Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Briarwood Reunion of Papa and Brother with the Sister Who Fell From the Nest


(My apologies on the lag in posts, my computer decided to take a mini-vacation.)

There are fledglings everywhere.   At least one of the Astoria nest have flown the coop, according to Jules Corkery, major watcher.  

And at Briarwood, one of the eyasses, fell  from the nest, according to longtime watcher of Mama and Papa, Jeff Kollbrunner.  Fallen eyass the fallen fledgling was under the care of wonder rehabber Cathy Horvath.  The Horvath's of course were caring for and rescuing other young birds as well.  Here is a recap from Bobby--

First thing today was picking up the 3rd peregrine fledgling from a nest under the Van Wyck /Whitestone Expressway thats right over a canal off Flushing Bay. We received 2 yesterday from DEC law enforcement who picked them up . 1 had frounce and todays also has frounce and more advanced than the one from yesterday. The nest last year produced 2 young which we also rescued as they had lead poisoning . We had to care for them too long to return to the nest so were transfeered to Raptors Trust to condition in their round flight cage and were later released in Staten Island months later. Its possible this years might have to be rehabbed the same way. Blood work was done today and we are checking these 3 for lead as well . Later in the day Urban Park rangers called me reporting they picked up a grounded fledgling from Astoria Park. Around 10 am 114 precinct police responded to aid this hawk and attempted to help it gain height by tossing it gently into the air but it dropped numreous times but was left at the location. Rangers rescued it feeling it was not possible to be left there flightless and I agree it was the right call for this situation. We will keep it only as long as needed and return to trees nearby when the other 2 have both fledged and can be tracked. 

Tonight we happily report returned the first Queens fledgling from the Queens nest Jeff and Anna Kolbrunner monitor who fell to a lower roof on may 26. It was returned to a nearby rooftop where the other sibling and dad both came by to visit and welcome her back to the family. 

Jeff's dedication watching this family came up with this option for reunion and it was a success. There is no textbook as far as I know on raptor reunions and we never stop learning potential for these cases as we continue to try our best to accomplish these as we know parent raised young have a greater chance of survival than human raised . New York City having large number of eyes and ears interested in hawkwatching and  monitoring makes options like this so possible. 

Next up Jeff Kollbrunner's take on the day--


We were fortunate today as a number of events came together that made it possible to release the Briarwood fledgling on the apartment rooftop. Luckily, the superintendent of the apartment complex is animal friendly. It also did not hurt as it turned out I knew him from many years back and did not know he was the superintendent of these buildings, yeah! Geoff was very cooperative and gave me his cell number so we could spin on a dime.

I kept in close contact with Bobby today and we coordinated ahead of time how we would proceed if I could find the first fledgling or the parents. I did the same with Geoff. After an hour of searching at approximately 5pm I spotted the fledgling and then called Bobby and Geoff. While waiting for Bobby to arrive I kept observing the fledgling. Mama and Papa fed the fledgling during this time and also moved a Turkey Vulture out of the area a bit earlier. At first I thought it was the immature Baled Eagle frequenting the area, the light was poor and the distance great, upon closer examination of the images later I noticed the difference.

Bobby arrived just as the first fledgling flew over the Expressway and vacated its spot on the rooftop. This gave us some time to setup on the roof. Shortly after releasing the second fledgling the brother came back to check out his sister. Eventually they flew over to the neighboring building and continued to get reacquainted. Papa also joined them later as Mama watched from a distance.

This was a great release and I want to thank Cathy for her nursing the baby back to health and to Bobby for his dedication and efforts as he made three trips to
Queens today from his home, our release was his third visit. I know he was tired but the wonderful events of this release provided some extra energy. I also want to thank Geoff who is not on this distribution list as without his assistance we would not have had access to the rooftop. I will provide him a print of the Briarwood Hawk family for his office or home.

We hope all the other fledglings being observed do well - good luck to all.

You can see images of the release on my Facebook page:
Best to all,


Bobby is so right.  So many here to fore unknown behaviors have been observed by the dedicated hawkwatchers of NYC.


Happy Hawking,
Donegal Browne