Between 12 pm and 4:15 pm Friday May 8th (thank you Barbara Saunders, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) and completed by Mother’s Day May 10th, all four of our eggs have hatched. Adele spends her time lying right on top of the white fuzzy wriggly mass of chicks, flying out of the nest to hunt, and returning to feed the babies. All four babies aggressively crane their necks to gain Adele’s attention for more food.
We call her Adele; her left leg band is black over green sideways Y over sideways 9. She is definitely the same adult female that nested here last year. Adele was banded on 5-26-06 at the Hilton Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hopefully identification of the adult male will follow.
While the capacity to zoom in on the nest has not yet yielded a positive ID of the falcons, it does show what looks like a drowsy bird. As she lies on the eggs, her eyes close for 15 to 30 seconds and then flash open totally attentive and searching. Then her eyes close again. This cycle has been repeating for most of the afternoon.
The larger falcon spends most of her time on the eggs lately. She gently pushes, prods and rolls the eggs slightly when she re-adjusts her position. If the male shows up at the nest while she is there, they chirp to (at?) each other constantly.
On most days one falcon will cover the eggs for a few hours and then fly off. A few minutes later the mate will come to lie on the eggs. Today as the female was on the eggs, the male stood within an inch of her and waited for his turn to cover. A quick glimpse of three well attended eggs could be seen during the changeover.
Near constant covering of the eggs by the noticeably different sized falcon pair had prevented new egg sightings. Today the much larger (female) moved to re-adjust herself and showed three eggs underneath.
Two falcons have been frequent visitors to the nest in recent weeks so seeing an egg on April Fool’s Day was anticipated. The couple has been sharing incubation duties. The capacity to zoom in on the nest (and residents) should be restored shortly. The leg tag ID information will be posted as soon as we get a good view without disturbing the falcons.
Two more fledglings visited raptor rescues after concerned neighbors alerted authorities to falcons on the ground. Iceman 55 found on Saturday 6-28-14 and Goose 55 found at One New York Plaza on Monday 6-30-14, were returned unhurt and healthy to 55 Water St. Chris Nadareski (NYC DEP) re-banded Goose 55 after examination (size and toe length) and deciding it is possible he (Goose 55 male 18/BA) might be she (Goose 55 female 17/BC). Barbara Saunders (NYS DEC) has been kept […]
Stolen? Rescued? Adopted? 55 Water St. security cameras recorded a man on the Elevated Acre escalator carrying a covered falcony-shaped package early Friday afternoon. Less than an hour later Viper 55 was turned into a wildlife rescue in Manhattan, examined, and ready to return to 55 Water St. Barbara Saunders of the NYS DEC released him at a setback near but not at the nest. The risk is high of frightening any remaining fledglings by opening the nest box access […]