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April 01: A brief visit to the nest late this afternoon and all seems fine. One of our hawk parents was sitting in the nest, we
couldn't determine if it was Mama or Papa. We didn't see the other parent while we were present. JFK NY Weather station
data - Hi 63, Lo 45, Sunny, Avg wind 9.0mph, Max gust 18mph. I've archived the 2009 red-tailed hawk news, it can always
be accessed from the archive contents page via the
News Archive link.
April 02: Not much activity at the nest today, Mama was sitting low in the nest with her head just above the outer twig layer
looking around. I didn't see Papa today JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 61, Lo 42, Sunny, Avg wind 5.1mph, Max gust
13mph.
April 03: We weren't able to observe our hawk family today. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 51, Lo 44, Sunny/fog late,
Avg wind 7.8mph, Max gust 21mph.
April 04: We weren't able to observe our hawk family today. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 73, Lo 47, Sunny, Avg wind
5.6mph, Max gust 20mph.
April 05: I visited the nest site today as this is the week that Mama and Papa should be having a hatch. I was able to get
some wonderful images of Mama sitting on her eggs. At this time there is still no hatch, I'm thinking by the middle to the end
of this week a hatch should occur. I will be posting these images this week for viewing in the Raptor Gallery. JFK NY
Weather station data - Hi 68, Lo 52, Fair/Sunny, Avg wind 10.5mph, Max gust 41mph.
April 06: We weren't able to observe our hawk family today. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 73, Lo 51, Fog/haze, Avg
wind 5.1mph, Max gust 16mph.
April 07: We weren't able to observe our hawk family today. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 87, Lo 52, Fog/haze, Avg
wind 8.8mph, Max gust 26mph.
April 08: We weren't able to observe our hawk family today. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 69, Lo 53, Sunny/fair, Avg
wind 13.8mph, Max gust 44mph.
April 09: We weren't able to observe our hawk family today. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 62, Lo 46, Fair/Heavy
rain/rain/light rain late, Avg wind 13.2mph, Max gust 37mph.
April 10: Mama is sitting higher in the nest today and her behavior indicates there is a hatch. I will try to confirm this on
Monday. Once again I didn't see Papa today. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 62, Lo 42, Fair/light rain late, Avg wind
16.9mph, Max gust 37mph.
April 11: We weren't able to observe our hawk family today. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 73, Lo 46, Fair/light rain late,
Avg wind 12.7mph, Max gust 26mph.
April 12: On a visit to the nest today we confirmed that Mama and Papa have their hatches for the 2010 season. They
most likely hatched between April 8th and 9th. There are two chicks in the nest each approximately 3 to 4 days old, they
appear very healthy. Mama didn't move enough for me to determine if there were any other chicks hiding under her in the
nest, I don't believe there are any additional chicks in the nest. I'm currently downloading the images from my camera of the
new chicks, I hope to have these and the images from last week posted no later than Tuesday. During my time at the nest I
finally spotted Papa for the first time on over a week he was flying around to the South of the nest. At one point he was
keeping an eye on another Red-tailed Hawk near his Southern border, the two went their separate ways after a few
minutes. Papa then visited the nest, landing on a lamppost above the nest to check on his family this short visit provided
some wonderful photo opportunities. He stayed for about ten minutes and then flew off to the East. It appears that once
again this year Mama and Papa may have the first hatches of the known Red-tailed Hawk nests in NYC this year. JFK NY
Weather station data - Hi 67, Lo 46, Fair/Sunny, Avg wind 8.7mph, Max gust 29mph.
April 13: Mama continues to sit on her nest with her new nestling's. Due to a technical issue I wasn't able to post the
images of Mama, the nestling's and the images of Papa. I should have them posted by Wednesday or Thursday at the
latest, very sorry for the delay on the new images. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 55, Lo 45, Fair/Sunny, Avg wind
6.0mph, Max gust 16mph.
April 14: More exciting news, on a visit to the nest today Mama was sitting on the rim of the nest. This provided a clear view
of the nest bowl and to my delight there are three healthy nestlings. I have posted images from April 5th and 10th of Mama
and her nestlings. I will post new images taken today soon of the three nestlings with Mama. Images of the 2010 nest can
be  viewed in the Raptor Gallery
Nest Photos 2010.  On a later and brief visit, Mama was feeding her new family at 5:15pm.
JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 65, Lo 43, Fair/Sunny, Avg wind 9.6mph, Max gust 24mph.
April 15:  I will post new images taken on 4/14 soon of the three nestlings with Mama. Images of the 2010 nestlings can be  
viewed in the Raptor Gallery
Nest Photos 2010.  JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 73, Lo 49, Sunny/Fair/light rain late, Avg
wind 11.7mph, Max gust 30mph.
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April 16:  On a visit to the nest this morning Mama and her three nestlings were facing West all huddled together. There
was a half eaten Pigeon near the nestlings and a freshly delivered rat laying in the nest just a short distance away ready
for a meal later in the day. Papa visited briefly before flying off again. One of the fledglings, the first born was licking at the
Pigeon, at 7-8 days of age it already knows it could try to feed itself but didn't have the technique mastered yet. At this time
it is easy to determine the hatch order. The first one is the strongest and most active all of them, the second hatched is
also fairly strong and has less fluff and the third hatch can almost raise its head and still has pink skin on some areas of its
body. At 1:30pm Papa relieved Mama and was feeding his family as Mama stretched her wings to the East of the nest. On
a return visit at 3:45pm Mama was back in the nest feeding her family. Tonight we've had some very heavy rain in the area
that started around 9pm. I'm currently selecting images taken on 4/14 and today of the three nestlings with Mama, they will
post very soon. Images of the 2010 nestlings can be  viewed in the Raptor Gallery
Nest Photos 2010.  Our Raven family is
also doing well as one of the parents most likely the female was sitting on the nest this afternoon during the hour we
visited. Not much other activity otherwise to report at the Ravens nest. I will be archiving January, February and March
2010 news tomorrow, it can always be accessed via the
News Archives link. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 52, Lo 46,
Overcast/Heavy rain late, Avg wind 14.1mph, Max gust 30mph.
NEW OFFERINGS FOR 2010 !
April 17:  We weren't able to observe our hawk family today. I have added new images of Mama and the nestlings taken on
4/13 and 4/16 to the
Nest Photos 2010  Gallery Page 1 and Page 2.  I have archived January, February and March 2010
news, it can always be accessed via the
News Archives link. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 55, Lo 46, Fair, Avg wind 10.8
mph, Max gust 30mph.
April 18:  We weren't able to observe our hawk family today. I have added new images of Mama and the nestlings taken on
4/13 and 4/16 to the
Nest Photos 2010  Gallery Page 1 and Page 2.  Please see my new offerings for 2010 under the
Lectures & Field Photography Workshops category and click on the links Wildlife & Nature Photography and
Educational Slide Presentations for further details. I will be frequently updating the photography workshop schedule with
new workshops and venues, so please check the schedule often and register for a workshop that interests you. I'm also
collecting workshop suggestions that may become future photography workshop programs. JFK NY Weather station data -
Hi 58, Lo 44, Partly sunny, Avg wind 13ph, Max gust 29mph.
April 19:  Mama was not in the nest today when I arrived, the tree nestlings were all huddled together in the nest bowl like
perfectly fitting pieces of a jig saw puzzle. I have added new images of Mama and the nestlings taken on 4/13 and 4/16 to
the
Nest Photos 2010  Gallery Page 1 and Page 2.  Please see my new offerings for the 2010 season under the Lectures
& Field Photography Workshops
category and click on the links Wildlife & Nature Photography and Educational Slide
Presentations for further details. I will be frequently updating the photography workshop schedule with new workshops and
venues, so please check the schedule often and register for a workshop that interests you. I'm also collecting workshop
suggestions that may become future photography workshop programs. As of today I have more great news to share,
Hawkcam  has returned with its live 24 hour video feed observing the active 2010 Red-tailed Hawk nest of Mama and
Papa. Please join us as we observe them raise their three nestlings that are now about 10 to 11 days of age. JFK NY
Weather station data - Hi 63, Lo 47, Fair, Avg wind 12.8mph, Max gust 32mph.
April 20:  Mama and Papa left the eyasses alone frequently today. Late in the afternoon both Mama and Papa were on the
nest together for a brief time prior to Papa leaving the nest. I observed Mama feeding her family around 6pm this evening.
The eyasses are getting much stronger now and are starting to move around more.  JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 67,
Lo 48, Partly cloudy/fair, Avg wind 9.3mph, Max gust 26mph.
April 21:  On a visit to the nest today Mama was feeding the eyasses at 10am. Papa was in the area visiting his family for a
few minutes and Mama stayed on the nest with her family most of the day today. As the evening approached it started
raining for about an hour or so and Mama huddled her eyasses under her for protection and warmth. I will be posting new
images of the eyasses to the Nest Photo 2010 Gallery by Thursday evening at the latest.  JFK NY Weather station data - Hi
64, Lo 47, Mostly Sunny/fair/light rain, Avg wind 10.5mph, Max gust 32mph.
April 22:  Happy Earth Day! Mama stayed with her eyasses frequently today. I had observed feedings at 2:40, 4:20 and
7:30pm. We had fast moving thunder storm roll through the area early afternoon. Mama came back to the nest to shelter
her family. I have posted new images of the nest taken on 4/21 in the Nest Photos Gallery.  JFK NY Weather station data -
Hi 66, Lo 50, Mostly Sunny/Thunderstorms/clearing, Avg wind 9.5mph, Max gust 30mph.
April 23:  Prior to visiting the nest this morning Mama was feeding her eyasses around 10:30am. Once I arrived at the nest
site the one thing that stood out was the strong steady breeze. Mama was sitting with her family and each gust of wind was
noticeably getting her off balance in the nest. I was concerned for the eyasses as two of them took turns sitting very close
to the edge of the nest. One good gust at an inopportune time could have caused an issue, thankfully, so far so good. I
didn't see Papa today and the nest was not stocked with food as in previous visits. Mama stayed with her family most of the
day. I will be posting new images taken at the nest this morning at the latest by Saturday evening.
JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 69, Lo 44, Mostly Sunny Avg wind 14.7mph, Max gust 33mph.
April 24:  I have posted new images of Mama and the eyasses taken on 4/23 to the Nest Photos 2010 Page 2 Gallery.
Unfortunately, my time was limited today I didn't observe any feedings. Mama was with her eyasses most of the time I
observed the nest. She was not with them around 10am for about 20 minutes.
JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 63, Lo 48, Mostly Sunny Avg wind 12.3mph, Max gust 26mph.
April 25:  I have posted new images of Mama and the eyasses taken on 4/23 to the Nest Photos 2010 Page 2 Gallery. This
morning Mama was wet shielding her family from the steady rain. At 12:24 during a break in the rain Mama fed her eyasses
until 12:52, each eyass sat in perfect order and were fed one after the other from right to left. Mama left the nest shortly
after the feeding. Mama returned to the nest for the evening after 7:45pm and sheltered her family once again the entire
night from the rain, Mama looked rain soaked.
JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 63, Lo 48, Rain/Thunderstorms Avg wind 12.3mph, Max gust 26mph.
April 26:  I have posted new images of Mama and the eyasses taken on 4/23 to the Nest Photos 2010 Page 2 Gallery. This
morning once again Mama was wet shielding her family from the steady rain. A new branch that appears to be Oak with
fresh leaves was delivered to the nest. At 12:54 during a brief break in the steady rain Mama was feeding her family. At
1:44 Papa visited the nest briefly while Mama was out stretching her wings. Mama returned at 2:20pm to protect her family
from the steady rain where she has remained since. She is providing an umbrella like position to cover her young from the
elements, she looks rain soaked again but her eyasses are warm and dry.
JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 53, Lo 49, Rain/fog Avg wind 10.0mph, Max gust 21mph.
April 27:  Mama was rain soaked in the early morning hours keeping her family warm and dry. At 11am Mama was not in
the nest and returned about 11:50am with a fresh Oak tree branch. A few minutes later at 11:54 one of the eyasses almost
falls out of the nest due to a sudden strong gust of wind. Mama feeds her family at noon. Mama feeds the eyasses again at
1:30 as the strong winds continue throughout the day. Mama stays with her eyasses for most of the day protecting them
from the wind. JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 60, Lo 42, Sunny Avg wind 12.9mph, Max gust 38mph.
April 28:  Mama fed her family today at 11am, at noon she left the nest for about 1.5 hours. At 4pm she delivers a new Oak
branch to the nest and stayed for 30 minutes. At 7pm Mama feeds her family, this is the only feeding I observed today,
however, I sure there were many other feedings.
JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 57, Lo 40, Sunny Avg wind 17.6mph, Max gust 40mph.
April 29:  Before leaving to visit the nest today via the Hawkcam Mama was in the nest at 9am this morning at 10am.
During my visit to the nest at 10:30 Mama was sitting on a lamp post on the top of the building. Papa arrived shortly after
landing next to her, the pair mated for a few moments before Papa flew off for a short time. About ten minutes later he
returned and the pair mated once again. Papa stayed next to Mama for a while and then flew off to a nearby building. At
1:30 Mama entered the nest, shortly after Papa joined her in the nest for about 3 minutes. When he left Mama fed her
family. Mama and her eyasses were feeling the strong winds this afternoon, Mama even struggled at times staying upright.
Mama returned to the nest at 3:15 and stayed for the rest of the afternoon protecting her family from the strong winds. I
observed another feeding at 8pm via the Hawkcam. During my visit at the nest a Osprey and a Turkey Vulture also flew
overhead, neither of them seemed to bother Mama or Papa. I will post new images from the visit within a few days.
JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 71, Lo 47, Sunny Avg wind 17mph, Max gust 46mph.
April 30:  At 10:15am Mama wasn't in the nest, she returned at 11:15and stayed until 1pm. I wasn't able to observe them
the rest of the afternoon. At 6:25 Papa returned to the nest with food, a minute later Mama joined him on the nest. Papa
left after another minute and Mama started to feed her family. The wind was much lighter today than the past few days.
JFK NY Weather station data - Hi 74, Lo 50, Sunny Avg wind 7.5mph, Max gust 22mph.