Isolde peeks above the rim of the nest at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
After numerous visits by Rob Schmunk to view The Cathedral Nest, he finally sees some Hawks--
I still don't know whether there's been a hatch at St. John's or not, but at least I saw both Isolde and Norman today.
Isolde was sitting up in the nest at 5:25 and looking around. One pic I took shows her with an odd sideways look toward that back corner of the nest where the nestlings were always hiding last year. Maybe there's been a hatch, but maybe not, because she soon hunkered down and I didn't see her again over the next 30-40 minutes.
Noman showed up 10 minutes later. Stood on the edge of the nest for a couple minutes, and then he flew over to the scaffolding for 10-15 minutes. He was obviously casing the joint for prey, and subsequently made one of the worst swoops I have ever seen to grab at something in a tree alongside St. Ansgar Chapel. More of a controlled fall almost, as he was swooping downwards but had his wings scooping air like a parachutist. Anyway, he missed. He subsequently perched atop St. Luke's for a couple minutes, and was buzzed by a small bird a couple times.
I was watching the back of a White-crowned Sparrow mulling the fact that the species is another example of the "eyes in the back of the head" coloring.
But wonder of wonders he was still there. Albeit extremely far, far, away across a winter wheat field. Just stopping the car makes the hens head for the woods, but the Tom is still displaying. I fear that if I get out of the car to digiscope he'll head for the woods as well.
I attempt some photos through the window of the car. I've a feeling they may be very bad but I'm fascinated and I don't want to scatter them.
It looks like he's lying forward on his breast.
His tail shifts again.
Wait there's a hen coming out of the woods to the right. She looks. She stretches her neck forward and cocks her head. She looks extremely curious.
Is he lying down? I'm completely unfamiliar with Turkey display behavior. Okay that's it. I have to see better. I get the scope, attach the camera, turn it on and do the best I can for the fastest photo possible. But by the time I get it on the ground...
Mr. Tom Turkey has made it to the woods and is walking into the bushes. But even with the glare one can see he is huge and he is beautiful.
But she was rather shy when it came to a close up and stuck her head in the feeder.
The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are moving through.
And of course, eating those high calorie sunflower seeds for energy.
And look there, something to look forward to--there are sure to be any number of Battles of the Bath. But never fear, I'll be back to investigate the NYC crop of eyasses very soon.
Speaking of Red-tails, Mai Stewart had a question for John Blakeman--
Hi John -- Just read Donna's website & was wondering, in light of the behavior reported on the above pair -- is it likely that they would/could have eggs this late? I know nothing about the cycles of RTs -- what do you think? Is it really possible? And if so, that could/would somewhat ameliorate the disappointment of 927.
The 7th Ave pair could, indeed, have a late hatch.
That is the goofiest pair I've ever encountered, anywhere. Their nest site is so un-Red-tail. No self-respecting Red-tail should be even perched on a concrete and asphalt NYC city street, let alone have it's nest up on a building there. Pale Male at least gets to see wooded greenery across the street in Central Park. The 7th Ave pair sees just more big city urban streetscape. That pair is weirder than some of the people in the city.
John A. Blakeman
They can and they have before. Keep your fingers crossed and knock wood. Sooner or later we will see what Charlotte and Pale Male Jr., the Red-tails of the Unexpected, have come up with for this season.