6/23, Grant's Tomb


During Friday evening's rain showers, one of the Grant's Tomb hawk fledglings was perched in plain view, while its two sibs were nowhere to be found. The visible fledge was in a tree halfway along the walkway from the monument to Claremont Playground.


Its crop seemed to be bulging a bit, so it looked like it had eaten not too long ago.


The rain wasn't coming down hard, so the fledgling looked more curious than miserable.


Mama paid a very quick visit, then flew over to perch above Riverside Drive.


I had to wonder how many of the drivers passing below her had noticed she was watching them.


With an adult in the area, the one fledgling did a little bit of begging. Presumably on general principle rather than actual desire for food.

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Mama switched lamp posts but let the beggar be.

Posted 6/24/2017 01:34:00 AM by Robert

6/21, Grant's Tomb


Other hawkwatchers have reported that the Grant's Tomb hawk fledglings have been exploring more over the past week. On Wednesday evening, though, the first hawk to be spotted came courtesy a pedestrian using his phone to take pictures of a low-perched hawk. It turned it was one of the adults, the General himself.


He was lurking in the heart of blue jay territory west of Claremont Playground. He seemed to be watching on the slope below, but what had his attention wasn't obvious.


There were also some begging noises coming from the area. One of the fledglings was perched in a tree overhanging the playground area.


Yep, this was the bird doing all the crying.


With no success.


Still at it ten minutes later.


There were enough begging cries that I thought another fledgling might be perched in the trees 25 yards south, but if so, he was tucked away out of sight.

The one fledgling stayed where it was until the light started to turn.


And then disappeared as I again looked around to the south.

Posted 6/22/2017 01:55:00 AM by Robert

6/21, St. John the Divine


The baby hawks at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine are growing in their dark feathers but still have a ways to go. One nestling who was active early Wednesday evening still has a mostly fuzzy white head. He demonstrated some wing flapping and some staring back at hawkwatchers.

Posted 6/22/2017 01:44:00 AM by Robert

6/14, Grant's Tomb

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The fledgling hawks at Grant's Tomb seem to be the hawk version of slackers, as one or two of them can often be found hanging about the nest site rather than out exploring. And if not there, they might be on the ledge around the edge of the lower roof of the monument, only 40-50 feet away from the nest. It's not clear if they're staying so close to home because one or both of the parents regularly delivers meals there, or if the meals are being delivered there because that's where the kids are at.

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Nevertheless, they do venture away from the nest from time to time. Other hawk watchers have reported meeting them on the plaza around the back of the tomb. On Wednesday I encountered one on the park path between the tomb and Claremont Playground, perched on a bench just like any other neighborhood resident enjoying the evening weather.

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Like other red-tails born in the city, he seems enured to the presence of humans, as he was exchanging stares with a girl and her father who were sitting two benches away.

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It was a nice evening to chill on a bench.

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Aside from having from passers-by stop to take pictures of you.

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"I think my right profile is my best side. What do you think?"

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Less than 10 minutes later, the fledgling got up, turned around, and flew to a tree over by the street. I lost track of him, but within another 15 minutes, he was up on the nest platform, as all three of the Grant's Tomb kids were up there together.

Meanwhile, one of the adults had been lurking at the north end of the north annex of the International House. At one point it plummeted down, apparently trying to catch something along the road. It apparently failed, as it next appeared on a street light with no catch.

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Although part of a leaf could be seen stuck to its left talons.

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Posted 6/14/2017 11:24:00 PM by Robert

6/12, St. John the Divine


Even as baby red-tailed hawks have been fledging the nest around Manhattan, the schedule is running a month behind at the nest at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. There with the late hatch, the question has been: how many nestlings are there?

Reports from hawk watchers last week only reported seeing one baby hawk, and certainly we only saw one on Friday.

Checking the cathedral nest late on a very warm Monday afternoon initially showed only mama Madeleine, perched on the side of the nest and mostly watching what was happening elsewhere, especially to the southeast. Possibly something interesting was going on at the south end of Morningside Park


Heading up Morningside Drive to a flatter vantage point, I turned around and shot some pictures from a long distance. Zoomed in on the camera's LCD screen to see what it revealed, and found... oh, my... uno, dos, tres.

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Three baby hawks were standing up behind mama and looking around.

Briefly some better views were available closer to the nest.

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After which the kids started settling back down.

Posted 6/13/2017 12:36:00 AM by Robert