6/11, A Vigorous Wing Test

Sorry for the lack of posts. Way too many pictures to go through, and not enough of them of really nice quality. Anyway...

Arrived at the cathedral nest area on Wednesday at 6:30 to find lots of broken branches along the sidewalks after Tuesday's storm. (And later found a tree fallen across one Morningside Park entrance.) Even as I approached, I could see both baby hawks popping up to look around.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

But around 6:40 they both settled down, and there was no sign of either parent around.

I wandered down into Morningside Park and quickly spotted a black-capped night heron hiding in the same shady part of the pong where I'd seen one twice in the previous week. Then over to look at the Canada goslings. They're growing very fast.

Morningside Goslings

Heading back uphill, I noticed high overhead a great egret flying west.

At 7:00, one of the red-tail babies was standing up when I returned to the nest area. At times it seemed to be checking the electrical cord blown off the cathedral roof during the storm. Or perhaps it was eying the scaffolding and considering whether it was close enough to jump onto?

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestling

A few minutes later I found that mama Isolde was back to keep an eye on the kids. As usual, she was looking down her nose at me.

Mama Isolde

For the next 20-25 minutes the nestlings sat on the north side of the nest where they could watch mama. Then one shifted over to the south of the nest and looked around. Eyed the scaffolding again. Whether or not it was thinking of jumping, it was spreading its wings. A wing test began.

Wings Test

With most of the action on St. Andrew's hand.

Wings Test

Wings Test

Wings Test

Wings Test

Wings Test

Ahhh, had enough of that, so back to the other side of the nest.

Wings Test

Wings Test

Wings Test

Okay, okay. Calm down. Just stand up and act cool.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestling

Well, maybe one more flap.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestling

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestling

And then sit back down with the sibling.

The next ten minutes were quiet, so off I went.

Posted 6/15/2008 10:46:00 PM by Robert

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