April 26, 2011

4/26, Cathedral Hawk Hatch

Signs today finally suggested that egg(s) had hatched had occurred at the red-tailed hawk nest at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and that it probably happened several days ago. When I first arrived there early this evening, one adult was perched on the edge of the nest, halfway keeping an eye on the interior. The other flew up a minute later, there was a short confab.

Two Hawks Confab

And then the first took off.

One Hawk Enters, One Hawk Leaves

The second kept an eye on things for about five minutes and perhaps fussed about inside the nest for a moment before also taking off. The nest was then left unattended for 25 minutes, aside from about a half minute of one of the parents briefly perching on the statue of St. Gabriel up on the rooftop.

Isolde returned about a quarter to seven, spent a minute eyeing the situation.

Isolde Checks the Baby(s)

And then settled down in the nest.

Although this was a pretty warm day, the long period in which the nest was unattended suggests that all the nestling(s) in there are more than a day or two old. Hawkwatching along Morningside Drive should start getting more interesting during the next week.

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