Oh my readers, I have so much to tell you, so much to show you. All through the spring, Esau the dog and I have been walking, looking and listening. I’ll try to catch you up on some of the curious, intriguing, and amusing things we’ve seen. But where to begin? Let’s start with the hawks that nest on the back of the Cathedral of St John the Divine.
Here is a fledgling hawk on the move this morning.
But let’s back the story up a little. In April, three eyasses (baby hawks) hatched.
About two weeks ago, one youngster could be seen practicing its flapping skills on the fingers of good Saint Andrew.
A second fledgling had left the nest too soon, landing on a ledge far below the nest. There it stayed for a few days, not ready to fly, calling to its parents.
It called and called in its high voice, but appeared active and healthy. It’s not unusual for baby birds to fall out of a nest before they can fly. Most of the time, the parents will continue to feed and care for their young, as they did with this fellow. (Morningside Hawks has documented visits by the parents, including the delivery of a dead pigeon to the hungry baby.) On the day of these photos, the hawk stayed for a while in one spot, on the ledge.
Then it started to move around. It studied the stained glass window.
It climbed the walls.
It worked its way along the narrow window ledge to a difficult spot.
And then, after returning to a better perch, more yelling.
Here is a short video of the young hawk, listening to a siren from St Luke’s Hospital, looking around, preening, and calling.
More on the young hawks soon.