4/14, Baby Hawks in Highbridge

I reported five weekends ago that Martha was brooding, so I headed up to the north end of Highbridge Park today to see if there were baby red-tailed hawks to see. The trip took seemingly forever, due to dealing with what seems to be MTA's annual spring shutdown of the 1 train on weekends. But finally I got there and found Martha up and fussing about. A feeding? No, looks like she was just preening. She settled down after a minute.

Martha in Her Nest

But, hmmm, she does seem to be sitting a little high.

After 15 minutes she got back up, and... now that's feeding behavior. Yes, a fuzzy baby head.

Martha Feeds Her New Babies

No, make that two fuzzy baby heads.

Martha Feeds Her New Babies

Martha Feeds Her New Babies

And there's a baby hawk face.

Martha Feeds Her New Babies

The feeding was short, maybe five minutes. The babies wiggled around for a couple more minutes, perhaps tussled a bit. There was enough movement for me to wonder if there were maybe three. But then everyone settled back down.

Martha in Her Nest

Highbridge was followed by a quick but late hike up to Inwood Hill Park. The mama hawk there was settled too low in the nest to be seen, suggesting there was no hatch there yet. Another hawkwatcher who had already been there a while seemed of the same opinion.

Posted 4/14/2012 11:18:00 PM by Robert

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