The last of the Tompkins Square Park eyasses fledged a few days ago. This was the last Manhattan hawk to fledge, so this will be the last update for 2018.
Good News and Bad News:
- No fledgling has been sighted at Inwood Hill Park yet. So, it is unclear if the nest was sucessfull this year.
- At 96th and Lexington, one fledgling got trapped in the school construction site and was taken to rehab. It may have Frounce. Its siblings may also be infected.
- All of the Washington Square Park hawks have fledged safely.
- The outcome of the 310 West 72nd Street fledge is unclear. I've heard unconfirmed reports that one died after fledging but also a confirmed report that one went to the Wild Bird Fund before being transferred to The Raptor Trust.
- I heard second hand that there may have been a nest on a fire escape along 122nd Street this year. I would appreciate any information on this nest.
- 310 West 72nd Street nest has fledged. Reports are that one bird was found on the ground, sent to the Wild Bird Fund, checked out fine and will be returned to the area.
- Inwood Hill Park and Randalls Island nests must have fledged, but I haven't heard any news yet.
- Both of Pale Male and Octavia's Fifth Avenue eyasses have fledged safely.
- The Washington Square Park nest should fledge any day now.
- 96th Street is doing fine with one active fledgling and two who are still spending most of their time on the nest.
- All of the Grant's Tomb eyasses have fledged. WINORR is working to capture them since they are without parents. One was captured on Monday, and one today. This leaves just one to get to safety.
- Another hawk joined its sibling at 96th on the fire escape above the Starbucks. Both returned to the nest by noon. A rehabilitator examined the hawk that was limping and found nothing unusual with the bird. It still has a slight limp, but is fine. The mother is only delivering food to the nest and it looks like she's in no rush for them to fledge properly. One of the hawks looks a lot younger than its siblings, so she may be encouraging them to wait and fledge together.
- The first of Pale Male and Octavia's brood fledged sometime before 3 p.m. today.
Good News and Bad News
- One of the eyasses at 96th and Lexington Avenue fledged to the "shed" (the scaffolding with a deck for workman) on the building north of the nest early this morning.
- A hawk at the Grant's Tomb nest was involved in an auto accident. There is concern about the eyasses. I understand local hawk watchers are keeping an eye on the situation.
The Grant's Tomb hawk is being treated at the Wild Bird Fund. It may also have been exposed to rodenticides (rat poison) and is receiving prophylactic treatment.
Testing of raptors over the last twenty years by N.Y. State has show that many hawk "accidents", were not really accidents at all. The hawks got into trouble because they were weakened by rodenticides.
Update: The Morningside Hawks has a good update on the Grant's Tomb hawks here.
- The 310 West 72nd Street nest has three eyasses. I had originally thought there were only two.
- I've received sad news that the adult male of the 96th and Lexington nest who had been picked up and sent to the Wild Bird Fund and then to a surgeon had to be euthanized. The mother, who seemed to be courting a new male, appears to be a single mother again.
We can add two more eyasses for Manhattan now that we can see the youngsters at Tompkins Square Park. This brings us to a confirmed number of 18 eyasses for the season. As always, I'm sure we've missed a nest or two. We must be missing a nest or two this year in Harlem and The Heights.
We'll soon be seeing lots of eyasses leave their nests over the next three weeks. I suspect we'll see some fledges late this week. Hawk watchers who've been stuck on a bench for two and a half months are going to get lots of exercise soon!
I finally had a chance to get to Randalls Island, and found two eyasses in the nest. That brings the 2018 eyass count for Manhattan to fifteen.
- The 72nd Street Nest on the West side has two eyasses.
- A hawk was picked up at 97th and Lexington, and was most likely the father of the 96th and Lexington pair. The mother is continuing to look after the three eyasses.
- An adult hawk was recovered near the nest on Central Park West. While the female continues to incubate the eggs, it is unlikely the eggs will be hatch.
Since the last update:
- A third eyass has been seen at 96th Street.
- The 72nd and West End nest has hatched.
- Inwood Hill Park's nest has hatched and one eyass has been seen (although there may be more).
- Activity at St. John the Divine nest suggests that the nest may have failed.
Since the last report, we have confirmation that Grant's Tomb has hatched and we have preliminary eyass counts coming in from various nests.
- Pale Male and Octavia's nest had hatched
- Tompkins Square Park's new female, Amelia is brooding.
It looks like the J. Hood Wright Park and CCNY/Shepard Hall nests are both inactive this year. I visited J. Hood Wright Park earlier in the week and saw a Red-Tailed Hawk perched on Haven Avenue on the west side of the park, so the nest may be in a new location this year. At CCNY, I didn't see any activity. The CCNY pair may have relocated to the radio tower they used a few years ago. Let's hope we hear some good news about either pair, later in the season.
- Red-tailed Hawks are nesting on the flood lights of Field 10 out on Randals Island again this year.
- The 310 West 72nd Street nest is confirmed to be active again.
- Tompkins Square park has become a version of the dating game, will it be Contestant #1, Contestant #2 or Contestant #3?
- I made a note that there is a good chance we'll find a nest on Governors Island this year. We'll find out when the island opens to the public May 1.
Two changes today.
- The Highbridge Park nest appears not to be in use this year. I suspect there a nest in the park, but is as of yet not found.
- In Tompkins Square Park, Dora appears to have injured her wing again and has gone back to rehab. A new female is claiming the nest. There is a post on the EV Grieve blog. Laura Goggin Photography's has also posted about the events on Wednesday.