6/27, Solstice Hawks

Friday hawkwatching began around 6:30 with a trip back into the close at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Good choice, as I immediately found an adult hawk in the midst of dinner above the statue of St. Bartholomew.

Norman Dines

Based on the eyes, I'd say it is papa Norman.

Norman Dines

He finished up a couple minutes later and dropped the remainder of the meal over the edge. A second later I heard it go bang! on the aluminum catwalk on the chapel roof below. He wiped his beak.

Norman Apres Dinner

And looked around for a minute or two. Actually, even while eating he had occasionally looked to the northeast, around the corner of the cathedral. Make a note of that.

Norman Apres Dinner

Then he turned around.

Norman Apres Dinner

And flew about 250 feet west, where he perched on the eastmost buttress of the nave.

Norman on the Nave

Birds in the garden below immediately started twittering about the intruder, and two blue jays quickly flew up to greet him.

Norman and the Blue Jays

They tried some double-team dive-bombing...

Norman and the Blue Jays

But Norman was staying put.

Norman on the Nave

Hmm, now why is that? Is there some particular reason Norman should be hanging around back here and taking abuse?

Norman on the Nave

Silly me. I didn't think to ask that question. Instead, I exited the close and walked around to Morningside Drive to see if any of the other hawkwatchers were around. I found Lincoln and Susan keeping an eye on a fledgling perched on the scaffolding above St. Savior Chapel. This would explain why Norman was looking this way.

Cathedral Red-Tail Fledgling

Apparently both parents had been there about 20-30 minutes earlier, when a food delivery was made.

A few minutes later, Lincoln spotted the other fledgling, perched atop the chimney on the south side of the transept.

Cathedral Red-Tail Fledgling

D'oh! Norman flew right by that spot while I was watching, and his perch on the nave is less than 100 feet away.

Lincoln and I hied our way back around to the close. Sunset light was beginning to come on.

Norman on the Nave

Unfortunately, the cathedral is now paying more attention to shooing visitors out the close at closing time, so the only half decent spot where we could watch the fledgling was out on the sidewalk along Amsterdam Ave.

Norman Watches One of His Kids

After 20 minutes of that, I went back to Morningside Drive to check on the other fledgling. Still there. It did some hawk yoga.

Hawk Yoga

Hawk Yoga

And stayed put.

Back to Amsterdam. Norman still in the same spot. Can't quite see the fledgling.

Time to leave, but first take some pix of the West Front of the cathedral. Turns out it's less than 10 minutes to the moment of summer solstice.

Rose Window at Summer Solstice

And from down 112th St.

Rose Window at Summer Solstice

Posted 6/26/2008 04:30:00 PM by Robert

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On 6/27/2008 8:05 PM , Karen said...

Though I love the redtail photographs, I want to compliment you on your shots of the Cathedral's rose window. Thank you, Karen, Minneapolis