2017 Nest Update 6

Changes from the last report:

  • Three eyasses confirmed at J. Hood Wright Park
  • Three eyasses confirmed at Grant's Tomb
  • Tompkins Square Park has one eyass

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FIfth Avenue Hawk Bench

I sat on the "hawk bench" on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed the view of the Pale Male and Octavia's nest, as well as the many observers of the nest.  After all these years, the nest continues to delight tourists and locals alike.

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Eastern Whip-Poor-Will

Blue Jays alerted me to an Eastern Whip-Poor-Will about 50 feet south of the waterfall at The Pond near Sixth Avenue around 62nd.  It was a fun find on a damp day.

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Fifth Avenue Trio

Fifth Avenue's parents Pale Male and Octavia have three eyasses this year.  They're big enough that a visit to the "hawk bench" at the model boat pond will ensure a glimpse of the little ones.   I can't wait for the three to grow up and explore Central Park in a month or so.

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2017 Nest Update 5

Changes from the last report:

  • The 95th and Lexington nest has been abandoned
  • The J. Hood Wright Park nest has hatched according to observers
  • The Grant's Tomb has at least two eyasses
  • The Washington Square nest had an eyass die.  The current pair have had three nests.
    • In 2015 the nest produced 2 healthy fledglings
    • In 2016 there were two unhatched eggs and while one eyass fledged suscessfully, it had problems with late feather growth.
    • In 2017, there was one unhatched egg, one eyass that died in the first week and one hopefully healthy eyass.

The decline of the success rate for the Washington Square nest makes one question if there is a problem with the environment around the park.   We might be seeing the effects of low levels of rodenticides or some other agent.

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Savannah Sparrows

Thanks to a Tompkins Square Park Birder's great spotting, I got to watch a group of migrating Savannah Sparrows in the park on Thursday evening.  It was a nice surprise in foggy weather.

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Barred Owl

The surprise of the day was a Barred Owl in the Ramble of Central Park.  It's an unusual bird for the park, especially in the springtime.  It was not welcomed by the Blue Jays, who gave it an amazingly hard time.  At dusk it began to hunt and was fascinated by a tree cavity.  I wonder what it was after?

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