7/15, St. John the Divine

Fledgling on a Lamp Post - 4040

Red-tail fledgling One revealed himself Monday evening by screeching for food and/or attention. I found him perched atop a lamp post on the middle walkway through the close on the south side of the cathedral.

But a few moments later, he (and I do mean "he" — the bird looks a bit smallish and so likely male) flew over to the pulpit in the center of the lawn.

Fledgling on a Pulpit - 4052

Where he stayed for quite a while, staring intently here and there, although mostly at things on the ground.

Fledgling on a Pulpit - 4055

If he hasn't made his first hunting attack yet, he's working himself up to it.

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Last view from over by the Peace Fountain.

Fledgling on a Pulpit - 4072
Posted 7/16/2019 01:15:00 AM by Robert

7/8, St. John the Divine

Mama and Gabriel - 3990

Although mama Maddy was perched in plain sight, it took obsessive chirping from a single robin to reveal the location of red-tailed hawk fledgling One at St. John's on Monday evening. The young bird had been lurking about the rooftop of the old orphanage building, but moved to a perch on the corner of the roof where it could be seen from the driveway below.

Hawk Fledgling on Eave -- 4028

But both fledgling and mama seemed to be done with the day. Both remained on their respective perches as long as I continued to watch.

Two Hawks - 4014

Sorry, but no recent news on the status of fledgling Two.

Posted 7/09/2019 01:57:00 AM by Robert

7/3, St. John the Divine


Red-tail fledgling One at St. John's was easy to find on Wednesday, perched atop a gable of the Cathedral School, in the same general area where he has spent much of the past week.

Moments later he switched over to the other side of the school, perching atop a chimney.


There he kept watching the sky and screeching occasionally, so I wondered if he was hungry and possibly catching sight of a parent.

But after several minutes, he parachuted down into the trees alongside Morningside Drive.


If he was investigating a robin's nest or similar, I couldn't see any sign of it.


Robins in the area were, of course, having a mass freak-out, with one or two taking a dive at the fledgling.


After a bit, the fledgling began moving about, shifting up higher, but still looking around.


Moving again, then again.


And finally getting out of the trees and making a nice flight with a hair-pin turn. And returning to the school chimney.

Posted 7/04/2019 12:06:00 AM by Robert

6/28, St. John the Divine


Early Friday evening found red-tail fledgling One at St. John's perched quietly on one of the spires of St. James chapel, overlooking the biblical garden.

Hawkwatcher Melody was already watching and reported that he'd been perched atop the Cathedral School but had given up the spot after being harassed by robins. He returned there after I departed when both parents arrived and dinner was delivered.

Aside from a couple possible "squeeps" when I watched him on Thursday, it was noted that he's been a very quiet child.

Posted 6/28/2019 11:52:00 PM by Robert

6/27, St. John the Divine


Early Thursday evening, I was barely on cathedral grounds for a minute before spotting the red-tail fledgling One. He was atop a chimney of the Cathedral House, noshing on pigeon. And a good thing, too, because shortly later he took and alit in a spot where over the many years I have perhaps just once found a fledgling to be lurking.

The pigeon must have been in two parts, as the fledgling finished with whatever was on the right side of the chimney top, then picked up another that was toward the left.


Perhaps he was moving off in order to get out of the hot sun, or perhaps small birds were harassing him. In any event, he flew over the roof of the old orphanage building. I found him perched on the cathedral wall behind the orphanage and overlooking the side door of the cathedral.


He finished off what remained of the pigeon.


Made a few cries. Possibly a parent was in sight, or maybe if was because there was definitely some harassment over here from sparrows and a grackle.


Then sidled along the ledge that was a bit more protected, both from other birds and from the sun.


Yes, that pigeon feather remained stuck to his beak for the rest of the time I was there.


And after another 15 minutes or so, I headed out to get my own dinner.

The hawkwatching grapevine has reported that fledgling Two is doing well at rehab and could be ready for release "soon".

Posted 6/28/2019 12:15:00 AM by Robert