4/13, Grant's Tomb

It's time for baby red-tailed hawks to start hatching at the various (and numerous) nests in Manhattan, so on Wednesday, I checked on the two nests along Riverside Drive in Morningside Heights. At Grant's Tomb, we don't really know when eggs might have been laid, so first hatch there might already have happened or it might not occur until next week. But it doesn't look like it's happened, as there was no feeding activity while I watched.

What I did see was the female easing her boredom a bit. Not long after I arrived in the area, she got up and stretched.

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After which she perched in the nest for a while she looked around. Down.

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And up.

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Down again. She seemed interested in the dogwalkers, and also in the late rush hour traffic headiing north on Riverside.

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And give the photographer the feathery eye.

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And at about 7:00 it was time to turn around and settle back into the nest.

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Six blocks south, the head of the 116th St. female was visible in her nest, but again, no obvious sign of a hatch.

Posted 4/13/2016 09:57:00 PM by Robert

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