"Saw all five of the family this morning between 5:15 and 6:oo AM. The three young hawks first met on the south civil war monument, flying in from the nearby trees. Then one by one they flew to the Franklin Institute window and roof ledges, squawking all the while. Mom was there in a flash, but without food. It seems the family located the breadwinner before I did. Mom flew up to the roof where, lo, there was Dad with breakfast. Two of the youngsters followed Mom's lead, and managed to grab a few leftovers from their parents. #3 flies lower than his older sibs, so he was still on a low window ledge when I left. Dad took off to the west for more hunting, and Mom flew over to perch atop her favorite construction crane on the Barnes Museum site. By the way, the leftover bones Maryitis found yesterday on the base of the birds' monument cafe were still there."
The two civil war monuments have become the central meeting spot for the eyasses when daylight breaks, as Kay Meng's pictures show. As best we can tell, they seem to spending the night in trees alongside the Parkway.
The haggards regularly deliver food which the eyasses gobble down under the watchful eye of the huge carved eagle on the monument.....Big Mother is watching you?
The eyasses spend quite a bit of time on the ground, walking around, exploring their fascinating new world.
They are starting to learn to hunt, albeit mostly bugs and worms at this stage. This eyass is walking around the grassy area immediately under the nest, looking for something to eat.
And they are starting to show some hunting behavior - a big pounce for a small bug!
You can't hunt if you can't fly well, and learning to land on all kinds of surfaces is an important part of successful flying. So the eyasses are giving it their all!
Some landing spots are much tougher than expected after the flat surfaces of the ledge and the civil war monument.
But they are learning so fast.