I had a big hawk update planned for today as I spent the weekend taking a ton of photos of the Tompkins Square nest and Christo and Dora in flight over the city. But that will have to wait as there was some late-breaking drama today.
Documenting the hawks over the last few months has really worn me out, so I decided to sleep in today. While lazily listening to Simon & Garfunkel and brushing my teeth, I got the call that the first hawk had fledged at 10:49 am - and I'd missed it! So, I ran over to the nest, where I witnesses told me the young hawk had flown (glided) over to the buildings across 9th Street and hadn't been seen since.
A few other hawk-watchers and I went looking for it from the rooftops and the ground, circling the block and asking residents if they'd seen the bird. Nothing. I waited and waited, hoping to see Christo or Dora make a food drop to it, or hear it cry out - anything to give me a clue to its location. But the day wore on without any sign of the fledgling.
Around 6:15 pm, after persistent searching, a resident of 9th Street found the hawk in an air shaft between buildings. The cavalry was called and a rescue commenced...
'Ranger Rob', who previously handled the rescue and release of a fledgling in Washington Square Park retrieved our hawk from the air shaft and brought him (we think it's a male) out safe and sound.
Check out those talons.
After being checked out and determining the hawk was healthy and in good shape, he met his first tree in Tompkins Square Park.
After being born and raised on an air-conditioner, I have to wonder what the hawk thought of all this.
As the fledgling rested, both parents landed in a nearby tree and watched the activity. I expect the hawk will be fine, and I'm hoping the remaining two siblings watched and learned something today.
Maybe we should name this one Shaft??
Many thanks to all the neighbors who helped look for the hawk today and especially the resident of 9th Street who kept on looking. Many thanks also to our hero, Rob, who responded quickly and saved the day!
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