We have a number of breeding pairs around the city. This pair has a 30 second refresh cam focused on them:
Red Tailed Hawks in Queens, NYC
I think the observations made in the field (the concrete field :) ) are interesting and share this quote with you. The photographs mentioned are on the website (see link in the above post).
June10. Papa fed the second fledgling today around 5:30pm. He landed on a railing with a rat, shortly after the fledgling flew up to Papa from behind and took the rat from his talons (see photo on raptors gallery page 6) The first fledgling has started to hunt on its own, or at least try. It spent most of the afternoon in the trees for the first time watching all the abundant prey. At one point the fledgling landed in a tree only to have a squirrel challenge it, the squirrel had a nest in that tree and was defending its territory. The fledgling did not back off and spread its wings (see photo on raptors gallery page 6) only to have the squirrel jump into his face. That was enough for the fledgling and he flew off to a nearby street lamp. I have added new photos from today in the Raptors photo gallery page 6
I invite you to see photographs of Momma and Poppa and the recent fledglings, taken by the official RTHawk minder in Queens NY and to check the website often for his photographs in the Raptors Gallery on his wepage:
You're welcome Ingwe. It's rare to get such clear pictures of chicks being raised but the parents chose a public building that is monitored 'round th clock with bright lights for security reasons--not for the Hawks :)
There will be more news of their exploits as they learn their way around the area before they take off for more distant territories.
The second youngster, my personal favorite, had a bit of a scarey first flight as reported on the website:
June 5. Today was filled with plenty of excitement. The youngster was in the nest this morning with Mama. It seemed Mama was really working on getting her young one out of the nest today with some interesting posturing between the two. At 1pm or so we had a second fledging. A quick call and the folks at the building and they promptly checked to make sure it did not get tangled in the razor wire. We continued to look for the fledgling, eventually one of the officers noticed it low to the ground on a railing. There were many people, cars and noisy traffic from the expressway at rush hour that seemed to confuse the fledgling. To our dismay we watched as the fledgling jump onto the street and walked under a parked car only to come out the front end toward street traffic. Luckily it made a quick "U" turn and headed into a walk-way over the expressway. The fledging attempted to fly but did not get off the ground. We stopped some folks from crossing the walk-way so as not to panic the youngster we didn't want it to go down onto the expressway. Fortunately, after a few minutes itit decided to fly toward our direction away from the expressway and landed on a stop sign to rest and gather its thoughts. From there it went into some very dense trees a short distance away, a very safe area. It stayed there for a few hours and probably over night. Its sibling was still on the roof it has claimed for itself, it stays low and out of sight most of the day. Mama and Papa are in the area keeping a watchful eye on their family
Thanks for posting the info on this cam SD. I have really enjoyed watching them. Such a good clear pic too :D
Check it out, they got a photo Sunday of the first chick that fledged as she was perched on a ledge very near the nest (also rain-soaked).
Sometime between 1:20 PM and 2:50 PM today, NYC time, the second RTH fledged. I saw that there was someone in the nest with him when I last checked around 1:30. Couldn't tell if it was his sibling or a parent. I went out and returned to find the nest empty.
You may want to continue checking their website to follow the youngsters' progress. There will be news and additional photographs the head of the site will take in the field.
Here's a quote from the RT Hawk news reported on their website. This is an update on the one fledgling that left the nest this week (the other is still in the nest but looks like he will leave at any moment now).
My wife located the fledgling at 5:20pm by following the panicked squirrels and Cardinals in the area. The fledgling was sitting just
above the squirrel nest. The Cardinals let the youngster know they were not happy it was there and forced it away to another tree and then another portion of the building. He stayed there a very long time preening and being observant. The fledgling then flew under the nest and across the parkway to a tall tree and settled in even though the Blue Jays complained they eventually left him alone.
I just knew it! The camera stopped working but the gentleman who runs the project for NYC Audubon wrote:
One of the youngsters left the nest today (May 31st) between 11:45am and 12:10pm (EST). One sibling remains on the nest this evening. More details will be posted later in RTH Current News along with more photos from earlier today.
A very hot New York day and Momma did her best to shield her two youngsters from the sun. It is still early afternoon and we are already at 89 degrees Farenheit.
If I were one of those young ones, I would want to fly off just to get into some cool shade! Their behavior indicates they seem ready to take off any day now.
Interesting. I was just watching and Momma (I think) brought a Squirrel to the nest which she seemed to consume most of and she very quickly flew off with the remainder of the carcass. There was a lot of Squirrel left, most of the body in fact and all four legs. I couldn't see but I don't think her babies got any of that meal.