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5-10-17 2 Chicks and 2 Eggs

Two of the eggs have hatched into neck craning, beak opening and closing baby Falcons with hearty appetites. When the adults bring food to the nest, the chicks are ready to eat.  One of the two remaining eggs is showing a jagged hairline crack; an indication of hatching in the near future?

4-11-17   Tough Pre-Easter Egg Hunt – 4 Eggs

  With Adele almost constantly incubating, it was difficult to discover if there were any additional eggs. Sighting of 4 eggs was confirmed on Sunday 4-9-17 by sharp-eyed Dwayne Kelly.

4-4-17   1pm Thank you Joseph- 3 Eggs

Thank you Joseph from Flexible Systems for restoring the Live Falcon Cam just in time to see that the 2017 New Water Street Falcons have produced 3 eggs.

4-4-17 Weekends Are for Babies-2 Eggs

Monday mornings’ view of the nest showed 2 eggs.  Today Adele was incubating the eggs and chirping furiously. A wider angle view showed Frank close by on the edge before flying off.

3-29-17   Adele Glowing for a Reason

Adele (sideway Y black/sideway 9 green) and Frank (30 black/AN green) have been visiting the nest regularly throughout the winter, usually at different times but occasionally together. Yesterday Frank delivered a meaty looking chunk to the nest (an infrequent behavior without any babies present). Today we have our 1st egg of the season.

6-22-16   Close to Home

The nest may be empty and the Falcon Cam down till spring but reports from the roof at 55 Water St. say 5 Falcons are flying in that area. Falcons are too territorial to let another family nest that close, so it is likely that Adele and Frank are schooling their young to hunt. The Falcon Cam is monitored throughout the year; new posts will appear when the Falcons do.

6-2-16   Birds on the Brink

The falcon chicks world has expanded to include the setback wall. It is adjacent to the nest, approximately 1’ wide x 10’ long, and facing the East River. They walk (not fly) onto it daily for hours of viewing (the FDR?, future meals?, Mom?). All 3 falcons are 75% feather/25% white fuzz, flapping vigorously but no lift off.

5-20-16 Meeting the Family

LCpl Holly Charette 55 female falcon   USFWS ID 1947-21584   Auxiliary ID   46 black over BC green LCpl Jeffrey Walker 55 male tiercel      USFWS ID 2206-75441   Auxiliary ID   19 black over AZ green Cpl Christopher Scherer 55 male tiercel       USFWS ID 2206-75442   Auxiliary ID   23 black over AZ green The fledglings were banded and examined by Chris Nadareski  NYCDEP with Barbara Saunders NYSDEC recording , photographing and assisting.  The chicks passed all inspections with the prize for loudest most sustained chirps […]

5-16-16 Dining With Dad

Three hungry young falcons lined up for a morning meal ripped apart and served by Frank (30 black over AN green). One unhatched egg is still visible in the nest. Tuesday May 17th is scheduled for Chris Nadereski (NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection) to band the new additions to the 55 Water Street Falcon Family.

4-28-16   Must See F.V. (Falcon Video)- Hatching

The telltale broken shell in the nest clued us in to the first hatched egg this morning.  Adele picked at (ate?) the shell as she continued covering the brood. The adults alternate incubating frequently.  Continuous chirping usually precedes the changeover.  Eyass #1 can be glimpsed as it stretches it’s legs and starts unfolding and wriggling.