Sleepy Fledglings

At Tompkins Square Park, Monday evening, I got to see both fledglings and both parents.  It was late in the day and both fledglings were very sleepy.  I was lucky enough to watch one of them fall asleep and roost for the night.  Late July and early August hawk watching can be disappointing, so it was great to see everyone.

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Tompkins Square Park

It's been too hot to do much birding over the last week or so, but the weather was cooler on Sunday.  I went down to Tompkins Square Park which was fairly quiet.  After about an hour this year's fledgling appeared on a TV antenna on a 7th Street roof.  Other than that sighting, I didn't get to see anything else.

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Washington Square Park

I made a brief visit to Washington Square Park this evening and found the fledgling on a building in the southwest corner of the park and the adult male on 1 Fifth Avenue.  Not much was happening so I went home.  Soon thereafter, I got some texts from a friend that the action started as soon as I left with the fledgling coming down into the trees in the western side of the park and getting a visit from its father. Oh, well!

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Tompkins Square Park

The afternoon started slowly with the fledgling (the one who hatched in the park, which locals are calling Manhattan to differentiate from the adoptee from Brooklyn) flying off a 7th Street roof and then perching in a tree for almost an hour.  I lost track of the fledgling and went down to 4th Street to watch the parents on the Most Holy Redeemer Church.

When I returned the park, the fledgling was in a tree and soon came down to the ground to eat a rat.  The kill must have been at least day old as it was covered with maggots.  After it was eaten, the hawk flew to a fence and eventually to a  7th Street rooftop.

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Fifth Avenue Aerobatics

My visit to Fifth Avenue started with Octavia in the nest and the three fledglings chasing each other along the rooftops of Fifth Avenue.  They seemed to be enjoying themselves.  Then the three fledglings separated and I found one behind the Met.

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2017 Nest Update 12

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.

Hawks 2017-12


St. John the Divine

I hadn't been at the nest for over a month and realized I better visit before the eyasses got ready to fledge.  There are three youngsters, although it took some careful observing to make out all three at once.  It's good to see this nest get back to normal after all of the construction in the area over the last few years.

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Tompkins Square Park Feeding

Tonight, both parents and fledglings were very active in the park.  It was nice to see the biologically related fledgling chase after the father for food.  A great sign the fledglings are maturing and getting used to the park.

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Washington Square Park

After a few days where the fledgling alluded hawk watchers, it was nice to get a text from a friend that she was quietly sitting in a tree on the west side of the park.  She moved around a bit while I was there and Bobby, her father came in to check on her.  But in general, it was a quiet afternoon.

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Fifth Avenue Hawks

The three fledglings and their parents are doing very well, with them still staying around 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue.  They were all flying around when I was there for about an hour this evening.

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Tompkins Square Park Fliers

Both the adopted fledgling and the biological fledgling are starting to feel at home flying around the park and exploring the ground too.  This evening it was one happy family with the adult male feeding both youngsters.  It should be a fun summer.

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Tompkins Square Park Foster Child Adopted

The Tompkins Square Park foster child has been fully adopted by the parents in the park.  They're feeding it at least twice a day.  It however seems a little overwhelmed by the park and is still a little reticent to fly around.  It's preferring to branch around a tree rather than fly just yet. I'm sure this will work itself out over the next few days.

Thanks to the Horvaths for giving this youngster a chance to be a wild animal again.  Nothing is without risk, but giving this bird a chance to live a natural life is fantastic.

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Tompkins Square Park Foster Child

The Tompkins Square Park foster child finally decided to leave it's tree.  It first went to a fence and then spent much of the afternoon exploring the main lawn of the park.

The fact that it wasn't eager to fly back up into a tree had a few folks overly concerned.  The parents had already fed the new bird twice since it arrived.  Fledglings are like toddlers and can do silly things.  The right folks were keeping track of the bird, and everyone who needed it had the phone number of both parks employees and the rehabbers. 

Releasing a bird back isn't without risk but rescued eyasses deserve to be given a chance to be wild again.  I learned a long time ago not to second guess an established, trusted rehabber.

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