Friday, July 5, 2013

The day after ..... hawk life goes on

After Wednesday's sadness, it was a relief yesterday morning to find F3 (left) and F1 sitting together on a lamp pole.

            Dinko Mitic


T2 was nearby on the Franklin Institute where he had spent the night.

            Dinko Mitic


            Dinko Mitic


It was poignant, to say the least, to see that the juveniles spent most of the morning on or around the Moore College of Art building, and the adjoining Academy of Natural Sciences.  In my five years of following these hawks, I have never seen them on these buildings.  Were they somehow aware that there should have been a third hawk with them, and this was where she had last been?

One of them spent a lot of time on this lamp at the ANS building.  

           Della Micah


They also perched on the roof of the Four Seasons Hotel, next to the Academy of Natural Sciences.  One is near the left end of the greenery, and the other is down on the railing.

           Della Micah


Here's F1 coming in to land on one of the hotel's ledges.

             Kevin Vaughan


F3 was calling for food...

                                      Dinko Mitic


... and here's a close-up view.

            Dinko Mitic


We saw at least one food drop from Mom, and T2 did several fly-bys.  

             Kevin Vaughan


F3 moved around quite a bit as the morning progressed.

                           Kevin Vaughan


             Kevin Vaughan

            Dinko Mitic


Today, July 5, it was good to find all four hawks in their usual haunts after the humongous concert and fireworks last night on the Parkway. F1 and F3 were on the ledges of the Free Library; T2 was up high on a nearby construction crane; and Mom was all the way down at 15th Street sitting on the Drexel University College of Medicine building.

T2 brought in a breakfast bird for F3...

            Dinko Mitic


... and dropped it far enough away...

            Dinko Mitic


... that he could get out of the way of his onrushing, hungry son.

            Dinko Mitic


F3 snatched the food up in one talon and headed out.

            Dinko Mitic


F1 sat watching the action, and did not appear to be hungry.

            Dinko Mitic


                                        Dinko Mitic


He then decided to take flight, perhaps to try out his developing hunting skills.

                                      Dinko Mitic


            Dinko Mitic


            Dinko Mitic


So life goes on for these young hawks after the loss of their sister.  We can only hope that they stay safe.  The Franklin Institute youngsters had led a charmed existence amid so many urban dangers - until  July 3rd.

It was wonderful to see all three reach the fledging days...

              Pamela Dimeler


... and then successfully head out into the world.

             Kevin Vaughan


F2 only had two weeks to enjoy her world, but she left many indelible images.

             Linda Timlin


             Kevin Vaughan


            Dinko Mitic


            Dinko Mitic



Ann Olsen, a hawk fan from Taunton, UK, wrote this poem in honor of F2, and it captures the sadness over her death felt by the hundreds of people from the USA and many other countries who follow this hawk family.


Poem for F2

We sadly mourn the passing
Of a dearly loved young hawk
Who flew around in Philly

Where humans walk and talk

Observed from egg to fledge
We took her to our hearts
Even though we were aware
She would fly to distant parts

It hurts us down deep inside
To see she’ll never grow
And know of soaring high above
Or swooping to down below

We will hold her memory close
And remember her with smiles
For all the joy she brought to us
In Philly and across the miles



          Christopher Ryan


          Christopher Ryan


8 comments:

  1. Beautiful tribute to beautiful young hawk, thank you

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  2. Beautiful, thank you both...circle of life.

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  3. Thanks, Della, for posting the verse and thanks to those who have commented. The photos of the 3 fledglings and of F2 are a lovely reminder too.*annO/TheMedicatedSheep*

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  4. :(

    I can't believe F3 is now gone. Such a tragic year for the hawk juvies. When you're able, please post F3's story. Hope you're well, Della - Love the blog.

    :(

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  5. I just saw the news on another chat. Another fledgling lost due to a window strike. I am so sad, I just feel at a loss ... a deep pain in my gut. I thought at first it was F1? But above, I see it was the "baby", F3? So sad. Hope you'll fill us in, Della. Thanks.
    xo GhentArt

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  6. More bad news, one of the hawks (I think juvenile) appears to have been hit by a car this morning. We found him (alive, but in bad shape) at 21st and the Parkway around 8:40am. Someone from The Franklin Institute was heading over to check him out at 9am when I left.

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  7. Thank you anonymous. Hope you or Sunnydixie can give us updates. I'll hope for the best in the meantime.

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