Thursday, May 01, 2008

Pale Male and Lola in the New York Times Plus Urban Hawk Updates and Illinois Eagles!

Reprise: The Fifth Avenue Ballad of Pale Male and Lola

Pale Male and Lola were at home in their Fifth Avenue aerie on Wednesday, but there will be no little ones in their nest this year.

Published: May 1, 2008

April is the cruelest month.

Or so it was, again, for Pale Male and Lola, the renowned red-tailed hawks of Central Park. For the fourth year, the pair spent part of March and all of April tending eggs that Lola laid in a 12th-floor nest on the facade of an opulent Fifth Avenue co-op that fronts the park.

An Update from Brett Odom on Our Hawks of the Unexpected--Pale Male Jr. and Charlotte at 888 Seventh Avenue--


I was in Florida from Thursday to Sunday and the low cloud cover on Monday made it impossible to see the nest at all so I have nothing to report for those days. On Tuesday, both Charlotte and Junior were at the nest for a few minutes in the early afternoon but left together and I didn't see them again for the rest of the day.

Today, however Junior arrived at the nest first around 12:25 PM and Charlotte arrived at the nest a short time after him with twigs that she placed on the nest. They stayed for a few minutes, exited and flew in circles on the thermals between the buildings for a while. Junior twice attempted to land on the roof during this but missed both times and hit the side of the building instead. He didn't hurt himself either time and they both flew off towards the Park around 12:36 PM.

Brett B. Odom

I don't know but that site seems not only dangerous for eyasses but kind of hard on tiercels as well. I'm glad to hear that Pale Male Jr. is alright.

What is going on with Charlotte and Jr.? Are they having difficulty making eggs this season? Why are both Red-tail pairs that have some of the best territory in the city having problems? It seems hardly fair at all.

Richard Fleisher, another long time watcher of Hawkeye and Rose at Fordham tries his luck at seeing their eyasses from the roof of Dealy Hall---

After the sun came out Tuesday afternoon I went out and spent a considerable amount of time watching Hawkeye and Rose. No doubt Chris is right about there being a newborn chick in the nest although I had no success in seeing anything resembling an eyeass. Even from the vantage point of the Dealy Hall roof, the height of the nest makes it very hard to see the bottom of the nest (that was true even with a 60x eyepiece attached to the scope). From down below, the nest is much too dense to see through it. Observing Hawkeye and Rose's behavior there is little doubt, however, that they are tending to at least one eyeass. Even when Rose flew off of the nest to finish her meal (she flew onto the cross on a nearby building (Martyr's Hall)), Hawkeye was perched on the railing of Dealy with a clear view of the nest (we know that is the case because that is the same spot from which Chris and I tried to observe what was going on in the nest. So at the end of the day, pictures of the chicks will have to wait. I will try again tomorrow, weather permitting.


Eagle Photographs by John Steffen
Eagles just south of the Marshall County Conservation area near Lacon, Illinois along the Illinois River.

Photographer John Steffens said he thought there were two eaglets in this nest...

...when suddenly a third popped up!

They are rather all lined up like one of those Bop-em games now aren't they?

Not to worry mom and dad aren't going to let anything like that happen!

Donegal Browne

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