Final news is coming in about Manhattan's Red-tailed Hawk nests. Inwood Hill is confirmed to have 2 fledglings. Governors Island has at least one fledgling. Randals Island has fledged three. A fledgling has been discovered in Riverside Park near Columbia University. And Fort Tryon must have fledglings by now.
Some nice reports this week:
- Two of the three eyasses on Randal's Island have fledged.
- Both 72nd Street hawks have fledged
- A fledgling was discovered at 105th and Riverside Park. Where this bird came from is uncertain
While not confirmed, the Inwood Hill nest must have fledged by now. I just don't have any information.
Some good news.
- The nest on Governors Island was successful and there are reports of fledglings on the island.
- Tompkins Square Park has three healthy fledglings.
- The new nest up by CCNY/Annunciation Playground appears to have at one fledgling, and one still on the nest.
Just when it seemed that 2020 would be a poor year, yet another report of a new hawk nest has been reported. The newly discovered nest is at 1516 Amsterdam Avenue at 135th Street. Fantastic news.
Thanks to a photo from someone who lives in the building where the nest on 72nd Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive, the nest is active with three eyasses. I confirmed the nest was active this afternoon.
I was happy to receive a report from Randalls Island. The nest is active with three eyasses. Great news with the failures of nests around Central Park.
It continues to be difficult to cover Manhattan, but news is coming in about some nests.
- A new nest has been confirmed in Fort Tryon Park. On the Greenway just north of the Ft Tryon exit 16. I couldn't tell from the pictures I was sent but it looks like two or three eyasses are on the nest, still white with pin feathers coming in.
- After some mixed signals, it looks like the St. John the Divine nest has failed.
- The 350 Central Park West nest did not hatch and the parents have stopped brooding.
It has been very hard this year to get details of the Manhattan nests. I'm not traveling by public transportation, so I can only report first hand on the nests I can walk to from my home. But I do have some news:
- Feedings have been seen in Inwood Hill Park.
- The Fort Washington nest was left unattended for an hour on a cold day raising concerns that it might have failed.
- Behavior changes make it likely that the St. John nest has hatched, but eyasses haven't been seen yet.
- Both of the Central Park nests, 350 Central Park West are at least a week overdue. It is likely that both have failed.
- Tompkins Square Park has three eyasses and one even has pin feathers already.
- Thanks to detective work by the Morningside Hawks blog, it has come clear that the male, that was rescued but died shortly there after from Morningside Park, was not the male from the St. John pair. The pair is currently brooding.
- The Washington Square Park male has found a new mate and they have been copulating on One Fifth Avenue. The camera is currently offline, but it will be interesting to see if they try to nest.
- I was able to confirm the 350 Central Park West is brooding.
- Once again hawks have been seen bringing nesting material to the Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, at 106th and Fifth Avenue.
- I saw the pair of hawks that hang out around Grand Army Plaza today, on various buildings, with one eating on The Plaza Hotel, and the pair copulating on 9 West 57th.
This will most likely be the last chart for awhile. The COVID-19 crisis is making it difficult to continue reporting.
Since the last update:
- It has been confirmed that the Inwood Hill Park nest is occupied
- Three eggs have been laid in Washington Square Park
- The San Remo pair are now building a nest on The Majestic Apartments
- Unconfirmed reports are the 350 Central Park West is now occupied
For all of us staying at home, Laura Goggin, made a nice summary of web cameras on her blog. It should help many of us with cabin fever.
Good news for those of us practicing social distancing. The NYU/Washington Square Park Red-tailed Hawk pair have started brooding, and have one egg with more expected. They are live on the NYU Hawk Cam. While watching a hawk sit on eggs isn't too exciting, things should become much more fun in late April once the eggs hatch.
Sad news from Morningside Park. The male from the St. John nest was found lethargic and died shortly after being taken into rehab. More about the death can be found on the WINORR facebook page.
The other news is about two possible nests and a new location for nest building on the San Remo. It was also nice to see Lincoln Karim's picture of Pale Male and Octavia copulating this weekend. Let's hope there eggs hatch this year.
With the COVID-19 outbreak in NYC, reports may be more sporadic this year. Practicing social distancing will be more important than hawk watching over the next few months.
I'm starting to receive Red-tailed Hawk nest reports from around Manhattan. Fort Washington and Tompkins Square Park have brooding hawks and there are reports of a nest being built on Governor's Island. A pair of hawks has been seen copulating at 34th and 2nd Avenue, but the nest has not yet been located. Drop me an email or comment on Facebook if you have updated news on any Manhattan nest.
The nest in Fort Washington has fledged. I believe there were three fledglings, but I'm not 100% sure. The only nest that I don't have a report for is the 72nd Street nest.
It looks like 2019 was an especially poor year for Red-tailed Hawks in Manhattan. Let's hope 2020 does better.
This year is turning out to be a dangerous year for Red-tailed Hawks in Manhattan.
- Both eyasses fledged at St. John. One got into trouble and looks to have some head trauma. It is in rehab at WINORR.
- The mother of the 350 Central Park West nest was found on the ground in the park. It was rescued but died in treatment.
- The building at 100th and Third and the eyasses removed from the fire escape. They went to the Raptor Trust via the Wild Bird Fund.
Both Inwood Hill Park and Randalls Island nests have fledged. The nests that haven't yet fledged should do so this week, if they haven't already done so. I've been spending time down at Washington Square Park between rain showers. Any updates would be appreciated.
A female hawk that was ill and could not fly was picked up in Central Park last week around 100th Street. It is most likely the female from the 350 Central Park nest. She is now at WINORR.
Updates on a few nests:
- One hawk has fledged from the Washington Square Park nest safely to the roof of an NYU dorm.
- Hawk watchers report a male with a brown striped tail (second year bird) helping hunt at the 100th and Third Avenue nest. A male was not seen by many observers for a few weeks, and it is suspected that it might be a new mate.
- The Fort Washington nest has three eyasses.
- There are concerns about the health of the remaining eyass at Tompkins Square Park. It seems lethargic at a time it should be very active and getting ready to fledge.
Updates on two nests:
- Laura Goggin reports on her blog that it looks like the Tompkins Square Park nest appears to have lost one eyass.
- Jessica Ancker reports that a second eyass has been observed in the Inwood Hill nest.
We should see our first fledges later this week. They always seem to be around the Puerto Rican Day Parade which is on Sunday.
Updates to the number of eyasses seen:
- St. John has two eyasses visible now
- 310 West 72nd Street has one eyass
- 164th Street has two eyasses visible now
- 100th Street and 3rd Avenue has three eyasses on the nest
Eyasses are being seen all over Manhattan:
- Jessica Ancker reports that "one fuzzy-headed eyass in the IHP [Inwood Hill Park] nest".
- Robert's Morningside Hawks blog has photographs of one eyass at St. John the Divine.
- Pam Langford saw an eyass in the Fort Washington nest.
- I found two eyasses on the Randalls Island nest this afternoon.
That brings Manhattan up to 11 surviving eyasses for the year.
News since the last update:
- Pam Langford reports seeing a feeding at the Fort Washington nest.
- The 350 Central Park West nest seems to have been abandoned. The cold, wet weather may have been the cause. In my two visits, I saw neither parent but Stella Hamilton saw one of them in a tree a block from the nest on Wednesday. It would be nice if we could confirm that both parents are still alive.
- St. John and 310 West 72nd Street both look to have hatched based on parental behavior, but feedings haven't been seen yet. Both nests are difficult to observe.
- Pale Male and Octavia's nest is too long overdue for a hatch.
News of hatches is coming in, as well as initial eyass counts.
- Inwood Hill has hatched.
- 100th and Third Avenue has hatched. One eyass was seen but there are most likely more.
- 350 Central Park West has three eyasses.
- St. John appears to have hatched.
I'll check up on the Fort Washington, Randalls Island and 72nd Street nests during the two week.
The 927 Fifth Avenue nest is running very late this year. There is a possibility that there might not be eyasses this year for Pale Male and Octavia.
Sadly, the hawk watchers of Washington Square Park have not seen the male nicknamed "Bobby" since Monday morning. The mother has been hunting on her own and bringing food to the nest.
I've been busy watching spring migrants, but have gotten news about two nests.
1) Susan Kirby recorded feedings at 350 Central Park West. Her video is on YouTube. This is wonderful news. In a few weeks, when the eyasses grow a little bigger this should be a wonderful nest to watch. The nest is ten stories up, and five windows from the north and is best viewed from in front of the playgrounds either at 96/97th or 93rd from the sidewalk of the east side of Central Park West.
2) The third egg hatched at Washington Square. The camera was restored a few years ago. The URL is https://www.ustream.tv/channel/e3uYJSDgmbz On a mobile phone, download the ustream application and search for "NYU Hawk Cam".
Two nests have hatched in the past week, Tompkins Square Park and Washington Square Park. Most of the others should be hatching within the next two weeks.
- I've added the San Remo nest to the list of nests. While they lost an egg, there is a slight possibility that they will lay additional eggs.
- A new nest has been identified for Manhattan. Thanks to Jessica Ancker, who saw a photographer's Facebook post of the nest. The nest is just west of the south lane of the Henry Hudson Parkway, and east of the Amtrak tracks at 164th Street. It can be seen from Riverside Drive or from Fort Washington Park.
I was able to confirm that the nest at 310 West 72 Street was active today. So that gives us ten known active nests in Manhattan for 2109.
Below are video and images from the 310 West 72nd Street nest.
Good news since the last update.
- It has been confirmed by someone with a view from across the street of the Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, has a nest.
- The 96th and Lexington female and her new mate have returned to 1802 Third Avenue on the 5th Floor of the fire escape.
- Inwood Hill Park has eggs.
- 350 Central Park West has eggs.
- Randalls Island has eggs.
We still need reports for some of the nests, and certainly are missing nest in upper Manhattan. So emails are welcome.
Three nests in Manhattan have been confirmed to have brooding hawks so far this year, Washington Square Park, Tompkins Square Park and Fifth Avenue. This leaves a number of previous nest sites to check over the next few weeks: Inwood Hill Park, Randalls Island, St. John the Divine, 350 Central Park West, and 310 West 72nd Street. (I've heard good reports about activity at each nest except for Randalls Island and 310 West 72 Street but these are never closely watched.)
This leaves a large amount of northern Manhattan without known nests, including northern Riverside Park, High Bridge Park and Fort Tryon Park. Also, although the male died at 96th and Lexington and the nest was removed after the building was tagged with graffiti in the fall, may area residents have reported seeing hawks in the area. The CCNY nest on Shepard Hall lost the male just before nesting season last year, so it is possible that hawks will return to this nest too.
I doubt Manhattan only has eight nests this year. Let's hope we find the new ones soon!
So this is my preliminary guess at nests for this season and older sites that will need checking:
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!
Two positive updates...
- The Tompkins Square Nest (now with the third female of the season, Amillia) has hatched. The eyasss are too little to count just yet, but we have at least one youngster.
- The female at 96th Street is no longer a single parent. It is unclear if she has a new mate or if the old mate was returned from rehab, but local hawk watchers are seeing two adults now.
Update: After posting this, I was sent photos confirming three, not two eyasses at Grant's Tomb. This had been corrected below.
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.
I'm on vacation in California, but I'm getting reports about the Manhattan nests. Any additional news would be welcome. In general, it looks like this year's nests are running a week or two later than last years nests.
This will be the last update for 2017. The St. John nest has fledged.
Although the number of confirmed nests is lower than last year, all in all, 2017 was a good year.
Changes from last update:
- 72nd and West End Nest has fledged
- 2nd fledgling confirmed at Inwood Hill Park (6-27-17)
Changes from the last update:
- Three eyasses seen at St. John
- Fledges at J. Hood Wright, Washington Square and Tompkin Square Parks