Saturday, April 26, 2008
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Eleanor Tauber photographs the gorgeous Gill in Central Park and discovers...
Bullfrogs! Who knew?
And here's a second. As it turns out American Bullfrogs, a member of the family Ranidae, are the largest true frogs in North America. As it also turns out Bullfrog populations are booming and becoming rather a worry.
Friday, April 25, 2008
On April 22nd, I began to have suspicions that the 79ers, Intrepid and Builder at Riverside had a hatch. See the feeding posture above?
Today I received a call from Neighborhood Hawk Watcher Joe, who took a telescope up to a roof and TA DA! He confirms that there were two eyasses in the nest. And perhaps more, he could only confirm two. Joe also reports that one was slightly grayer than her fluffy white counterpart , but both are near of a size. That says to me that the parents though young are feeding the eyasses equally and well. Once again the prey rich green spaces of New York City come through.
Here is the second possible feeding position observed. The eyasses most likely hatched about a week ago. And note they still aren't visible from the ground.
This is a high walled nest and Builder the tiercel, keeps adding to the rim all the time. In fact Joe says, that one of the parents spyed him looking into the nest and immediately began to raise the rim of the nest that he was looking over with more twigs.
We hope to have photos from the high view by tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Mariken of the disputed nestbox and her two new eyasses!
(A report from Eileen further down in the post.)
Lola is still brooding high.
Riverside Dad is quite the careful architect. He is constantly adding to and reweaving the nest.
He carefully pushes a twig.
Sliding it through the other twigs.
Pulls back and pushes again.
A builder's work is never done.
From Falcon Cam watcher Eileen, a Update on the Peregrines with the disputed nestbox--
Good evening Donna-The Peregrine pair at Nijmegen, Mariken & Peter, have their first 2 eyases! This is the nest where the territory battle took place. One egg was apparently damaged in the fight and broke.
There's one more egg to go...it should hatch in the next day or so.
The US Peregrine nests are all coming along as well. James River Bridge in Virginia was early...they hatched 3 eyases a bit over a week ago.
Clara & Carlos on the San Jose City Hall had 3 hatches early this morning-one more to go Eggs are pipping in Cleveland, OH. Mariah & Kaver in Rochester still have a few more weeks to enjoy the Zen of egg-sitting. Still having faith for Pale Male & Lola...Eileen
A quick update on last night's update-all three remaining eggs at Nijmegen have hatched! I caught the attached scene of Mariken feeding her 3 hungry eyases!
A Wisconsin Cottontail Rabbit, who looks to have gone a little heavy with the eyebrow pencil.
Look who's back! I think it's Chipping Dad with the crooked toe, who worked so hard raising his own chicks plus a Cowbird chick at the same time last season.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
4 30PM Arrival. Not a Red-tail Hawk in sight. The Hawk Bench reports Lola is on the nest and there has been a previous switch sometime before 3PM.
5 05 56 PM Lola's back appears and she does whatever it is she does when we see it.
5 06 47 Lola's head appears, she pants. She then proceeds to sit high,
5 12 09 PM ...preen her wings,
...her tail, and everything else on her body with periodic bouts of looking around.
7 07 47 Pale Male comes in from the south and lands.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
So the first egg probably hatched out in the last 24 hours or so. Probably. I'll try to confirm it sometime this week. I'd have to be looking directly down into the nest to be 100% sure.
And the second update from Chris
Pictures from today--taken from the ground below Collins, around 5pm. Rose did a bit of what looked like feeding, but of course I still couldn't see any young, nor did I expect to. She also did a lot of preening, and what looked like trying to shade the nest with her wings.The fact that I saw so much of her is a good sign--normally, when viewing the nest from below, it's hard to even be sure she's in there, when she's incubating. I think she's just about done incubating.
And for those who have asked what mantling looks like, here is an example. Rose has spread her wing and keeps it stationary in order to shade the contents of the nest bowl from the sun.