Saturday, June 14, 2008

FLASH--HOUSTON 3 EYASS FLEDGES AND IT'S A RIOT IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE! Urban Hawk Update: Inwood Fledge! Who knew?

JUST IN FROM FILM MAKER ADAM WELZ---THE FLEDGING OF HOUSTON 3, COMPLETE WITH EYASS FLOPPING INTO THE ROAD, RESCUE EFFORTS, ANGRY PLAIN CLOTHES POLICEMAN, SCREAMING MOB OF PEOPLE AND DON'T FORGET THE DIRTY CAT CARRIER. BUT AS SHAKESPEARE SAID, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, OR IN THIS CASE ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS SAFE!

FOR THE FULL STORY GO TO ADAM'S WEBSITE, http://adamwelz.wordpress.com/
PHOTOS EVENTUALLY AT http://www.palemale.com/ and www.urbanhawks.blogs.com/

I'm posting now, we'll have the explanation of the bugs below at a later date

Eldest, 2006, after having branched up into a tree, considers a hop-flap to a gargoyle.


Ta Da! It works and now she considers going back to the tree. Practice makes perfect. All of which the first Inwood Fledge is about to take on.

Bruce Yolton forwarded this sighting from Jessica. It's quite exciting as the nest seemed so quiet that at one point the eyasses were thought to have died.

Hello everybody,

A newly fledged hawk was blundering around near the Inwood Nature Center this morning, being ogled by morning joggers and dive-bombed by grackles. When I left, it was resting on the ground at the base of an oak. A dogwalker promised to stay and keep an eye on the situation until the rangers got there at 8 a.m. This is really exciting, since we'd been unable to catch any glimpses of movement on or around the nest for weeks!

Jessica

And Fledgling 3 came off the Houston and D nest, around 4pm on Friday. Unfortunately there is still nothing in place for her to branch up on. I suggested skinny ladders or 2 x 4s but Katherine wrote in with an absolutely marvelous idea for seasons to come.

Donna,
Thanks for this very interesting post. (See next post down. D. B.) I think your idea is a good one for the short-term. I have not been to the site nor am I an experienced bird watcher but, for what it's worth, I have another thought--one that is possibly more long-term. The Parks Dept has started the Million Trees program in which they are hoping to plant one million trees within the next ten years or so. We can request that trees (evergreen, shorter) be planted in this area for the many reasons that you list. If we had enough people request this, and perhaps some of you that are more experienced with the hawks and location could provide more specifics in your request, we may be able to get some help for these young raptors for the long-term.

The web site is www.milliontreesnyc.org

Let me know what you think!

Katherine

Katherine I think it's brilliant!













In case the above gave you the creepy crawlies, a finishing photo from talented Central Park photographer Eleanor Tauber of a Green Heron at Azalea Pond.





4 comments:

Katherine said...

Thanks so much for publishing my comment! It's very easy to request a tree. Here's the link to the online form on the million trees site...

http://www.milliontreesnyc.org/html/involved/
planting_opportunity.shtml

Would you mind letting me/readers know where we should request the trees be planted? (The form asks for property type, street address and/or cross streets--I'm not sure where the nest site is exactly)? There also is a place in the form for readers to write why trees are needed there. And there's definitely a compelling reason, as we know!

Thanks again. I always enjoy reading your wonderful blog.

Donegal Browne said...

Hi Katherine,

I'm working on the exact address but there are some wrinkles involved such as who is considered the owner of the property, and how many trees can be requested.

One wrinkle has been eliminated as when they decide to give a tree they supply a permit at the same time.

Katherine said...

okay, I will wait to hear more on your blog. I'm ready to move on it whenever the time is right.

Thanks for these great updates!

Donegal Browne said...

Katherine,

Hit the Contact Me button on the right column of the main page and contact me directly so we can get going on your idea!