Another great day watching the 5th Avenue nest. The next ten days are peak nest watching days. Make a visit if you can!
I finally had time to go out to Randalls Island and see this year's nest. There seem to be two eyasses this year. The nest is in the lights of Field 10, just north of the stadium.
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 two eyasses on Fifth Avenue got fed mid-afternoon. One of them was taking bites that were a little too big resulting in a bit of a tug-of-war. It was fun to watch.
I'm not sure if it's the same bird as last week, but the Ramble in Central Park had another Common Nighthawk sighting today. It was high up but in an exposed location making it easy to see.
The three eyasses at 96th Street looked like they were doing well. Their mother seems to be doing well without her mate. She wasn't on the nest, nor did I see her, but the eyasses looked well fed.
- 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.
After lots of rain, I was finally able to go hawk watching today. I spent time at Pale Male and Octavia's nest on Fifth Avenue. Octavia was with the two eyasses, and Pale Male was on the Carlyle. The bird attacking Pale Male is a Northern Mockingbird.
I visited the Model Boat Pond at dusk to listen for bats, and was able to detect two species, Big Brown Bat and Silver-haired Bat. But before it got dark, I saw Octavia return to the nest and got brief glimpses of the two eyasses.
Much to my surprise, I saw a third eyass in the nest today at 96th Street. The youngest one must have been hidden the last time I visited!
Update: I received a report that an injured hawk was picked up at 97th and Lexington in the last few days. If anyone has details, please email me.
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.
It looks like the St. John nest may have failed this year and I've been worried about the new 350 Central Park West nest as well. Luckily, I realized that the late hatching of the 350 Central Park West nest may be OK. I first saw the female sitting on the nest on April 6th. The eggs hatch between 28-35 days after being laid. That would put the hatch at May 11th for the first egg. However, female hawks can sit a few days before they start laying eggs and the eggs don't all get laid at once. So, we need to add about a week more after the May 11th date, as the outside hatch date.
So keep your figures crossed for the 350 Central Park West nest. It's not uncommon for a new nest to fail, so we should be prepared for a failure, but hope for the best.
Found by Kevin Topper on Friday, hundreds of birders got great looks at a Kirtland's Warbler in Central Park today. Its migration path is usually up and down the Mississippi River, so this was a very rare event.
The lens I use for hawk watching was in for repair the last week, so I spent my time enjoying the spring migration. Highlights included a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Prothonotary Warbler, Common Nighthawk, Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron, and a Northern Cardinal nest.
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.
Since the last report, we have confirmation that Grant's Tomb has hatched and we have preliminary eyass counts coming in from various nests.
They youngsters are finally big enough to photograph at 96th and Lexington Avenue. It looks like we have two little ones in the nest.
Update 5/13/18: It turns out we have three eyasses this year.
The Fifth Avenue nest's eyasses are still a bit too small to see clearly. It may well turn out that there are only two. This evening's meal was gray squirrel.
Update 5/10/18: It looks like we have only two eyasses this year.
I recently gave a talk on Enjoying Pale Male. I thought I would share the slides from the talk. Click on the slide or use your keyboard's right arrow to advance to the next slide. Hovering over the left edge allows you to skip to a specific slide.
(The player can be buggy, so don't get frustrated if you have problems.)