6/25, St. John the Divine

The two red-tailed hawk fledglings at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine were active Wednesday evening, flying about the close on the south side of the cathedral, ogling the other birds in the area and generally giving the pigeons agita. It seems only a short matter of time before they start actively trying to hunt for their own meals.

Things were intially quiet, with just one fledgling in view, preening atop the south end of the Cathedral House.

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But after 10 minutes he perked up.

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Looked around.

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And flew to a tree near the end of the building.

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But hardly had he landed there but the other fledgling appeared from over the old orphanage building, swooped past him, and then landed close to where the first had been perched.

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Where he only stayed a moment before turning around and flying back toward the first fledge.

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Again passing close by (was that a mock attack or a missed landing?) before landing on the edge of the orphanage roof.

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And a moment later the first fledgling joined him there.

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The two only perched next to each other for a couple minutes before they each disappeared onto or beyond the orphanage roof.

Eventually I found one perched atop the Diocesan House on the south of the lawn.

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But again he was in motion, first heading into a tree and disturbing the robins, and then back to the north end of Cathedral House.

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Then onto the crossing buttress, back to a tree, and then eastward over the Cathedral School roof and out of sight.

With the sky showing signs of weather moving in, I headed back west. But on the way out, I discovered mama Isolde perched all the way up atop the half-built West Front tower. And not far away in a tree by the Peace Garden was the other fledgling.

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Posted 6/25/2014 10:38:00 PM by Robert

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