


A Mockingbird quickly arrived to harass the Red-tail.


The Mockingbird gave up after a few minutes.



After about 45 minutes, the fledgling glided down to Columbus Circle with talons down, into the flower beds near the fountain.  It came up empty and...

...flew up to a traffic light.

It stayed for about a minute and returned to the park, quickly making its way north for the night.

On The Fence

After a few days of difficulty finding the 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling, she was found with her father near the 67th Street Playground, which is just off Central Park West.

The father, whose been giving hunting lessons.

Another shot of the father.

The 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling near the two Lawn Bowling greens.

Her attention was focused on something.  There is a gutter around the greens.  I wonder if there is a family of rodents there?




She made some small hops and moved up and down the fence.



Lincoln Karim and I were shooting from opposite sides, and both managed to get blurry pictures of each other.  (Although our pictures might make us look like we're close to the fledgling, we both kept a safe distance.  Our telephoto lenses flatten the depth of field.)



It's amazing the number of quiet fenced in areas the fledgling finds.  Here she is on the vacant bowling greens.

A bit blurry, but a nice shot to see her feather detail.

The father had stayed put, and the fledgling returned to be with him.  He showed her a Robin's nest.

Which she jumped on and after a bit followed her father south.

Now you know why Robins and Blue Jays are so bold in attacking Red-tails.

Late Afternoon Around The Ballfields

The 888 fledgling is being encouraged to do some hunting by her parents.  But she's not doing that great at hunting yet. It takes practice and she'll get the hang of it soon.

Here she is perched on the northern side of the ballfields.  I'm calling her a she because of the size of the band Bobby Horvath used to band her, a 7D.  This is the largest size used for Red-tails, so the odds are 99% that she's a she.  Her band number is 1207-98290. 

The more I learn about Bobby Horvath, the more I admire him.  Last Wednesday, he was involved with an Osprey rescue where with the help with a friend, two good samaritans and a ladder borrowed from a local fire house, he freed a young fledgling who had gotten caught in rope and fishing tackle that its parents had used to build the nest.  The bird dislocated its hip hanging upside down and thrashing to get free, so Bobby has been nursing it back to health.



She then moved to the southern edge of the ballfields.


She picked up what looked like leftovers and began to eat them.  She perched on a fence post near the playgrounds and attracted a crowd of about thirty.





Afterwords, she flew back one of her favorite trees near the Ballfield Café and tried to take a brief nap.

Southwest Central Park

The Southwest corner of Central Park has gotten noisy.  The 888 Seventh Avenue parents are trying to wean the fledgling from feedings and are trying to get it to hunt on its own.  As a result, the fledgling spent over an hour begging for food Thursday evening. 

The father keeping watch over the fledgling, but ignoring the calls for food from the fledgling.

The fledgling flew to ten different perches and made a few hunting attempts.  Growing up can be hard work.






Sunday with the Central Park Fledgling

I only had an hour to visit the park on Sunday.  But I did get to see the 888 Fledgling. 

She was in a tree right next to a dugout.  Hundreds of park visitors waliked right past her.

She has a band on her right foot.  Banding has been done for over one hundred years in the United States.  It's exciting that we finally have a banded fledgling in Manhattan.  If we could possibly band more of them, we might be able to figure out the habits of Red-tailed Hawks born in the city.  Do they end up in other urban areas?  Do they disperse for a season or two and then return after their "walkabout"?  It would be great to learn more about the habits of urban Red-tails. 

Although, the pure white feathers are fewer each day, there still is some pure white fluff.

A failed attempt at a squirrel.

Fun in a puddle.

She moved to a slightly safer spot.  (And I had to leave to see Harry Potter 5.)

Saturday with the Central Park Fledgling

Saturday with the Central Park fledgling was a quiet afternoon of a bird resting in the hot weather followed by some fun in the early evening.

The fledgling taking it easy for the afternoon watching baseball and softball games.  A real North American.

One of the parents on the CNN sign.

She stayed in two trees for about four hours.


I went up to see if I could find Pale Male and returned to find the fledgling who had a squirrel trapped under a rock.

The squirrel was able to out wait the fledgling, who flew away

She went south about a block...

... looked for the squirrel again...

and ended up in a tree in the middle of a playground.  She's the small speck, just to the left of Hampshire House.

The perch may have been in the middle of crowds of people but it was American Robin free.


After a bit, she made a trip west trying first for a squirrel

And then sat in a tree with a view of one of her parents on a Central Park West and 66th Street apartment building.

After awhile, she went after a flock of pigeons, and we lost her.

As I left the park, her parent was still watching over her.

On a high rooftop on Central Park West and 66th Street.

Charlotte and the Fledgling

I arrived around 7:30 to find American Robins and the 888 Seventh Avenue having a minor war.  Junior had taken a Robin nestling, and the adult Robins were going after him.  He moved north and south.  While others looked for the fledgling, I looked for Junior but found Charlotte instead.




The fledgling had been in a tree near the area rock climbers practice south of the ball fields.  The fledgling jumped on the rocks...

... found a puddle and took a few drinks.


The fledgling then settled into a tree for the night on the south edge of the ball fields.


888 Seventh Avenue Fledgling Growing Up

The girl who seemed so shy when she first entered the park is growing up.  Her range has increased, she's hunting and has lost the awkwardness she had when she first entered the park.

I caught up to her while she was engaged in stick play.

This helps her with her hunting skills.



She went after a squirrel but missed it.  She's flying 250-500 feet without problems.



She moved to a tree with a clear view of both the Essex House and CNN signs, at dusk.  I wonder if she wanted to be able to see her parents in the morning.

She did a lot of panting and kept her wings open a lot.  It was over 90 degrees.



Although I left before she went to sleep, what seemed to be her last perch was a very thin tree branch.  I wonder if she roosted here, on a branch too thin for raccoons?

Lunch Near The Ballfield Café

The 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling continues to do well in the park.  A good flyer, she still has problems with branching. 




The father arrived with a nestling for the fledgling's lunch.  I suspect the nestling was a baby robin, but can't be sure.

The father and the fledgling traded trees for a few minutes.




Until they ended up on the same tree branch.  The father is on the left and the fledgling on the right.

The fledgling ends up dropping the meal, and eats it on the ground.

It gets eaten slowly.  The fledgling seem in no rush.


The fledgling has been banded.  Despite protests by some bloggers against bands, they do not bother the birds.  They allows scientists to study migration patterns and if this bird is injured give those giving help access to its past medical records.

While the fledgling was on the ground, the father kept watch.

I had to leave, but the fledgling continues to be well looked after by its parents.  It should spend the summer in the park learning to hunt and fly, and leave us in late August or early September.

North of the Ballfields Feeding And The Parents Perches

I got to Central Park in the early evening after visiting Inwood Hill Park.  I had struck out trying finding the hawk family in Inwood, so I was hoping for better luck at the Heckscher Ballfields.

Our well looked after 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling. 

Relaxing north of the Baseball Fields.

One lone American Robin helped me find her.



The mother came and we saw the father fly north.  She left and returned with a pigeon.  It was hard to tell who actually caught the prey.

The mother left the food on branch, called for the youngster to come for dinner and left.

The parent then flew around the Time Warner Building in Columbus Circle. It was windy, and she gained speed and height quickly.

The mirrored building seems to fascinate this pair.  New York City Audubon has been working to minimize bird deaths from building collisions.  This spring they published an excellent guide for building owners and architects, Bird-Safe Building Guidelines, as part of their Project Safe Flight initiative.

Here the mother rests on the new Zeckendorf building.

The fledgling's dinner for tonight was a pigeon.

Although the pigeon is much smaller than the fledgling, at times it seemed huge.

The parents are both efficient eaters, but this fledgling is still learning.


She was eating next to a Baseball dugout, and the team playing in Red uniforms were named the Hawks!


The mother on the roof of the new Zeckendorf buildings at 62nd and Central Park West.  This building didn't exist two years ago, so we're learning what's changed this year.

Both parents ended up on near the roof of the N.Y.A.C. (New York Athletic Club).  This is the first time, I've seen them perching there.

The mother on the railing.

What a nice way to start the summer, with fledglings playing all over New York City.

Sheep Meadow And The Ballfields

Our Central Park South fledgling is a good flyer for being so young.  She has managed to make it to the southern edge of the Sheep Meadow, and to each corner of the Heckscher Ballfields.

The fledgling.

A young squirrel was dinner for one of the parents.


The fledgling.

The Mother.

The Father.


I think that's a Baltimore Oriole being unhappy by the adult male's appearance.


Yes, your child did make the news.


The fledgling settling in for the night.


Getting ready to go to bed as the last baseball games got rained out on the Heckscher Ballfields.

Baby Pictures And A Protective Dad

Wednesday started out as a foggy, rainy morning in the southern portion of Central Park with a fledgling who spent the night alone, and ended as a sunny evening, with a family reunited. 

My earlier posts detail the morning and the reunion. It had been found by its parents earlier in the afternoon and noisy reunion was followed by a feeding.

I got back into the park around 6 p.m.  The fledgling was in a small tree behind a baseball diamond.  The fledgling was hopping from branch to branch learning how to maneuver around a tree. 





After awhile the Blue Jays found it, and the fledgling yelled for help.

In response for the cry for help, the father came quickly.  We hadn't seen him in the nearby trees, but he must have been watching over his child. 

He did something amazing.  He acted as a target for the Blue Jays, drawing them away from his little girl.  He moved from tree to tree until he had moved the jays safely away from the fledgling.

I had to leave the park to join some friends for dinner, but left with a warm feeling, that a hawk family was back to normal in the park I love, Central Park.

Thank you to Bobby Horvath and all of the Urban Park Rangers who made this possible.

Great Central Park South News

Charlotte (the mother) and the fledgling of the Central Park South/888 Seventh Avenue pair reunited around 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon.  It was noisy affair with lots of calling by both of them.  They were seen flying off together.

Later, the parents caught a squirrel for the youngster around 4:45.

There are still some concerns that everything will go back to normal, and the fledgling needs to become people shy after all of the handling, but everything so far has been positive.

888 Seventh Avenue Fledgling - Wednesday Morning

The 888 Seventh Avenue fledgling has been returned to the park. It was placed in a quiet fenced-in area.  It is two blocks into the park and about five blocks from the nest.  The parents haven't found the fledgling yet and still seem to be searching in the blocks around the nest.  Hopefully, the young fledgling will get hungry soon and start to beg for food so the parents can find it.

(For those who aren't New Yorkers, the nest site is in a horrible location. It's far from the park, has a narrow ledge and is very high.  When fledglings are returned to their parents, one would usually put the fledgling as close as possible to the nest.  In this case however, 57th and Seventh Avenue is too dangerous an area, and returning the bird to the actual nest would require a window washing rig.  It could also result in second poor fledge attempt.  So, we have this less than ideal situation. Nature can be a harsh mistress.)

I arrived at the nest a little after sunrise to find the fledgling in the tree it has roosted in last night.





The park's department has assigned an Urban Park Ranger to keep an eye on the fledgling for a few days.  The ranger is Rob Mastrianni.  He was responsible for the rescue of the Inwood Hill Park female, who had two wonderful eyasses this spring.  He's a great choice for the job.

Now, just hope and pray that nature will get these parents and their fledgling back on course.

888 Seventh Avenue Update

The fledgling from the 888 Seventh Avenue nest is in the caring hands of Bobby Horvath.  Details of the fledglings troubles in the plaza of the Ziegfeld Theater, can be found on the websites of the various New York City newspapers.  A fledgling's first few days on the ground can be full of troubles.

Bobby Horvath is a licensed rehabber and will do what is best for the fledgling.  He runs a rescue center on Long Island, Wildlife in Need of Rehab and Rescue, Inc.

His phone number has been placed on the website along with some very negative and untrue statements about Mr. Horvath.  Please don't harrass Mr. Horvath.  He's got the best interests of the fledgling at heart.

888 Seventh Avenue Fledge Report

News from Brett Odom

"Sometime between last night and this morning the eyas at 888 7th Avenue fledged.  I have not been able to locate him as of yet from my office.  If any of you hear of anything (good or bad) can you please either email me or post it on your blogs. I've been reading them religiously this year.

Also, if there are any tips on how to locate fledged hawks, please pass them along and I will keep an eye out for him from my window.

Regards, Brett Odom"

James O'Brien passed along excellent advice to Brett in response to his question.

"Thats great news...he's probably hanging out on top of a building!   The best way to locate him is to look for the parents.  They will be bringing him/her food, so when you see them with prey, they'll be calling and circling trying to lure the fledgling out. "

Fledging Updates

Reports are coming from Donna Browne and Richard Schmunk about fledgings. 

Donna reports that the first fledge has occurred at Fordham University in the Bronx via her blog.

Robert also has a report of a first fledge at St. John the Divine on his blog.

These early days watching new fledglings can be lots of fun.  If you have a chance, visit either location and enjoy the experience.

The eyas on 888 Seventh Avenue should be fledging soon too.  Watch for it to fly to a nearby roof sometime over the next few days.   Keep an eye on Carnegie Hall.  This may be the first stop.

888 Seventh Avenue Action!

The eyas on 888 Seventh Avenue is now running/flapping along the ledge, so one can finally see some activity from the street.  The eyas looks very healthy and in great shape to fly soon. 

Until today, this was the one eyas I known about but hadn't yet seen.  This brings my hawk watching total for the season to 23 adults, 2 1st years, and 23 eyasses/fledglings for a total of 48 Red-tailed hawks in four boroughs of New York.

With the exception of the Astoria nest, all of these nests were in established territories.

I know I am missing a number of nests in the upper Bronx, eastern Queens and all of Staten Island. The total number of New York City's Red-tailed Hawks could easily be double my count.



Fledge Date Guesses for Manhattan

If you've been looking at the Queen's Hawkcam, you'll notice that the young are close to fledging.  General wisdom is that it take between 42 and 46 days for a hawk to fledge.  I've tried to take a guess at what I think the Manhattan hatch dates were and calculated the approximate fledge dates.  Of course, the normal "Your mileage may vary" disclaimer applies here.

EyassesHatch (Best Guess)+42+46
Queens Nestcam24/135/255/29
Inwood Hill24/206/16/5
St. John34/276/86/12
888 7th Avenue14/296/106/14

One thing I'm sure of however, is that I need to spend this Memorial Day weekend visiting Highbridge and Inwood Hill Park before it's too late!

888 Seventh Avenue Update

I just received a note from Brett Odom updating me on the status of the Seventh Avenue nest...

"Just wanted to give you an update.  Everything seems to be fine and the nest is in an ideal location for rainstorms similar to the one we had yesterday since it is protect from all sides.  Right now Charlotte is on the nest with the sleeping eyas and Junior is sitting on the Essex sign.


(For those not living in the New York area, yesterday, we had a severe thunderstorm roll through the area.  This new nest is full protected from such storms, while the old Central Park South nest would have been completely soaked and exposed high winds.)

One Chick at 888 7th

I've been corresponding with Brett Odom, who has a view of the 888 7th Avenue nest.  He confirmed on Monday that there was only one chick in the nest.

Brett asked me about the fledglings and if they would have any problems getting down from such a high floor.  I figured out the height of both 888 Seventh Avenue and the former nest on Parc Trump.  They're a floor apart!  So, if the chicks could do it two years ago, I think we'll be fine this year.

Old School 2 - New School 2

I've received confirmation that a chick has hatched at 888 Seventh Avenue, so that makes the second building nest to hatch in Manhattan.  So the Old School/New School score is tied 2-2.

The report came in from Brett Odom, who reports "This morning Jr. brought a pigeon to the nest and dropped it off.  When Charlotte got up to prepare it I got a really good look at most of the empty nest.  It looks to me that there is only one chick and no other eggs, but I could be wrong as part of the nest is obscured by a metal strip that connects the two pieces of decorative glass that the nest is behind.  The eyas is currently no bigger than a softball, but is very active when not being sit upon."

It looks like the Pale Male and Lola, 5th Avenue nest is yet again unsuccessful this year.  Although this is sad news, it shouldn't keep you from watching baby Red-tails.  They're all over Manhattan and greater New York.  So, make a visit to the other nests.  Red-tails nests are all over New York City for your enjoyment!

And if the locations are too remote for you to get to, remember that the NYC Audubon sponsored Queens Red-tailed Hawk camera operates 24/7.  It can be accessed from either Jeffrey Kollbrunner's website or from the NYC Audubon website.

Anyone have a view of 888 Seventh Avenue?

The new location of the Central Park South hawk's nest on 888 Seventh Avenue can't be seen from the street.  The nest is on the east face of the building between 56th and 57th Street.

Does anyone have a view of the nest?  It's twelve stories down from the top of the building.

Update: Lincoln Karim has some great shots of the nest on his site,  The nest, which I originally thought might have been behind the vents, is sandwiched between a faux window, and the vents.  It seems like a very secure location, free of rain, wind and direct sunlight.  The actual nest placement, is one set of windows north of where I had originally thought the nest was located.




Old School 2 - New School ?

I went up to Inwood Hill Park, in addition to Highbridge yesterday.  Although the female was sitting much higher on the nest, I didn't see any baby hawks.  Neither did Robert B. Schmunk who was up there at the same time.

On Saturday evening, I saw that Alice Danna had also been up to Inwood Hill Park (but earlier in the day), and had seen two eyasses with one of the rangers (via Donna Browne's Palemaleirregulars blog.)

So, I gave it a second try on Sunday and was able to confirm Alice's report.  I didn't see two eyasses, but the mother's behavior would make me believe that there was more than the one eyas.

This makes the two "old school" tree nests in Manhattan a success, while we don't yet know the fate of the three "new school" building nests, 5th Avenue, St. John the Divine and 888 7th Avenue.  So the current score is Old School 2 - New School ?.

Below are pictures of the Inwood Hill Park female and her eyas(ses?)  There would be no sign of an eyas and then a head would pop up for a few seconds.  It was impossible to tell if it was the same eyas or multiple eyasses.






Say it isn't so...

It look like the Central Park South nest has definitely been moved to 888 Seventh Avenue.  Or should we say into 888 Seventh Avenue.

This will prevent us from keeping a close eye on the nest.  Hopefully eyasses will pop out later this year!




Later one of the hawks on the Essex House sign.

Saturday Marathon

I ran all around New York City on Sunday.  Although spring hasn't officially arrived, the city's hawks are quite busy.

First stop was 888 Seventh Avenue.  I saw both CPS Red-tailed hawks flying around 888 Seventh, but they both went past it.  I found them on 1740 Broadway.  It's great to see them being so urban, but watching them this season is going to be tough.







Then it was off to the Cathedral Church of St. John to see how the Red-tailed Hawk pair was doing up north.  The female of the pair was checking out the nest, which looks nicely refurbished.




I went back to the nest later in the afternoon and saw the male of the pair soaring over Morningside Park.

The female Red-tail left the nest and went in the direction of the projects at 103rd, so I walked down to see if she was on the Fredrick Douglas Houses.  No luck finder her, but since the Monk Parakeets were in the neighborhood, I walked west. 

The Monk Parakeet pair was busy ripping the nest apart.  James O'Brien, who had joined me for part of the afternoon, thought it was spring cleaning, since many of the sticks lying on 103rd were full of feathers and poop.  I got a note from Rebekah Creshkoff who reports seeing a third Parakeet near the nest an hour earlier.  So, it might be possible that a second couple is moving in.  Another early spring mystery.




After lunch, I went to see the Red-headed Woodpecker at Morningside Drive and 92nd Street.  While I was there, two Red-tailed Hawks flew overhead.




Then it was off to visit Pale Male and Lola.

Pale Male was on a 5th Avenue railing,  He made a swift dive after a pigeon, failed to catch it, and went over to his favorite security camera on the Met.


Lola was on the Beresford.


She flew off to the weather station on the American Muesum of Natural History, before flying southeast.

Pale Male appeared on the Beresford.

Next I went to see our 86th Street winter guest, who will either leave soon or stake out this area of the park for the summer.




I was going to leave the park, but Jean Dean ran into me and encouraged me to stay and watch the lunar eclipse.

The timing of the moonrise meant that we saw only about half of the eclipse.  We saw the pale red moon in full eclipse, and then saw it slowly return to full brightness.


I left before it was fully over.  I had dressed for the warm day and not the chilly night!

Has the CPS nest been relocated?

Lincoln Karim reports that he has seen the Central Park South pair bringing sticks to 888 7th Avenue.  So, it's likely that the nest will be in a new location in 2007. 

Charlotte and Junior on the Essex House sign around Noon.

Junior taking off heading north.

The major buildings in the neighborhood as seen from The Pond.

The old nest building Trump Park (the nest is out of view on the west facing side), and the possible new site on 888 Seventh Avenue.  888 is across the street from Carnegie Hall and is between 56th and 57th Street.

We'll know in a few weeks where the nest will be for sure.  Anyone have a high western view from Carnegie Hill tower?  If you do, get out your binoculars and send in a report!  The possible nest location is on the lower row of vents, 12 stories from the top.  From the row of windows one lower than the vents, go five windows from the left, then go up to the lower row of vents.  You'll see a beam rather than vent.  This is the opening being use by the hawks. [Update: It looks like there are multiple entry and exit points.]

If they have moved the nest, should we start calling them the Carnegie Hall Hawks?

Saturday Hawks

On Saturday, I started out at the bottom of the park.

Junior was on the CNN sign and then...

...moved north.  He must have a perch around 65th and Central Park West, but I can't figure out where.

Heading north, Pale Male was on a streetlight above the east drive, around Cleopatra's Needle.  He quickly took off after a Cooper's Hawk.

When we caught up to him, he had prey.  Did he snatch if from the Cooper's Hawk?  It all happened quickly and just out of view.


After calling for Lola, who didn't arrive to share the leftovers, Pale Male landed on a 5th Avenue window.

After about fifteen minutes, he landed in a tree that would be his roost for the night.

Good night Pale Male.

Highbridge Park, Broadway Bridge and Columbus Circle

James O'Brien ( hosted a Harlem and Washington Heights bird watching walk on Sunday.

From his 145th Street apartment, we could see this Red-tailed Hawk on an apartment building to the south, who...

...then flew southwest out of sight.

We walked through Highbridge park on the upper path.  We saw a Red-tail or two in the distance but unlike our previous trip, no Cooper's Hawks or American Kestrels.

We then took a brief subway ride to Broadway Bridge, which is a car and subway draw bridge at the upper end of Manhattan.  The bridge is home to two Peregrine Falcons.


Just after we arrived the pair of Peregrine Falcons hassled a Red-tailed Hawk perched on top of an apartment building just east of the Marble Hill train station.  This hawk may be one of the Inwood Hill Park Red-tails.

The Red-tailed Hawk did all it could to puff up and look as big possible.

Soon the Peregrines moved out of sight to the north.



The Red-tail reappeared from the southeast before flying out of sight.  For a period of time it appeared to have a smaller bird pursuing it, possibly a Kestrel.

On my way home, I got off the 1 train at Columbus Circle and looked for the Central Park South hawks.  One of them was on a building between 8th and 9th Avenues on 58th Street.


Soon a second hawk appeared and both of them flew around Columbus Circle.


They both landed on a corner of the Time Warner building.


They flew between the Time Warner, Trump International and the new Zeckendorf buildings.

All in all, it was a great day for raptor watching.

Five Red-tailed Hawk Saturday

On Saturday, I had a slow start.  I started in the Ramble trying to chase down the White-crowned Sparrow without much luck.  I then walked to Turtle Pond and found a cute group of Buffleheads among some Mallards and Northern Shovelers. 



Then I saw a hawk flying south of the Beresford.  It was Lola, the Fifth Avenue female.

She landed on a water tower on south side of West 77th Street.  The building is just west of the New York Historical Society.  After about 15 minutes, she flew due east.

I thought she had gone to the Model Boat Pond, so I walked there.  When I arrived I saw that Pale Male was on a building two blocks south of the nest location.  (Lola may have stopped in the Ramble for a late lunch.)



Pale Male posed for pictures and then flew off towards the Met.

It was such a nice day, I thought I would look to see what the Central Park South hawks were up to.  Charlotte was on the Essex House sign.

The nest still looks to be in good shape.

The Essex House boiler could use an overhaul.

Soon Charlotte went NW and circled around and then above the Trump International Hotel and Tower.

Then she landed on the top of a construction crane on a new building being built on Central Park West between 61st and 62nd.

Junior soon joined her.  If I got it right, she's on the top and he's below her.



Having seen four of the six building-breeding Manhattan Red-tailed Hawks, I went up to the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.  My luck ran out, as I was only able to see the male of the Cathedral pair.  However, five out of six isn't that bad!

The Cathedral nest looked to be in good condition as well.

Sunday After The Rain

Sunday afternoon the rain finally let up for a bit.  The light was difficult and I missed getting a photograph of a Yellow Warbler up in the North Woods.

A juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron on the island on the Harlem Meer (a body of water at the NE corner of the park).

A Yellow-rumped Warbler in the Ramble.

A Palm Warbler in the Ramble.

Lola on Fifth Avenue still sitting on her nest.

Charlotte on the Hampshire House on Central Park South.

Doing The Math On Central Park South

Doing the math, I'm concerned about the Trump Parc nest.  Given when the first egg was discovered and padding very generously for delayed incubation and hatching this is the time line:

First egg discovered, March 13
Possible delay of incubation, add 2 days, March 15
Incubation takes 28-35 Days, add 35 days, April 19
Hatching, up to 4 days, add 4 days, April 23

This is the most generous timeline I can create, 41 days.  Given that no one has seen chicks yet, I think we should prepare ourselves for a negative outcome with this first set of eggs.

It rained most of the day in New York City on Saturday. The photographs below are from Saturday afternoon between 1:45 and 2:45 during a break in the weather. 

Charlotte on the NE roof edge of the Hampshire House.

Charlotte on the roof of 116 Central Park West, which was a construction site last year.

Charlotte back on Hampshire House.


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...the nest.

Junior appears from the back of the nest...

...and quickly flies off.  Charlotte then rapidly moves to the back of the nest and settles in.

Watching Paint Dry

Friday, it was back to dull evening behavior.  (I wonder if the flurry of activity on Thursday was due to the unseasonably warm weather with temperatures in the 80s.)

Charlotte remained on the nest most of the late afternoon, early evening only showing herself for a few minutes.

We found Junior on the upper right edge of the Essex House sign as we left the park.

Central Park South Change Of Pace

Until today watching the Central Park South Hawks nesting from the street has been like watching paint dry. 

5:45 p,m - Empty Nest.

5:47 p.m. A light colored head appears.  What's Junior (the male) doing on the nest?

6:00-6:15 p.m. After some movement around the nest he looks like he's trying to cool off a bit.  Not your typical egg sitting behavior. 

6:15 p.m. Charlotte returns with a gray squirrel.  Unusual behavior, since Junior has spent the last month feeding her.

6:17 Junior leaves the nest.

6:18 He quickly returns.  Charlotte is in the back of the nest out of sight.

6:23  After both disappearing to the back of the nest, they both reappear.  Junior then takes off for the evening.

6:30-7:00 p.m. Charlotte spends a lot of time out of sight, but also spends a lot of time at the edge of nest.

7:40 She settles down for the evening.

All of these behavior changes could be a sign that the eggs have hatched or are about to.  We'll know the answer in a few days.

Update: I received an email from Ben Cacace who was digiscoping (using a digital camera with a telescope) from a nearby hotel at the same time I was photographing from the street.  From the higher view, there appeared to be an egg in the nest.  So, we'll need to wait a bit before passing out the cigars.

All Quiet On The Southern Front

With Junior giving Charlotte a break midday, it's very quiet looking at the nest in the late afternoon/early evening.

Looking up at the nest from the "Little Hill" (the small hill between 6th and 7th Avenues just north of the Essex House just inside the park), one can't see any activity in the late afternoon.  You might even think the nest was empty.

But Charlotte is safely tucked in at the back of the nest keeping her eggs warm.

The sun is still low in April, so for the most part the nest is in shadows much of the late afternoon.

The nest has fresh twigs, some of which are budding.

Although the trees still have a ways to go, green is replacing brown as the dominant color in the park.

Note that the Beresford, Pale Male and Lola's west side perch has a view of Junior and Charlotte's nest.




When the sun peaks through the office towers, the gray of the nest's building turns a wonderful golden color.

It was cold up there, about 40 degrees with high wind gusts.

Day turns to dusk and the lights go on in the park and the George Washington Bridge.

Charlotte is all tucked in for the evening.  The bright lights on the lower left are from the gardens of Tavern on the Green, a popular restaurant and hunting area for Junior.

Junior Gives Charlotte An Early Afternoon Break

The nest has eggs.  How many? Still a mystery.

The afternoon sun hits the nest around 1:35 p.m.

A relaxed mother to be.

A close up of the nest.

Junior arrives to give Charlotte a break.




A few minutes interaction and she's off. There are a two extra feet in the picture, so I guess lunch was involved.


He quickly settles down on to the nest.





The wonderful view.