Friday, May 27, 2011

Three Eyasses at Fordham! Pale Male and Ginger Lima Present the Top of a White Head, Plus Violet and Pip Admire the View

Photograph by Richard Fleisher

Rose does it again! With the help of her latest mate, Vince, of course. Hawkeye her mate of many years was killed by secondary poisoning from eating a rat that had ingested rat poison.

U P D A T E-a main watcher of the Fordham nest, Rich Fleisher sends in the latest-


Three eyases on the Fordham nest. When I saw them on Tuesday they were moving around, quite active. I am attaching one photo. Others on my flickr site.


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Pale Male is back to wearing his proud-alert-always-hunting-father-hawk-expression, as opposed to having the concerned-worried expression he has worn for the last six years as he and Lola waited day after day, the season wearing on, waiting for a hatch that never happened. (In case you missed the FLASH and photo of the top of the eyasse's head earlier, remember to scroll down to the next post down after this one.)

Loyal hawk watcher and long time activist against rat poison Katherine Herzog reports from her view at The Bench.-

Pale seems to be bringing everything and anything to the nest....pigeons, rats, mice, squirrels....also smaller birds, starlings and such.

Photograph courtesy of
Ginger Lima puts herself between the full hot sun and her eyasses so they do not over heat. Though she, with her very dark heat collecting plumage, has to pant to disperse the heat collected by her body while she is doing it. For a better view, double click the photo.

Also from Katherine concerning the new Mom--

The female, at least during my vigils, has not gotten off the nest once since the hatching/s....she stretches her legs, her wings, stands over them...mantling them and feeds them.

When they're sleeping...she likes to catch flies and other insects on the fly. A bit of protein and some diversion.

When Pale makes a visit with food or to check in with her.....she practically shoves him off the nest! She doesn't need any help from him!
A very different personality from Lola....who I remember liked to take a short break.

This female is eating very little from what I've observed. She'll pick a small amount for herself but only after she's feed the kid/s.

According to report, often late in the day, Pale Male is stashing food for Ginger in off nest locations. He knows she needs a break even if she doesn't. Pale Male is also a Dad that very much enjoys tending his offspring. So much so that Lola would, on occasions have to bump him a bit to get him to vacate the bowl so she could get back to "her job".

And what are Violet and Pip doing this night? Pip is attempting to sit up and sleep like a big bird. And Violet is letting him use her for a prop.

Still photo taken from the NYU Hawk Cam

Pip leans against Violet while she does a little preening on his head.

And a little more.

He keels but then struggles his way back up.

Every young creature has the urge to be more like the adults and Pip sits up, leans next to mom, and looks at the park view.

But as sleep sets in he begins to slide down.

And eventually that heavy over sized head begins to flop forward. When last I looked he was sleeping face down, flat as a pancake. These growing up things take time.

Donegal Browne

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