7/5, Taking It Easy on 113th St.

Not only was finding a young red-tail fairly easy on Thursday evening, but all three of the cathedral fledglings were present and accounted for. It was the first time in close to a month I'd been able to account for all of the trio.

The first fledge was first seen on the roof of the cathedra's unfinished north transept. I wondered if he had just finished eating as the first glimpse or two suggested some feathers in the air.

Cathedral RT Fledgling 1

But quickly enough his interest seemed to be on finding a higher spot to perch.

Cathedral RT Fledgling 1

To think is to act. A few moments later he was on a stone rail halfway up the nave.

Cathedral RT Fledgling 1

He only stayed there for a couple minutes. First he took off to the east, and perched atop the cathedral's St. Ansgar's chapel for a minute, but then turned around and tried again for a high spot on the nave. Couldn't make it and reversed direction and flew across the street to land on the roof of the hospital.

Fledgling 1 at the Hospital

Hold it. So there's one young hawk on the hospital roof, but who's that looking over my shoulder.

Cathedral RT Fledgling 2

A second fledgling perched on the roof of St. Boniface chapel.

While I was maneuvering to make sure that there were indeed two fledges in view, the first flew back across the street and landed next to its sibling.

Cathedral RT Fledglings 1 & 2

First fledge on the left and second on the right.

But wait, there's more. The third of this year's cathedral hawk clutch was 'upstairs' in a turret watching its two sibs.

Cathedral RT Fledgling 3

A few minutes later, the higher fledge flew over to the roof of the hospital, perching on a roof between pavilions until quietly disappearing from view some 5-10 minutes later while I kept an eye on the two lower fledges.

The two lower hawks seemed content where they were, apparently fed and just chilling out for the evening.

There was some preening and scratching.

Cathedral RT Fledglings 1 & 2

Watching the ground below.

Cathedral RT Fledglings 1 & 2

Watching the skies above.

Cathedral RT Fledglings 1 & 2

And finally after 20-25 minutes a shift of position.

Cathedral RT Fledglings

As 8:00 approached, the two fledges in view perked up. First they did a little exploration of the chapel roof. Perhaps there were some food morsels tucked away in a gutter.

But then one took off west, heading for a perch overlooking the nave, and a few minutes later the other followed. For a few minutes one perched on a finial overlooking Amsterdam Ave. but soon crossed 113th St. As sunset approached, two of the fledges were lurking about hospital roof some 11-12 stories above the emergency room entrance.

Posted 7/06/2012 03:28:00 AM by Robert

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