5/7, Morningside Drive

The adult red-tailed hawks at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine still seem to be acting like there's no reason to pay attention to their nest, or at least they behave that way when I see them. And meanwhile there's no sign of anything happening in the nest, like wiggling twigs or white wash on the surrounding stone. It's looking like a nesting failure, although it will be another week or so before we can be certain about it.

Early Thursday evening after checking the nest, I walked up to the overlook at Morningside Drive and 116th St and turned around to find a hawk flying over the rooftops, and then starting to circle around right overhead.

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Looks like Madeleine.

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She circled higher.

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Disappeared behind the university's East Campus Dorm for a moment before re-appearing.

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Way way up now, and drifting east over Morningside Park.

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Oh, hey. There's another red-tail. Looks like Norman is here.

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Lost track of Madeleine there for a moment, but the hawks crossed past each other and there she is again.

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Soared high up over 116th St. and came in for a landing atop the East Campus Dorm.

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Where Norman had already landed.

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They perched there for a few minutes.

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Norman shuffling a little closer at one point.

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And then Norman took off, soaring south and then drifting southwest and out of sight as he passed over the hospital.

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And while I had been watching him, Madeleine had quietly disappeared in another direction. Overall, the whole scene took about 12 minutes.

Posted 5/07/2015 10:52:00 PM by Robert

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