The female was high on the 310 West 72nd Street nest when I arrived. But I couldn't tell for sure if the nest had hatched. This is one of the most difficult nests in Manhattan to observe. It might be June before we figure out how the nest is doing.
The remaining fledgling at Grant's Tomb is still too healthy to catch. It flew easily between the current nest to the old nest and back this afternoon. Until it gets weaker or hungry/thirsty it can't be caught. So, the Urban Park Rangers just have to wait. They're consulting with an experienced rehabber and they are monitoring the bird ever day.
The fledgling cries when the Peregrine Falcons go by and cries while looking at its mother's favorite perch. Just like a crying human baby, the sounds are difficult to listen to. They make you want to do something. But in this case "The Crying Game" is really "A Waiting Game". The bird needs to wear itself out and come to the ground and let itself be caught.
So, for now doing nothing is the best thing that can be done. Sadly, the fledgling needs to let itself be caught, something we can't do for it.
I suspect the fledgling will get captured on Saturday or Sunday.
Update: From Susan Kirby via Twitter on Saturday: "Third Grant's Tomb red-tailed #hawk fledgling rescued and on way to #WINORR. Thanks, Rangers Rob Mastrianni and Dan Tainow, and Bobby Horvath. Love this baby!"
I arrived at Grant's Tomb after the rehabilitator had already left with one of the fledglings, so what I'm going to say is all second hand. A few days ago the male crashed into a window hard enough to break the glass. He hasn't been seen since. The female got into an accident with a car, and appears to have rodenticide poising.
This leave all three fledglings with no one to feed them. So, Bobby Horvath of WINORR came to capture the fledglings. He got one, but two can fly too well to be captured at this point. It will be a challenge to capture these two! Good luck Bobby!
Here are picture of one of the fledglings that needs to be put into protective care.
I finally had a chance to run over to 310 West 72nd Street this afternoon. It took about 20 minutes for a hawk to be visible. Then two, and then three. I had seen an early photo of the nest and thought there were only two, so three eyasses was a nice surprise.
The nest is in a wide rain gutter, so the hawks have a "runway" to explore. It was fun to watch them go up and down the "runway". Just before a rain shower, an adult arrived to check in on the kids.
I took a trip up to Grant's Tomb to see the eyasses before they fledged. The three looked great. No sign of the parents, but that's not surprising this late. I'm sure they were nearby.
I finally had a chance to visit Grant's Tomb this season. The nest is now in front of the Tomb and is much more visible than the old nest. There are two eyasses this year. I didn't get to see a feeding, but I did get to see a Peregrine Falcon from the Riverside Church nest, hassle one of the parents.
310 West 72nd Street has to be the hardest nest to view in the city. It's in a gutter at the top of the building and one can't really see into the nest. But I was able to view an exchange of the two hawks, so I it would be safe to say the nest has eggs.
This afternoon, I got to see both parents on the nest and the eyass. It was nice to see all three hawks.
(A few folks have asked me about when the rescued eyass. I trust the folks at WINORR to make the correct choice about what to do with the eyass. There are so many factors involved, I wouldn't even try to second guess the experts.)
After reports of one, then two, eyasses on the Grant's Tomb nest, it became apparent that there were three eyasses on the nest this week. I caught up with them and both there parents this evening.
The 116th Street nest was relaxed until food was delivered on Saturday afternoon. Gone are the relaxed careful feedings of the mother, having been replaced by a grab for food by a youngster who can feed itself. Boy, do they grow up fast!
The hawks at 116th and Riverside have begun "branching", so they should be leaving the nest soon. Good luck little guys!
The 84th and West End Avenue nest has one eyass this year. This has been a difficult nest over the years with eyasses dying on the nest and a low birth rate. Hopefully this year's eyass will do well, fledge and have a good summer in Riverside Park.
The two eyasses are looking a great deal older than the last time I saw them. Fluffy gray bodies have given way to brown wings and orange chests. There mother was just finishing up a feeding when I arrived.
Thanks to some great detective work by Melody Andres, we now know that both the Grant's Tomb (1) nest at 123rd Street and Riverside Drive and the 116th Street and Riverside Drive nest (2) are both active with two different pairs of hawks. These are close by to a Peregrine Falcon scrape (3) at Riverside Church, and close to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine nest site (4).
I had always thought Manhattan Hawk and Peregrine nests were like a checkerboard, with each taking different squares, but these three nests are so close together that it defies all that I had believed about nest positioning in the city.
116th Street and Riverside Drive
The last time I visited the West End Avenue/Riverside Park nest, it looked like there had been a hatch. Today, it was clear based on a little head that kept showing up. We'll figure out how many in a week or two.
A brief visit to the nest caught the female feeding, but it was unclear who and how many. I suspect the nest has just hatched and will need a visit in a week or two.
We have so many Red-tailed Hawk nests in New York City, I can't follow all of them anymore. But I did get to a few this weekend. I visited Sheep Meadow and Fifth Avenue on Saturday and all is good there. And I visited St. John and Riverside/West End on Sunday.
(For news of the uptown nests, visit the Morningside Hawks Blog.)
The St. John nest is in a new location on a turret above the statue of St. Peter on the rear of the Cathedral. It's one saint to the left of St. Andrew, where the nest has been for a number of years. Construction of two new apartment buildings most likely encouraged the move. The new nest is not protected from the rain, so it will be interesting to see how things turn out.
The nest on West End Avenue looked fine. The female was visible for a few minutes about every twenty minutes.
I went exploring today to CCNY and West End Avenue.
No sign of eyasses at CCNY. The nest shows no slices, but does have a fresh set of leaves in it. Too confusing to figure out what's up.
The West End Avenue nest has a single eyass. It turns out it had had three eggs, two of which has hatched, with one eyass dying shortly after hatching.
I've been trying to tie up loose ends about this season in Manhattan, and West End Avenue is one of the nests I hadn't heard news about. When I arrived shortly after a visit by the male, the female looked to be feeding an eyass briefly. It then sat down fairly low on the nest.
My guess is that we might have one egg hatched with other to follow. But I would suspect it will be much easier to figure out in a week.
The Riverside hawks are back at the same location as last year, a building on West End Avenue. The nest looks good. While I was there today, the hawks were looking at the nest and seemed to be saying "its just right" and ready to go. But they don't look to be nesting just yet.