Around the Heights

Following are various photos taken at the three red-tailed hawk nest sites in Morningside Heights during the past week.

First, the nest inside Riverside Park at 116th St., where we find the female settling down after a feeding on Monday...

Riverside Nest - 7335

With the male perching in a nearby tree as sunset approached...

116th St. Dad - 7320 7305

116th St. Dad - 7320 7309

116th St. Dad - 7320 7327

And on Thursday at the 116th St. nest, mama checks over the baby(s)...

Riverside Nest - 7486

Up the street at Grant's Tomb, I was a bit confused on Thursday. We either had a situation where the male conducted a feeding of what seems may be a single baby in the nest, or else the male kept watch over the nest for an extended period approaching sunset after mama did the feeding.

In any event, parent 1 perches above the nest while parent 2 does the feeding...

Grant's Tomb Nest - 7500

And on Friday, mama guards the nest while the baby snoozes after a feeding...

Grant's Tomb Nest - 7591

Grant's Tomb Hawk - 7601

And finally, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, mama Madeline kept an eye on things after finishing a feeding on Thursday evening...

Madeleine - 7464

Posted 4/22/2016 09:06:00 PM by Robert

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On 4/24/2016 8:15 PM , Jeff K said...

This evening I saw two hawks playing in the wind right above Tiemann Place before disappearing north over 550 RSD. I didn't see the GT female on the nest, so it's possible they were that pair. Fifteen minutes later there was one hawk perched on the antenna of 560 RSD (the tall Columbia building) and another at Tiemann and Broadway on the roof railing of one of the Grant Towers. That is a common area for St. Johns hawks, and that one was facing southeast. The one on 560 was facing east also and could see the other. So, regardless of whether they were the Grant's Tomb pair or the St. John's pair, their territories are separated by only a couple of hundred feet. To complete the tableau, a falcon flew by overhead with prey, heading in the direction of the nest at Riverside Church. Busy times!