6/20, Two Hawks at School

Yet again, two Cathedral red-tail fledglings found, this time hanging out together for some time. But no sign of the third, or of the parents.

5:35 p.m. - No hawks visible from anywhere along 113th St.

5:39 - A fledgling spotted on corner of eaves of Cathedral School roof. A darkish belly band, but I'm not sure if this Brownie or Eldest. Almost certainly not Runt.

Red-Tail Fledgling

5:45 - Fledgling is sitting in sunny spot, and seems to be panting a little.

Red-Tail Fledgling

5:49 - Fledgling seems to be looking toward Cathedral but all I can see of interest is a starling on eaves of St. Martin's chapel.

5:55 - Still no sign of hawks up around 113th St.

6:01 - Fledgling on school roof has shifted position 8-10 feet and is no longer on corner. Looks over toward corner now and again, and it looks like there are flies circling about there.

6:02 - Another fledgling found atop St. Martin's chapel, same spot I think as where the starling was a little while ago.

Red-Tail Fledgling

6:03 - Looks back at her sister.

Red-Tail Fledgling

6:04 - Fledgling on chapel roof flies over a few feet and flops down in eaves gutter. Has she got some food tucked away there?

6:06 - Out of the gutter.

6:07 - I can't see school roof fledgling anymore. I confuse myself briefly by considering whether the two fledglings I've seen are the same one, but no, it was practically a smooth change of view from seeing one to spotting the other.

6:09 - Chapel fledgling back out to corner of roof. Looks like this might be Brownie.

6:13 - Chapel fledgling flies over to school roof... and lands next to sibling. Ah, first fledgling may have been hiding in a gutter herself and so wasn't visible for a minute or two.

Red-Tail Fledglings

First time I've seen two of the Divine siblings together since they left the nest. These two seem to be the same size and have moderate to heavy belly bands, so it's probably the two believed to have been born first (Eldest, aka Tailbiter) and second (Brownie). Not entirely sure which is which, but for the moment assume that the first one seen today is Eldest and the one who was on the chapel roof is Brownie.

But I wonder where the third, Runt, is at?

6:16 - Brownie muscles her way past Eldest toward gutter in corner of eaves, right where the flies where circling about before. Ah-ha, must be food up there because she's definitely pulling stuff of something.

6:19 - Small feathers flying about suggest that dinner is a bird.

6:26 - Ooh, gross. Brownie pulls a big chunk off.

6:35 - Brownie finally satiated, perches on corner of eaves and watches over Morningside Drive. Eldest still perched about 8-10 feet away.

Red-Tail Fledglings

6:42 - Brownie has sliced, and stretched out both wings a couple times, but stays put anyway.

Red-Tail Fledgling

6:43 - Eldest must be feeling peckish. She moves over to the remnants of whatever and starts working it over.

6:46 - Both fledglings still on roof of Cathedral School, Brownie on the corner edge and Eldest near-by in the gutter but looking around.

Red-Tail Fledglings

Exit. (And still no sign of a hawk along 113th St.)

Posted 6/21/2007 11:37:00 PM by Robert

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