5/29, Watching Both Ways

All quiet at the Cathedral red-tail nest nest when I passed by Thursday about 6:15. Nestlings must be taking a nap, and no parent is in sight.

Down in Morningside Park, the pond looks quiet, too, with the Canada goose family apparently hiding back in the reeds. But wait, who's that hiding over in the shadiest part of the pond?

Morningside Heron

A black-crowned night heron. This makes the second one I've seen in the park this year. The first was when I passed by at sunset on May 23, and it was fishing alongside a great egret.

Ten minutes later back up along on Morningside Drive, both baby hawks are up. And now they're big enough that they're taking watch duty on both sides of the nest, one looking out to the south and one to the north.

Cathedral Red-Tail Baby

A minute or two later, both are the north side of the nest, their heads tracking something in the air.

I turn around and there's Mama Isolde on the corner of St. Luke's.

Isolde atop st. Luke's

The kids briefly return to watch duty on opposite shoulders of St. Andrew.

Cathedral Red-Tail Baby

One seems to have an eye on something directly below.

Cathedral Red-Tail Baby

Just before 7:00 I'm thinking it's time to leave. I back up 113th St. and take a couple pix of Isolde on the urn.

Isolde atop st. Luke's

When suddenly she goes from 0 to 30 in two seconds.

Isolde over 113th Street

Flying west along 113th St.

Isolde over 113th Street

She perches momentarily above the hospital clock, then keeps going west over the hospital roof, perhaps hanging a right turn to the north when she gets past the taller floors.

Posted 6/02/2008 09:32:00 PM by Robert

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