The Grant's Tomb Nest 2018
Claremont (Mrs. Grant) and the General are proud parents of three eyases again this year. Once again we hope for a great series of videos celebrating this handsome pair and their great kids. Unfortunately, Claremont was hit by a car on June 9, and she was taken to the Wild Bird Fund, where she was treated for lead poisoning, rodenticide poisoning, and other injuries. But the General has not been seen since June 8, and the fledglings were not fed after 1 p.m. on June 9 through June 11, so the decision was made to rescue the three youngsters. The third baby, called Hope, was rescued June 16.
There are two versions of Part 9, the rescue of the last fledgling. The shorter version is 7:25 minutes, the longer version 37:26 minutes.
On June 23, Claremont was returned to Grant's Tomb and released.
On Monday, June 11, Bobby Horvath of Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, along with Urban Park Ranger Sgt. Rob Mastrianni, Ranger Mara Pendergrass, and Ranger Nick Baisley were able to rescue one of the three baby hawks on the steps of the General Grant National Memorial. This baby had fledged the previous night around 6:30, and was found Monday morning in Riverside Park across from the monument. Because the fledglings would not be fed by the parents and did not know how to hunt on their own, the only real chance for survival of these young hawks would be a trip to WINORR and food and hunting training.
A second fledgling was rescued on June 12 through the combined efforts of Urban Park Rangers: Sgt. Rob Mastrianni, Nick Baisley, Leanna Rodriguez, and Mara Pendergrass. The fledgling was taken to WINORR.
The first video in the Chasing the Hawks: The Grant's Tomb Nest 2018 covers the General on March 29, and Claremont and the kids on May 10, 15, 23 and 25.
Part 3 of the Grant's Tomb Nest series covers June 6, 2018, where we see one kid "branching" to a higher railing on the nest, and all three jump flapping and looking generally cute, cuter, and cutest. (Part 2 is being worked on and will cover May 26 through June 5.)
Grant's Tomb, 2017
The Grant's Tomb couple had a successful nest in 2017, with three youngsters. We're not sure if these are the same two parents from last year, but the babies are sure beautiful!
I've put the babies in a video compare the kids at three nests: Central Park, Tompkins Square Park and Grant's Tomb. All are handsome, handsome kids!
Chasing the Grant's Tomb Fledglings: A Series of Videos and Photos
I've been following the three Grant's Tomb fledglings this summer (2017), and am putting together a gallery of videos. I've posted Parts 1, 2 and 3, and you can see them on the video Grant's Tomb Video Gallery page. I've also been choosing photos, which you'll see below as I go through them.
June 28 was notable for the great hunter's napkin catch, and for one youngster grabbing a pigeon dinner brought in by Mom, dropping it from a tree, and eating on the ground, until a sibling assesses the situation and sneaks in to take the meal.
June 27 had a lot of ground activity, and the kids really chased each other around and looked for bugs and twigs. One even did a butt-bounce in the water behind Grant's Tomb. The third photo shows one of the parents (probably Mom, also called Claremont or Mrs. Grant) supervising from a lamppost over Riverside Drive.
This set of photos was filmed on June 25.
June 26, 2017, at Claremont Playground.
This set of photos are from June 23. I especially like the playground shots, including the kid underneath the hawk weather vane.
These photos show our urban hawks playing in the park. They were taken June 24.
Additional photos from June 23 and 24.
These first six photos are from June 13.
The first photo in this group is from June 16. It shows a red-tailed hawk planted in a flower pot. And I thought they came from eggs??? The rest are from June 21.
The Grant's Tomb Babies
Mom came in to feed the kids, and stayed to make sure they ate everything (and were not attacked by peregrine falcons).
The kids showed off their profiles and wings.
In 2016, I featured the Grant's Tomb parents in two videos, before the babies disappeared (perhaps attacked by falcons).