June 29, 2015

Manhattan 2015 Nest Checklist Update 3

Fairview Ave. Fledgling - 2635

It's almost July, and Manhattan's baby red-tailed hawks have been fledging from their nests and causing chaos on the local rooftops and in the neighborhood parks.

Following is a list of the twelve nests that were brooding eggs in mid-April. It looks like eleven have had hatches, with one of them on the second try of the season. A total of 24 baby hawks have been observed, although that will go up once we get a look at the nestlings in nest eleven.

As of this writing, it looks like nine of the ten nests on the "normal" schedule have fledged all their babies. The tenth had just one baby, which died before fledging.

Background about the twelve nests can be read here. Previous updates appeared here and here.

  Location Hatched Fledged Notes
1. East Village/Ageloff Towers 3 3 First hatch about May 1. Two nestlings fledged June 20, third June 23.
2. NYU/Washington Square 2 2 Both eggs hatched by April 27. Fledged June 14 and 15.
3. Central Park Sheep Meadow 3 3 First hatch before May 9. First fledge June 23.
4. Fifth Ave. at 74th St. 3 3 First hatch about April 26. Two fledged June 13, third June 16.
5. CPW/Beresford Apts. No -- Failed.
6. West End Ave./80s 1 0 One baby. Died about June 10 before fledging.
7. St. John the Divine Yes -- First try failed. Second clutch hatched mid/late June; nestlings not yet observed.
8. CCNY Shepard Hall 2 2? Hatch about April 18-20. Nest empty June 7; both nestlings presumably fledged.
9. Wright Park/Ft. Washington Ave. 3 3 Hatch about May 1-5. First fledge June 21/22; last about June 26.
10. Gorman Park/Fairview Ave. 3 3 Hatch about April 22-24. All nestlings fledged between June 7 and 14.
11. Highbridge Park/Swindler Cove 2 2? Hatch date unknown. Nest empty June 27; both nestlings presumably fledged.
12. Inwood Hill Park 2 2 Hatch date unknown. Both nestlings reported fledged as of June 14.

In addition to the above nesting sites, there might have been a couple others in Manhattan this year. Most credibly, hawks were reported in early May to be collecting sticks on a fire escape on Third Ave. in Spanish Harlem.

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