Friday, May 07, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Dad of the Cathedral Nest, Norman, with all three eyasses in view-- Large, next to St. Andrew's head, Medium below Norman's breast, and Small under his tail.
Most of us have a heck of a time telling Norman from Isolde most of the time, unless a belly band is in full view. I decided perhaps scrutinizing him in a sequence of photos might help. In this photo you can see that his eyes are still ever so slightly lighter then Isolde's are.
Have you noticed? Norman has turned into rather a "looker" of a Red-tail. Isolde knows how to pick them. Tristan was a beauty as well.
Check out the belly band; it is quite different from Isolde's when you're able to get a good look at it. Norman is usually so busy buzzing from one spot to another it is often very difficult to get a bead on it.
Also I hadn't realized it before but Norman gives the impression of being rather short legged. I don't know if that is true, because it may be only an impression giving by his incredibly well muscled thighs. He's a very well muscled hawk. Just look at his chest. Of course as he seems to spend huge amounts of time flying around like a maniac, he would be sporting six pack abs.
Sometimes I think of him as the Jimmy Cagney of hawks. He's smallish, takes no prisoners, terrifies the competition even if they are bigger, and rather gives off the impression that he is asking, "Is this a private fight or can anyone join in?"
Other differences between he and Isolde-- his brow is slightly lighter and the area below his eyes and breaking off at the cere often refracts light in a way that makes it look almost white, though it isn't.
It still isn't going to be easy, but I'm going to start also looking for those six pack abs and those speed skater thighs.
In this photo the area above his beak, is also catching the light in a way that makes it look quite pale.
One way we used to be able to tell Isolde and Tristan apart was because Isolde had the epaulets, the head coloration coming down onto her shoulders in a way that Tristan's didn't. Unfortunately for us, both Isolde and Norman have it.
Unfortunately sad news about the nest of Mama and Papa in Queens from Jeff Kollbrunner--
We had a sad day at the nest of Mama and Papa this morning. The third eyass has disappeared. The details of its fate is not currently known. It may have perished overnight and was removed from the nest or something else may have occurred.
We are still doing our best to gather as much information from our Hawkcam viewers worldwide in the hope someone observed something. The time frame we have so far is my images of the nest show all three eyasses appear to be fine in the nest at 7:32pm EST on May 3rd. Mama shielded them from view the rest of the evening.
At 8am on May 4th a worker at the building reported that only two eyasses were in the nest when he arrived. An observer of Hawkcam indicated that the third eyass appeared sick at some point and may have died in the nest. This is all the information we have so far and hopefully additional information will be reported that will provide more details in the days to follow.
You heard him folks, if anyone saw anything while watching the hawkcam, any particular symptoms, aberrations of health in the eyass, please get in touch and I'll pass it along. Beyond just our knowledge of what might have occurred, if it were a communicable disease that carried off the eyass, a little knowledge would go a long way in treating the other two eyasses prophylactically for the disease if that were deemed something that could help.
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Tuesday, May 04, 2010
All Allen Park Photos by Bobby Horvath
FIND THE RED-TAIL NEST IN THIS PHOTO
I have to say one of the real conveniences for hawkwatchers who observe hawks who nest on man made structures such as buildings, bridges and light poles is that they never leaf out. Though I'd had to deal with the leafed tree issue interfering while attempting to see where the hawk parents were going in the city, it was rather a rude shock when I got to Wisconsin and began to watch tree nests that just when things were getting very interesting those pesky leaves went and got right in the way.
Monday, May 03, 2010
This is Large, and likely if you look carefully Medium to the left of Large peering through the twigs, looking for their parents. At least an hour before (I seem to have misplaced the memory card with that section of events. ??? Today is a travel day, I'm distracted.) one of the parents was tending the nest. I think it was Norman. Well, Norman flew off as the kids were becoming quite active. Rebellion against Isolde's nightly break? I don't know, but neither Isolde nor Norman had come back by 6:30PM when I had to leave. (See Rob Schmunk's blog for events after 6:30, http://bloomingdalevillage.blogspot.com/ )
The above look on Large's part is often the look given an over flying parent. And eyass just perks right up and stares--just in case a delivery might be occurring.
No such luck, but Large is keeping an eye peeled on the situation anyway.
But then her head begins to sag and I'd say that here she was taking time out for a bit of an eyass nap.
Oops something else has caught her attention. Hawks are pretty focused on certain things. Even the little ones.
But then her eyes begin to droop again and the lower mandible rests on the twigs.
Large's head slips down once again for a rest.
Her head rises a little.
Is that an eye?
When I first arrived at the Cathedral nest on Saturday, it didn't look as if either of the adults was in residence. But there certainly were some new twigs in residence. I was scrutinizing those when--I saw something move in a significant way. Okay, sometimes in these situations, i.e., searching as hard as you can for the first concrete look at eyasses, your eyes can play tricks on you, but I was pretty sure that little white patch in the far right corner moved. It was my first inkling that today might be the day when we got our first look.
Here's a zoom. It looked to me that that just might be an eyass.
Ah, there she is, Isolde is the new twig culprit. Why in particular should today bring on a variety of new woody flora? I now think that perhaps as the eyasses were now able to peer through the porous top of the nest that perhaps Isolde decided it was time for a few more twigs on the top edge to break up the youngsters shapes as they popped up and down. Which they would do, not necessarily today, but someday soon.
And Small safe in the back corner. When there is a third eyass on this nest, I've observed that Isolde somehow tends to keep the youngest eyass in that spot until she is better able to fend for herself in regards to the two earlier hatched siblings.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
6:35PM Isolde has fed the eyasses and has been standing on the edge of the nest for awhile now making herself apparent to Norman. A possible cue to bring food. So far the food drop offs that I've seen have been just that, drop offs. No hanging around just a zippy in and out.
But today, Norman flies in, his wings settle, and he looks at the eyasses with her for a moment.
And that is all Isolde needs. Note she is leaning slightly forward?
And before Norman knows it, Isolde has nabbed the food and taken off.
Hey , where'd she go?
Isolde has decided to eat off nest this evening and leave Norman to Eyass sit.
This is the first time I've seen her do this, during Norman's tenure, and stay for any length of time.
He may be surprised but Isolde is about to leave him there for a good while. A while long enough where the the little white fuzz heads are going to get restless and want to be fed.. Remember how Tristan, Isolde's former mate, fed the eyasses their last meal of the day and she ate off the nest and then had a long break before tucking back in with the little ones for the night. Well, she's about to teach Norman how things are going to work evenings from now on if she can help it.
He looks down at the eyasses some more.
Then turns round and it appears that he is expecting her to be coming back about now.
Okay where is she?
Then gets distracted by the kids.
Note the eyasses.
He stares at the eyasses.
Note the two eyasses in front of him.
And the third in the back right corner. Time passes. The eyasses get antsy and want to eat. No Isolde. And Norman appears to be waiting for her to come back and do it.
I think that the sequence of the boxes of video is confused but I can't tell for sure. Therefore here is what you'll be looking for. Watch for the two eyasses near St. Andrews head to pop their heads up now and again.