Thursday, June 17, 2010

Eyass action on Thursday, June 17

All three eyasses are now flying strongly on and off various perches and landing spots around the nest area. Carolyn Sutton and I were down at the nest early this morning. Here's what Carolyn observed:

"Got a late start today, so when I got to the nest, the eyasses were already on the move - one was on the south Civil War monument, one on was on the pediment of the Franklin Institute Winter Street entrance, and one was in a tree on Winter St. As I watched, that eyass flew over to the trees alongside Barnes construction site. Mom was.....guess where?.....atop her favorite construction site crane! The young hawks have upped the decibel level of their calls for food. You can now hear them above the traffic noise from way across the Parkway. The three little guys all flew to the facade of the Franklin Institute, then two moved up to the roof and one flew into the nest. Still no Dad and I had to leave. Luckily Della arrived to take up the vigil and I am sure will continue this update later." - Caroline Sutton

When I arrived on Winter Street, I immediately saw the eyass on the nest. It was calling out with that distinctive seagull-like sound that brought back memories of last year's eyasses. In the absence of Kay Meng, I chugged along with my little point-and-press camera, but if you look closely, there is a hawk in every picture!

As busy as it was calling out to the haggards for food, the eyass also was keeping an eye on what was happening on the street below.

One of the eyasses on the roof above the nest moved down to a lower ledge...

... on the 21st Street end of the Franklin Institute

A flurry of wing-flaps to the left caught my eye as a haggard flew towards the nest. Within a minute or so, the second haggard landed on the nest.

I looked over to the Civil War monuments, and there on the closest one were two of the eyasses eating breakfast from a food drop just made by one of the haggards now on the nest.

Actually, one of the eyasses was doing all of the eating, while its sibling watched hungrily. The size and shape of one of the back legs of the carcass led me to believe it was a rabbit.

Each time the foodless eyass made a move toward the food, the other mantled over its meal...

... then resumed gobbling down its breakfast.

Finally, it appeared to be sated, and allowed its sibling to move in on the remaining scraps.

And in the background, the huge cranes working at the Barnes Museum construction site, roared into action.

It was exciting to see all three eyasses flourishing, and so well taken care of by their parents.


  1. Thanks Again Della for keeping us all so well informed! I have been worried about the little one that seems to stay close to the nest, has anyone seen him get any food? Last I saw he was eating a worm.

  2. He's been eating - he gets his share!

  3. Hi group. my husband and i met some of you last fri morning, 6/11. we were invited to join the ustream chat but i could not manage to get my log in accepted. i'm writing here b/c my husband and i were at fi tonite fri., 6/18, from about 6pm to 7pm. we saw 2 babies and 1 parent. one baby was calling and then parent came with a food drop. then the other baby came to eat too. only thing is, we can't be sure, but one baby looked like he may have hurt his foot/leg a little bit. we can't be sure but wanted to report. thx

  4. Thanks - Kay, Carolyn and I are going down tomorrow morning (Saturday) and we will check out all three eyasses and report back.

  5. Hi again. do they all look well? no injuries?

  6. All three look in excellent health - flying well, and eating frequently from parental food drops.

  7. Just to say what a fabulous job you have all done recording the incredible journey of these three eyasses and the haggards. I watched from start to fledge and feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to do so. The photos are stunning - the postings informative - thank you thank you thank you.

  8. Love your blog! I am so thrilled to finally find someone following the hawk action in my home town. I got hooked on this stuff following Pale Male & the many NY blogs on the subject. I was totally addicted and putting stick pins in my NY map,recording the drama of each and every nest in Manhatten and surrounds.
    So- My question, maybe to John Blakeman-
    When should we begin to be worried that our fledglings have not caught any appropriate prey? I know bugs cannot sustain their dietary needs once haggards have stopped food drops. I know the statistics of hawks who don't make it through their 1st winter d/t starvation. (Thanks to John)
    So, when should we begin to be concerned?

  9. Many thanks for the fascinating vicarious experience. I'm so concerned about how the family fared during the severe storm last week. Please let me know.